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 Group Purpose / Activities Chair
Social Justice CouncilMary Fenelon
CCISCO Local Organizing Committee Contra 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 Justice Raises 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 Project The 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 Committee We 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
Immigration The 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
Marriage/LGBTQQ Equality Christina McGowen
Racial Justice Committee A social justice committee which works for racial justice within MDUUC and in the larger community Connie Chiba & Peggy Kroll
LEAP Council – Nancy Falk
Adult Programs Jim Hughell
Child Care Childcare Coordinator
Children and Youth RE Director Religious Education
Our Whole Lives The OWL program provides age-appropriate, values-based sexuality education classes. John Dark
Membership Ministry – Jeff Galanti Convenor
Caring Serves members and friends in times of need with meals, rides, visits and other support Jane Russell & Merry Nail
Coffee Service Coordinates volunteers for Coffee Services Melissa Allen
Community Circles Small groups which meet every week or two. Jim Lewis
Denominational Connections Links 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
Devil Mountain Coffee House Committee Organizes “coffee house” performances. Harry Miller
History Discovers and publicizes the history of MDUUC Carolyn Campbell
Membership Encouraging “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. Sue Polgar

Membership

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
Communications CouncilKristen Taylor
Newsletter Publishes our biweekly newsletter, The Beacon, for members and friends; available by mail and on line at mduuc.org. Beverly Bortin
Web Committee Maintains and enhances the website, mduuc.org, and the info site, mduuc.org/info. Art Ungar
Financial Stewardship CouncilBill Clark
Finance The Finance Committee monitors the financial condition of the church and fosters prudent financial practices. Kevin McGregor, Diana Lowell
Fundraising Events Oversees planning and production of major fundraising events. Sally Edgerton
Legacy** Solicits contributions (money, stock donations and legacy gifts) for our endowment and capital funds and manages the proceeds. Inge Yarborough
Memorial Maintains memorial gifts to the church and keeps records regarding gifts. Elisabeth Andreason
Rentals Committee Review, 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 Committee Plans and coordinates the annual stewardship drive in the Spring to support the ministries and work of the church Ed Lampo
Other Committees
Board of Trustees* Leadership in church policy and direction Leslie Baxter Hovey
Bookstore Selects and sells books of interest to Unitarian Universalists. Members help with the bookstore table on Sunday mornings. Carole Woods
Committee on Ministry** Monitors and evaluates the ministries of the Church and advises the Board and the Ministers. Sandy Bonshahi, Errol Reyes
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
Arts Makes formal recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning acceptance and placement of artwork and furnishings in the church. Sponsors rotating art exhibits. Dee Simmons
Facilities Committee Determines necessary repairs and improvements to make MDUUC facilities function effectively, safely and efficiently. It is responsible for overseeing the Maintenance Reserves, and for recommending the Buildings & Grounds budget request annually. Members selected are familiar with the MDUUC facilities and functions. Kathryn Wellington
Green Group The Green Group sponsors ongoing activities and educational campaigns on environmental issues and initiatives, with a primary focus on Climate Change. Dee Simmons
Kitchen Coordinates kitchen supplies and maintenance and recommends projects to keep kitchen up-to-date and efficient. TBA
Technology Organization, upkeep and enhancement of the church’s computers, telecommunications other electronic equipment. Carol Sue Cain
Worship CouncilRobert McNally
Chancel Guild Plans and arranges for flowers and art to enhance our Sanctuary for Sunday morning worship. Beth Snortum
Labyrinth Jim Hasse
Earth-Centered Circle Committee Scott Baxter
Music Supports the music program of the church, plans musical programs and fundraising, and acts as a clearinghouse for music activities. Mora Fisher Mattingly
Ushers Coordinates ushers for Sunday Services. Nancy Moran
Vespers Jo Gelinas
Worship Associates*** Helps with planning Sunday Services not led by minister; Associates assist in all Sunday Services. Linda Russell

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