Senior Minister Search

Senior Minister Search

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Check here for updates as First Church goes through the process of selecting a new senior minister!

Want to peruse the Congregational Record our search committee put together for prospective candidates? You can find it here.

Meet our Candidate for Senior Minister

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom is elated to be the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee’s candidate for Senior Minister. Her ministry is based in relationship, depth of meaning, purpose, and interconnection. She is a native Wisconsinite who has been away for almost 20 years, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to come home to serve the...

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Voting for Senior Minister Candidate

Following Candidating Week (April 24-May 1), members of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee will have the opportunity on May 1 to vote to call the Candidate to be the new Senior Minister. Voting will take place that day in the Common Room, with the Board of Trustees overseeing the process. Your vote is essential to...

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Candidating Week at First Church

April 24 – May 1, 2016 Our Senior Minister Search Committee has announced First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee's Candidate for Senior Minister: The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom! Read about the Candidate here. Rev. Nordstrom will be joining us at First Church for Candidating Week, beginning April 24 and culminating on May 1 with a congregational vote...

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Senior Minister Search Committee Updates

  April 2016: The Yes Keeps Getting Bigger By The Rev. Dena McPhetres, Associate Minister   Each time I talk with Jennifer, my “yes” gets bigger. Jennifer who? The Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, of course: our Senior Minister Candidate! Some of you may be wondering what I think about our Candidate and if I feel good...

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Ministerial Search Committee

The First Church Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the proposed slate of members for the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC), which will represent us in our search for a new Senior Minister.  Twenty-one members of the congregation, representing the Board of Trustees, the Interim Transition Team (ITT) and the Nomination Committee, joined by our...

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Survey Results

Senior Minister Search Committee Survey Results: All members were asked to complete an online or paper copy of the survey between Ingathering on September 13 and the end of September. First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee currently has 775 members; 279 members responded to the survey (36%). Data from the survey and the three Town Hall...

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Transition Team Updates

Update 1 In our first month, the Transition Team held seven open listening sessions with the congregation (including one with the youth group).  About 100 people came to meet Elaine and the Transition Team and learn about the two-year transition process. At the listening sessions, attendees participated in an Appreciative Inquiry exercise where they sat...

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Transition Team First Steps

The Interim Transition Team works closely with the Rev. Elaine Peresluha to to design a plan to guide her transition tasks, help her to think about how to form a search committee for the new Senior Minister, and help her to to perform the rest of her Interim Tasks. Team Members: Patricia Witt Stacy Koenen...

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Senior Minister Transition Timeline

  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 April: Drew announces retirement September: Farewell year begins August: Interim Minister begins first year of two-year term September: Interim Minister begins second of two-year term September: Church year begins with new Senior Minister June: Board appoints Senior Minister Celebration Team Autumn: Interim Ministry Task Force prepares for Interim Minister...

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Introducing Our Interim Senior Minister

We are very pleased to announce that the Reverend Elaine Beth Peresluha has accepted an offer to join our congregation as Interim Senior Minister and will serve the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee in that capacity for two years commencing August 1, 2014. Elaine is an Accredited Interim Minister (AIM). In August of 2013 she...

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Board Decides on Two-Year Interim Minister

We, the Interim Ministry Task Force, would like to thank you for the opportunity to be of service to the Board and to the entire congregation. Our first task has been to provide information about the relative wisdom of hiring an interim minister (IM) for one or two years. In order to provide a well-researched...

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Ministerial Search Committee Selection Process

March 5, 2015 Dear member of First Unitarian Society, YOU are invited to nominate yourself or other members for the Ministerial Search Committee who will represent our congregation in finding our new Senior Minister! Any member may nominate themselves or another member for the Search Committee. We intend to have a team that represents our...

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A Ministry of Absence

So What are the Boundaries Once Drew Retires?   From Ingathering Sunday, 2013: “Singing to the Whole, Sad, Damn, Wonderful Business” The Reverend Drew Kennedy First, since many of you have kindly asked, let me share with you that Lois and I have every intention of staying here in Milwaukee, especially since Lois has lots of...

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Letter from the Board Regarding Senior Minister Retirement

April 10, 2013 Dear Members and Friends, Last night the Board of Trustees received the announcement of our Senior Minister Drew Kennedy's retirement, effective June 30th, 2014, with a mix of emotions — sadness that an exciting, transformative era for our church will be ending, joy for Drew, some apprehension at the inevitability of change,...

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Former Senior Minister Drew Kennedy’s Retirement Letter

April 10, 2013 “May Life bless us and keep us . . . .” Dear members and friends, After serving as your Senior Minister for more than twenty-six years, it is time for me to retire.  Consequently, on April 9, 2013, I informed the church Board of Trustees that I am announcing my resignation as

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