Confirmation Process Update
July 10, 2014: The Board of Trustees has met and come to an agreement on a process to hear the voice of the Namaste CSL Community for the confirmation of Rev. James.
July 10, 2014
Dear Namaste Community,
The Board of Trustees has met and come to an agreement on a process to hear the voice of the Namaste CSL Community for the confirmation of Rev. James our Associate Minister to fill the position as Senior Minister. The Board of Trustees wishes to support the direction of the whole of our community with unity and inclusivity of the community’s voice.
As you know, Rev. James is our Associate Minister and as written in his letter of call (contract), the congregation must make a decision in a confirmation process to accept him as their senior minister. If they do not accept him as the Senior Minister then the next step would be to go through a candidating process, with the support of Centers for Spiritual Living Home Office, for exploring other potential minister candidates.
As Namaste grew out of the living room of Reverend Doctor Kristin Hawkins 15 years ago, it is in the same spirit and adventure that we have the opportunity to step together, to grow and move into the next 15 years or more as a spiritual community arm in arm led by Reverend James. As he said within his talk on July 6, 2014, “Namaste CSL is not one person but a community” it is in this spirit we have the opportunity to participate in this process now.
Before you complete the attached form, there are opportunities available to support your final voice to the Board of Trustees. If you have not had the opportunity over the past three years to speak to and meet Reverend James, a number of “open houses” have been scheduled to facilitate a space to accomplish this on Monday July 21 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM and Wednesday July 23 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM at the Center. The Board of Trustees will offer space for an “open house” on Sunday August 3, 2014 after service at the Center from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. This meeting will be without the presence of Reverend James. The Board is also available at any time via e-mail or in person after service on Sundays.
During the Ordination and Installation process of Reverend James in February of this year information was presented to the community regarding the answer to the question;
- When the time does come that Dr. Kristin leaves, what's the process for filling our Senior Minister position? In communities where there is no Associate Minister, there is a "candidating" process. Ministers who may be interested in filling the position are reviewed, some are invited to speak and do workshops and meet people. With community input, the Board of Trustees extends an offer to the minister that seems to be the best fit. Often this is a difficult transition time in community, and can take several months or more.
In communities with one or more associate ministers, the associate minister is considered to be the one to fill the position, having been well prepared to take on the role of Senior Minister. With the community's confirmation, the Board of Trustees offers the position to the Associate Minster.
The Board is requesting your participation in providing your voice as to how we move forward together with the completion of the attached form. I ask you to individually take this into prayer, find the support you need with one of the offered open houses and speak your voice to the Board of Trustees, using the form below, no later than Sunday August 10th, 2014. Forms will also be available at Sunday service. Please deliver the form via e-mail to a Board Member or hand deliver to a Board Member after Sunday service prior to August 10th. The Board has set a meeting to review the voice of the Membership directly after August 10th. An announcement will be presented to the community the following Sunday as to the decided direction of the community.
As a long time Member of Namaste CSL and as the President of our community I ask for your participation in this process. I personally hold this community dear to my heart and stand with you as we grow together in the next chapter of our adventure.
H. Jeff Schlicht RScP
President of Namaste CSL
On behalf of the Board of Trustees
Namaste CSL Confirmation Process Form
As you know, effective August 31st, Dr. Kristin is stepping down as our Senior Minister.
Rev. James, as our current Associate Minister, with the confirmation of our community, will become our next Senior Minister.
The Board of Trustees would very much like to hear your voice.
Do you commit to Rev. James as the Senior Minister of Namaste?
Comments for the Board of Trustees: _____________________________
Print Name ____________________________________
Registered Member Yes_______ No _________
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