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Our Ministerial Candidate is the Rev. Margaret L. Weis!
From the Settled Minister Search Committee:
Almost two years ago you nominated us to act on your behalf to conduct the minister search process. We are extremely excited to tell you that we have found our candidate!
We came to our decision after an exhaustive search. After holding 17 cottage meetings and reviewing 147 responses to our congregation survey, we produced our congregational record and packet for prospective candidates. We’ve included 32 updates in our mid-week announcements to keep you informed. We followed up on all the suggestions from congregants about potential candidates. We read 19 ministerial records and countless sermons, held five Zoom interviews with candidates and made over a dozen reference calls. We hosted our top candidates for weekend long visits. By one estimate, we’ve each logged at least 300 hours on this project, but none of us really wants to count. We have exchanged well over two thousand emails, and met once a week, sometimes twice. We squeezed in time for some fun. We got to know and respect each other. And in the end, we unanimously agreed on this decision.
The candidate we have chosen is a lover of nature and of music, and was raised in a family of educators. She loves bicycling, yoga, and singing. She loves to laugh and to be with people of all ages.
Our candidate currently serves as Minister at the Religious Society of Bell Street Chapel in Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated with honors in 2012 from Andover Newton Theological School, and was a Presidential Scholar there. She grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts and is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. Before going to seminary, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and her master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She and her wife, Susan, have been married for six years this June. Their rescue dogs, Lela and Checkers, keep them on their toes.
Some words from her in response to being chosen as our candidate:
“You have a remarkable search committee – they are kind, funny, cohesive, and deeply committed to this congregation and to Unitarian Universalism. It was wonderful to be welcomed by them. When I came to Ithaca, I was blown away by its natural beauty and the wonderful facilities where the congregation meets for fellowship and worship. I am over the moon to have found a good fit with FUSIT for the beginning of our shared ministry together. In just a few short weeks I will get to meet all of you, and I cannot express how excited I am to do so!”
It is with our deep pleasure that we recommend Rev. Margaret Weis to you as our next settled minister. Before and during Candidating Week (April 23 to April 30), we’ll do all we can to help you understand why she is such an outstanding choice.
Please check out her website to learn more about Margaret: www.revmargaretweis.org
We are available to answer your questions and we’re looking forward to introducing Rev. Margaret to you at the end of the month.
Andrew, Arthur, Kathy, Pat, Magdalen, and Don
If you’re interested, at this link (below) you can find what the members of the Settled Minister Search Committee considered as the job description of the candidate they were seeking along with statements of why they believe Rev. Weis is a great fit for FUSIT.