IUCC’s Winter Congregational Meeting on Feb. 9 included a review and approval of the 2020 budget, an update on the search for a permanent pastor, approval of a resolution on climate change and a renaming of the Ministry for Young People to the Ministry with Young People.
Both Interim Pastor David Pattee and Moderator Renae Boyum stressed the continued health of the congregation in a year that included many changes.
Treasurer David Carruthers said the church and the childcare center are both in a good position financially. The full budget can be found here: https://www.iucc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IUCC-2020-Budgets.pdf
Keith Boyum, chair of the Pastoral Search Committee, said the committee has begun reviewing applications for the senior pastor position. In additional to the usual United Church of Christ channels for posting the job, the committee reached out to former pastors Paul Tellström, Elizabeth Griswold and Fred Plumer, as well as the UCC’s pastor for diversity and inclusion, asking for suggestions for pastors who would meet the congregation’s goals of commitment to progressive Christianity, the LGBTQ+ community, cultural and ethnic diversity, environmental and social justice and youth programming.
He said the goal is to have a candidate to present to the congregation by this spring.
Lesli Mitchell and Felicity Figueroa gave a brief presentation on the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, noting an emphasis on reaching out to youth through a meeting for African-American and mixed race teens on April 26 to share their experiences in a safe space.
The congregation approved support for “We Are Still In” Declaration, reaffirming a commitment to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. The declaration is the work of a diverse coalition of more than 2,000 businesses and investors, more than 250 cities and counties, 350 colleges and universities and 250 faith groups. Additional information can be found here: https://www.wearestillin.com/action
The congregation unanimously approved changing the name of the Ministry for Young People to the Ministry With Young People, which better represents the ministry’s approach of including youth in all stages of program planning and implementation.