Dear Committee on Ministry Members,
Many of you find yourselves in a destabilizing time right now, with pressing work before you, increased responsibilities (and steep learning curves for many) in other arenas of life, and concern about the health and safety of so many.
“I don’t know who I am apart from my identity as pastor.
Blessings of Epiphany to you. Blessings of shadows and light, revealing, illuminating, and celebrating!
Committees on Ministry are entrusted with the support and accountability of ministers in the UCC.
Cheryl (not her real name) has a calling to the specialized work of intentional interim ministry in parish settings.
I attended the Annual Gathering of the Southern California Nevada Conference this past June and was reminded of something that I have heard on many of my trips throughout the UCC.
“Dear COM Chair, I have a real issue with the pastor. No, I can’t go to the Pastoral Relations Committee – they are all the pastor’s yes-people.”
This month, MESA is finalizing preparations for General Synod 32 in Milwaukee, WI. Later this week, people from all over the United Church of Christ (and some ecumenical guests!) will gather in the Wisconsin Center to build community, to worship together in the presence of God, to pray and make decisions that speak to the United Church of Christ (but not for it), and to celebrate all that God is doing in our midst.
The changing landscapes of church and denominational life in the 21st century impact many aspects of congregations, including ways that congregations are formed, reformed, and live in covenant with one another.
Easter Greetings! This newsletter comes to you a week late to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus (and in recognition that during Holy Week, many such emails go unopened).