Vacancy Notice: Settled Minister

Vacancy Notice:  Settled Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato MN

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato is seeking a full-time settled minister, to begin as soon as possible.  Our congregation is a cross-section of the economic and educational diversity in our community, made up of 108 adult members, 45 children in our religious education program, and roughly 50 friends.  We are particularly active in community outreach and social action, green sanctuary and energy conservation, and gender and racial justice work.  Chosen as a Breakthrough Congregation in 2010,  we have been a Welcoming Congregation since 2006 participate in the annual PrideFest march and staff an information booth . Our members are very active in the Mankato Diversity Council’s Write on Race project, the YWCA’s “It’s Time to Talk:  Forum on Race,” and the Pedal Past Poverty fundraiser, support on-going effects to reconcile our relationships with Native Peoples, and we cook meals for the Salvation Army and are the host for Food Not Bombs, a local foods effort which prepares and serves a Sunday evening meal and invites the homeless to share in it

For the past several years our congregation has engaged in organizational transitions that reflect changing times and our increased growth. We have intentionally committed to development from a small fellowship into a mid-size, pastoral church and are proud of our volunteer leaders and excellent staff.  We are proud of our tradition as a Fair Share congregation and one that follows the UUA’s Fair Compensation Guidelines.  We employ a half time Children’s Faith Development Director and a half time Office Administrator, both of whom are tech savvy.  We seek a minister who will work with us to continue our development.  We anticipate continued growth will include spiritual growth and growth in governance, as well as growth in numbers and resources.  Congregational priorities are to grow our next generation of leaders, expand our communication style to better serve us as a pastoral church, and to strengthen our connections to the cultural diversity in our community.  We expect our minister to lead us with dynamic worship and also support the Worship Committee in planning a complement of lay-led services.  We expect our minister to be in Fellowship with the UUA, and expect at least initially to review our Minister’s contract annually.

Greater Mankato includes the companion cities of Mankato/North Mankato and has been designated a US metropolitan city (population exceeding 100,000). Mankato enjoys a diversified economy and is a retail and conference hub that has earned a reputation for progressive long-range planning.  It is the first Fair Trade City in Minnesota and home to the Mankato Area Foundation.  We have long been proud of excellent schools  and are ranked #5 among the best small cities in the US, #2 among the best cities for young families, #3 in the nation for affordable health care. We enjoy a cost of living 5% lower than the national average and an unemployment rate of 3.0% (compared to 4.4% nationally).  We are the home of a public university with 15,000 graduate and undergraduate students, including over 1,200 international students from 97 countries,.  In addition, we are home to a community/technical college, several private colleges, one of which hosts an annual Nobel conference, as well as a major medical complex anchored by a Mayo hospital.  Mankato also enjoys many recreational opportunities, including our own symphony orchestra, a nationally ranked University theater program, an extensive bicycle/hiking trail system, a variety of area lakes, several State parks, and an annual marathon that is a qualifying race for the Boston marathon.  In addition, Mankato is 80 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, which host additional recreational, arts, and theater activities.

For further information, visit the UUA Transitions website or contact us at uumankato@gmail.com or contact the Chair of our Search Committee, Tony Filipovitch at tonyfil@hickorytech.net (507-388-2264).

12/1/17