A Time for Joy
You did it! I did it! We all did it together! At the conclusion of what had been a great candidating week for the church, on Sunday April 29, the Congregation overwhelmingly voted to call the Reverend Doctor Xolani Kacela to be our next settled minister.
If you were at the Congregational Meeting, you know how excited we were when the vote came in. More than one hundred members shouted and applauded at the news.
The final vote, including the Absentee Ballots, was 134 Yes, 2 No, 1 Abstain.
I want to apologize to you for the confusion about the collection of ballots before the meeting began. Some eager members, after registering and receiving their
ballots, marked them and turned them in before we had a chance to start. While this was not the procedure that I planned to follow, it doesn’t invalidate the
election. However, with this in mind, I decided not to call for discussion, as it was obvious that many members had already made up their minds.
Now we can take a collective breath and continue the work of the church, knowing that our next settled minister will be with us by August. Thanks to the Ministerial Search Committee for choosing a great candidate. Thanks to the Negotiating Committee for working out the details of the contract. And thanks to you, the Congregation, for listening to the sermons of the Reverend Doctor Kacela and meeting with him during the past week. It’s been a wonderful experience for all of us.
And, I’m also very happy to report that the Board has formally agreed to sponsor Joel Courtney in his quest to become a Unitarian Universalist minister.
In faith, Charlie Scholz, President, Board of Trustees