Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Application For Service Associates 2020-2021
IS BEING A SERVICE ASSOCIATE RIGHT FOR YOU?
September 2020– September 2021
WHAT IS A SERVICE ASSOCIATE?
Our congregation’s Sunday services are a collaboration between the minister and congregants. Service Associates (SAs) are trained leaders who provide the congregant voice in the service in the form of personal reflections, readings, and/or images to enhance the theme. Each year, 12(ish) SAs work with Rev. Lydia and other SAs to create worship that reaches our hearts, challenges our minds, and lifts our spirits. Service associates serve for one year, and have the option of serving a second year.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Do you like to delve into a topic and cultivate gems? Do you enjoy speaking before people? Do you enjoy working collaboratively on creative projects? Service associates do all these things, bringing their perspective to the theme of the month and the topic of the week.
Do you believe that the saving message of Unitarian Universalism is crucial for these times? Do you want to inspire our Beloved Community to live into its covenant to the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism?
We are looking for a diverse group to join this exciting and fulfilling program with our ministers. The Service Associate team needs to represent our Fellowship with a balance of gender, age, sexual orientation, and cultural and religious diversity.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Service associates help lead services with Rev. Lydia or other SAs 4-5 times a year, September 2020 –– August 2021.
Your tentative training session is Saturday, August 29th 2020, from 9 -- 12(ish). This will give you background for service planning and preparation as well as get you acquainted with your fellow Service Associates. It will also familiarize you with the service planning process and timelines.
SAs also attend the Monthly Service (Worship) Planning Meeting on the Fourth (for the time being) Thursday of each month. These meetings will include time for theological reflection on the monthly themes, a review of the highlights of the service assessments, brainstorming on next month’s weekly topics. You’ll leave this meeting knowing who is part of which services for the following month or two. For example, in August, we’ll meet to plan September’s services.
In order to engage more fully with how the theme is weaving its way into congregational life, we strongly recommend that SAs also attend at least one of the thematic offerings for the month they are leading worship:
-“Playshop” on the first Saturday of the month
-Any of the “School of the Spirit” offerings
-A monthly Longmont UU Presence gathering
There will also be opportunities to attend webinars with SoulMatters participants from around the country!
For more information, please contact Karin Griglak (
), Brigitta Vieyra (
) or Rev. Lydia (
To help you (and us!) decide whether being a Service Associate is right for you, please fill out this form.
Please return this form by 2PM Sunday, May 31, 2020.
With great appreciation,
Rev. Lydia, Karin Griglak, Brigitta Vieyra, and the Worship and Arts Council
The coordinators of the SA team, in council with Worship and the Arts Council, will decide on next year's Service Associate Team, taking into account the various types of diversity we like to see represented. Decisions should be made and available by Sunday, June 14th 2020.
Thank you and we look forward to getting to know more about you! :)
Karin Griglak, service associate co-coordinator
Brigitta Vieyra, service associate co-coordinator
and the Worship and Arts Council, (Rev. Lydia, Karin Griglak, Tad Koriath, Deborah Mensch and Stephanie Tuley)
Name & Pronouns:
How long have you been involved with the Fellowship and in what context? (e.g., attending services (worship), being a part of councils or other task forces?
What inspires you to apply?
What experience have you had in leading services (worship) or speaking in public, either at the Fellowship or elsewhere? (Having no experience does not disqualify you so feel free to be honest. It is our intention to train all applicants)
Have you served in leadership roles in other organizations? Again, having no experience does not disqualify you.
What is your personal cultural background? What connections have you had to cultural backgrounds different from your own? (Cultural backgrounds to include race, ethnicity, gender identity, socio-economic class, etc.)
Could you tell us a little about your theological background and current belief system?
Will you do your best to attend the Service Associate training on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 9am-12ish
Other thoughts you wish to share with us:
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