Search Timeline | Search Process | Ministerial Search Team


Our congregation is currently in the middle of a planned two-year transition period between called senior ministers. Our Minister Emerita, Rev. Geisenhainer, retired in August, 2016. We expect our next settled Senior Minister to join us on the UUAA's Road to the Dawning Future in the Fall of 2018!


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Since August, 2016 we have been energetically served by our wonderful UUAA staff led by our Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Dr. Douglas Wadkins. Rev. Wadkins both serves in the Senior Minister role at UUAA and helps us prepare for calling a new settled senior minister. His interim ministry skills are helping us work on our governance, pastoral care program and other key tasks that we need to complete before we call our next settled senior minister. Rev. Wadkins has been assisted in his work by his UUAA Transition Team.


Our Ministerial Search Team has begun the exciting work of preparing to search for our next settled Senior Minister. Over the next weeks and months the Ministerial Search Team will be asking for your input to help guide the search process. Please plan to take part in an all-congregation survey that will provide ministerial candidates with a good snapshot of the demographics, beliefs and vision for the future of our current congregation. There will also be opportunities to take part in small discussion groups and give voice to qualities you hope to see in our next minister.


Important Announcements from the Ministerial Search Team

(updated 9/14/2017)

We need input from every UUAA member and friend -- young and old, long-timers, newcomers!

*TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!! Please take the All-Congregation Survey. The survey takes 20-40 minutes to complete, so please allow time to give your full thoughtful answers. You can use this link to access the survey thru Sept 25th. Printed surveys are available in the Social Hall. You can fill out a paper survey and return it to the Search table or to the Search mailbox in the UUAA office. If you would like to preview the survey, this link displays a PDF copy of the survey-- it is NOT interactive, so you cannot fill it out on-line. You can read it to see what the survey is like or you could print it.

* Sign up for a Search Team Listening Session - thru Sept 30th. We would love to hear from you in person! Sign up for a small group (less than 10 people) discussion about the future of UUAA and the sort of inspiring minister we would want to walk with us into that future. Sessions are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, Saturdays at 10 am and some Sunday mornings. Child care is available at the Sept 23rd session by advance request. You can sign up for a listening session using this link.

More information is available on this web site, at the Search Table in the Social Hall and on the bulletin board outside the Social Hall. Watch for the Dawning Future logo (shown at the top of this page) that marks ministerial search information.


Ministerial Transition Time Line - The Search is On



UUAA can look forward to calling our next wonderful settled Senior Minister in April of 2018. The new minister would then join us in August or September of 2018

 This timeline shows both our accomplishments so far and the future milestones in the search process.



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An application for an interim senior minister was submitted to the UUA (by the Board of Trustees interim ministry task force).


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Rev Doug Wadkins accepted the offer to serve as our Interim Senior Minister, from August 2016-18.


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The Board of Trustees appointed the Transition Team to assist Rev Wadkins with transition activities.


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 UUAA bid a fond farewell to our now Minister Emerita, Rev Geisenhainer. (She has retired to Maine.)


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Interim Senior Minister Doug Wadkins arrived, beginning his 2 years with us.


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The Board of Trustees accepted recommendations for members of the Ministerial Search Committee (now called the Ministerial Search Team).


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At our Annual Meeting, the congregation elected 4 Search Committee members and then the Board appointed an additional 3 members.


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The Ministerial Search Team held a retreat with a regional UU advisor and began meeting regularly.



 Sept 6 - 25, 2017

Congregational Survey: All congregants are encouraged to take part in a survey that paints a picture of the current demographics and religious views of the UUAA congregation and collects our thoughts on the qualities we most value in a senior minister candidate.


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Search Team Listening Sessions: All congregants are encouraged to provide input to the search process by signing up to take part in a small group discussion led by members of the Ministerial Search Team.


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The Ministerial Search Team will submit an application for a Senior Minister (along with initial information about the UUAA congregation) to the UUA Transitions Office. Ministers who are seeking positions can review this information and decide if they are interested.


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The Ministerial Search Team will receive and review the records of ministers who have expressed interest in our Senior Minister position. The team will conduct phone interviews and then select 3 or 4 "pre-candidates"  to consider as a possible final candidate for Senior Minister. Additional in-depth information is exchanged and in-person interview dates are selected.


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Pre-candidating week ends: Pre-candidates will come to Ann Arbor and the Ministerial Search Team will listen to a sermon by the pre-candidate delivered at a neutral pulpit outside of Ann Arbor. The team will interview each pre-candidate thoroughly, getting to know them as well as possible.


uncheckedcircleMarch, 2018

Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop: All congregants are invited to take part in this UUA provided workshop that helps congregations discover their biases and helps them think more broadly about what sort of minister they would be happy to welcome to their pulpit.


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The Ministerial Search Team will present a provisional offer to a final candidate.


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CANDIDATING WEEK! All congregants will have opportunity to meet the final candidate for Senior Minister. The candidate will deliver sermons on two Sundays and will take part in UUAA activities during the week between. On the final Sunday of candidating week UUAA members will vote on whether to call the candidate as our next Senior Minister.


uncheckedcircleAugust / September, 2018

UUAA enthusiastically greets our thirteenth settled Senior Minister in our 153 year history.


 Search Timeline  | Search Process  | Ministerial Search Team


Use this link to send email to the Ministerial Search Committee.

 WATCH for the "road to the dawning future" logo (top of this page) that will direct you to information about our ministerial transition.