Committees & Groups
Many people are needed to make our church the vibrant place we love. Volunteering for a committee is both personally rewarding and important to making our church function. Many committees meet once a month; others meet on an “as needed” basis. You are invited to contact any committes or groups that interest you.
Our church is committed to Lifespan Religious Exploration, helping adults to grow in spiritual practice, live an ethical life, act for justice and understand different faiths.
Rev. Sarah Person
Building & Grounds Committee
The Building & Grounds Committee provides a warm and welcoming place for worship and fellowship. Lend your practical skills to keep our building and landscaping attractive, in good repair, and accessible.
Feed the body as well as the spirit with good food and good conversation. Hosts serve coffee, juice, and treats after a service on Sunday morning.
Committee on Ministry
How are we doing? Be a part of assessing worship, fellowship, outreach and religious exploration – in other words, all of our ministries to one another.
This is an affinity group of church members and non-members who meet regularly to celebrate the God and Goddess and the natural cycle of life. We are open to the public and offer education, experience and practice of Earth-centered, nature-based and general pagan beliefs.
Elsie Gaudette Award
In 1991, the church named its outstanding volunteer service award the Elsie Gaudette Award to honor the person who “most exemplifies the spirit and dedication of Elsie Gaudette.” Nominations must be submitted in writing to the committee and are accepted at any time. They must be signed and include the nominee’s qualifications and history of service. All letters are the property of the committee and will be saved for future awards.
Equal ExchangeOne of Religious Exploration’s fundraising activities is the sale of Equal Exchange products including organic coffee, chocolate, and olive oil. Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade Organization through which small-scale farmers in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the U.S. earn a fair price for their products, have access to affordable credit, and gain a long-term trading partner they can trust. It’s a win-win-win: the farmers benefit, the church makes a profit to help support our activities, and YOU get to enjoy these delicious products!
Book Discussion Group
The Book Discussion Group has been meeting since May, 2018. They meet on the third Monday evening of every month.
Governance & Policy Task Force
Examine current governance and management structures and look for possible new approaches. Draft and facilitate changes to church bylaws, policies, job descriptions and agreements, communication, etc.
Green Sanctuary Committee
This is a church committee that reviews the environmental impact of church operations and activities.
Our purpose is to create an atmosphere of sociability and abundance during fellowship hour and other receptions and events.
Knitting, Crocheting & Sewing Group
Shawls of comfort and afghans are made by this affinity group and are given to adults and babies for comfort or for celebration.
Lay Parish Coordinator
Members of this team are trained to offer lay pastoral counseling or may simply volunteer to provide meals, errands, transportation to the doctor or the grocery store or to church or social outings, household or yard work, visits, phone calls, or respite/break time for caregivers.
Leadership Development Committee
This committee recruits members to volunteer for different leadership opportunities in programs, activities and governance. It also helps with education opportunities.
This group coordinates our growth, outreach, and deepening of our involvement in congregational life and Unitarian Universalism.
Memorial Garden Committee
The Memorial Garden Committee oversees the care of the Memorial Garden and upholds the policy associated with the Memorial Garden.
This committee oversees the musical life in the church and supports the music director and helps to build a musical community. There are three choirs: Chalice, Caring and Family. We also feature a variety of instrumentalists and a diversity of genres.
|New Moon & Full Moon Meditations|
Natalie offers two virtual meditations each month. All are welcome.
|Program Planning Committee|
This committee coordinates the scheduling of church events (fundraisers, education, social gatherings, cultural offerings) over the course of the year and maintains the master events calendar.
Public Relations Committee
This group coordinates the PR efforts throughout the church and spearheads our outreach efforts in the community.
Religious Exploration Committee
This committee helps the Director of Religious Exploration to shape programs for all ages by engaging in planning, oversight, budgeting and recruitment of volunteers and advisors.
Just This Sangha
Zen meditation, or just sitting, is the practice of clear seeing. This is a wisdom path of self-knowledge, a way of living more than a meditation technique. Guided and supported by others on this journey of discovery, we have the opportunity to loosen old habits and reactivity, gradually freeing ourselves from our dream story of past and future, awakening to actual life here and now. Each week we sit, walk, share our practice experience and discuss relevant readings.
The “Satsang” is a spiritual affinity gathering of individuals who practice Passage Meditation as developed and taught by Eknath Easwaran and who endeavor to practice the seven allied disciplines which he elucidated. Passage Meditation is the heart and the first of these eight points. This is a contemplative practice.
Small Group Ministries
In UU small group sessions, we are each invited to minister to our faith in a small appealing setting on a shared group topic.
|Rev. Sarah Person|
Racial Justice CommitteeThe Racial Justice Planning Committee has been meeting since July 28 on a weekly basis. They develop options and a process by which FUUSM can become actively involved in racial justice work.
The committee feels it is important for those of us who are planning for the congregation to work on our own personal growth together. They have established a covenant for engagement, shared hopes and fears about this work, looked at personal racial/ethnic autobiographies considered white privilege, and will be going into white identity, micro aggressions and the uses and management of conflict.
Social Justice Committee
Congregationally based social justice activism answers the question, “What does the world need?” Social justice ministry answers the question, “What makes us come alive?” This committee will help us educate, activate and focus our efforts.
This is a small affinity group for individuals who wish to explore personal spiritual topics.
Staff Support Team
The Staff Support Team’s purpose is to provide support to the Church’s professional staff and to the Minister, as staff supervisor.
This committee assesses the financial status of the church and advises the Parish Committee and the congregation on actions to take. It also oversees the annual budget process and pledge drive.
Taping/Sound System Team
This team of dedicated techies maintains the technology for our communications and broadcasts. They install and maintain office technology; maintain the website, email addresses and lists; videotape worship services for local broadcast; and maintain the sound systems in the sanctuary.
Be the first friendly face people see when they walk through our doors. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to get to know faces. It is a fun way to volunteer. Ushers and greeters welcome people, hand out orders of service and special flyers, and escort people to available seats. They offer headsets when asked. Hosts may take visitors on a tour and answer basic questions about our Church.
|Worship Committee |
This is a committee that assists the minister with providing quality Sunday worship services throughout the year. They oversee the details of Sunday morning services, participate in worship, arrange for guest preachers and assist them, seek feedback from congregants on worship, and help the minister with evaluation. They also plan the summer services.