Like most Unitarian Universalist congregations, Tapestry is a spiritually diverse community. Our members identify themselves as Jewish, humanist, Taoist, Christian, pagan, atheist, monotheist, and “none of the above.” In general, though, we believe that there is no single religious truth and that life is a spiritual journey best experienced with others.
Tapestry is a liberal religious congregation that welcomes and affirms a diversity of religious belief, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, culture and physical ability among our members and visitors. We are committed to being a safe spiritual haven for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) individuals. We encourage spiritual growth through free religious thought, foster an atmosphere of acceptance, love and respect, and support commitment to service in the wider world.
TAPESTRY SELECTS CANDIDATE
We are excited to have the Rev. Kent Doss as our candidate for Tapestry’s settled minister!
Our search committee unanimously and enthusiastically, chose Rev. Doss as the good fit for moving forward with us.
Using the guidelines you gave us through the online survey and town hall meetings, we are confident Rev. Doss has the qualities and skills Tapestry desires and deserves.
A little background:
Rev. Kent Doss is the current minister of the UU Fellowship of Laguna Beach. In 2009 that congregation ordained and installed him as their settled minister. Previously, he was an Intern at Orange Coast UU in Costa Mesa. He is the President of the Pacific Southwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma, and his M. Div., with honors from Iliff School of Theology. He received Student of the Year, for academic achievement and community leadership. His area of concentration was Justice and Peace Studies.
Rev. Doss spent 2002 as a volunteer with the Peace Corps and an internship at the UUA Washington Office for Faith and Advocacy. He has served as chair of the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council and as a volunteer leader with the UU Legislative Ministry’s marriage equality efforts.
He is a life-long dedicated UU. His vision for the future of Unitarian Universalism is based on congregations that are “deeply involved in their community, providing a relevant message of hope, along with working to make a tangible difference in the world.” That vision correlates with Tapestry’s.
Rev. Doss enjoys reading, cooking and running. He has a dog, Lucy, who you probably will meet at some point!
We will be posting the activities of Candidating Week very soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars for the two Sundays Kent will be in the pulpit here at Tapestry, May 12 and May 19.
“Bless this journey with new insights that steer me to the place where I regain my power, my spirit, my joy.” Peleg Top
Join us as we sail forward!
Tapestry’s Ministerial Search Committee
Bev Huff, Kara Lickfett, Richard Lappin, Linda Yeargin, Sheryl Hagen and Susan Jagielko
TAPESTRY CANDIDATING WEEK
MAY 12th thru MAY 19th
This is an exciting time for Tapestry members and friends. We will have a chance to hear our candidate, Rev. Kent Doss, in our pulpit on May 12th and 19th as well as have opportunities to meet and get to know Rev. Doss at a variety of Tapestry gatherings. All are welcome to attend as many of the group events as possible. Committees and groups have been specified because this may make getting to know us easier for Rev. Doss, but come whenever you can.
Remember these events are for ALL TAPESTRY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.
Please rsvp directly to the host so that they can plan accordingly. Space at some events is limited so rsvp early!
SUNDAY, MAY 12th
10:00 a.m. Rev. Doss will be in the pulpit at Tapestry. Plan to attend!
11:30 a.m. Have lunch with Rev. Doss
The Search Committee will host a casual lunch with Rev. Doss at Tapestry. Tapestry family and friends are invited to come and share this opportunity to gather in a social setting together during this exciting time! Lunch will be provided. Please bring a dessert to share if you would like. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
MONDAY, MAY 13TH:
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Picnic, Ice Cream and Fun in the Park
Join Rev. Doss for a casual dinner followed by ice cream, yogurt and fun in the park. This will be a great opportunity for the children and youth and their families to get acquainted with Rev. Doss. Fun and games! RSV P to Kara Lickfett at email@example.com
TUESDAY, MAY 14th
11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch with Rev. Doss
Drop in at Tapestry with your brown bag lunch anytime between 11:00 a.m and 1:00 p.m. and have lunch with our candidate and office volunteers, DRE and staff. rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00 p.m. Meet, Greet, Eat and Inquire
Join Rev. Doss and the Tapestry Board and Search Committee for a casual Mexican dinner and lively discussion. This will be a wonderful opportunity to explore what your dreams and vision for Tapestry are and hear from Rev. Doss what his hopes for his ministry at Tapestry are. rsvp to email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15th
7:00 p.m. Dessert with Rev. Doss
It’s a sweet time for Tapestry. Come to Julia Rampone’s in Mission Viejo and share a casual evening of dessert and conversation with Rev. Doss and Tapestry friends. Social Action Committee plan on attending this event if you can. Everyone welcome! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, MAY 16th
6:00 p.m. Dinner with Rev. Doss
Love those pot lucks! Lois and Dick Huddlestone are graciously opening their home for another opportunity for us to share our food and friendship while getting to know Rev. Doss. Membership and Caring committees please plan on attending this event if you can. RSVP to email@example.com or call 949 433-1771 (late morning onward)
FRIDAY, MAY 17th
12:00 p.m. lunch with Rev. Doss
Join Rev. Doss for lunch hosted by Barbara Bradley. Get to know our candidate while enjoying lunch prepared by Barbara. This is an especially good time for Laguna Woods folks to get together with Rev. Doss. rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
6:30 p.m. dinner with Rev. Doss
Come and have dinner with Rev. Doss hosted by Kathy Spahn. Ways and Means and other interested folks come enjoy good company and good food. RSVP to Kathy at email@example.com
SATURDAY, MAY 18th
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
The Men’s Breakfast Group invites the Publicity Team to join them to have breakfast with Rev. Doss. Details to follow. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, MAY 18th
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Happy Hour
Linda Yeargin will prepare appetizers and beverages for us to enjoy together with Rev. Doss as we look back on this busy and eventful week at Tapestry. Membership and Worship Committees and all other Tapestry members and friends please plan on attending. rsvp to Linda at email@example.com
SUNDAY, MAY 19th
Rev. Kent Doss will preach his second sermon at Tapestry.
Please plan to be there, listen and then enjoy a short time to socialize before the important
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AFTER THE SERVICE!
You are an important part of this decision.
Please plan to be a part of determining Tapestry’s future. Members will discuss and vote whether to call Rev. Doss as Tapestry’s called minister.
12:00 p.m. With hopeful anticipation of a favorable outcome, the search committee will be hosting a celebratory bar-b-que outside at Tapestry. Let’s be together in community to talk about the exciting possibilities that await us as we begin this new journey.
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