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Ministerial Transition

The Transition Team continues assisting Rev. Cooley in getting acclimated to the congregation and has been listening to congregants through the online Community Hour. Our work includes strategizing how to engage with both the leadership and the congregation. To this end, and as a reminder of the importance of maintaining harmony during our meeting we created a group covenant. Other teams and committees may also wish to develop their own set of values/agreements.

The Transition Team can be reached at or call the office at 708.848.6225, extension 101 if you need assistance.

Ministerial Transition Updates

Marsha Borders, Glenn Brewer, Vera Dowell, Fran Knechel and Ian Morrison are the new Transition Team that has been appointed by the Board and represents both the breadth and depth of UTUUC experience. They will be assisting our Interim Senior Minister, the Rev. Dawn Cooley during the next two years. Right now, they are focusing on connecting Rev. Dawn with staff and lay leadership in the congregation, and learning together what it means to be on this team.

Below please find archived messages from the Board regarding the current transition.

April 14, 2022
March 1, 2022
December 12, 2021
August 1, 2021
July 1, 2021

June 1, 2021
May 20, 2021
May 10, 2021
May 6, 2021
April 29, 2021
April 23, 2021
April 6, 2021

Interim Minister

Interim Ministers have a specific skill set. They have a short-term goal of assisting a congregation with moving toward a settled minister. Interim Ministers are engaged as close to immediately after a settled minister leaves, necessitating a short timeline. For these reasons, the Interim is hired by the Board of Trustees of a given Congregation, and is not called by the Congregation. This is codified in the Unity Temple ByLaws, found here and is UUA Policy.

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Reverend Dawn S. Cooley has joined UTUUC as our Interim Minister as of August 1, 2021. We expect Rev. Cooley to be with us for two years. Learn more about Rev. Cooley here.