In case you missed our Chalice Lighting on Sunday, we are excited to share that the Selection Committee appointed by the Boards of the UU Church of Greeley and the Foothills Unitarian Church has selected our candidate for our new shared ministry position who will act as the lead for our congregation in our coming year. It was a wonderful announcement offered both at Foothills and at Greeley's worship services with representatives from both of our congregations sharing simultaneously to both congregations.
Here is a summary of their announcement....
Hollis Berendt and Bill Gotchey from Greeley and Karen Harder and Rev. Gretchen Haley from Foothills were each appointed to the Selection Committee and had a wonderful experience interviewing 3 strong candidates for our shared position. After a thorough review, the team selected Diana McLean, who has been most recently serving as the Intern at the UU Church of Boulder. Diana brings a wealth of congregational experience, and a passion for our faith as a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She has a particular call to leading worship, to pastoral care and the partnership across congregations. And she brings the extra bonus of having just worked with Foothills' incoming Interim Senior Minister Howell Lind as his intern.
Diana will start on August 1st as a 3/4 time Assistant Minister for both of our congregations. Initially, her time will be focused on Greeley, but she will also be getting to know Foothills and their membership team as they will be working on better connecting all who come to their church.
Left: Diana and her son Aiden
Right: Diana and Rev. Howell Lind
Additionally, Rev. Gretchen Haley, Associate Minister for Foothills, will be spending these next few months growing her understanding and connection of the Greeley congregation and community. You may know Rev. Haley as she has filled our pulpit in the past, and has been serving as the Associate at Foothills since 2012. She will act as Diana's supervisor, and our intent is that over the year, all three ministers will be working as a team to serve both congregations and our churches will work together to further the reach of love all across Northern Colorado. We are currently mapping out a "kick-off" Sunday where the ministry team will officially mark the beginning of our new church year together - look for more info on this coming soon. (Rev. Lind will be starting his work with the two congregations in August, and so look for more from him as the year progresses.)
If you are interested in being a part of the team that grows our partnership between Greeley and Foothills, please let Rev. Gretchen Haley know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Below you'll find introductory letters from Diana and Gretchen, and a video from Diana. We are all thrilled at the opportunities that this year offers, and we look forward to seeing how it all will unfold.
- Marcia Free, Board of Trustees for UU Church of Greeley
- Hollis Berendt and Bill Gotchey, Board of Trustees for Greeley and Selection Committee members
- Rich Young and Jennifer Powell, Board of Trustees for Foothills Unitarian Church
- Karen Harder, Board of Trustees for Foothills and Selection Committee member
- Rev. Gretchen Haley, Associate Minister and Selection Committee member