The Path Forward for TRUU
There are two separate, but related, projects currently being pursued by the Board of Trustees that require congregation wide participation.
The annual retreat of the BOT is scheduled for October 27/28. This year the focus of the retreat will be long term visioning and strategic planning and we have engaged Darrel Mount to facilitate this process. He is a retired Methodist minister who lives in Glenwood Springs and has extensive experience in congregational polity, performance and growth. In preparation for this retreat, all Board members have been asked to consider the list of questions below. Please feel free to engage any Board member with your thoughts on these questions, so as to better our understanding of TRUU’s community and its goals.
- What are the most pressing needs in Carbondale, in your personal life?
- What are the best experiences at TRUU?
- What does TRUU do best? Our unique characteristic that sets us apart?
- What is your greatest concern about TRUU?
- What is your #1 dream for the congregation?
- What is the most meaningful aspect of Sunday services?
- How can our congregation enhance your faith journey?
- What do you feel are the most beneficial things we do for our community?
- How might we encourage friends to join us?
- What change do you suggest for TRUU?
In UU congregations, the members of the congregation themselves, not the Board of Trustees or the UUA, decide if they want to “call” a settled minister, creating a long-term relationship with the minister with no set end date. The process of finding a settled minister is performed by a ministerial search committee, a group elected by the congregation to find the best possible minister. It is critical for both the congregation and the ministerial candidate that honest self-reflection and long-range visioning is completed before calling a minister. Our current minister, Rev. Shawna Foster is currently on the second year of a two-year contract. The Board has decided to impanel a ministerial search committee for the specific task of leading the congregation to decide if we want to “call” Rev. Foster, and it is hoped that this decision will be made in the next 3-6 months. Trying to find a group that best represents the broad interests of the congregation, the Board has identified 5 potential candidates (Nicolette Toussaint, Frank Sgambati, Trina Haines, Amy Barr, and Rob Benedetti); however, any member of the congregation is eligible to be on this committee. The congregation will vote on the members of this committee on November 12 after the Sunday service.
If you want to be considered for this committee, please contact your Board co-President Rob Benedetti (509-475-1741, [email protected]) for more information.