Reverend Nica will be taking a sabbatical in 2023. Thank you for your support of this important chapter for her and the sustainability of our congregation’s ministry. Here are some frequently asked questions.

What’s a sabbatical?

The sabbatical is a regular practice in ministry and is even required by the UUA to make the role of minister more sustainable. Contracts guarantee ministers one month of sabbatical for every year served, which means that she has accrued 7 months by the 2022-23 year. Ministers typically take sabbatical to rest, recharge, and get re-inspired for their continuing ministry. Some ministers do nothing during this time, others study something specific, some travel – it depends on what the minister feels will most enhance their ministry.

Though sabbaticals are typically taken after the 4th year and before the end of the 7th, Rev. Nica has been waiting for an appropriate time. She has been working tirelessly to shepherd the congregation through some very challenging years, from the Borderline shooting to devastating local fires, and two years of herculean efforts to keep our community thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How long will Rev. Nica be gone?

Rev. Nica will be taking 4 months of sabbatical from January through April 2023.

What will Rev. Nica be doing on her sabbatical?

Rev. Nica is planning some spiritual pilgrimages where she will be able to reflect, grow, and renew – all essential for effective ministry. We hope the congregation will embrace this sabbatical time as an investment in Rev. Nica’s long-term ministry with Chalice.

Who will be taking her place until she returns?

Reverend Anne Hines, who served as our interim minister 7 years ago during our search for Reverend Nica. She will speak twice a month and tend to emergency pastoral care needs. In addition, the worship schedule will be filled with special speakers, including some of your favorites and new voices to further our spiritual exploration.

How does this affect the budget?

A special line item that addresses this will be added to this year’s budget.

Whom should I reach out to in her absence?

Our Board President, as well as members of COSM (Committee on Shared Ministry: Annie Barker, Jill Schlaus, Tim Snowber, Shane Niebergall, Carolyn Gass) will be able to address any needs in Nica’s absence.

What should we expect when she returns?

She hopes to be inspired, reinvigorated, ready to share new ideas and to continue the journey with her beloved congregation.

What if I have more questions?

Rev. Nica will be addressing the sabbatical during our annual meeting on June 12 and will allow for a time of Q & A. You can also reach out to our board president or members of COSM (see above).