Our Ministry Teams and Committees
Whether we call them “ministries” or “committees,” these dedicated groups of volunteers do the daily work of the congregation, following policies set by the Board of Trustees. The Council of Ministries coordinates the work of our committees.
The ministries of CVUUS exist to carry out CVUUS’s Purpose Statement. Because the Purpose Statement is a living, breathing document, designed to be continually revisited and revised as appropriate by the Board, the ministries of CVUUS must be flexible enough to be responsive to changing priorities.
Mission: Seek members who want to serve on our Board.
Members: Hannah Sessions, Colleen Brown
Mission: Solicit pledges toward meeting our budget.
Chair: Neil and Julie Chippendale
Our Spring 2016 canvass asked CVUUS members and friends to pledge their financial support for each of the next two years (2016-17 and 2017-18). The next canvass will begin during February or March, 2018.
Mission: Provide support, such as calls, visits, meals, and rides to those in need.
Chairs: Linda Shubert & Ginny Moser
Members: Mary Lou Bright, Dale Birdsall, Ann Ross, Sue Grigg, Mary Ann Deverell
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (list) and email@example.com (list).
UU Mobile Shuttle: Judy Sperry
Mission: Oversee our communication efforts including our website, newsletter, weekly blast, Facebook page, advertising, Front Porch Forum posts and service and event flyers.
Members: Margy Young, Artley Wolfson, Tracey Harrington, Carrie Mol, Mark Zelis
Facebook Postings: Carrie Mol
Website Help: Margy Levine Young, Jordan Young, Artley Wolfson
Weekly Blast Help: Barbara Merz
Bulletin Board Help: Lois Alberts
Worship Directory Ad/Graphics:
Order of Service/Newsletter Help: Sheila House, Julia Tarbell, Nita Hanson, Lois Alberts, Allison Cutler
Pictures: Susan Humphrey, Nita Hanson, Cindi Gillen, Barbara Merz
Year in Review: Rich Wolfson, Dick Moore
Babysitting, dinner, and homework help for CVUU children.
Kate Gridley & John Barstow
Donation Ministry (Share-the-Plate)
Mission: Oversee selection of organizations to receive a portion of our weekly service offerings and arrange for their visibility through display and speaking during worship.
Chair: Jason Duquette-Hoffman
Members: Barb Karle, Kimberly Waterman, Ashleigh Hickey, Monty Montgomery
Mission: Ensure the short and long-term maintenance of the buildings and grounds of CVUUS in a manner which will support and contribute to spiritual growth of congregants and staff and which facilitates the Society’s efforts to promote social and environmental justice in our community and the world.
Chair: Bob House
Members: Mitch Kramer, Paul Stone, Llyn Rice, Alan Moore (Jay H, Jean T, Dave D copied)
Art Policy: Kate Gridley, Patty Sgrecci
Banner Policy: John Barstow, Judith Lashof
Blue Jeans Sunday: Bob House, Gerry Loney
Ground Floor Project: Steve Maier, Jay Harrington, Paul Stone, Llyn Rice, Mitch Kramer, Jean Terwilliger, Artley Wolfson, Marty Kulczyk, Kate Gridley.
Landscape: Terri Arnold, Sheila House, Sue Rasmussen, Dinah Smith, Gerry Loney, Nan Crowell
Sanctuary Door Code: Llyn Rice
Sanctuary Upper Windows/Pellet System: Paul Stone, Llyn Rice, Bob House, Mitch Kramer
Signage/Lighting/Extinguishers: Mitch Kramer
Snow clearing coordinator: Karl Lindholm, with Bob House, Steve Maier, Ron Hallman
Sound System: Mitch Kramer, Shannon LaRose, Alan Moore
Tech Help: Jordan & Margy Young
This committee cares for our sanctuary, Fenn House, and grounds. See also Rental of Our Building.
Mission: Draft and oversee our budget.
Chair: Mary Conlon
Members: Alan Moore, Mary Hadley, John Berninghausen
Capital Campaign Team (Ground Floor): Steve Maier, Brett Millier, Connie Leach, Kate Gridley, Barb Drapelick, Ellen Flight
Donation Ministry: see above.
Money Counting: Nita Hanson, Mary Hadley, Allison Cutler, Margy Young, Dale Birdsall
Planned Giving: John Berninghausen
UU’re Home: seeking leader
Mission: Coordinate flowers and seasonal decorations for weekly services and special events.
Chairs: Marnie Wood, Dinah Smith
Members: Patty Sgrecci, Sue Grigg, Alice Berninghausen, Bobbie Carnwath, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon
Martha Soderberg, Alan Moore, Johanna Nichols, Barbara Drapelick, Marnie Wood, Kate Gridley, Barb Karle, Abi Sessions, Bobbie Carnwath, Nita Hanson, John Barstow, Bob Doran, Mitch Kramer, Mary Ann Deverell, Donna LaRose
Green Sanctuary Committee
Mission: Address our congregation’s need for greater environmental awareness and encourage participation of all of our congregants in constructive and meaningful environmental action. (From GSC Action Plan)
Chair: Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon
See A Green Sanctuary.
Mission: Provide snacks and beverages for worship services.
Chairs: Sylviane Acker & Julie Chippendale
Members: Neil Chippendale, Jessica Rouse, Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon
Leadership Development Team
Mike Greenwood, Colleen Brown, Bobbi Loney, John Barstow
Library & Information Resources
Mission: Acquire, organize and promote access to our congregation’s library, book sale cart, and other information resources.
