The St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a small
congregation located in central Minnesota, is seeking a consulting
minister. The Reverend
Michelle Tonozzi, who has been our consulting minister for more than seven
years, has retired. We expect
to employ the new minister half-time for an initial period of two years.
The Greater St. Cloud Area, located 70 miles northwest of
the Twin Cities, has a population of 108,000 with a median age of 29.9 and
median household income of $49,770. Our
community is enriched by the students and staff of six higher education
campuses. Arts, sports, and
entertainment are easy to find here, and there are many beautiful parks on the
Mississippi River and on our central Minnesota prairies.
As a welcoming congregation, we make social justice a
priority. We are quick to organize to
support social justice causes as they arise in our area, we participate in the
local Pride Fest each year, and we worked diligently to defeat the 2012 Marriage
Amendment in Minnesota, which would have banned the marriage of same-sex
couples. Our community garden offers a
way for local residents to raise their own food and has been especially
appreciated by people living in nearby apartment buildings.
Although small in numbers, our congregation has the
following active committees: Program,
Social Justice, Buildings and Grounds, Caring, Membership, Budget and Finance,
Long Range Planning, Adult Religious Education, Children's Religious Education Leader Group, Communications and
Committee on Ministry. Many members
participate in Circle Dinners, Covenant Groups, and Choir.
We see opportunities and challenges in our fellowship
including 1) attracting youth and young parents, 2) retaining members, 3)
providing a viable children’s religious education program, and 4) increasing
our presence in the St. Cloud area.
Our Fellowship is strong in member leadership with a rich
community history. What we need is a
strong, progressive, spiritual leader.
We are seeking a minister who can provide “charismatic authority” and
guide us with wisdom, experience and clarity, a leader who can expand our
community perspectives to a larger vision – a big picture vision for a better
world – and a leader who can help grow our congregation in many diverse ways.
Minimum Qualifications/Application Materials:
curriculum vitae3. Two
letters of recommendation – one from an active practicing UU minister4. Unofficial
transcripts from all applicable academin institutions attended
Lastly, please share with us how you can take us to the
next level and how you would address our four major fellowship challenges. All materials should be sent as .pdf files
with the name of the applicant in the subject line to