By Juliana Berry, Minister Search Team Member
Have you ever put together a puzzle without the picture on the box? Just the puzzle pieces, with all the different shapes, colors and structures. Did you feel the excitement when the pieces began to materialize a clear picture and in the next moment – the frustration as you tackled this feat with a mass of determination to find that one piece that eludes you? This summarizes my spectrum of emotions when I was asked to be a part of the Ministerial Selection Team. I felt honored to be charged with the task as our community embarked on the journey that would ultimately impact our future and at the same time, I questioned my own selection. I joined Unity Church of San Antonio in 2011, and I wondered how I was going to contribute to the team. I have not had an opportunity to interact or form a relationship with many of the other members on the committee. I thought, prayed, and meditated to find guidance as I journeyed through this process of discovery.
I had prepared myself to approach this as I would any other professional interview; review resumes, discuss, make some references calls, discuss, interview candidates and discuss. Then, collaborate with the team about the best fit professionally. My own self-awareness misled me. The process manifested into something much more; more than I thought my spirit was prepared to handle; more than I thought it could hold; more than I thought I needed. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this monumental event.
The powerful message of community radiated in our conversations as well as amongst the team members as we shared details of our individual tasks. This has been the most powerful and enriching blessing I have ever experienced. I learned how individuals have made an impact in their community and were a beacon of peace and hope. I discovered how they provided prayer support, a shoulder, and guidance to each individual, and how they valued uplifting spirts in a time of sadness in our world. I witnessed our 12 Powers in actions flowing freely throughout this process through the words of affirmations and kindness from each person I talked to. It was a daunting task to select individuals to invite to interview, and eventually select a few to send to the board. I listened constantly to find the common thread with our community, and to envision someone dancing in the Truth of who we are as a community. I worked to seek someone that will be a connecting force for all members as our new leader guides the transformation of our lives as we grow in Divine Love.
Sometimes the puzzle kept its secret from me, but slowly, the picture began to come into focus and the picture was built, piece by piece. It came into view! I realized I was a part of a beautiful experience and possessed a feeling of accomplishment. It was difficult not to share my experience and gratitude for the process. However, I understood the commitment we made as a team to work in unity and in confidentiality among ourselves. I am grateful for my fellow team members and their commitment to this process. Each one brought wisdom and leadership to the table as we journeyed forward and narrowed down the candidates.
In my reflection on the process, I relish in the fact that this community embraced the process for selecting a new minister, working for the enlightenment of all. I now have a deeper appreciation for the work I put forth in my profession. I am grateful for the responsibility of teaching, upholding everyone in God’s light, and accepting that “I am enough.”