Geneva Church Announces Interim Minister Team
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG) announces an interim minister agreement with spouses/Revs. Patrick Price and Jennifer Innis.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva (UUSG) announces an interim minister agreement with spouses/Revs. Patrick Price and Jennifer Innis. The co-ministry will begin on August 1, 2018 following the June retirement of Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates.
Revs. Price and Innis come to UUSG from the Community UU Church in Plano, Texas. There, Rev. Price has served as Minister since 2006 and Rev. Innis serves as the Interim Director of Religious Education. Rev. Price earned his Master’s in Divinity from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in 1995. His theological journey has encompassed Contemporary Paganism, Humanism and historical Jesus studies. “I understand Unitarian Universalism to be a pluralist faith learning to practice grounded openness,” wrote Price. Additionally, he is a Certified Shamanic Practitioner and a Certified Hypnotist. He has particular strengths in strategic planning, governance and administration.
Rev. Innis earned her Master’s in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Her area of expertise is religious education (RE). UUSG’s RE program has been run for years strictly by volunteers, therefore her role is much anticipated. Rev. Innis writes, “(Patrick and I) believe that all people, whether ordained or not, bring unique gifts and perspectives to congregational ministry. Just as our liberal religious tradition values the voice of the people when making decisions, it is the committed involvement and leadership of the congregation—the sharing of gifts and perspectives—that makes truly transformational ministry possible.”
Co-ministry is an arrangement where two ministers share responsibilities and rewards of a single position. Some advantages include:
• Complementary strengths and opinions
• Increased variety of sermon styles and topics
• Combined experience, training and skills of two people
UUSG’s previous minister, the Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates, served the church for 40 years prior to retirement. The norm for a Unitarian minister is seven to ten years. “When I first arrived, they asked me to stay for five years,” Bates, 66, said. “And I kept that promise. After five years, I just stayed put. (But) it is time for me to be doing something else.”
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, established in 1842, is a diverse, welcoming community that endeavors to make its Covenant a living reality. uusg.org.
- July 11, 2018