Special Congregational Meeting

You are invited to attend a Special Congregational Meeting from 12:00-1:00, Sunday, May 2, to vote on calling the Rev. Dr. Kate Walker as our new settled minister.

Voting will be by anonymous electronic ballot. We need at least 107 members (40% of all members) to submit an electronic ballot, either personally or by an authorized proxy, or an absentee ballot. An affirmative vote by 90% of those voting is required to call a minister (link will be sent on Saturday, May 1 to all members eligible to vote).

Please see below for additional information about voting procedures.

About Rev. Kate
Our candidate for settled ministry at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, the Rev. Dr. Kate Walker, currently serves as senior minister at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Virginia. She previously served as senior minister at the UU Church of Meadville, PA.

For Rev. Kate, worship is comprised of small and large moments tied together with bonds of joy, sorrow, lament, and most of all love; and pastoral care is the heart and soul of her ministry.
Rev. Kate has co-authored an adult curriculum, Facing Death with Life, which is available on the UUA website. Her doctoral dissertation is on faith formation of UU youth and young adults. She currently serves as a UUA Advocate, a UUA Transitions Coach, and with the UUMA Ministerial Conference at Berry Street. She has also been active with her congregations in the larger community in social justice and anti-oppression work.

Learn more about Rev. Kate on her website.

Voting Procedures
We will vote using the Election Buddy electronic voting system (which we have used twice in the past). Ballots in Election Buddy are secret. The system reports who voted and vote totals, but not how any individual voted.

For those who wish to vote but cannot attend the Special Congregational Meeting, electronic voting will open at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 2. You will receive instructions for submitting your electronic ballot by email shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 2.

If you don’t want to vote electronically:
• You may vote by absentee ballot, or
• You may authorize another member of the church to vote on your behalf as your proxy representative.
• Absentee ballots must be received at the church office (by postal mail or hand delivery) by Friday, April 30.
• Completed proxy authorization forms must be submitted to the Board Secretary (by postal mail or email) by Friday, April 30.

Please contact Board Secretary Eleanor Mayfield (elmayfield@verizon.net; 412-422-1406) to request an absentee ballot or proxy authorization form.

See you on Zoom on Sunday, May 2!