Last month, Transient and Permanent featured a post on guidelines that tell moving or retiring ministers to stay away from their former congregations. An interesting comment turned up in that thread yesterday by a layperson who was asked to leave his Unitarian-Universalist congregation because he was doing too much around the church in the wake of a ministerial meltdown, and it was feared that this would inhibit a smooth settlement for the next minister. Interestingly, it wasn’t anyone from the congregation who forced the layperson out, but the district representative and the interim minister. Now, we can’t pretend to have all the details or sides of this situation, but it is a clear fact that this was a hurtful thing for the active layperson in question. How widespread is this phenomenon? Surely it isn’t too common, but there may be other stories like this one out there that can serve as cautionary tales.