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The Bell for October and November

Category : The Bell

Download the Bell newsletter for young families here.


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Candidating Weekend Announced

Category : Transitions

Important Congregational Meeting


A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15, at 11 a.m. for the purpose of calling a Senior Pastor. Please see the letter below from the HUCC Pastoral Search Committee.


Jim Bale, MD, HUCC Moderator


October 29, 2020
Dear Holladay United Church of Christ members and friends,  
The HUCC Pastoral Search Committee is excited to announce that the Committee has selected a candidate for the position of Senior Pastor. In accordance with the HUCC By-Laws, the moderator is calling a special congregational meeting on Sunday, November 15, at 11 a.m. following the candidating service. Due to the COVID pandemic, all candidating processes will be done virtually. Our candidate will not be here in person.
If you do not have email to receive further information or internet connectivity to join Zoom meetings, please contact Martha Bale at (801) 244-3341 ASAP to make alternative arrangements.
The schedule of information leading up to the candidating Sunday will include (times to be announced):

  • Friday November 6 – Background information on the candidate will be sent to HUCC members and friends by email.  
  • This will include sign-up information for small group candidate conversations via Zoom.
  • Sunday November 8 – Search Committee members will explain the search process, briefly introduce the background of the candidate and be available for questions.
  • Monday-Friday November 9 to 13–Small group candidate conversations via Zoom
  • Saturday November 14 — Large group Zoom social time with the candidate and the search committee  
  • Sunday November 15 – Candidating church service, congregational meeting and voting by members

Because we must maintain confidentiality about the candidate, we must not share the name or any of the materials beyond HUCC. Please respect the search and call process. Do not post the candidate’s name anywhere, do not contact the candidate’s church or access its website or Facebook page. To ensure confidentiality, attendance at each of the meetings will be managed by a Zoom invitation/RSVP process. If you have difficulty using Zoom, call in phone numbers will be provided. 
Voting on the candidate during the congregational meeting is limited to HUCC members and will be done anonymously through Zoom polling. A phone-in voting option will be available if needed.
During the last twelve months since being entrusted as your search committee, we have reviewed many candidate profiles, and interviewed several potential candidates. While COVID has created challenges, the virtual search process has enabled the committee to discern in depth the relationship between the candidate’s skills, passions, and the needs of HUCC. We look forward to introducing the candidate and sharing our excitement about the candidate and HUCC’s future.


HUCC Pastoral Search Committee
Martha Bale, Chair, Ruby Hammel, Linda Hilton, Teri Jewell, Trent Parkhill, Steve Schneider, Amy Spratling


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The Bell for September

Category : The Bell

Back to school, back to church! This month’s new Bell newsletter features a welcome letter for parents and instructions on how to enroll in Sunday School and Youth Group for the fall season.

Here are the links you will need:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044eafaa2aa6fa7-sign

https://huccsocialmedia.wixsite.com/faithformation

Download the newsletter PDF here:


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Sacred Link Week 7

Category : Transitions

Affirmation

Week 7 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant.  Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi. 

Our full covenant

Week seven: Affirmation


I am entering into this covenant freely and will strive to live it out as fully as I am able, with the help of God and the support of the community. Further, I will support others as they seek to do the same.


Purpose

The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.

Agreement

We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:

  • We will listen as we read to the content here and to other’s responses with respect, with discernment and without judgement.
  • Let us respond in Love and caring for one another.
  • As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.

I am entering into this covenant freely and will strive to live it out as fully as I am able, with the help of God and the support of the community. Further, I will support others as they seek to do the same.

This is the last piece of the covenant focus. It has been a real pleasure to dig into the soil of this garden we all live in together. Our awareness of how we live together helps us to keep things clear of weeds that choke our love for each other. The covenant gives us nutrients to grow spiritually and help others to do the same. Like a garden we are all in different places of growth and color.

Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC.

I invite us to reply to: pastor@holladayucc.org. The replies sent will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward.

Blessings, Pastor Marijke


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Sacred Link Week 6

Category : Transitions

Reconciliation

Week 6 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant.  Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi. 

Week six: Reconciliation

Purpose

The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.

Agreement

We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:

  • We will listen as we read to the content here and to others’ responses with respect, with discernment and without judgment.
  • Let us respond in Love and caring for one another.
  • As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.

 ... to look honestly at our history so that wounds of the past may be healed and conflicts reconciled.


“I will celebrate fully and without reserve the ministry done by Holladay UCC these past fifty years. I will open myself to hear and acknowledge the mistakes made throughout that history. I will resist the temptation to block dialogue about uncomfortable times in the history of the church. I will resist the temptation to assign guilt or blame to another for past conflicts. I will do all that is within my power to reconcile with persons with whom I have had strong disagreements in the past.”


As we celebrate, open ourselves, resist, and do, all of the above, let us do so with an open heart. Our history is part of all that we are as a community. It informs our feeling of accomplishment. And informs fears in our lack of coming to full resolution on issues from which we have not healed. In order for us to celebrate our history fully, we must feel good about all aspects of our being together.

When we reconcile with those with whom we have had conflict, we can move forward with a clear understanding of relationship that truly honors all humans. As we experienced last week in our look at conflict resolution, we know this takes work. Please take to heart in that we can come to the table of reconciliation with no shame or guilt and analyze the situation in love and compassion.

