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. 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, and either Mike Greenwood or Laurie Borden
Mission: Solicit pledges toward meeting our budget.
2018 Chair: Neil and Julie Chippendale
Mission: Provide support, such as calls, visits, meals, and rides to those in need.
Chair: Nita Hanson
Members: Mary Lou Bright, Dale Birdsall, Ann Ross, Sue Grigg, Mary Ann Deverell, Michele Lowy, Pat Schmitter
Contact: email@example.com (list) and firstname.lastname@example.org (list).
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
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: Jason Duquette-Hoffman
Members: Barb Karle, Ashleigh Hickey, Monty Montgomery, Chris Murphy
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 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: 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, Scott Smith
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 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
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
December Decorating: Bobbie Carnwath (tree/ inside wreath), Chris Murphy or Alice Berninghausen (outside peace wreath)
Martha Soderberg, Alan Moore, Carol Harden, Johanna Nichols, Barbara Drapelick, 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
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: Cindi Gillen, Mary Hadley, Steve Maier, Sue Rasmussen, Jean Terwilliger, Mary Benoit
See A Green Sanctuary.
Mission: Provide snacks and beverages for worship services.
Chair: Elizabeth Golden,
Julie & Neil Chippendale, Sylviane Acker, Jessica Rouse.
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: Barb Drapelick, Mary Louise Bright, Sheila House, Pat Schmitter, Carol Harden
Greeters: All above, plus Marnie Wood, Lois Alberts, Mary Ann Deverell, John Barstow, David Durgin, Helen Marsh, Dinah Smith, Steve Fidler
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: Kate Gridley
Lucy Tenenbaum, Poppy Rees, Chuck miller, Amy Mason, Shannon LaRose, Carol Harding
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.
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
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, Brett Millier, Pat Schmitter, Mary Ann Deverell, Dinah Smith, Martha Soderberg
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
Safe Congregations Team
Chair: Mike Greenwood,
Members: Rev. Barnaby Feder, Poppy Rees, Will Porter, Alan Moore
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, John Barstow, Stones, Priscilla Bremser
Community Meals: Sue Grigg, Ann Ross, Mary Louise Bright
Class Equity: Board
Crop Walk: Barbara Merz, Kids for Kids
Food Justice: Paul Stone
Food Shelf Donations: Mary Ann Deverell
Gleaning: seeking leader
Green Sanctuary: Elizabeth Golden
Guest at Your Table: Kids for Kids
GunSense: seeking leader
Habitat for Humanity: Dale Birdsall, Bob House
Hunger Council: Karen Hanson
Indivisible/Middlebury Huddle Groups: Kate Gridley, Barb Karle, Bethany Barry
Meals on Wheels: Thurs 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, Johanna Nichols, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore
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
UU United Nations Liaison: seeking rep
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
Worship Associates: Karl Lindholm, Piper Harrell, Silas Conlon, Becky Strum, Martha Fulda, Jason Duquette-Hoffman
Ushers: Charlie Sabukewicz, Gerry Loney, Bob House, Doug Smith, Barbara Merz, Dale Birdsall, Mike Greenwood, Martha Fulda, Alan Moore, Scott Smith
See our Worship page.
Gail Borden and Heidi Sulis (and Allie Izzard in the Fall)