Sabbatical Leave

Our Fellowship’s agreement with Rev. Andrew calls for him to be able to take a sabbatical after four years in our pulpit.  (He is now in his sixth year with us.)  This is standard practice for Unitarian Universalist congregations, although it will be a new experience for our congregation.

The sabbatical is a time for a minister to pursue activities outside of normal ministerial duties.  As described in our agreement, it is intended for “study, education, writing, meditation, and other forms of professional and religious growth.”  Ministry calls on the minister’s intellectual, spiritual, emotional and even physical talents on a 24/7 basis, and sabbatical leave recognizes the demanding nature of ministry by offering a time for refreshment and personal development.

Sabbaticals are designed to strengthen the minister’s ability to carry forth the calling by providing time for activities that can often be pushed aside in the day-to-day demands of the work.  It also creates a time for the congregation to discover talents and strengths in itself.  Sabbatical leave accrues at a rate of one month per year of service, though a first-time sabbatical is generally just two or three months.

The Policy Board, working with Rev. Andrew, has initiated a process of preparing for the sabbatical which will likely occur sometime in 2017.  A committee will be created, and chaired by UUFP Vice-President Jim Sanderson, to facilitate this process.  Sabbatical leave creates challenges and opportunities for any congregation, so the committee will work with Rev. Andrew to develop a plan for his use of the sabbatical time and to make recommendations and information available to the congregation.

Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or comments.

Jim Sanderson, Vice-President
Rev. Andrew Millard, Minister

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Andrew serves as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport News, Virginia.
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3 Responses to Sabbatical Leave

  1. Lehni says:

    Thank you for the clarification on how this works. Rev. Andrew, I hope your time is all you hope it will be.

  2. Lydia Disney says:

    I’m very much in favor of it, Rev. Andrew has certainly earned it.Lydia Disney

    Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:35:52 +0000 To: lydisney@hotmail.com

  3. Sandy says:

    Thank you for clarifying this important issue Jim. Professional ministry is hard work on so many levels… and a sabbatical is absolutely necessary!

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