“Every new experience is unusual. The rest of life is just sleep and committee meetings.” ― John Twelve Hawks
If volunteers create the conditions that enable the work of this congregation, committees produce the work of this Special Place. There are times that nothing less than the sustained and coordinated effort of many dedicated hands can make our mission and vision a reality. When you are so moved, our community will gratefully receive your contribution of time and talent. Below are many opportunities in which you may participate and add value to our community. Find a place for yourself!
The purpose of the Worship Committee is to promote excellence in our worship services, to assist in planning and carrying out worship services, and to provide a conduit for input and feedback about worship from all members of the church community. The Committee is mindful that a liberal religious community such as ours holds diverse opinions on worship and, therefore, provides ample opportunity for input and feedback from the congregation regarding worship.
Our Music Committee, with our Director of Music, leads the music portion of our Worship experience. We support instrumentalists, both solo and accompanying, and choral singers, both youth and adult.
We welcome supporting concerts by the nonprofit Susquehanna Folk Music Society and the Central PA Womyn's Chorus. Scheduled concert details are on our Special Events page.
Led by Felicity Byrne | firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee on Ministry
The purpose of the Committee on Ministry is to provide advice and counsel to the Minister, the Board of Directors, and the congregation so as to strengthen the quality of ministry within the congregation. Recognizing the congregation as a whole system, rather than fragmented parts, we strive to support the overall health and well-being of the community and its members. In addition to the professional minister(s), we consider ministry as an ethic of care for which all members bear some responsibility.
Our primary focus for the year is focusing on our Covenant, in our role as UUCY's "right relations team," and in helping steward the Healthy Communications Process.
Led by Steve Snell | email@example.com
Caring for our Community
The Care Committee’s mission is to care for each and every UUCY member going through a challenging situation in a sincere empathetic, loving and confidential manner. With our community support and help, we provide support to members and friends, to include cards of concern, meals, telephone contact, flowers, and transportation. The Care Committee also manages Memorial Services. There are no regular meetings for the Care Committee.
Use the email address below to reach the minister and the care volunteers at once, to let us know of your need or let us know how you can help. We are assessing our processes and communications with the support of our Program Council.
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Education | Children & Youth
The purpose of the Religious Education Program is to prepare our children to live spiritually, responsibly, compassionately and intentionally in a complex world. Our efforts are driven by the vision of “growing the soul” and helping children and youth to become excited about and come to cherish spiritual life while we guide and support children and families on their journey as lifelong Unitarian Universalists. We oversee the work of our professional and volunteer staff, and help manage our programs and classroom environments to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Led by Nikki Waldron, Religious Education Chairperson | email@example.com
Adult Faith Development Steering Committee
This team meets 2-3 times per year to brainstorm, coordinate, and schedule our Adult faith development initiatives. Currently, theology, spirituality, and social justice issues predominate programming. Last year we introduced Wellspring Wednesday--a fellowship meal followed by a variety of engaging breakout sessions.
Led by Matt Shineman,
Lifespan Religious Education Director
717-845-8212 x104 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to:
Led by Deb Gogniat
- Provide a warm welcome to all visitors, guests, and newcomers to our church; ensure that new members are assimilated into the congregation
- Develop and maintain UUCY new visitor and new Member materials
- Maintain an accurate membership roll
- Sponsor and manage the New UU Orientation classes
Led by Deb Gogniat
The purpose of the Finance Committee is:
Led by Doug Hober
The purpose of the Endowment Committee is to receive gifts, trusts and endowments and place these funds in investment trusts, oversee the investments therein, and make distributions from these assets. It manages these trusts, with the help of professional investment counsel, on behalf of the congregation, according to specific investment policy guidelines. UUCY trusts are an important source of income for general operations and may be relied on in extraordinary instances of financial exigency.
Led by Tom Kearney |
Stewardship is essential to ensuring the success and operations of UUCY by
“There is more beauty than our eyes can bear, precious things have been put into our hands and to do nothing to honor them is to do great harm.”
Buildings & Grounds
The purpose of the Buildings and Grounds Committee is to coordinate and oversee improvements and enhancements and on-going maintenance and repair of UUCY real property. The Committee manages the preservation of the Church's heritage, investment in its real property, as well as improvements and enhancements necessary to support current and anticipated needs of the Church--all in accordance with our adopted Mission Statement and our Green Sanctuary standards.
Led by Deb Lord
As long as UUCY maintains a paid staff, it shall maintain a Personnel Committee.
The Committee is authorized by the Board and charged as follows:
Ensure employee annual reviews are done timely.
Safety Task Force
Led by Ed Briercheck | email@example.com
PLAN to have fun working with this team, to plan and execute the largest FUNdraiser of the year.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
To recommend an annual slate of officers and standing committee heads to the Board of Directors and congregation, identify potential congregational leaders, and assess and recommend leadership development initiatives to the Board. This is an elected or appointed committee.
Led by Joan Fulton email@example.com