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.
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.
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.
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
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