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Beyond Categorical Thinking
Friday, October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
One event on Saturday, October 2 at 10:00 am
Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. (see registration details at the bottom of this email). The UUA Transitions office states that prospective ministers look favorably on congregations which have engaged in this workshop. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.
Other congregations have assumed that their ideal minister looks a certain way, and often ministers who are not white or male or heterosexual or able-bodied or of a particular age or class are discounted and seen as “less than” in some ways.
Credentialed ministers in our faith who are People of Color, LGBTQ+, disabled, young, old, working class, etc. still face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process. In our efforts to find the best match, our congregation will host a BCT workshop on October 1 and 2, and a worship service on October 3.
We will have a UUA trainer come and meet with our Search Committee, facilitate the workshop conversations, and lead the Sunday service, where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. Our Search Team is particularly pleased to have Amanda Schuber as our trainer because she has led this workshop many times, is standing for her final ministerial exam this fall, and was the Search Team’s retreat coach.
Attending this workshop is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that, regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and who will serve us well. This opportunity allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and recognize our own biases (both personal and congregational) to expand our choices in this search.