“Will the new minister hear me?”
“Will my concerns and needs be met?”
“Will the minister understand what I’m living with?”
“How will the community respond to our minister?”
In answering these questions, a picture of the “ideal minister” (categorized by age, gender, gender identity, nationality, physical ability, race, and sexual orientation) comes to mind.
With this picture in place, it can be easy to unintentionally exclude ministers who fall into certain categories. At times, as we get caught up in comparing candidates to our “picture,” we can even forget what it is we hoped for in a minister.
On the weekend of Oct. 27-28, First Unitarian Church of Wilmington will participate in the Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for congregations involved in the search for a new minister. The First Unitarian Search Committee invites all congregational leaders, members, and friends to participate in this workshop on Saturday, and to attend worship on Sunday, when Rev. Kron will preach the sermon.
The Beyond Categorical Thinking program is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister. In the workshop, First Unitarian members and friends will.
- Consider the hopes, expectations, and concerns they have for a new minister
- Learn more about the ministerial search process, and
- Explore how thinking categorically about people sometimes interferes with choosing the best candidate.
You may register online or by calling the church office at (302) 478-2384. We’re looking for participation by at least 60 members and friends. Currently about 30 are registered. Strong attendance will show that we care about these concerns in our search for a new minister, Your participation matters in the success of our search.