It is with great pleasure that we, the Ministerial Search Committee, announce that we have selected a candidate minister for FRS.
 
Our prospective minister is the Rev. Lisa Mobayed. She and her husband Charlie are wonderful people, and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them in our search process. They have two college-age daughters, one of whom graduated from college this past weekend. Lisa went to Andover Newton Theological School, was a full-time intern in Wayland for a year, and has been working part-time at churches for the past several years, most recently one in Brattleboro VT and one in Walpole NH. She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from Brandeis. But more important, we found her to be warm, friendly, caring, deeply spiritual and hard working. She has strong skills in pastoral care, preaching, community building and leadership. She cares deeply about the environment. Speaking with people in her current congregation, we heard wonderful stories and examples of her work.
 
We are arranging for Rev. Lisa Mobayed to be with us for Candidating Week for June 12 - 19.  At the end of that week, on Sunday June 19, the members of our congregation will vote whether to call her as our minister. If you are interested in joining the church, please speak to one of us or to Diane in the next few days, as there is still time to join and be eligible.
 
There will be all kinds of events for Candidating Week, and we hope you will join us in preparing and participating in them. Feel free to contact Molly Sorrows, or express interest to any member of the committee; sign up sheets for specific needs will be out next week.
 
Below is the letter of introduction from Rev. Lisa Mobayed which was read at church on Sunday 5/8. You can explore Lisa's website to learn more about her atlisamobayed.weebly.com
 
We are all excited about the next steps together!

from the Ministerial Search Committee: Molly Sorrows (chair), Sally Hayen, John Forcucci, Kim Kastens, Christine Lear, John Lyons, Margot Morse, Frank Rigg
 

May 8, 2016
 
Fellow Seekers, Lovers of Life,
 
I am humbled, thrilled, and incredibly grateful that your Search Committee has offered me the opportunity to be the Ministerial Candidate for FRS Carlisle. And, of course, I said YES! You chose a wonderful group of people to convey your hopes and dreams during the search process, and I cannot wait to meet more of you in June when we will spend a week together. Please know you already occupy a place in my heart, and it feels like a long time between now and then.
 
Still, between now and then you will be saying goodbye to a minister and an intern who have served you well and loved you dearly; and I will be saying goodbye to beloved congregations in Walpole, New Hampshire and Brattleboro, Vermont that I have served these past two years. 
 
There will be big transitions and big decisions coming soon, and I want to assure you that if, at the end of Candidating Week, you vote to call me as your next minister, I will joyfully accept and serve with diligence and devotion. There is nothing I hope for more deeply than a shared ministry with FRS that will open us to the flow of love and goodness, wonder and reverence, justice and peace, a flow that will propel this already beloved community and influence the wider world.
 
With great joy and anticipation,

Rev. Lisa Mobayed