The Church Committees, along with the staff, are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society. These volunteers are the backbone of this congregation and keep SUUS living its mission.
Activities & Events
Plans and presents programs that celebrate our UU community in order to foster friendship and to promote an extended sense of fellowship and community. These events give us a chance to share our views and/or highlight our talents across the ages.
Co-Chairs: Maryann Bracken, Kathy Helmrich, Lindalea Ludwick
Promotes the activities and events of the UUA, the Clara Barton District and the New England Region and other Unitarian Universalist news in order for the congregation to better know the work and outreach of our faith in the world.
Chair: Sue Schaedler
The Communications Team facilitates getting information to its members through weekly emails, social media, and our website. They are also involved with increasing the visibility of SUUS in the community with press releases and publicity.
Chair: Mary Strieff
Is a committee comprised of three sub committees: Membership, Caring and Stewardship.
Membership is responsible for welcoming all, members, friends and visitors and assisting those new to the church to feel connected and get to know others. They provide information and programs for those seeking to better understand the UU faith and what SUUS has to offer them as a faith community. they provide guidance in the process to become a member.
Caring is responsible for providing meals, phone calls, visits, and rides to members as the needs arise.
Stewardship is responsible for fostering the engagement of all members in the life of the church as each individual wishes. They assist the Finance Committee with their Annual Pledge drive.
Co-Chairs: Jennifer Farmer-Etzel and Alice Fleming
The trustees are elected by the congregation to manage the Fred Keefe Endowment Fund. They report quarterly to the Board of Trustees. Each January they share with the Board the amount available for grants for the coming year. Grant proposals are reviewed by an ad-hoc committee and final recommendations are voted on by the congregation at the Annual Meeting in the spring.
Trustees: Margaret Fikrig, Dan Brill and Rebecca Loew
Provides hospitality for special events at SUUS such as memorial receptions for SUUS members, friends and families, and occasional special events hosting of District, Ministerial or Interfaith meetings and special gatherings of the congregation.
Chair: Sarah Jane Dailey and Tracy Ernst
House and Grounds
Takes responsibility for all buildings and property owned by SUUS, carries out repairs, maintenance and/or arranges for outside contractors to come in as needed. Decorating is also under the umbrella of H&G.
Chair: Neil Schultes
Maintains the Douglas A. Farmer, Jr. Memorial Garden, and works with Minister and families to plan and perform Memorial Services and interment services in the Memorial Garden.
Chair: Stephanie Warren
The Nominating Committee assembles and presents the slates of Board Officers and Trustees, and Standing Committee Chairs that are voted on by the congregation at the Annual Meeting.
Members: Sue Schaedler, Neil Schultes and Jennifer Swenson
The R.E. Committee, working with the Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DRE), oversees all religious education activities for children and youth. The R.E. Committee is responsible for establishing a calendar for the year in collaboration with the Minister, Sunday Services and Music Committees. Other duties include recruiting and training of teachers, advisers and facilitators for R.E. programming; maintaining communication with teachers, advisers, facilitators, parents, and the congregation; and encouraging participation in R.E. programs.
Chair: Karen Pawelek
Informs and educates the congregation in areas of social justice, identifies ways to promote social change, sponsors and/or supports groups and causes organized for social justice. They encourage members to participate in local and global activities that support our Principles and Values.
Co-Chairs: Cathy Ramin and Vicki Clark
Works with the minister to plan and coordinate all Sunday Services at SUUS.
Chair: Laura Kasprow