Let’s make sure that we can celebrate fully in the future by honoring the process of reconciliation and working toward resolution in all times of conflict.

Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC.

I invite us to reply to: pastor@holladayucc.org. The replies sent will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward.

Blessings, Pastor Marijke


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Sacred Link Week 5

Category : Transitions

Conflict and Respect

Week 5 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant.  Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi. 


Week five: Facing conflict


Purpose

The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.

Agreement

We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:

  • We will listen as we read to the content here and to others’ responses with respect, with discernment and without judgment.
  • Let us respond in Love and caring for one another.
  • As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.

Here is the language of our covenant:

…to face conflicts openly and with respect


I will take my questions and concerns directly to the person or persons involved rather than allowing anger and frustration to build among a small group of people. I will not “let it slide” or “brush it under the rug” when a problem needs to be openly discussed. I will remind myself that each member of this congregation is a child of God, whether s/he agrees with me or not. I will allow myself a cooling-off period so that an issue can be discussed rationally and respectfully. I will respectfully decline participation in conversations that tear another down or assign blame to someone not present. I will speak only for myself in conflict situations. I will listen mindfully.

This is likely the piece of our covenant that is the most important at this moment in our history or maybe ever. Only our relationship with the Divine is more important!


If only: Conflict resolution is crucial to the health of our community. Every time we look back at our history, we find injuries that are still painful. Many times, we say and hear, “if only we…”, “if I had said something in the beginning…”,” I don’t understand what happened but I don’t like it.” Looking back at our issues is a good thing when we do it with healing and resolution in mind. Updating and changing how we resolve things is healthy.

Don’t wait: The front line is right when a conflict occurs. We need to confront the issue there. A cooling off period may be necessary but an agreement about the length of that time should be entered into from the start.

Sooner or later: Letting things go may feel like the Christian thing to do. We may feel that it is the good thing to do. I understand this sentiment. However, this kind of thinking does not honor ourselves or the person we have conflict with. Leaving these things generally means that we will have to resolve them later. 

Keep it cool: Confronting an issue need not be heated. We can calmly discuss with each other in “I” language about what has happened. If this cannot happen because one or both parties doesn’t feel safe then others trained to help can be brought in to assist with a conversation. Please contact a pastor or moderator and a meeting can be set up to facilitate the dispute. This is a healthy way to resolve conflict issues and should be encouraged.

No gossip: We must not bring in others outside of the conflict to take sides or speak about the conflict in order to recruit support. We must not gossip about situations. We must have healthy conversations to help us to move forward with clear thinking and resolution that honors the souls involved.

Resolve it: Imagine what it would be like to look back at our history as one of great relationships not broken ones, great strides in justice not unfair practices, Love and welcome for all, not throwing away precious souls, without regrets not suffering past grief. Conflict resolution does that. It boils down to repentance and forgiveness which happens within conflict resolution.

Training: If you think you would like some training on healthy conflict resolution please let us know. We are planning some healthy boundary training that Pastor Chelsea is sourcing. Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC.

I invite us to reply to: pastor@holladayucc.org. The replies  will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward. 

Blessings,

Pastor Marijke


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Sacred Link 4

Category : Transitions

Passing the Word

Week 4 in a series of digital sacred conversations about HUCC’s covenant.  Guidance by Rev. Marijke Rossi.

Week four: Improve Communication


Purpose

The purpose in reviewing the covenant as sacred conversation and in this way at this time is to continue the conversation we started before the pandemic; online because we can no longer meet in person. It is a way that can be helpful and move us along in this process before the new senior pastor arrives. We pray that it will be useful and healing for all of us.

Agreement

We shall start each one of these sessions with an extension of grace and a request for grace, along with the guidelines used for all sacred conversations at HUCC:

  • We will listen as we read to the content here and to others’ responses with respect, with discernment and without judgment.
  • Let us respond in Love and caring for one another.
  • As we respond let us do so with “I” language to promote each person’s voice including our own.

…to improve our communication.

I will take responsibility for reading bulletin announcements, Tidings articles and Email communications so that I will be further informed about programs. I will take responsibility for making sure announcements regarding the activities I coordinate are placed in the bulletin, in Tidings and on Email. I will actively explore new ways to let others know what’s happening at Holladay UCC. I will take my questions and concerns directly to the person or persons involved rather than making assumptions. 

Pass it along: This is such an important part of our commitment to each other! Especially now. During this time while we are apart, we need to seek out ways of getting information and passing it along to others who may not have internet access. Educating ourselves about what is happening at church and engaging in the processes set out by all of us makes it much easier to embrace community life.

In communion together: All of leadership at HUCC has worked to get communication out about services, outreach, social justice, Covid response information and any other important announcements. We use all of the means available to us and work hard to keep us in communion together.

Voicing needs: May we embrace our ability to use our voices to convey our needs and may we use our ability to learn, grow, and be in covenant by listening to our community and its needs.

Please ask whatever questions come up for you as you revisit the covenant you entered into as a member of HUCC. I invite us to reply to: pastor@holladayucc.org. The replies sent will help to inform the next phase of exploring our move forward.

Blessings, Pastor Marijke


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