Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the ministerial search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.
Other congregations have assumed 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 October 24 and at the worship service on October 25.
We will have trainers meet with our Search Committee and facilitate a three-hour conversation where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. These trainers will also lead the Sunday service.
This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and who will serve us well.
This opportunity allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to 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 sign up today for the workshop at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084da9a72aa6fb6-beyond
The service on Sunday, October 25 will be led by the Rev. Keith Kron. The Zoom link will be sent a day prior to the workshop to those who have signed up. The service will be streamed as usual.