Minister's Corner

During the 2014 UUCR Annual Meeting, it was announced that our Minister, Reverend Dr. David Newell, would retire on June 30, 2015. The Board subsequently named a Ministerial Search Committee, and the necessary steps were taken to commence the Ministerial Search process to replace Dr. Newell as Minister of UUCR.
It has been a true pleasure interacting with Dr. Newell during the past church year, and indeed throughout the entire period from May 27, 2012, when he was ordained as Minister for UUCR, until the present. We wish him the very best in his well earned retirement. He will be sorely missed.


August 23rd.

We searched...and searched...and searched until we interviewed Christian Schmidt in July, and then the members of the ministerial search committee knew that we had found the best match for our beloved community. It took ten minutes for us to discuss and decide after he left Harvey's house that afternoon.  Relief and elation swept over us.

When Rev. Schmidt met with the board last Thursday evening, the discussion focused on his professional experience, his personal theology, and his background.  He listened intently to our ideas about sustainability and growth and asked good questions about us.

All of the members of the board were in agreement with the search committee's recommendation to offer him the position.

On Sunday, September 27, Rev. Christian Schmidt will be leading the worship service and preaching. After the service, there will be an informal "meet and greet" opportunity for members and friends to get to know him a bit.  Then we'll have a congregational meeting to vote on whether the congregation affirms the recommendation of the Board of Trustees to contract with him as our quarter-time developmental minister from October 1 to September 30, 2016. 

June 10th.

We have interviewed a third candidate this week and plan to interview several more potential candidates in the near future. Stay tuned for more!

Diane Shields, MSC Chair


June 3rd.

The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) will interview another candidate next week, and looks forward to receiving information on several other possible candidates.  When Amy Warner takes over as UUCR President on July 1, she will no longer act as co-chair of the committee.  Diane Shields will be the continuing chair, with Amy remaining on the committee.

Diane Shields, MSC Chair


May 27th.

The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) will meet this week to focus on our next steps in the search process.  Recent situations have had an effect on our options.  Not the least of these is that currently within the wider UU world, and in the Joseph Priestly District in particular, a large number of congregations are "in search" for a shrinking number of ministerial candidates, especially Interim Ministers. 

Amy Warner, co-chair of the MSC, had an in-depth conversation with Rev. David Pyle, the JPD Executive Director, on Monday about UUCR's options in searching for a quarter-time Developmental Growth Minister. She will share details of the conversation with the committee at this week's meeting.

We are learning that this process is more fluid than we had imagined; but, we have substantial and viable options, and are confident that we will have a minister who can help us with our growth process in place within the next few months. 

We are working to make the "right choice" for UUCR at this point in our congregation's growth.  We will keep all informed as we move forward with this process.

Diane Shields, MSC Chair