Our Future Minister
Rev. Dee Graham was our Consulting Minister of Manatee Unitarian Universalists Fellowship and Affiliated Community Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota until June of 2017.
Quotes from our President Carol Bartz:
July: Our Transitions Task Force has been busy looking into possibilities for hiring a new minister and an informal meeting was held Sunday, June 18 with members of the congregation to discuss different points of view and answer questions. John Isham shared a graph showing attendance records for a little more than the past decade and some interesting trends were apparent. While there used to be a bell curve with the winter months being much higher in attendance, this is no longer happening in the same way. Many ideas were discussed during the meeting and there will need to be more meetings and perhaps a survey before any formal steps can be taken.
June: Our dinner honoring Rev. Dee Graham as she embarks on early retirement gave us an opportunity to express some of our thoughts and feelings as well as for her to do the same. Surrounded by family and friends Dee knows that we care about her and wish her well as she deals with her health issues. The recommendations by the UUA and by other denominations as well for a departing minister to not interact with members after they leave is understandable, but it tugs on our hearts as we say goodbye.
June: The Transitions Task Force (John Isham—chair, Bill Hayes, AJ Wolff, Joan Butcher, Ed Kobee, and myself—ex officio) has begun to explore options for the future of our congregation in regards to our ministerial needs. We have met with Connie Goodbread, our representative from the UU Southern Region, to help with the process, which will include looking inwardly as well as outwardly as we strive to realistically reach for our ideals. Expect to hear more news as we could be scheduling meetings, seeking input, etc. before any decisions are even considered by the congregation as we work on moving forward.