When a UU congregation is between settled ministers, change is inevitable. Whatever the feelings—grief, uncertainty, longing, hope—my calling is to see my beloved community through to the other side. A well-managed transition empowers positive transformation. The road is sometimes rocky but the learning can be deep and beneficial and awesome. Given the inevitability of change once a minister has departed, and the lengthy timeframe of search, transition can be an opportunity to develop a kind of clarity about mission and congregational life that supports a successful new settlement. As UUs, we engage in a lifelong search for truth and meaning. As UUs in transition, the time between settled ministers can lift us to new levels of understanding about ourselves, our congregational life, and our faith. I love transition ministry because it allows me to accompany and encourage a congregation that has embarked on a transformational journey. I look forward to the insights and new learning that occur during this time of discovery—yours and my own.
People of a Chosen Faith
—Rev. Jennifer Brooks
We come to this place with our hopes and our fears.
We join together in our independence—
to learn from our differences;
to offer compassion to each other and to the world;
to find mutual support through the changes life brings;
to increase our joys through sharing;
to unite reason and passion in our life tasks.
We are the people of a chosen faith.