Saltwater’s 2017-2018 Search Team

Late February Update

First and foremost, know that the Search Team is on schedule and everything is going well. For the members of the Search Team the work officially began on August 11, 2017 when we had our retreat to get to know each other and to begin deciding how decisions would be made. After 189 days we reached the Pre-Candidating phase of the search. During this part of the search we get to meet the candidates in person.

Many of you are aware that we are required to maintain a degree of confidentiality regarding who the candidates are. Some of the candidates have not informed their congregations that they are in search, and it’s important that they are the ones to inform their congregants if they end up leaving their congregation. To maintain confidentiality, Amanda Radak – who is organizing the pre-candidating weekends – had to make sure she arranged meetings in locations that are not likely to be visited by friends and members of Saltwater.

Although we only have a weekend with each candidate, the time we get to spend with them is enlightening. We get a sharper view of their strengths and weaknesses, in addition to getting to know them as people. Each candidate we’ve interacted with has been special. The team is excited about the work that needs to be done and we are confident that we will present you with the minister that Saltwater needs.


 Early February Update…

The Search team has received plenty of information from the congregation. Now we would like to share a bit of why our applicants are attracted to Saltwater:

From California to Connecticut the beauty and access to nature in the Pacific Northwest is known. Many a minister hope to come enjoy the conifers, mountains, and breathtaking views of the area. The landscape is not the only reason that Saltwater is attractive. The social and political openness and civility are another big draw as well. Finally, we are known for our commitment to social justice. We were described by two applicants as “small but mighty” and “not stagnant”. Saltwater is also known for being a very warm community.

If you haven’t checked out the packet, that gives you the image of Saltwater that was presented to the applicants please visit:

Suzanne Laurel, MST Chair


What are people saying about us…

My name is Dr. Lorelei Walker and I am a former leader of Health Equity Circle, a student organization at the University of Washington.  We believe health is more than healthcare and organize to push back on the social determinants of health. In 2015, Health Equity Circle and Saltwater Church formed a relationship when Sound Alliance began to organize our members through the Best Starts for Kids Initiative in King County. Out of the 21 institutions involved in the Sound Alliance work, Saltwater Church has by far been the most dedicated, engaged, kind and compassionate source of energy and momentum I have seen demonstrated by an institution. Every single time I engaged in a Sound Alliance event, a compassionate and caring Saltwater team member was there to walk the path with me, bringing insight and energy to the conversation. Saltwater sets a powerful example to other institutions, demonstrating the importance of showing up, having the conversations, and doing the work. Each member exuded a sincere love and concern for community members who are disadvantaged. I’ve visited the church and was immediately surrounded by a feeling of love and safety as if I had found a slice of heaven on earth. Every single experience I have had with a Saltwater team member has been meaningful and engaging. Seriously, this congregation rocks on all accounts.”


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