UUCM Welcomes a Ministerial Intern for the 2022-23 Church Year

FD997D1D-6EC7-4F5D-8C6C-83E10DB3C121_1_201_aWe are very pleased to share that Jill Braithwaite has accepted our offer to serve UUCM as a full-time Ministerial Intern next year.  She will join us on August 19, 2022.  Jill will be an active member of our excellent staff team, participating regularly in worship and collaborating with the Ministry teams to further our mission.

Rev. Lisa and the Board recently decided to pursue a full-time Ministerial Intern for the next church year following our successful Interim Ministry and a great start to our Developmental Ministry.  We believe that UUCM can offer a quality intern experience to help develop future ministers and leaders in the UUA.

Jill is working towards her Master of Divinity in Unitarian Universalist Studies at the United Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Prior to this she has had a career in editing and publishing children’s books.  She is a member at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, where she has broad volunteer experience, including leadership in worship, adult religious education, strategic visioning, and serving on the Board of Trustees. We were impressed by her depth of experience and passion for ministry and congregational life.

From the Board: June 2022

Board messages will return in September, 2022. 

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme. The theme for June is Celebrating Blessings This month’s post is offered by Shelley Buss. 

“We can’t sit in numbness alone, thinking we don’t have power. We all have power.”


jess-zoerb-05Z8MzcpnOc-unsplashThe theme for this month is Celebrating Blessings, which I thought would be a happy, joyful kind of article when I committed to it long ago, but I’ve rewritten this at least 4 times since we find ourselves reeling from more gun violence. The media bombards us with timelines, opinions and accusations, as if more and more data and story angles can somehow help us make sense of something we can’t possibly make sense of. Continue reading →

UUCM Annual Report

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 22 Annual Meeting of the congregation! We elected leaders, approved the 2022-23 budget, and endorsed the work of the 8th Principle Project. We invite you to review the UUCM Annual Report, where our Board President, Minister and each UUCM ministry team shares a brief summary of their work over the year. Our gratitude goes out to everyone who helped our shared ministry and community to thrive.

Annual Congregational Meeting: The Details

We invite you to review the UUCM Annual Report, where our Board President, Minister and each UUCM ministry team shares a brief summary of their work over the year. 

The Annual Meeting of the UUCM Members, as outlined in the UUCM By-Laws, was held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:30am.  The meeting was held both in-person at the church, and online via Zoom.

The full agenda is available, and we have summarized the key decisions and business items below. If you have questions, please contact boardpresident@uucmtka.org. Continue reading →

From the Board: May 2022

Each month, a member of the board will share a reflection on the Soul Matters monthly theme. The theme for May is Nurturing Beauty. This month’s post is offered by Janna Sperry Sundby. 


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Reviewing this quote made me pause.  I recently and unexpectantly lost a dear friend. He was beautiful and I did not know he was suffering.

He was a talented designer, developer, film maker, guitarist, singer, a joyous friend, a good cook, and great father. I hired him to create my first website back in 2000. He was thoughtful in helping me understand the process and I subsequently hired him to work with on websites for my clients. He could be loud, loved to use foul language, and loved his home country of Madrid Spain. Continue reading →