The Search Committee for the Associate Minister of Mid/Later Life was blessed by the congregation and presented their charge on Sunday, January 29. We met after church that day to meet and greet each other and to set a meeting schedule. Our first meeting was with Isaac Lawson, Area Conference Minister, UCC Southern New England, and included a thoughtful dialog about the search process and the Committee’s voice.
Part of our agenda for each meeting is a Committee Forum, a time for each member to share, not only their own thoughts, but also dialog or feedback from within the church membership that has been relayed to them. These conversations are shared in the context of “listening,” appreciating the dialog of our church members, and grateful to hear your voices.
We continue to meet, focused on updating the Church Profile – a multipage document that outlines who we are as a congregation and the desired qualities of the candidate who will be a part of the clergy team at AHCC. Once complete, the Profile will be reviewed by our ministers, then shared with Isaac Lawson for review/feedback before posting on the UCC and AHCC websites.
Our Committee is awesome; their wisdom, experience, love for AHCC, and their voices are reflected in our process. When you see a member of the Committee, please say hello, and share a word or two. We all feel blessed to be together for this next important step in AHCC’s journey. We will keep the congregation informed of the process and our progress and each Committee member will have a chance to be the author, so you will hear from all of us.
Committee members are Tory Chavey, Hannah Frenette, Africka Hinds, Anderson Curtis, Connor Gallegos, Kathleen Graham, Wanda Williams-McCormack, and Frank Virnelli. We ask for your blessings and patience as we navigate together this Spirit-led process to bring the next associate minister to AHCC.
Lenell Kittlitz, Chair