Three search committees have begun work to select nominees for three leadership positions to be filled at the UCC's General Synod 25 in Atlanta. The offices of general minister and president (GMP), executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) and executive minister of Local Church Ministries (LCM) are scheduled for election next July.
The positions represent three seats on the UCC's five-person leadership team known as the Collegium of Officers. The respective current office holders—the Rev. John H. Thomas, Bernice Powell Jackson and the Rev. JosZ A. Malayang—are eligible to seek additional terms in office; however, bylaws require that complete search processes be instituted before each four-year term. Committees are scheduled to hold preliminary meetings in October and November and interview finalists in January, before selecting one nominee for each position.
The ultimate candidates must be confirmed by appropriate governing bodies before being placed in nomination to the General Synod. In March, the UCC's Executive Council is slated to vote on a candidate for general minister and president, while candidates for the JWM and LCM positions will be considered by respective boards of directors in April. After fi nal consideration is given by Synod delegates, the new terms will commence in October 2005.
Committee chairpersons include Sandy Casmey of New Brighton, Minn. (GMP); the Rev. Valentino Lassiter of Shaker Heights, Ohio (JWM); and Holly Miller of Washington, D.C. (LCM). A consultant from outside the UCC has been named to staff the committees.
Nominations and self-applications can be mailed to the attention of the appropriate search committee—"GMP," "JWM" or "LCM"—at United Theological Seminary, 3000 Fifth St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112-2598. Applicants should send a cover letter, together with a resume or UCC Ministerial Profile.