UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Seeks Part Time Contract Minister
Earlier this year, as recommended by the UUFSMA Board and approved by a majority of the General Fellowship, a Minister Search Committee (MSC) was formed to conduct a search for an appropriately credentialed UU Minister. This person will be hired for a two-year, renewable, contracted, part-time position to collaborate with our lay-lead fellowship.
Our City San Miguel de Allende, founded in 1542 in the heart of Mexico, is a historic city of 140,000, including 15,000 US and Canadian expats. In 1926, the Mexican Government declared San Miguel a National Historic Monument. In 2002, San Miguel was identified as a Pueblo Magico. In 2008, San Miguel de Allende achieved UNESCO World Heritage status. In 2013 and 2015, readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine voted San Miguel #1-rated travel destination city in the world. San Miguel is a beautiful city with a vibrant culture and arts scene.
Our Fellowship The UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende is a fellowship of mostly liberals that was started 30 years ago. We have grown over the years to a membership of 140 (mostly) retirees from the US and Canada. We are part of the UUA and the only fellowship in Mexico paying UUA dues. We are a lay-led congregation with a strong Board that believes in and practices social justice. Over half our income goes to grantees that we carefully vet. These grantees serve the Mexican community, mostly providing scholarships to deserving students and medical and dental services especially to children in the country, where poverty is prevalent. We also give grants to organizations that are involved in ecology, especially clean water. In addition, we are active in supporting deportees from the US and refugees from Central America.
The Opportunity The UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende is seeking a part-time Contract Minister. The Contract Minister will: * Present 12 Sunday sermons per year; * Recruit visiting Ministers for 14 services per year; * Provide guidance and counsel regarding the spiritual/caring life of our lay-led Fellowship. * Help manage the recruiting process including outreach and records retention subject to the guidance of the Sunday Service Committee; * Provide counselling services and training to the Fellowship Care Team; * Provide pastoral care for members as needed for life/death transitions, ethical discernment or spiritual directions with the goal of connecting them to larger systems of support, including the Fellowship and community options. * Great opportunity for a (semi) retired Minister looking to stay involved an average of 8 – 10 hours a week. * Annual compensation is $6,000 USD.
Qualifications * Success at our lay-led Fellowship requires a collaborative approach in all interactions and adherence to the values of a lay-led Fellowship. * The candidate must possess appropriate UU credentialing. * He/She must be able to articulate and demonstrate the importance of integrating spiritual values and social justice action. * To effectively facilitate the recruiting of visiting Ministers, the individual must have organizational and follow-up skills and demonstrate ability to network within the UU ministerial community. * He/She must have a demonstrated record of providing pastoral care to individuals under very difficult life circumstances. * As a guest within Mexico, the successful candidate should be sensitive to cultural issues. Spanish is helpful. * Finally, the Contract Minister must have well-developed presentation and communication skills.
If you are interested in this position, or have any questions please contact Kathy Devine, Chair of the Search Committee, at Katalinasma@hotmail.com