Annual Congregational Meeting: The Details

NEW: 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, will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 11:30am.  The meeting will be held both in-person at the church, and online via Zoom.  All members are encouraged to participate, as a quorum is needed to conduct business.  Friends of UUCM are also welcome to attend. NEW Bagels will be served between the service and annual meeting.

Online Attendee Registration: If you are planning to join by Zoom, you must pre-register at this link to join the meeting.

The full agenda is available, and we have summarized the key decisions and business items below. This page will updated over the next week as new details become available. If you have questions, please contact Continue reading →

UUCM Congregational Survey

ACTION ITEM We need to hear from you! The Annual Congregational Survey will remain open and collecting responses this week. The survey helps the Board evaluate to what degree UUCM is fulfilling its values, mission, ends and developmental goals, while providing an opportunity to give feedback. Members and friends 16 years or older are invited to take it. Click this link to be taken to the survey.

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 →

Anti-racism, the 8th Principle and Article II of the UUA By-Laws

Fred Hulting, Board President

Article II Study Commission A Conversation on Covenant Banner (1)The UUA is currently reimagining Article II of its By-Laws. This is the article that contains the formal statement of our seven UU principles. As part of this effort, the Article II Commission is seeking to include stronger language on anti-racism and anti-oppression. UUCM has an opportunity to engage and influence this work, consistent with our stated commitment to anti-racism and the actions that have been led by our Racial Justice Team. Continue reading →

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

Fred Hulting and Rev. Lisa Friedman

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 15, 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.

We look forward to a Sunday morning visit from Jill this Spring, and we are excited to bring her onboard in the fall.