MFC Liaison Essay
Dear Candidates for the UU Ministry,
I write to you as someone who felt affirmed by the experience of seeing the MFC, and now that I’ve served as a liaison I can reflect even better on the experience as someone who’s seen it from both sides.
I found the task to prepare my MFC packet to be one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever done. It took all the energy I had to dig up old work, record the minutia of things I’d done so long ago, and try to make it all comprehensible to myself, let alone the MFC. By the time I had compiled over a hundred pages I felt swamped by the details but amazed to look back on what I’d done. Every book I’d read in seminary was recorded properly, every seminar I attended noted down, and every job, paid or unpaid, I’d ever held was included date by date. The essays got me thinking, and I struggled to articulate not what I thought they wanted me to say, but what I really believed. Writing about my theology was harder for me than any other question by far. Writing the sermon was a challenge, but I knew that was my best shot at showing that very theology in action. I tried not to talk “about” my theology, but rather express it through the context of my sermon topic. I say all this, because at the end of all the preparation you’ve done, you can feel pleased with yourself. You’ve worked hard, not only to create an amazing packet, but to live your life.
In preparing for the MFC I learned that I really still needed to clarify (for myself first) “what is my theology?” before I could hope to write about it for the committee. In order to do this, (and this process is ongoing,) I needed three things: A spiritual director, a prayer practice that honestly worked for me, and a group of colleagues and friends on the journey. The essays we are asked to write went beyond what I’d learned in school, or practiced when I was young. They required of me to understand my soul and my vision and my truth. It’s different for each of us, but I encourage you to take your own spiritual quest as seriously as you know how. The essays aren’t for the purpose of proving something; they are to help guide you to know and share yourself.
There are really three elements to an MFC interview:
If you carry a negative opinion of the MFC, and come off as resentful or defensive, this weighs poorly. Do all you can to release that for yourself so that you’re not carrying it. And on the day of the interview, definitely leave that type of emotion outside the room if at all possible. As you ready yourself to share your packet, sermon and interview—you will be doing all you can to prepare yourself for your ministry. All your hard work matters, and is not wasted no matter the results of the day. What you gain in the process is powerful knowledge about yourself, your faith, and your life work. The MFC is eager to welcome you if they can tell you are ready for fellowship. Just remember that you are all on the same team. Count me in too. I’m cheering for you.
Rev. Megan Lynes Received fellowship from the MFC in Sept 2008 Liaison to the MFC March 2011.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.
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