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Interim Ministry Transition Team

In July 2016, the Board of Trustees appointed a Transition Team to help guide UUAA through our two years of interim ministry: Terri Wilkerson (chair), Cesilie Cordovilla, Victor Hola, Lisa Lemble, Betsy Price and Erik Stalhandke.

The Transition Team meets regularly with Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Doug Wadkins, to help determine priorities for our two interim years. They have served as good communicators who can help Rev. Wadkins learn about our congregation and help the congregation keep informed about transition activities. Watch for their updates on this web page and watch for the transition logo (top of this page) that flags information about ministerial transition.The written materials on interim ministry recommend that the Transition Team be made up of trusted members of the congregation who can represent a range of congregational interests, who are open to change and who are able to speak the Truth in Love to the Interim minister and to members of the congregation. A big thank you to Terri, Cesilie, Victor, Lisa, Betsy and Erik for serving in this important role.

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 Erik Stalhandske, Cesilie Cordovilla, Terri Wilkerson, Victor Hola, Betsy Price (not pictured, Lisa Lemble)

 If you have input about our interim processes please send email to the Transition Team

 

Transition Report (December 2016)

Fall 2016 was a busy time as Rev. Doug Wadkins settled in a new community, oriented himself to the staff and Board, and spent extensive time listening and observing.

The Transition Team supported Doug with several activities to help him get grounded and learn about our history, and what makes us unique.  In August we identified a group of people across the Congregation with diverse views and experiences, and during September Doug set up times for structured conversations.  We arranged for an October potluck with previous board presidents and their partners—thanks to Sandy and Dick Simon for hosting this event! 

In an effort to hear and share our stories, on Saturday November 19th, Doug facilitated a Story Sharing session, which was open to all congregants. About thirty people participated.  Questions addressed included: what connects us to this Congregation, what are some meaningful recent experiences, and what values do we see borne out through our activities.  Our hope is that different committees and groups will engage in their own dialogue on these questions during this coming year.

On Sunday, November 20th, there was a robust discussion on the subject of Sunday services, facilitated by the Board President with over fifty participants, and the ministerial team.  On December 11, there was a Q & A opportunity on Congregational finances and the budgeting process. 

Most recently Doug has developed his areas of focus for his time with us and has reviewed these with the Board, the staff, and the Transition team.  These areas include: 1) Support for the staff and the ministerial team to avoid burn out, 2) Attention to the finances and financial stability of our operations, 3) Clarification of policy governance and fine tuning to be most effective, 4) Connection with the larger community both locally and with UUs across the land and 5.) Attention to Pastoral Care and the needs of this congregation.

The Transition Team is in place to help Doug as a sounding board and a conduit for sharing information with the Congregation. We welcome your comments and feedback, either in person or by contacting us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Or you may speak directly with Rev. Doug or other members of the Ministerial team.