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Sugarloaf Volunteer System Update #2

Thu, 08/27/2015


We have to bring on board our crew - all of you who belong to our Sugarloaf community!

We hope to set sail when the crew list of volunteers is complete. Jeff B is below deck creating volunteer profile list. Jeff is creating new custom fields for our crew to use to sign-up in our Church Membership On Line. The new fields will give these choices for how one wishes to volunteer:
  • Self Directed – for those offering to do self-initiated projects
  • Willing to Help – for those who are open to take on a new task
  • Call Later – for those not able to give the time at this point in their lives
  • Can Work On-site – for those preferring tasks on our property
  • Can Work At-home – for those preferring tasks to be done at home.

Helen P our Volunteer Captain will also keep a list of all the volunteer tasks and what each crew member is doing. We need to keep track of what hat each crew member is wearing. Some crew members wear more than one hat.

Our system’s basic tenet is fairness. When a volunteer takes a turn to participate by responding to a personal invitation to do a task, that person will let the Volunteer Captain know. She will check off that volunteer’s name until all who are registered on the crew’s list have had their turns. At that point we start the volunteer turn cycle again.

It’s important for everyone to sign up and take a turn volunteering. The Volunteer System will help us to achieve our goals identified during our next step meetings, to let everyone know what is going on, and to prevent burnout.

Please try on a new volunteer hat. September 20 is our deadline to sign up.

Helen Pop. & Adam
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Weekly News From SCUU 8/20/15

Thu, 08/20/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Bookmark the NEW Amazon SCUU donation page!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 8/20/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

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Sugarloaf Volunteer System Report I

Wed, 08/19/2015

Our yet-to-be established system is like a sailboat still tied up to its dock.  August 9 th’s meeting to launch it, ended with a focus on who belongs on the crew (volunteers’ list) for the maiden voyage.  This voyage will be the system’s trial with our Membership Committee at the helm, steering this experimental leg of the journey.

This report on Meeting #1 starts an information series.  Preparation for the trial and evaluation period has begun.  A key foundation for the System rests in two ways to volunteer.  First it comes from a personal invitation to do a specific (usually one-time) task that comes out of needs that originate in Committees and our Board.  The second way is  when a congregant chooses to initiate a task for solving a problem (or, simply, to enhance our Sugarloaf community life.)  After a turn is fulfilled, that person will not be asked to volunteer, again, until all who are registered in the Volunteer System have had their turns or the spirit of volunteering moves the person to volunteer again.

Helen Pop & Adam
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Ministerial Search 101 -- Three Rabbit Holes

Tue, 08/18/2015

A twisty maze of passages which way to turn

The main point to remember is that we are an independent self governing body who abides by a covenant, principles, by-laws and a democratic form of governance via the most current edition of Robert's Rules of Order and our mission and definition statements.

“Why Does Sugarloaf Exist?” Sugarloaf is a spiritual community that asks questions, explores answers, and shares the lessons of life. We celebrate theological and cultural diversity and are united by our caring for humanity and Earth. The Mission of Sugarloaf Renew the Spirit Connect More Deeply Inspire Good 
So we use our best judgement, speak, listen, vote, and lather rinse repeat.

Personal interpretation is the hallmark and foundation of democracy.

Communication is key. And with communication we should be able to avoid conflict

Quick overview ...

There are three types of ministers that one can hire.  One joke is all this is like a bird mating dance


but i digress

The most formal is the Called Minister -- a called minister is one the congregation marries "forever with no known end date" like Rev Megan ...

The board forms a ministerial search committee and the ministerial search committee is sworn to secrecy and to find a minister that will be approved by an almost unanimous vote by the congregation...

The main tasks of the ministerial search committee for a called ministerial search outlined in the most sacred of UU text the settlement handbook are ...
  • establish a budget (local search is cheaper and faster than a national search)
  • survey the congregation on the type of minister they want 
  • define what the congregation needs 
  • put the congregational record together 
  • present to ministers at an online minister & congregation dating site
  • select candidates 
  • communicate with candidates 
  • arrange interviews (if a local search free ish ,.. if a national search airline tickets & hotels)
  • arrange third party locations to view a sermon -- neutral pulpit visits 
  •  keep the board apprised of what is going on 
  • select the one minister candidate 
  • negotiate contract terms 
  • organize candidate weekend 
  • have everyone meet the candidate in different venues of the congregation 
  • finalize contract terms 
  • organize the congregational meeting for the fait accompli vote
  • ish ...
This is usually done after the congregation has been with an interim minister.

We've had three called ministers.  Our first minister Rev Charlie was an exception he was selected by the UUA and the congregation approved.  Rev Amy and Rev Megan were selected by a SCUU ministerial search committee.

The Interim Minister has a little less formal search process but is very formal in the pecking order ...

The Interim Minister is a minister trained in interim-ing. Which means to help the congregation get prepared to do a formal Called Minister search.   The interim minister usually works for one year.  We've had two in our history and both stayed for 2 years.  Rev James and Rev Myron.  An Interim Minister cannot become the Called Minister.

The tasks above get streamlined for an interim minister search as outlined in the Transitional Ministry handbook.

Both of these handbooks carry Sacred Heat. You can feel historical experience going back hundreds of years. The whole point is to avoid awkward situations, tar, feathers and torches.

But these two mating seasons have passed.  The search timeframe for the Called Minister is one year.  The search timeframe for an Interim Minister is four months ish.

Which to emphasize means that due to the timing of Rev Megan's departure (a time of year when official searches were closed) our only choices were either a contract minister or going at least 6 months with no minister at all.

