The Ministerial Search Process

Click HERE if you would like to know more about how Unitarian Universalist congregations conduct the Ministerial Search process. We invite you to read the results of our Congregational survey, an important part of the process.


UU Wellesley's Search Committee

Contact a member of our Ministerial Search Committee: David Barnard, Kathy Coolidge (co-chair),  Rachel Cottone, Bill Fenstenmacher, Lisa Markey (co-chair), Vic Polk, and Doug Poutasse


January Update

If you have been checking the bulletin board in Parish Hall, then you know that January is when the Search Committee starts a busy and confidential phase of the search process:

  • We are reviewing applications from potential ministers.
  • We are conducting interviews.
  • We are watching sermons. Lots and lots of sermons. 

The turnout of applicants -- 23 prospects, to be exact -- represents a great big pool of exciting possibilities. Of the 80 ministers currently in search in the United States, nearly one-third of them are interested in being our next minister!

We want to take this chance again to thank you for your support throughout this process (which is outlined in the Settlement Handbook on the UUA site--see the link at the top of this page). Your enthusiastic engagement in so many important milestones -- the congregational survey, the small group discussions, the "Beyond Categorical Thinking" workshop, and the "hello, minister" videos -- have helped to inform our search every step of the way.

And we need your help again.

On Friday, January 19, UU Wellesley will be kicking off our annual Stewardship Drive, the results of which will determine what we can offer as a salary to our next minister: the inspirational leader who will help us to grow. We have been told that many applicants are applying to several churches ... so we need to be competitive.

Please give generously and we hope to see you at the kickoff. UU Wellesley is all of us.

With best wishes from your Search Committee,
Bill Fenstemacher, David Barnard, Doug Poutasse, Kathy Coolidge, Lisa Markey, Rachel Cottone & Vic Polk