We are following the UUA guidelines for the search for a settled minister.

Over cover letter sets forth detailed information and timeline about what we expect for the Winter

and Spring of 2017. The following includes more information about the Congregational Survey,

the Workshop on Beyond Categorical Thinking, and the Workshop on Shared Ministry all of which led

us to this point of readiness for seeking a new minister.

Beyond Categorical Thinking Request Summer 2016
2015 Congregational Survey Results
2016 TUC Congregational Record
2016-2017 Draft Call Agreement
Recent Congregational Discernments

The survey was completed by about half our membership. The survey clarified much of what the

congregation already knew.  Survey results are summarized in the Congregational Record.

Workshops 2016


On Sunday, October 18th, 2015, the Beyond Categorical Thinking service and workshop were

held at TUC. Michael Takada, UUA lay leader from the Unitarian Church of Evanston spoke at

service and facilitated the workshop. The event allowed the entire congregation a fuller

participation in the search process, exploring hopes and concerns for a new minister,

learning more about the search process, and seeing how our history (both personal

and congregational) can contribute to the search efforts.

Workshops 2016 2

Workshop on Shared Ministry (above)

As part of TUC’s planning for future sustainability and broadening of outlook, the Board

brought Rev. Scott Tayler, UUA Director of Congregational Life, to lead an informational

workshop on the opportunities offered through shared ministry.   This workshop took place

on August 27, 2016 and has inspired ongoing conversation among church leaders.  It has

also helped inform us about what the church hopes to achieve in collaboration with the new

settled minister.


Workshop on Cross Cultural Communications

This workshop was held over a weekend in June 2016 and it came out of Interim Minister Jennifer’s

assessment that we needed, as a congregation, to understand differences in communication styles

as part of our outreach to Austin.  In reality, it was more focused on understanding our own

preferences in communication styles, not actual suggestions as to how to communicate

better with our Austin neighbors.  It was helpful in identifying communication styles

and how challenging it is for some styles to communicate clearly.  Twenty-two

members attended.