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.
See our annual report: 2018-9 CVUUS Annual Report
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
Mission: Solicit pledges toward meeting our budget.
2020 Chair: Tracey and Jay Harrington
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, Pat Schmitter, Ginny Moser
Contact: email@example.com (list) and firstname.lastname@example.org (list).
Let’s Eat Together: Dale Birdsall, Ginny Moser
FUUDIES: Michele Lowy, Nita Hanson
UU Mobile Shuttle: Judy Sperry
Cards: Susan Humphrey
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.
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
Parent Group “Livelies”
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
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, Seth Gibson, Miles Peterle, Scott Barkdoll (Jay H, Jean T, Dave D, Scott S, Neil C, Sue R 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, Mike Greenwood
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.
Chairs: Mike and Liam Greenwood
Mission: Draft and oversee our budget.
Chair: Mary Hadley
Members: Alan Moore, Mary Conlon, John Berninghausen, Rich Wolfson
Donation Ministry: see above.
Money Counting: Nita Hanson, Mary Hadley, Allison Cutler, Margy Young, Dale Birdsall, Mary Conlon, Monty Montgomery
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: Sue Grigg, Alice Berninghausen, Bobbie Carnwath, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Golden
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, 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 Cultrara, Cindi Gillen, Steve Butterfield.
See A Green Sanctuary.
Mission: Provide snacks and beverages for worship services.
Chair: Ollie Cultrara
Julie & Neil Chippendale, Elizabeth Golden, Ken Levine, Gayle Muenchow, Donna LaRose, Margy Young (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
See The CVUUS Library.
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, 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, Allie Izzard
Music Ministry Team
Mission: Oversee music for worship and special events or venues.
Chair: Carol Harden
Lucy Tenenbaum, Poppy Rees, Shannon LaRose, Richard Hopkins, Kate Gridley, Chris Murphy, Liam Greenwood
Mission: Provide temporary counseling support to members and friends in various kinds of distress.
Members: Laurie Borden, Jordan Young, Marjorie Carsen
Mission: Provide oversite and policy with regard to hiring practices, benefits, salaries, and conflict resolution.
Members: Gordon Gibson, Mary Conlon
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 Care: Journey LaRose
Childcare: Journey LaRose, Livia Bernhardt
RE Teachers: See Religious Exploration
Kids for Kids: Bobbi Loney
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
Retreat/Labor Day Picnic
Carol and Marty Kulczyk, Paul and Frances Stone
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
Marjorie Carsen, Michele Lowy
Gordon Gibson and Mary Conlon
Safe Congregations Team
Chair: Alan Moore
Members: Rev. Barnaby Feder, Poppy Rees, Will Porter, Mike Greenwood, Donna LaRose (Richard Hopkins, Dr. Paul Seward and Dr. Morris Earle consulted as needed on health matters)
Sangha (Meditation Group)
Colleen Brown, Van Van Order, Bobbi Carnwath.
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.
Doug Richards, Marjorie Carsen, Dinah Smith, Alan Moore, Elizabeth Golden, Tracey Harrington, Richard Hopkins
See Small Group Ministry.
Parent Group: Tracey Harrington
Retirement Group: Dinah Smith
Residence at Otter Creek GrUUp: Ann Brouseau
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, Mary Louise Bright
Community Dinner: Kathryn Schloff, Alan Moore, Abi Sessons
Class Equity: Board
Crop Walk: Kids for Kids
Food Justice: Paul Stone
Food Shelf Donations: Barbara Merz
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 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)
Mission: Provide the congregation with varied, coherent services that are spiritually deep as well as intellectually, existentially, and morally challenging.
Chair: Liam Battjes Greenwood
Worship Associates: Karl Lindholm, Martha Fulda, Jason Duquette-Hoffman, Wren Colwell, Jordan Young, Esther Thomas, Becky Strum
Ushers: Gerry Loney, Bob House, Scott Smith, Barbara Merz, Dale Birdsall, Mike Greenwood, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore, Liam Battjes, Laurie Borden, Helene Vanderburgh, Ollie Cultrara
See our Worship page.
Gail Borden and John Barstow