Happy New Year to all ~ this month marks the launch of much of our formal transition process, in which we all work together on tasks recommended by the UUA and guided by our Interim Minister Pam, to prepare ourselves for a new settled minister in fall 2015.

The role of the Transition Team in this process is to work in partnership with the Minister, the Board, the Staff, and the Congregation to:

  1. Educate the church, including ourselves, on how organizational structure and roles need to change to best meet our mission as we continue to grow.
  2. Help prepare the congregation for change and support the congregation through the change process.
  3. Support the staff through the change process.

So, the Transition Team focuses on HOW we are doing during this time, being approachable by members and staff to help address feelings and needs related to the change process. (In contrast, the Board addresses the WHAT tasks, and therefore your questions about the search process, for example.) The Transition Team is an extension of our existing Committee on Ministry, which has always worked with the minister to address the ministry needs of the church, with a few tasks and members added at this time for the work of the transition period. The members are: Tim Bartik, Rochelle Habeck-Hunt, Mary Lewis, Don Miller, Anna Shade, Bob Wallis and Reverend Pam.

Please mark Sunday, January 26th on your calendar for the first of four monthly after-church meetings on the Transition Process, immediately after church at 12:15 in the Commons and conclude at 1:30 (or as long as you are able to stay). Light lunch fare will be provided to eat as we meet. The theme is The Present: Defining Who and How We Are Now. We will begin with a briefing from the Board, updating us on developments in preparation for the search process. The meeting will be a very participatory process seeking input to help describe our congregation and how we function, as we understand it. This will be useful to the Board and Search Committee as they seek to describe us to the UUA and future candidates. We will also learn how we see ourselves!
Please keep in touch and feel free to contact any of us as we all help our beloved People’s Church to move forward into its next chapter of “awesome-ness”.
Tim Bartik, bartik@upjohn.org
Rochelle Habeck-Hunt, habeck@chartermi.net
Mary Lewis MAGLEWIS@aol.com
Don Miller donbuilds@aol.com
Anna Shade anna.shade@gmail.com
Bob Wallis bwallis55@gmail.com

For phone numbers for the Transition Team, please visit Member Docs.

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