On February 4. 2015 the Board of Trustees of People’s Church voted to present to the congregation the following resolution to give the honorary title of Minister Emerita to Rev. Jill McAllister. The resolution will be voted on by the congregation at a Congregational Meeting on May 17, 2014.
According to UUA Policies and Procedures, the honorary title of Minister Emerita is granted to honor long and meritorious service to a congregation where the minister has given devoted and competent ministerial leadership. The honorific is not limited to those ministers who leave a congregation for retirement. The title can be, and not infrequently is, conferred upon long-serving ministers who continue to work in ministry after leaving the congregation. To honor our history with Jill and to correct our oversight in not conferring the designation at the time of her departure, the Board recommends that the congregation pass the following resolution:
Resolved, that People’s Church of Kalamazoo, in gratitude and appreciation for the Rev. Jill McAllister’s 15 years of devoted and loving service to our congregation, hereby awards Rev. McAllister the title of Minister Emerita, with all the rights and privileges associated with that title.
We recognize Rev. McAllister for leading our congregation through a transformational period in our church history, for her exemplary spirit of inclusion, for her encouragement in the practice of right relations, for her contributions to the growth of the congregation, for connecting our congregation to UU congregations in other parts of the world, and for her leadership through our multi-year building expansion effort.
The rights and privileges of Minister Emerita are defined by the Unitarian Universalist Association Bylaws at Article IV, Section 4.8(b) and include voting rights at all future General Assembly sessions, and being able to include the “emerita” title on her personal correspondence.
People’s Church will notify the UUA Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group and the MidAmerica Region that we have bestowed Minister Emerita status upon Rev. McAllister by congregational vote. People’s Church will list Rev. McAllister as Minister Emerita on our website, letterhead, and in the congregation’s listing in the UUA Directory.
The Guidelines for former ministers outlined by the Unitarian Universalists Minister’s Association (UUMA) shall continue to apply to Rev. McAllister. Rev. McAllister shall covenant with the serving Interim Minister and any future Called Minister to define her role as the former minister in relation to the congregation and any of its members in keeping with the UUMA Code of Conduct and Standards of Professional Practice. The Minister Emerita will support the congregation’s future called minister and shall do nothing to undermine her colleague’s priority and call. The title of Minister Emerita implies no financial relationship between Rev. McAllister and the congregation.
Rev. McAllister may have the privilege of pulpit once per year. People’s Church will pay a standard honorarium if Rev. McAllister exercises her privilege of pulpit.
If you have questions, contact Darryl Loiacano or Sally Padley or any board member.