At the August Annual Meeting of Big Moose Community Chapel, President Sara Burrows announced the makeup of a seven-member Pastoral Search Committee.  The committee is charged with identifying a candidate to replace Rev. Richard McCaughey, who has announced his plans to retire after the summer 2023 season.  During its first meeting, the committee discovered that, as a group, they have had more than 230 cumulative years of involvement in the life of the Chapel.  For some, this experience goes back to childhood.  Besides worshipping in Big Moose at the Chapel, Search Committee members have been regular attendees or members of churches from more than a dozen different denominations, as well as non-affiliated independent churches.  

     The Committee has set the following schedule for its work over the coming year:

  • Survey the congregation (regular and occasional attendees) on matters related to the minister’s role and  worship styles – Nov. 10, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021

  • Seek Trustee guidance on aspects of the profile of the Chapel that will be shared with minister candidates – February - March, 2021

  • Present a draft job description and a profile of the Chapel for discussion in the May, 2021 Trustee meeting

  • Finalize the job description and profile for adoption at the August, 2021 Trustee meeting following the Chapel’s Annual Meeting

     Questions and suggestions about the committee’s work should be directed to committee member Lorraine Schunck ( 


     Please note that the committee is not accepting suggestion names of candidates or applications at this time.

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