Search Committee Covenant
At our Sunday, September 16th, 2018 worship service, the Ministerial Search Committee and Congregation of First Unitarian Church of Oakland entered into this covenant.
Committee: A ministerial search is like shared ministry.
Congregation: We are your partners in this work.
Committee: We covenant to bring our best efforts and our best selves to the search for our next minister.
Congregation: We chose you because we believe you can do this important work.
Committee: We promise to work hard for you.
Congregation: We promise to help you in your work, to attend a cottage conversation, to participate in a congregational survey, to respond to requests for help from committee members, and to engage during next spring’s candidating week.
Committee: We promise to uphold our UU principles as we conduct this search.
Congregation: We call on you to use these spiritual tools to find a minister who will inspire us to grow.
Committee: We will make all important decisions as a team.
Congregation: Collaboration is an important value in this congregation, and we trust you to convey that to our next minister by your actions and words.
Committee: We will faithfully convey the congregation’s hopes for a new minister as we seek a candidate.
Congregation: We trust you to speak for us with applicants to find a good fit for us.
Committee: We may have to take a break from our other church responsibilities this year.
Congregation: We promise to make space for your work and to welcome you back when you are able to resume other parts of your church life.
Committee: We promise to tell the truth and speak what is in our hearts.
Congregation: We encourage you to seek out the divine spark in yourselves and the applicants.
Committee: We covenant to be as transparent with you as our responsibilities allow us to be.
Congregation: We trust you to conduct confidential deliberations on our behalf, even if that is uncomfortable for us.
Committee: We expect to find a candidate to recommend to you. If we don’t, it will be because we could not find a good fit for our church’s needs.
Congregation: We hope that the search will bear rich fruit. We promise that we will still love you if it doesn’t.
Committee: We are aware of the great responsibility you have given us and we are grateful for your confidence in us.
Congregation: We bless you as you go about this work for all of us.
ALL: Mindful of the cloud of witnesses past, present, and future, in whose name we undertake this work, we covenant with each other.