We Are In Search

What Does It Mean To Be 'In Search'?

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill is currently searching for our next settled minister, who we hope will be with us for 8-10 years. On this journey we are making time to reflect on our history, our future, who we are, who we want to become, and who we want our minister to be. Our congregation is following the UUA process to guide us along this journey.

In September 2016, UUCCH elected a nine-member Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) that will represent and lead the church and prospective candidates through surveys, cottage meetings, candidating week, and much, much more. Although the MSC strives to be transparent at all times, as the search progresses, confidentiality is key. Please understand that we, the MSC, are working hard to find the best match for UUCCH! We also will need lots of help and involvement from the entire congregation, so please look out for communications from us and explore these pages for more information. If you’d like to know more about the entire process, read the literal guidebook from the UUA, Transitional Ministry Handbook, here.

Meet The MSC

From left: Lisa Nagasuru, Jennie Stone, Bob Messick, Sara Applegate, Julie Bonette, Fred Schuster (chair), Denise Fox, Sylvia Barclay, and Diane Baker-Hallowell.

The MSC thanks the congregation for electing us and entrusting us to carry out this very important work! Each of us has taken on a role (or roles) to take ownership of to successfully complete this process in the best possible way.

If you need to contact the MSC, look for one of us in service (we all have red ‘Search’ badges) or email us at uucchsearch@gmail.com.

An Update from the MSC 4/4/18

To our Congregation,

We (the ministerial search committee) were unable to find a suitable match in our first round. The work of the search committee was to find a good candidate that would minister well here. So far that has happened, and we’re discerning what serves us all best next. We started this process with 19 candidates. We then held seven video conference calls. We followed that up with two neutral pulpits. Then we submitted our choices to the UUA.

Recently (within the past week), the Ministerial Search Committee voted on a candidate whom we believed would be a very good fit as a settled minister for our congregation. Shortly thereafter, we learned that this candidate decided to go elsewhere. At this point, it appears we have no other viable candidate and after having met with UUA representatives, we are faced with the prospect of going into a second round of search, or seeking a developmental minister, contract minister or another interim minister, which of course is for the Board of Trustees to decide.

Trust me when I say that the MSC was totally surprised and overwhelmed by this information. After our meeting this past Monday night we felt more energized and ready to continue into the second round with the same kind of determination that we first started this journey with.

This Sunday, April 8, starting right after our church service, the MSC will hold a brief Q & A in the sanctuary for you to talk with us so that you will have a better idea what our next steps are going to involve. 


Bob Messick,