Your Ministerial Search Committee:
(top row) Barb Backler, Mary Boutain, Craig Coley
(second row) Michelle Monroe-Cook, Abby Gitlitz, Amy Taylor, Stuart Yoak
We are pleased to announce WE HAVE A CANDIDATE for Associate Minister. It is Reverend Scott McNeill.
Scott is originally from North Carolina. He grew up in the Baptist church and became a Unitarian Universalist at the end of high school. He holds a BA in Race and Gender Studies from UNC-Asheville and received his Master of Divinity degree from Meadville/Lombard. He identifies himself as a 'Holy Humanist'.
For four years, Scott served as minister of the Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, Nebraska, and for the past two years he has served as the minister of the Bull Run UUs in Manassas, VA.
He’s married to the Reverend Sarah Gettie McNeill, who grew up in Solsberry, Indiana, and is also a UU minister.They have an exuberant 3 year old son named Elijah and are expecting another boy at the end of the summer.
We found Rev. Scott to be genuine and very personable. Everyone we talked to spoke very highly of him. He has a good sense of humor and a passion for social justice. He is excited about the possibility of working as part of a ministerial team and brings many skills that complement those of Reverend Macklin.
We encourage you to visit Reverend Scott's webpage --www.revscottmcneill.com-- to find a personal message from Reverend Scott to this congregation, audio clips of past sermons, and his thoughts on different aspects of ministry.
Reverend Scott will be in the pulpit for both services on Sunday, April 17th and on April 24th. Meetings are scheduled throughout the week with many groups from the congregation. A schedule of the Candidating Week's events is available in the commons, is listed on the Events page of the MSC website, and can be found on the church's Facebook page.
There are FIVE Activities that are open to any congregational member or friend. We hope you can plan to attend one (or more!).
Lunch on Sunday, April 17th from 12:30-1:30 PM - Fellowship Hall - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending or call 812-332-3695
Thursday, April 21 11:30 AM-1:00 PM - Brown Bag lunch hosted by Women's Alliance - Fellowship Hall (bring your own lunch)
Thursday, April 21 5:30-7:00 PM - Fellowship Hall potluck hosted by the Choir (bring a dish to share)
Friday, April 22 6:00-7:30 PM - Religious Education Pizza party - Fellowship Hall - Childcare will be available - RSVP to email@example.com if you plan on attending or call 812-332-3695
Saturday, April 23 9:00-11:00 AM - Coffee in the Church Library
At 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 24th there will be a congregational meeting to vote whether to call Reverend Scott. All church members are encouraged to attend. There is no absentee or early voting. You must be present to vote.
We need at least 156 members present and Rev. McNeill will want at least 95% confidence vote in order to accept this call. The final decision is up to you. We hope that you will join us.
We have interviewed a number of candidates and have narrowed the pool to those we are most interested in. We have hosted some here in Bloomington. They have visited the church and met with Reverend Macklin and the search committee. We have heard them preach in neutral pulpits and we have narrowed the field even further.
We are prepared to make an offer April 7 to the candidate of our choice. The UUA's ministerial search protocol has a timeline to keep the process congenial, and so congregations are not able to make offers until that date.
If all goes as we hope, we will announce the candidate at Sunday service on April 10th. The candidate will then visit this congregation for what is known as Candidating Week April 17-24th, -mark your calendars-which will include a number of opportunities to meet and greet the candidate and to hear the candidate preach. During that week, we will hold meetings and social gatherings so you can interact, ask questions, and feel comfortable with our choice. We will post and send out a schedule of activities for that week after April 10th. The candidate is expected to preach in this pulpit Sunday April 17 and 24th.
Following 2nd service on April 24 there will be a congregational meeting to vote to call this candidate as our associate minister. We need at least 170 members from the congregation to attend and to vote and more than a 90% acceptance vote to call the minister.
We value the trust and confidence you have placed in us to make this momentous decision. We have reviewed a significant number of applications, checked references, interviewed candidates for countless hours, and discussed the candidates in depth with each other and Rev. Macklin. At every stage, we have held in mind the hopes, dreams, and concerns of our congregation. In the end, it is this affirmation of the congregation that matters. You the members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington will make the final decision and we hop you will be as enthusiastic as we are about the candidate for our Associate Minister.
If you have questions about the process you may contact one of the search committee members and stay tuned to the Prologue, church emails, and the church Facebook page and web page for updates.
The Ministerial Search Committee will have their kick-off retreat in August, hosting Rev. Keith Kron, the UUA director of transitions, to facilitate. Please continue to support this committee as they start this important work for our congregation.
Sunday June 7th, 2015
At the congregational meeting on June 7th, the congregation voted to endorse the MSC slate proposed by the Board and with that endorsement, the Board officially launched the Ministerial Search Committee!
Monday May 4th, 2015
The Board has finalized the Ministerial Search Committee based on the nominations we received from the congregation. The seven-member Ministerial Search Committee selected by the board from your nominations will be put forth for a vote of endorsement at the congregational meeting on June 7. After the congregational meeting in June, the committee will quickly get to work, in cooperation with our UUA Ministerial Settlement Representative, to begin the search process for an associate minister for our congregation, which will take a full year. The members of the Ministerial Search Committee selected are Barb Backler, Mary Boutain, Craig Coley, Michelle Cook, Abby Gitlitz, Amy Taylor, and Stuart Yoak.
Monday April 20th, 2015
The board is finalizing the Ministerial Search Committee based on the hundreds of nominations we received from the congregation. The process has involved weighing the nominations, the skills of the nominees, their makeup as a committee, representation from the congregation as a whole, and contacting our choices to confirm their willingness to serve in this time and labor-intensive task. We were heartened to see that while not everyone nominated is able to serve, many trusted by the congregation are willing to add this commitment to their already busy lives.
The Board will form a Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) using a process based on input from the UUA and the experiences of other congregations. In the spring the board will build a slate of nominees for election at the June congregational meeting so that the committee can begin its work in June of 2015. Each member of the congregation should consider the job description for the MSC and give thought to nominating trusted and reliable members to this important committee whose work will impact the future of our church.
The MSC will present one candidate to the congregation to be considered for a call as our new associate minister in the spring of 2016. Our congregation's decision to call will take place after the candidate spends a week with our congregation, meeting with staff, committees, members, etc. and preaching in our pulpit twice. By our bylaws, the vote my congregation members to call requires at least an 80% approval, but common practice in the UUA currently is for ministers to accept a call only if they get 90% approval.
If called by the congregation, the new associate minister will join our ministerial team in the summer of 2016 under the leadership of our senior minister, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin.