The two-year period it usually takes for a congregation to grow into and own its identity, independent of both positive and negative feelings about the ministry that has come to an end, can be exciting, even transformative, when devoted to self-examination and institutional renewal.
Our interim minister, Reverend Jenny Rankin, is here to help us articulate who we are and how we see ourselves moving forward. In order to make her ministry as effective as possible, she will be assisted by our Transition Team:
One of the Transition Team’s first duties is to set up meetings, “listening circles,” with the interim minister, Transition Team members, and the congregation. These provide an opportunity for each of us to share our unique story, and our sense of the congregation’s strengths as well as opportunities for growth or improvement. We will meet in groups of 10-15 people, for 90 minutes. Gathered information will be reviewed by the Team. Trends and themes will be identified, summarized, and incorporated into future planning. Several dates have been identified:
Sun, Oct 2nd, 11:30-1, Dean Room
Thu, Oct 6th, 10:30-noon, Cook Room
Tue, Oct 18th, 7-8:30, Cook Room
Thu, Oct 20th, noon-1:30, Cook Room
Sun, Oct 23rd, 11:30-1, Cook Room
Tue, Oct 25th, 7-8:30, sanctuary
Sun, Oct 30th, 11:30-1, Cook Room
Sun, Nov 6th, 11:30-1, Dean Room.
Please sign up. We need everyone’s voice.
If you have any questions on the Listening Circles, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Rankin or a Transition Team member.
Respectfully Submitted by Alec Danz for the Transition Team