|Rev. Darrell Berger
“New Developmental Goal”
Rev. Darrell Berger, UCS, April 2015
After several months of deliberation, the Board approved the following, revised Developmental Goals:
1. Develop ongoing procedures and structures for identifying goals and managing assets, including financial record keeping and reporting of annual operating budget and capital budget.
2. Develop strategic review for ongoing historic preservation of buildings.
3. Develop renewed commitment, effectiveness and possible revision of congregational vision and mission.
4. Develop process for securing next minister.
I am a Developmental Minster. This means I am hired by the Board yes, to perform the usual pastoral functions, but I am also committed to working on specific issues of long standing. Our original administrative goals are now included in the first goal.
The second goal accepts that the number of congregations that can survive in facilities over a century old without help from the outside community is near zero.
The third recognizes the common feeling among us that our current mission statement is not working for us. The sermon series on UU Principles is partly designed for us to focus on fundamental issues that may lead us to greater focus on mission and common purpose.
If we make significant progress on the first three goals, the fourth will be easy. If we don’t, it will be nearly impossible.
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About Our Minister
Rev. Berger was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended Vanderbilt University and Divinity School. He has over 25 years experience as a UU minister, mostly serving on a full-time basis. He has served churches in North Carolina and Massachusetts.
Closer to Staten Island he has served the Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan and until now as a Halftime Consulting minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. He has experience with smaller congregations and historical buildings.
"This will be the fourth congregation I've served with an historic church building," Rev. Berger said. "The task of ministry to the building and the congregation is the same: carefully maintain what still works and renovate what doesn't."
He enjoys preaching and his topics range widely, always returning to the central themes of social justice equality. "Theologically, I'm a Transcendentalist," Rev. Berger said. "Emerson used Buddhism and poetry to help realize an American spirituality that bends toward justice. I try to follow that path."
He is also an expert on baseball history and memorabilia and has co-written books with former players Roy White and Mitch Williams. He has been a featured speaker at the New York City Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), speaking on "Baseball Players as Human Beings."
He lives in Jersey City with his wife, two dogs and two cats.
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Contact Rev. Berger:
Church Office: 718-447-2204
Email: minister -at- uucsi.org
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