Progress in the Search Process

Your Committee has been hard at work these last few months assembling the data required by the UUA to be made available on-line to Searching Ministers. We hope that you submitted your answers to the Congregational Survey, and responded to the invitations we sent out to participate in one or more Cottage/Focus groups having to do with your specific interests or involvement in the church. On the Halloween weekend, we all also had the opportunity to participate in a UUA offered workshop exploring our openness to hiring a Minister who might be non-white, GLBTQ+, or have some disability that might be more or less visible.  Thank you all for your input.

It is our fist job to digest all of our collective thoughts, and to create an electronic document, called our “packet” ….. and submit it to the UUA by Dec.1. By January 1 we will begin to receive corresponding packets from Ministers in Search this year who are interested in coming to UUCM. Needless to say this feels like a lot of responsibility. But this is when the 2nd, confidential phase begins; when we review the Ministerial packets and begin to discern who might be the best “fit” for us. The Ministers will be thinking too.

UUCM Ministerial Search Team
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(left to right) Carolyn Corzine (Chair), Jay Morrison, Marlaine Mahady-Potter, John Butler, Alisa Manning, Michael Austin

Committee Member Bios

Michael L. Austin moved to Marblehead in 1988 and has lived back and  forth between Marblehead and Salem since then. He was born  and raised in Louisville, KY. After a strong upbringing in the  Southern Baptist and Church of Christ denominations, he  attended Campbellsville College where he studied music  education. His goal was to complete a masters program at The  Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with emphasis in church  music. 

After receiving his bachelors with a teaching certificate K-12, he  discovered that he was probably not in the best position to  continue a career in a fundamental Christian denomination so he  taught school in the Roman Catholic parochial school system.  His musical abilities were utilized in many ecumenical Christian  churches in the area. 

In 1987, Michael was hired as a Flight Attendant with American  Airlines and moved to the Chicago area and then to New  England. 

Education, music, and the search for truth away from his Baptist  upbringing brought him to Unitarian Universalism. He has found  a home at UUCM.

John Butler recently joined the church, attends with wife Christine, a long time member. Born and raised Catholic in Salem MA. Briefly attended Salem State College. Vietnam veteran drafted in 1968. Sober 30 years. Worked as Home Health Aide, 15 years as Hospice Nursing Assistant. Very grateful for this UUCM community

Carolyn Corzine (Chair) has been a member of UUCM since the 1970s. She grew up in NYC as a Presbyterian, and went to Macalester College as a history major with the idea that she would become a DRE. She spent her Junior Year Abroad at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and got to know many Palestinians amongst the international student body. After a number of academic twists and turns she eventually went to Social Work School at BU and practiced Psychotherapy in Private Practice for 30 years. At UUCM she has occupied many roles; singing in the choir, working at the Me and Thee Coffeehouse, serving on many of the church's committees and boards over time, and currently chairing the Social Action Committee. Carolyn is remarried and with her husband  Gordie has brought up a combined family of six children, including an adopted Korean daughter. They now have nine grand-children.

Marlaine Mahady - Potter has been a Unitarian Universalist since her early elementary school  years and joined our church community in the mid 1980s. She has been active in the  Religious Education Program both as a teacher and an RE Committee member when her family  was growing up. She has served two terms as a trustee on the church’s Board, has  volunteered at the Red Bow Fair and has chaired the Fair for a number of years. In addition, she is  currently serving as a member of the Nominating Committee.  Also, Marlaine co-coordinates the  Me & Thee Music’s kitchen and serves on its Board. Moreover, she has attended a conference  at Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center for approximately thirty-five years. She  continues to attend the conference as a member of a three generation family. Marlaine is a retired educator and has resided in Marblehead for thirty years.

Alisa Manning has been a member of UUCM for approximately 10 years. She grew up in Northern New York State in a Presbyterian family and at a very musical church. Her family moved to the Boston area around the same time she started college at Boston University, and after a brief time attending a Presbyterian church with her mother, she stopped participating in organized religion. Before arriving at UUCM, Alisa earned degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Biostatistics, married her spouse, and found her calling as a public health scientist. The couple moved to Swampscott, had two children and years later moved to Marblehead in order to have Alisa's mother live with them. Around that time, Alisa sought a religious community for herself and her children and Unitarian Universalism was her preferred denomination. From the first time she stepped into the sanctuary of UUCM on a Sunday morning, Alisa has found community. friendship and acceptance. She has occupied several roles at the church: singing in the choir, sitting on the Board of Trustees and serving as the church treasurer.

Jay Morrison joined UUCM eight years ago after his life partner, Susan retired from parish ministry in the United Methodist Church.  Jay withdrew from the Methodist church because of their rejection of gay membership within their community.  UUCM welcomes everyone no matter who they are or how they may be identified.  UUCM gives truth to the statement: "All Are Welcome".  After Jay completed 4 years of service in the US Air Force, he pursued a career in Clinical Social Work.  Over the course of 46 years he maintained a private practice, served in two agencies as Clinical Director/ Supervisor, and taught part time at Boston College, School of Social Work, for 31 years.  At UUCM Jay became entranced with the Sunday Seminar program and has worked closely with Jack Weltner as a co-leader.  Jay has also served regularly with the Pastoral Care Associates.  He and Susan have been
married for 53 years and have three "children" and three grandchildren.