Welcome to Neighborhood’s Ministerial Transition webpage. This page is intended to provide the congregation with an overview of the process Neighborhood is following in the interim period between the departure of Sr. Minister Rev. Lissa Gundlach and the search and call of a new Sr. Minister. It is also provided as a place to document the results of the hard work of reflection and discernment the congregation will undertake in this process.
The Board of Trustees and Transition Team have benefitted from the guidance and leadership of our Interim Minister, Rev. Dr. Cooley, and consultants from the UUA, including the Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh (UUA’s Regional Congregational Life Representative) and Christine Purcell (UUA Transitions Program Manager).
We hope you find this webpage helpful, and encourage you to reach out to any of us with your thoughts and questions along the way.
It is a privilege and a pleasure to partner with Neighborhood Church as we go through this transition time together. I often find these particularly poignant and revelatory times, as a congregation takes the time to reflect upon its past and dream about its future. A transition time is about far more than preparing for the next minister. It provides an opportunity for the members of the congregation to recognize that a congregation’s identity is formed by its people, not just its leadership. By engaging in healing conversations, acknowledging past successes as well as mistakes, and articulating dreams for the future, relationships can be strengthened and a sense of stewardship, in the largest sense of the word, can be revived.
While this interim time began under unusual circumstances (there is no manual for doing interim ministry in a pandemic!) we have still been able to set the foundation for the important interim work to come in the next two years.
This is a strong congregation with excellent lay leadership, and even having gone through some rocky years recently, I have no doubt that you will emerge stronger than before. I invite you to participate in the important processes of this transition time. All voices are important as we move forward together.
Rev. Dr. Terasa G. Cooley
Interim Senior Minister
The interim period between settled Sr. Ministers is a time of reflection, healing, growth and discernment for a congregation. With the assistance of Rev. Dr. Cooley, Neighborhood members will follow these steps as we move through this important time in our congregational history.
Though the interim transition process is not always linear, the timeline below gives a sense of the flow and timing of Neighborhood’s interim work and Sr. Minister search process.
This table provides a chronological list of the interim-related work accomplished by Neighborhood’s Members, Interim Minister, Board of Trustees, Staff and Transition Team. Where applicable, links to reports or other documentation drawn from this work are provided.
|Jan 2020||Rev. Gundlach announces her resignation from NUUC|
|Feb 2020||Rev. Sarah Millspaugh (UUA) preaches & leads discussion on transition|
|Mar 2020||Interim Minister Search Committee formed|
|May 2020||Rev. Dr. Cooley hired as new Interim Minister|
|Jun 2020||Rev. Gundlach’s last day as Sr. MinisterRev. Ian Riddell fills pulpit until Interim Minister arrives|
|Jul 2020||Ministerial Transition Team formedRev. Dr. Terasa Cooley starts preaching at NUUC|
|Aug 2020||Rev. Dr. Cooley’s official start as Interim Minister|
|Sep 2020||Church Chats w/Rev. Cooley beginChurch Chats w/Staff-Programs heldChurch Chats w/Staff-Outreach & Music held|
|Oct 2020||Congregation/Staff Training w/Rev. Cooley – Conflict TransformationChurch Chats w/Staff-Outreach & Music heldTransition Start-Up workshop (pt. 1) w/Rev. Millspaugh|
|Dec 2020||Transition Start-Up workshop (pt. 2) w/Rev. Millspaugh Church Chats w/Trustees (3) on NUUC finances heldNUUC Governance Discussion-Board kicked-off||(Start-Up WS Results)|
|Jan 2021||Congregation/Staff Training w/Rev. Cooley – Adaptive Leadership|
|Feb 2021||Church Chats w/Transition Team (4) on 3-Year Interim heldBoard/Congregation Extends Interim to 3 YearsChurch Chats w/Trustees on NUUC Governance held||3-Year Interim Report3-Year Interim Slides|
|Mar 2021||Worship Associates Program Announced|
|May 2021||Congregational Townhall to discuss Sr. Minister Search ProcessTransition Team Annual Report||(Townhall Report-Out)(TT Annual Report)|
The Board of Trustees, Transition Team and Staff have been guided in their transition work by the following resources: