WORKING TOGETHER

MDUUC is a mission-driven community, collaboratively led and managed by professional ministerial and support staff and by lay leaders elected by the congregation.

People committed to specific work areas come together regularly on a volunteer basis. These committees are guided by a council structure that aims to integrate our overall efforts and leverage the work of each to benefit all.

Here is a listing of the committees and councils with contact information for leaders.

Interest Groups

Committee/Work GroupPurpose / ActivitiesChair
Social Justice CouncilMary Fenelon
CCISCO Local Organizing CommitteeContra Costa County Interfaith Supporting Community Organization – CCISCO is a multi-racial, multi-generational, interfaith federation of member congregations working for social justice. MDUUC works in collaboration with CCISCO in the service of social change..Joe Schellenberg
Economic JusticeRaises awareness and educates our church’s members about the nature and extent of the economic injustice in our society and in the world; and identifies and works with both faith based and secular allies who share our values to promote economic justice by effecting changes to inequitable policies, programs, and laws.Bob Lane, Elizabeth Copley

Economic Justice

Food ProjectThe group coordinates with other community action organizations to provide food for people in need, and organizes teams of MDUUC volunteers to participate in that work. The group also supports the religious education’s efforts in the Peace Garden activities.Kelly Webster
Homeless and Affordable Housing CommitteeWe collaborate with service organizations such as Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, Trinity Center, and Shelter, Inc. We partner with housing advocacy organizations to support systemic changes in planning communities that include housing for all economic levels. The Winter Nights program is a sub-committee of this Committee.Bill Wostenberg
ImmigrationThe Immigration Task Force, a committee of the Social Justice Council, aims to educate the congregation about immigration issues, to raise awareness among the congregation about the plight of immigrants in this country, and to witness and advocate for justice for immigrants, including comprehensive reform of our immigration system.Suzanne Llewellyn
Sanctuary Task ForceSuzanne Llewellyn and Bob Lane
LGBTQ & FRIENDSOur committee is comprised of LGBTQ people and those who support LGBTQ equality, hence “LGBTQ & FRIENDS”. Our goal is to provide an inclusive environment for education, activities and programs that will enlighten and empower members and visitors from surrounding communities.Nancy Newhart
Racial Justice CommitteeA social justice committee which works for racial justice within MDUUC and in the larger communityConnie Chiba & Peggy Kroll
LEAP Council – Nancy Falk
Adult ProgramsJim Hughell
Child CareMarena McGregor
Children and Youth REIndigo Lewis
Our Whole LivesThe OWL program provides age-appropriate, values-based sexuality education classes.John Dark
Membership Ministry – Jeff Galanti
CaringServes members and friends in times of need with meals, rides, visits and other supportJane Russell & Merry Nail
Coffee ServiceCoordinates volunteers for Coffee ServicesMelissa Allen
Community CirclesSmall groups which meet every week or two.TBD
Denominational ConnectionsLinks to the Pacific Central District (PCD), the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), our Partner Church in Transylvania and other UU organizations. Recommends delegates for PCD and UUA General Assemblies.Mary Beth Spencer
Partner ChurchConnects our church with our Partner Church in Transylvania, Romania in Erdoszengyorgy.Judy Young
Devil Mountain Coffee House CommitteeOrganizes “coffee house” performances.Harry Miller
HistoryDiscovers and publicizes the history of MDUUCCarolyn Campbell
MembershipEncouraging “Radical Hospitality,” members greet and welcome newcomers, provide Getting to Know UU classes, New Member recognition and a dinner for New Members. Encouraging community involvement, we provide Getting Involved classes for members.Jaynese Davis
Pastoral Visitors**Work confidentially with the ministers to offer support to members through visiting the ill in hospitals or at home, comforting the bereaved and supporting those in life crisis.Trish Allard & Carol Fiddler Hasse
Financial Stewardship CouncilBill Clark
FinanceThe Finance Committee monitors the financial condition of the church and fosters prudent financial practices.Kevin McGregor, Diana Lowell
Fundraising EventsOversees planning and production of major fundraising events.TBD
Legacy**Solicits contributions (money, stock donations and legacy gifts) for our endowment and capital funds and manages the proceeds.Inge Yarborough
MemorialMaintains memorial gifts to the church and keeps records regarding gifts.Elisabeth Andreason
Rentals CommitteeReview, update, and implement procedures and practices for successful large event rentals. The Committee recruits church members or others to serve as Event Hosts.Jo Gelinas
Stewardship CommitteePlans and coordinates the annual pledge drive in the Spring to support the ministries and work of the churchEd Lampo
Other Committees
Board of Trustees*Leadership in church policy and directionMichele Carroll
BookstoreSelects and sells books of interest to Unitarian Universalists. Members help with the bookstore table on Sunday mornings.TBD
Committee on Ministry**Monitors and evaluates the ministries of the Church and advises the Board and the Ministers.Sandy Bonshahi, Errol Reyes
Communications AdvisoryEnhances communications within and outside of the churchKristen Taylor
Nominating*The committee nominates candidates for Board of Trustees, the Legacy Committee and Nominating Committee.Elizabeth Copley, Avu Sankaralingam

Nominating**

Personnel**Handles employee matters, performs reviews and makes recommendations on salaries. Serves as liaison between the staff and the congregation.Ursula Bartel
Place CouncilKarl Livengood
ArtsSponsors rotating art exhibits with local artists around the MDUUC campus. Advises church leadership in the opportunity, acceptance, and placement of works of art.Dee Simmons
Facilities CommitteeEnsures the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the buildings & grounds for the entire MDUUC property. Advises church leadership on priority and budget recommendations for all facilities-related activities.Kathryn Wellington
Green GroupSponsors ongoing activities and educational campaigns on environmental issues and initiatives, with a primary focus on Climate Change.Dee Simmons
KitchenCoordinates the organization, maintenance, and supplies for Bortin Hall’s kitchen. Advises church leadership by recommending projects to keep kitchen safe, up-to-date, and efficient.TBD
TechnologyEnables, implements, and maintains the church staff’s computers, campus telecommunications, and other electronic office equipment. Advises church leadership on the upkeep and future enhancement of the church’s technology needs.TBD
Worship CouncilRobert McNally
Chancel GuildPlans and arranges for flowers and art to enhance our Sanctuary for Sunday morning worship.Beth Snortum
LabyrinthJim Hasse
Earth-Centered Circle CommitteeScott Baxter
MusicSupports the music program of the church, plans musical programs and fundraising, and acts as a clearinghouse for music activities.Mora Fisher Mattingly
UshersCoordinates ushers for Sunday Services.Nancy Moran
VespersJo Gelinas
Worship Associates***Helps with planning Sunday Services not led by minister; Associates assist in all Sunday Services.Linda Russell
UUs for Jewish AwarenessElaine Bush

* membership is by election
** Membership is only by nomination/ invitation.
*** There is an application process for Worship Associates. Speak to the ministers if interested.

Interest GroupPurpose / ActivitiesContact Person
BookstoreCarole Woods
Book DiscussionMeets first Tuesday each month in people?s homesBill & Joy Hicks
Caregivers CircleCynthia Davis
ChoirRehearses Thursdays at 7:30 in the SanctuaryMark Tuning
Elder JourneyMeets 2nd Wednesday at 10 am in the Children?s Chapel, for personal exploration.Rev. Leslie Takahashi
Facilities Work PartyTristan Thielman
Grief GroupRev. Leslie Takahashi
MeditationMeets Sundays at 9 am in the Fireside Room. Supports silence with Tibetan bells, chants and songs.Sharon Lawrence
Men's Breakfast GroupMeets 2nd Saturday from 9 to 11 am in the Children?s Chapel for light breakfast, check-in and topical conversation.Doug Schuster
Community Circles
MultigenerationalKate Newkirk
Open Women?s GroupOurÿOpen Women?s Groupÿis open to all women associated with MDUUC to promote community,fellowship, education and fun. Meets 1st Thursday at 10:30 am for potluck lunch and discussion;Joan Armstrong, Jane North, Dolores Olson, & Dee Simmons
Used BooksHarvey & Jackie Segal
Young Adult NetworkRanwa Hammamay
Young Adult ProgramsYelena Mykisheva