BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING
November 9 Workshop
November 10 Sunday Service
THINK OF A MINISTER. DON’T THINK OF AN ELEPHANT.
Chances are, you thought of both. And distinct images perhaps came to mind. In terms of a minister, what images came to mind? Was it a person of a particular gender, race, or age?
Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. We don’t want to overlook or let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match to serve as our next settled minister.
Congregations sometimes assume 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 Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop from 9am to Noon on Saturday, November 9 in the Common Room. Everyone in the congregation is strongly encouraged to attend!
The workshop is designed to promote inclusive thinking and help prevent unfair discrimination in our search process. This is yet another way for us to live our values and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and will serve us well.
Rev. Keith Kron, Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, will facilitate the workshop, and also meet with our search committee and lead the Sunday service on November 10.
This workshop is a great opportunity for you to participate more fully in the search process. We will explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our efforts in this search.
Please RSVP by Monday, November 4 to the church office at 402-345-3439 or by email to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need childcare? No problem, just let us know when you RSVP for the workshop.