Chair: Artley Wolfson
Members: Lois Alberts, Sheila House, Barb Karle, Barb Merz
See The CVUUS Library.
Mission: Welcome congregants, guests and newcomers and enroll members.
Chair: Marjorie Carsen
Members: Barb Drapelick, Mary Louise Bright, Sheila House, Pat Schmitter, Patty Sgrecci, Shuberts, Carol Harden
Greeters: All above, plus Marnie Wood, Lois Alberts, Mary Ann Deverell, John Barstow, David Durgin, Helen Marsh, Dinah Smith, Dick Moore, Steve Fidler
Name tags: Ginny Ashenfelter
See Become a Member.
Middlebury College UU Students
Tyler McDowell, Izzie Cass, Allie Izzard
Mission: Oversee music for worship and special events or venues.
Lucy Tenenbaum, Kate Gridley, Marjorie Carsen
Mission: Provide temporary counseling support to members and friends in various kinds of distress.
Chairs: Sue Grigg and Laurie Borden, Marjorie Carsen
Religious Exploration Council
Mission: Provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community.
Chair: Kas Singh
Members: Brett Millier, Heidi Sulis, Tracey Harrington, Natali West, Jessica Rouse, Martha Alexander
Nursery Assistant: Journey LaRose
Childcare: Jackie Derse, Journey LaRose, others TBD
RE Teachers: TBD
Kids for Kids: Bobbi Loney
Coordinated, overseen by the Director of Religious Education
Ensures that people of all ages grow and flourish as human beings and as Unitarian Universalists through education, action, and reflection on their experiences. Included in our Faith Development Ministry:
- Religious exploration programs for children
- Youth programs
Retreat/Labor Day Picnic
Carol and Marty Kulczyk, Paul and Frances Stone
Mary Hadley, Sheila House, Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon, Chippendales, Johanna Nichols, Schuberts
Right Relations Team
Mission: Ready to hear your feelings and needs regarding difficulty with another congregant or staff member, helping you get them addressed and keeping connections healthy.
See Joanna Colwell, John Barstow, or Anne Christie
Sangha (Meditation Group)
Colleen Brown, Dick Swanson, Van Van Order.
Meets every Sunday evening.
Service Auction (Radical Love Giveaway)
Seeking leaders. (Mary Hadley & Donna LaRose, Connie Leach & Chris Prickitt previous chairs)
Small Group Ministry
Mission: Deepen and broaden personal spiritual growth by meeting in small groups of 8-10 members at each others’ homes, usually once every two weeks to focus on a spiritual or religious topic.
Chair: Doug Richards
Marjorie Carsen, Matha Fulda, Karl Lindholm, Dinah Smith
See Small Group Ministry.
Social Justice Action
Addison County Interfaith Climate Action
Network: Bobbie Carnwath
Black Lives Matter (BLM) Ally Group: Piper Harrell, Judith Lashof, John Barstow, Stones, Priscilla Bremser
Community Meals: Sue Grigg, Ann Ross, Mary Louise Bright
Class Equity: Board
Crop Walk: Barbara Merz, Bobbi Loney & Kids for Kids
Food Justice: Paul Stone
Food Shelf Donations: Mary Ann Deverell
Gleaning: seeking leader
Guest at Your Table: Bobbi Loney & Kids for Kids
GunSense: seeking leader
Habitat for Humanity: Dale Birdsall, Bob House
Hunger Council: Seeking representative
Indivisible/Middlebury Huddle Groups: Kate Gridley, Barb Karle, Bethany Barry
Meals on Wheels: Thurs UU team: Mary Conlon, Ann Brousseau, Mike Greenwood, Patty Sgrecci, Bob House, Richard O’Donahue, Dorothy Mammen. Other routes: Barbara Merz, Dick Moore, Bethany Barry, Van VanOrder, Mar Harrison, Carolyn Brewer, Karri Ingerson.
Mexican Consulate/Migrants: Carol Kulczyk, Lise Alexander & Miles Peterle, Johanna Nichols, Martha Fulda
Open Door Clinic: Heidi Sulis
Peace Day: Rich Hennessey, Donna LaRose
Refugee Resettlement: Abi Sessions
SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice): Joanna Colwell
UU United Nations Liaison: Chris Mason
VT Workers Center: Donna LaRose
WomenSafe: Dottie Nelson (Kerri Duquette-Hoffman)
Mission: Provide the congregation with varied, coherent services that are spiritually deep as well as intellectually, existentially, and morally challenging.
Chair: Ann Webster (interim)
Worship Associates: Karl Lindholm, Piper Harrell, Silas Conlon, Barbara Drapelick, Becky Strum, Margy Young (fall)
Ushers: Jack Shubert, Charlie Sabukewicz, Terri Arnold, Gerry Loney, Bob House, Doug Smith, Barbara Merz, Dale Birdsall, Mike Greenwood, Patty Wright
Flower Co-op: Marnie Wood, Dinah Smith, Patty Sgrecci, Sue Grig, Alice Berninghausen, Bobbie Carnwath, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Golden-Pidgeon
December Decorating: Bobbie Carnwath (tree/ inside wreath), Chris Murphy or Alice Berninghausen (outside peace wreath)
See our Worship page.
Gail Borden and Heidi Sulis