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.

See our annual report: 2018-9 CVUUS Annual Report

Board Nomination

Mission: Seek members who want to serve on our Board. From the Bylaws: “Nominations for the Board of Trustees and for board officers will be made by a Board Nominating Committee. The Board Nominating Committee consists of the Vice President of the Board and two members of the congregation (who will not be members of the Board) who are elected at the Annual Meeting. Members of the Board Nominating Committee will serve for two-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms.”

Members: Hannah Sessions, Colleen Brown, Kas Singh, Catie Raishart

Canvass Campaign

Mission: Solicit pledges toward meeting our budget.

2018 Chair: Neil and Julie Chippendale

Caring Network

Mission: Provide support, such as calls, visits, meals, and rides to those in need.

Chair:  Nita Hanson, 

Members: Michele Lowy, Mary Lou Bright, Dale Birdsall, Ann Ross, Sue Grigg, Mary Ann Deverell, Pat Schmitter, Ginny Moser

Contact: caringnetworkrideserrands@cvuus.org (list) and  caringnetworkmeals@cvuus.org (list).

Let’s Eat Together: Dale Birdsal, Ginny Moser

FUUDIES: Michele Lowy, Nita Hanson

UU Mobile Shuttle: Judy Sperry

Cards: Susan Humphrey

See Caring Network and Lay Pastoral Care.

Communications Team (non-meeting)

Mission: Oversee our communication efforts including our website, newsletter, weekly blast, Facebook page, advertising, Front Porch Forum posts and service and event flyers.

Members: TBD

Facebook Postings: Donna LaRose

Website Help: Brian Mason, Margy Levine Young

Weekly Blast Help: Barbara Merz

Bulletin Board Help: Lois Alberts

Worship Directory Ad/Graphics: Caitlin Gildrien

Order of Service/Newsletter Help: Sheila House, Nita Hanson, Lois Alberts, Allison Cutler, Laura Ferguson, Martha Fulda

Pictures: Susan Humphrey, Kate Gridley, Ellen Flight, Karl Lindholm, Poppy Rees

Year in Review: Rich Wolfson. Laurie Borden

Date Night

Babysitting, dinner, and homework help for CVUU children.

Members: 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: Barb Karle

Members: Monty Montgomery, Chris Murphy, Ashleigh Hickey, Allison Cutler, Marjorie Carsen

See Sharing Our Donation Plate.

Facilities Committee

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, Scott S, Seth G, Neil C, Miles Peterle copied)

Art Policy: Kate Gridley

Banner Policy: John Barstow

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:  Sue Rasmussen, Dinah Smith, Gerry Loney, Nan Crowell, Sheila & Bob House, Don Groll

Lower Level Use Coordination: Lise Anderson, Miles Peterle

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, Bob House, Ron Hallman, Richard Hopkins, Gayle Muenchow, Alan Moore

Sound System: Mitch Kramer, Shannon LaRose, Alan Moore, Scott Smith

Tech Help: Jordan & Margy Young, Brian Mason

This committee cares for our sanctuary, Fenn House, and grounds. See also Rental of Our Building.

Finance Committee

Mission: Draft and oversee our budget.

Chair: Mary Hadley

Members: Alan Moore, Mary Conlon, John Berninghausen, Rich Wolfson

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, Mary Conlon

Planned Giving: John Berninghausen

UU’re Home: seeking leader

Flower Co-op

Mission: Coordinate flowers and seasonal decorations for weekly services and special events.

Chairs: Marnie Wood, Dinah Smith

Members: Sue Grigg, Alice Berninghausen, Bobbie Carnwath, Chris Murphy

Flowers: Catie Raishart’s Foxglove Farm

December Decorating: Bobbie Carnwath (tree/ inside wreath), Chris Murphy or Alice Berninghausen (outside peace wreath)


Alan Moore, Carol Harden, Marnie Wood, Kate Gridley, Barb Karle, Abi Sessions, Bobbie Carnwath, Nita Hanson, John Barstow,  Mitch Kramer, Mary Ann Deverell, Donna & Shannon LaRose, Lise Anderson, Elizabeth Golden, Revell Allen, Lise Anderson, Miles P, Alice Berninghausen, Dorothy Mammen, Mike Greenwood, Anne Christie, Allison Cutler, Becky Strum

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, 

Members: Jean Terwilliger, Mary Hadley, Steve Maier, Sue Rasmussen, Ollie (formerly Elizabeth) Cultrara, Cindi Gillen.

See A Green Sanctuary.

Hospitality Ministry

Mission: Provide snacks and beverages for worship services.

Chair: Ollie (formerly Elizabeth) Cultrara

Julie & Neil Chippendale, Elizabeth Golden, Ken Levine, Gayle Muenchow, Donna LaRose (Ann Webster, John Barstow and Pat Schmitter help as needed).

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, Bobbi Loney, Sheila House, Barb Karle, Elizabeth Golden, Ann Ross

See The CVUUS Library.

Membership Ministry

Mission: Welcome congregants, guests and newcomers and enroll members.

Chair: Marjorie Carsen

Members:  Mary Louise Bright, Sheila House, Pat Schmitter, Carol Harden

Greeters: All above, plus Marnie Wood, Lois Alberts, Mary Ann Deverell, John Barstow, Dinah Smith, Carol Harden, Monty Montgomery, Donna LaRose. Mike Greenwood

Name tags: Ginny Ashenfelter

See Become a Member.

