Consulting Minister, UU Fellowship of Tuolumne County

The Board of Directors of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County, based in Sonora, CA, is pleased to announce it seeks a one-quarter-time minister, beginning in Sept. 2014, to serve as Consulting Minister for the congregation of approximately 74 members.

We seek a one-quarter-time Unitarian Universalist minister to serve Sonora-based UUFTC. Our congregation, in existence for over 20 years, is a warm and close-knit UU community. After approximately 15 years, we hired a part-time minister who, for six years, greatly assisted us to transition from being completely lay-led to being a group that works in partnership with a minister as spiritual leader and guide. Our minister retired in 2011. In addition to the Sonora group, which meets on the first and third Sunday of the month, we have two satellite groups. On the second and fourth Sunday of the month, 10-15 attendees meet in Douglas Flat, Calaveras County, off Highway 4. Four times a year, the 10-15 South County UUs meet in Groveland. Our Fellowship House, located on 3 acres in East Sonora, includes living and working quarters which are available for the minister’s use

A candidate for this position shall be a fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist Minister. A candidate should have pastoral experience and/or life experiences that would uniquely qualify the person for this position.

It is anticipated that the minister would be in residence in Sonora one long-weekend a month, or the equivalent of three days. Since the exact duties and functions of this position are highly flexible, details will be negotiated. The Board is open to finding mutually beneficial creative solutions for filling this position.

Representative Duties

  1. Preach
    The minister will preach for one Sunday service a month for 10 months (Sept-June) and provide worship guidance and support for other regular services.
  2. Foster growth
    The minister would help attract new members and work to increase energy and participation of existing members.
  3. Pastoral care
    Many in our congregation are seniors; we need our minister to be a counselor in times of need and compassionate in times of loss in addition to providing pastoral counseling, home and hospital visits as time allows.
  4. Committee participation
    The minister will participate in committee meetings plus perhaps a community meeting periodically, as time and logistics allow.
  5. Community involvement and outreach
    As time allows, the minister will represent us in the larger community through ministerial community involvement.

Sonora serves as the county seat of Tuolumne County which contains historic gold mining towns, the pristine Emigrant Wilderness, world-renowned Yosemite National Park, and numerous lakes and rivers. This rural setting, offering a lifestyle sought by many lies only a half an hour from local ski resorts and mountain recreation, 120 miles from San Francisco, a few hours south of Lake Tahoe, and within an hour of Yosemite National Park.


Those interested are encouraged to see UUFTC’s website Potential candidates may send an inquiry to Board President Janet Telford at info[at]uuftc[dot]org or call 209/928-5874. Supporting documentation – resume, CV - are also welcome. UUFTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Our mission is to

  • provide a sanctuary for individual beliefs
  • encourage spiritual and ethical growth
  • create respect for the web of life
  • and promote peace and justice

Posted: December 5, 2013