The Unitarian experience shows that it’s best to have a period of transition after a settled minister leaves so that we can, collectively, honour our past, examine both our strengths and our limitations, and strengthen our ties as we prepare to move forward.
This intentional transitional period is an opportunity for some breathing space, to honour and let go of the past and to move into the future with renewed intention. It is a time during which we can review our goals, examine both our strengths and our limitations, assess our programs, rethink how we make decisions, determine the ways we can be more inclusive, and strengthen our ties as we prepare to move forward and to grow into and own our identity, independent of the past ministry. This is the future we will create together, as a community of faith.
Our intentional transition can be exciting, even transformative, when we engage fully in self-examination and renewal. The period of interim ministry is not a time to sit back; it’s a time to re-examine who we are and what we want, to step up and into the future we envision, to build a bridge from what was to what will be.
We will, in this transition process, review our history, evaluate our present, identify our strengths and needs, clarify our vision and then be well positioned to choose the right minister to accompany us into our chosen future. These are the tasks that we as a congregation must complete in order to successfully navigate the transition from one settled ministry to the next.
Our interim minister, Reverend Lara Cowtan, will guide us through this process, providing a fresh perspective and holding up a mirror so we can see ourselves, our strengths, and our needs more clearly. She cannot do this work for us, but she will guide us, with important support from the Ministerial Transition Team (MTT)
Here are some of the ways the Ministerial Transition Team will support our transition:
- We will help people in our community to better understand interim ministry as a congregation-enhancing and enriching process of review, reflection, discovery and rediscovery, connection and reconnection
- We will share information and resources – articles, books, talks, videos.
- We will provide guidance and structure for some of the key tasks, or projects, we will take on to help us navigate this transition
- We will provide regular updates on where we are, how we are doing, what we are learning, and where we are going
We see our role as helping us all to walk together as we explore and traverse The Road Ahead. We can, so we must. We are doers.
Our UCV Congregational History Wall
You are invited to contribute to the UCV Congregational History Wall. There are two ways to participate: you may contribute to the in-person history wall (in Hewett Centre) where a member of the Ministerial Transition Team will help you to write your recollections and affix them at appropriate points (by appointment only). You may also contribute to our history wall online! Photos, writing, and documents are all welcome contributions. Click “learn more” to see examples of contributions, and find more information about how to participate.