Proper Care and Feeding of a UU Minister

High Street Church Zoom Worship with Rev. E. Arlen Goff, August 2, 2020

This sermon has deep roots. I first shared it in the mid-1990s after our first Settled Minister left and we were anticipating the arrival of our first Interim Minister. It has been preached on a regular basis since then, usually in late July or early August just prior to the arrival of a new minister (settled or otherwise).

This sermon has even deeper roots, in that, as a minister myself and the son of a Minister, I have experienced ministerial transitions numerous times in my life, in churches large and small, city and country, liberal and conservative. Each experience was both totally unique and remarkably the same. Going to a new congregation is both strangely familiar and familiarly strange. Join me for a much briefer version of this oft-repeated message.

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