Middlebury College UU Students

Tyler McDowell, Izzie Cass, Allie Izzard

Music Ministry Team

Mission: Oversee music for worship and special events or venues.

Chair: Carol Harding

Lucy Tenenbaum, Poppy Rees, Shannon LaRose, Richard Hopkins, Priscilla Bremser, Kate Gridley

Pastoral Care

Mission: Provide temporary counseling support to members and friends in various kinds of distress.

Chairs: Sue Grigg, Laurie Borden, Marjorie Carsen, Jordan Young

See Caring Network and Lay Pastoral Care.

Religious Exploration Council

Mission: Provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community.

Co-Chairs: Tracey Harrington and Jessica Rouse

Members: Kas Singh, Natali West,  Martha Alexander, Molly Andres, Catie Raishart

Nursery Assistant:  Journey LaRose

Childcare: Jackie Derse, Journey LaRose, others TBD

RE Teachers: See Religious Exploration

Kids for Kids: Jess Danyow

Coming of Age: Piper Harrell, Allie Izzard, Joanna Colwell

OWL: Michele Lowy, Ted Scheu

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
  • Nursery

See Lifespan Learning at CVUUS.

Retreat/Labor Day Picnic

Carol and Marty Kulczyk, Paul and Frances Stone

Rhubarb Festival

Mary Hadley, Sheila House, Elizabeth Golden, Chippendales, Vanderburghs, Brett Millier, Pat Schmitter, Mary Ann Deverell, Dinah Smith, Martha Soderberg, Lise Anderson, Michele Lowy, Mary & Peter Conlon

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.

Members: Joanna Colwell, John Barstow, and Anne Christie

Passover Seder

Marjorie Carsen, Michele Lowy

Safe Congregations Team

Chair: Alan Moore

Members: Rev. Barnaby Feder, Poppy Rees, Will Porter, Mike Greenwood, Donna LaRose

Sangha (Meditation Group)

Colleen Brown, Van Van Order.

Meets every Sunday evening.

Service Auction (Radical Love Giveaway)

Seeking leaders. (Mary Hadley, Donna LaRose, Piper Harrell, Connie Leach & Chris Prickitt previous leaders)

Small Group Ministry

Mission: Deepen and broaden personal spiritual growth by meeting in small groups of 8-10 members at each others’ homes or CVUUS, usually once every month to focus on a spiritual or religious topic.

Chair: needed

Doug Richards, Marjorie Carsen, Dinah Smith, Marnie Wood, Bobbi Loney, Elizabeth Golden, Tracey Harrington

See Small Group Ministry.

Parent Group: Tracey Harrington

Retirement Group: Dinah Smith, Faith Lowell

Social Justice Action

Addison County Interfaith Climate Action Network: Steve Maier, Bobbie Carnwath

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Ally Group: See SURJ

Community Lunch: Alan Moore, Barb Merz, Revell Allen, Sue Grigg, Ann Ross, Mary Louise Bright

Community Dinner: Kathryn Schloff, Alan Moore, Abi Sessons

Class Equity: Board

Crop Walk: Barbara Merz, Kids for Kids

Food Justice: Paul Stone

Food Shelf Donations: Mary Ann Deverell

Gleaning: seeking leader

Guest at Your Table:  Kids for Kids

GunSense: seeking leader

Habitat for Humanity: Dale Birdsall, Bob House

Hunger Council: Seeking rep

Indivisible/Middlebury Huddle Groups: Kate Gridley, Barb Karle, Bethany Barry

LGBTQIA+: Ollie (formerly Elizabeth) Cultrara, Jordan Young

Meals on Wheels: Monday UU team: Mary Conlon, Ann Brousseau, Mike Greenwood, Bob House. Other routes: Barbara Merz, Bethany Barry, Van VanOrder, Mar Harrison, Carolyn Brewer.

Mexican Consulate/Migrants: Lise Anderson & Miles Peterle, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore, Chris Murphy

Open Door Clinic: Heidi Sulis, Jordan Young

Peace Day: Rich Hennessey, Donna LaRose

Refugee Resettlement: Abi Sessions

SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice): Joanna Colwell, Kathy Comstock

UU United Nations Liaison: seeking rep

VT Workers Center: Donna LaRose

WomenSafe: Dottie Nelson (Kerri Duquette-Hoffman, Amy Mason, Joanna C)

Women’s Group

Elizabeth Golden

Writing Group

Nancy Means-Wright

Worship Ministry

Mission: Provide the congregation with varied, coherent services that are spiritually deep as well as intellectually, existentially, and morally challenging.

Chair: Ann Webster

Worship Associates: Karl Lindholm, Piper Harrell,  Becky Strum (chair in Fall), Martha Fulda, Jason Duquette-Hoffman

Ushers:  Gerry Loney, Bob House, Doug Smith, Barbara Merz, Dale Birdsall, Mike Greenwood, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore, Scott Smith, Liam Battjes

See our Worship page.

Youth Group

Gail Borden and Heidi Sulis (and Allie Izzard in the Fall)