By Nancy Fisk, First Words Editor with Robie Evans, Director of Operations
Our system of governing policies at First UU requires we have a Lead Minister at the helm, making decisions. In the past, the Lead Minister has had the support of the Associate or Assistant Minister, the Director of Operations, and a Lay Leader. This group of people is known as the Executive Team. Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube started the team in 2010, when he was our Lead Minister, to assist him with personnel matters.
In 2021, both Rev. Kathleen Owens and Rev. Tania Márquez resigned their positions at First UU. In the absence of a Lead or an Assistant Minister, First UU entered into an interim period, which? according to a succession policy found in the Staff Limitations of our policy governance? required that an Interim Committee (Exec) be formed. The Interim Committee (Exec) includes the President of the Board (Julie Forest), the Vice President (Cora Pendergast), the Director of Operations (Robie Evans), and the Lay Leader from theExecutiveTeam (DaveHunt).
After being formed, the policy states, "the Interim Committee shall immediately contact the UUA's Transitions Department to pursue an interim Lead Minister search. The Interim Committee shall be separate from a Ministerial Search Committee and shall serve only until an interim Lead Minister is hired upon approval of the Board of Trustees. Until such hiring, the Interim Committee may hire additional staff if necessary to ensure compliance with Governance Policies and to assist in pulpit and pastoral care responsibilities. The Interim Committee shall report and be accountable to theChurch Board of Trustees."
We weren't able to hire an interim Lead minister to be with us this year. The Interim Committee (Exec) has performed the duties that would normally fall to a Lead Minister. Here's a list of what they've accomplished this year, many along with our Board of Trustees:
The Interim Committee (Exec) is a highly confidential group. They can't always talk about their decisions until the time is appropriate for letting the congregation know what is happening next. But they've worked to be as transparent as possible. We owe them our thanks for keeping First UU operational during the pandemic and beyond.
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