Those of you who were at church last Sunday heard me say during the announcements that all I could tell you was that nineteen ministers had applied to be our next minister. It turns out that’s not quite true.
TWENTY ministers applied (making us second only to a church in Chicago for number of applicants).
And, in case you’re curious, here’s a smattering of information about the applicants as a group:
- They range in age from their late 20s to their early-to-mid 60s
- They include ministers from all along the gender spectrum
- They include ministers from all along the sexual-orientation spectrum
- They include ministers up and down the East Coast, in the middle of the country, and on the West Coast
- They include recent seminary graduates, and those who have been ordained for over a decade
- Their theologies cover the range of UU belief systems – humanism, theism, panentheism. process theology, unitarianism, universalism, and others (and combinations of some or all of these. Don’t worry if you don’t know what some of these words mean – I didn’t either. Just know it’s a wide range of belief systems.
- They come from a wide range of religious backgrounds – Christian, Jewish, Atheist, and UU to name a few
- They come from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds as well
But one thing they all have in common: they are all their own selves, not defined by any of the categories I list above. Also, they are all kind, good-hearted people who, right now, seem to want nothing more than to engage in parish ministry and to find the right congregation with which to do so.
I’d say we’re off to a pretty good start. Stay tuned for more information.
Liz Rover Bailey, Chair