So the board has decided to hunt for a Contract Minister and the process is streamline/simplified even more for a contract minister.  The timeframe for a contract minister search is fast like a bunny -- one to two months -- now ish.

The Contract Minister can do whatever we the board and the congregation decide the contract minister should do and that the contract minister agrees to do  ...

The plan is to be clear about all that -- in a contract.

Also if we want we can pivot too.  We could end up hiring a contract minister have her or him do interim-ish things commit to a year and then extend.  And if we really like her or him convert him or her to a called minister.  A contract minister is pretty free form.  About as "Alice in Wonderland" as you can get.  And we're ok with that.

The board has voted to use the following process to find a Contract Minister ... Each step assumes the candidate has passed the prior step.

1.        An interview is scheduled with candidate and as many BOT members as can attend.
2.        References are called and verified (by BOT volunteers).
3.        A Meet and Greet is scheduled and church leaders and elders and worship committee are invited to attend.  Informal setting to meet and talk with candidate.
4.        BOT makes decision on whether to proceed to an offer and what the offer should be.

 Underpinning all this is the vote the congregation made to increase the Minister's time and pay.

This should be the new rainbow flag
The congregation expects us to move.  We want a minister in place by September.  Minister priorities have already been established.  But the intent is to collaborate to figure out the best way to go.

The board is working with help from the UUA to find a contract minister best suited to move us forward.  We will move carefully down the Contract Minister rabbit hole.

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Weekly News From SCUU 8/13/15

Thu, 08/13/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Don't forget to collect your water this summer!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 8/13/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 8/06/15

Thu, 08/06/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Don't forget to collect your water this summer!!! & Thanks Laura for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 8/06/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 7/30/15

Thu, 07/30/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Send us your SCUU wedding photos!!! & Thanks Laura & Julie for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 7/30/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura & Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 7/23/15

Thu, 07/23/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Megan's LAST service is THIS SUNDAY!! & Thanks Laura & Julie for publishing the eflyer...


Farewell

WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

Link to Weekly News from SCUU 7/23/2015. 

If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura & Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Wow -- Bugs at the Board Meeting Part III

Tue, 07/21/2015

It is not a bird. John's pen appears for scale.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Wow -- Bugs at the Board Meeting Part 2

Tue, 07/21/2015

Another view of the construction project.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Wow -- Bugs at the Board Meeting

Tue, 07/21/2015

Careful where you walk this is a huge construction project.

Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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Wow -- the Sanctuaries where our guest presenter hails from

Sun, 07/19/2015


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”



Howard Thurman
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Weekly News From SCUU 7/16/15

Thu, 07/16/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Bring a Question for Megan on July 26th. A Brush with Wine is filling up fast - contact Karen Alegi to sign up ASAP!!! & Thanks Laura & Julie for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 7/16/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Laura & Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 7/09/15

Thu, 07/09/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Bring a lunch and hang out with Rev. Megan after church this Sunday. Don't forget to collect your water this Summer!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 7/09/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 7/02/15

Thu, 07/02/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Pancake Breakfast after service this Sunday! Don't forget to collect your water this Summer!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 7/02/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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WOW Flag -- "equal justice under law - apply to us, too"

Fri, 06/26/2015



They are everywhere!!
Reaction came swiftly. James Obergefell, the Ohio man who was the lead plaintiff in the case, told a cheering crowd outside the Supreme Court, "Today's ruling from the Supreme Court affirms what millions across this country already know to be true in our hearts - our love is equal, that the four words etched onto the front of the Supreme Court - equal justice under law - apply to us, too."
The 13th, 14th, 15th amendments paved the way.  Which is exactly the opposite of what the other flag down south at the center of controversy stands for.
"We hold these truths ..." after a very long long time "to be self evident. That all men ..." white men 1776 & 1790 & 1856 and latin american men 1848 & 1965 and black men 1870 & 1965 and women 1920 & 1965 & 1973 and native americans 1924 & 1947 & 1965 and asians 1926 & 1952 & 1965 and everyone 1965 & 1968 and young adults 1971 and LGBT 2015 ... ish "...are created equal"

How cool is that?


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Weekly News From SCUU 6/25/15

Thu, 06/25/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! All church cookout after service this Sunday! Don't forget to collect your water this Summer!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...




WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.


Link to Weekly News from SCUU 6/25/2015. 


If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...





Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 6/18/15

Thu, 06/18/2015
Advocate Peace!! Pray for Sanity!! Mark thy Calendar All church cookout June 28! Important Announcement from Rev. Megan below!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

Link to Weekly News from SCUU 6/18/2015. 

If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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Weekly News From SCUU 6/11/15

Thu, 06/11/2015
Advocate Peace!! Stay after church for the I.T. Summit this Sunday, and Traveling Bookstore during coffee hour!!! & Thanks Julie for publishing the eflyer...


WOW!! the new edition of the Weekly News from SCUU digest that you will receive as an eflyer email. Tis a beautiful thing.

Link to Weekly News from SCUU 6/11/2015. 

If you don't want to use the link, here is a preview in a scrollable frame too..  In a browser it's scrollable and on a tablet from the WOW blog the whole freakin complete weekly digest eflyer just automagically appears...



Many Thanks to Julie and the eTaskForce!!!

Please Subscribe to the Weekly SCUU Newsletter on MailChimp via this Link
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The web of Life Number 2: Wanted Toilet Paper

Wed, 06/10/2015


Wanted -- Toilet Paper: That’s right, SCUU goes through an average of 4 rolls of toilet paper a week. One roll of toilet paper per month from each family could really make a difference. One four pack every few months would be great too! Thank you.

You can also order toilet paper via our Amazon Link ...

How many words are there for Toilet Paper? Bumwad, TP, poop-on coupons ...
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