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.

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