HUU THE COMMITTEES ... AND THE PEOPLE
The Profound Committee
by Vern Barnet
Committees are groups, not individuals, and our faith is that interpersonal exchange and shared responsibility not only generates better decisions for our group and lightens the load, but is also more rewarding personally as members spark each other with commitment and enthusiasm. It means the committee must meet regularly for this to happen—at least once monthly. Regular meetings are essential to plan, perform, and evaluate, yes; but more than that, the meetings provide the opportunity for the “profound” aspect to emerge.
When people work together regularly in a church or fellowship setting that encourages them not only to get the job done but also to care about each other, then the religious, rather than simply the housekeeping dimensions become manifest. And when the committees take on personal as well as business concerns, and engage in priority setting, then the religious process of identifying what is worthy, what we as people need from our church or fellowship—humanizes a task-oriented committee into a group religious adventure.
It is then that we transform the committees from mere engines of duties into a profoundly human dance.
- The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the congregation, fiscal oversight, and leadership.
The board is scheduled to meet every month from noon to 1:30 PM, at the church.
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- The Buildings and Grounds Committee is responsible for maintaining (and upgrading) the Fellowship facilities including the church building and grounds. It continues to be a particularly challenging job as the Fellowship grows and our building ages.
- Committee Contact: Rich Sider at or Cris Tolbert at
- Building Rental - Cris Tolbert at
- Mission Statement The Caring Committee of the Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists is an expression of our commitment of love and care for our church community. We do this by ongoing expressions of support and coordinating assistance for members in times of special need or crises. Congregation needs and issues of concern can be identified during joys and concerns or by directly contacting a caring circle member. The Circle will provide ongoing expressions of love, support and concern to community members. They will also endeavor to respond to the special needs of members by offering direct assistance or referring to appropriate resources in the larger community.
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- Children's and Youth Religious Exploration Director - Kathryn Staub
- This committee is responsible for oversight of the Children's Religious Exploration program (see the Religious Exploration page for more information). Volunteers are most welcome!
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- Children's Support Committee Chair - Wes Way
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- The mission of the HUU Finance Committee is to
- coordinate activities to fund the mission of HUU, including the annual canvas,
- oversee investments and the handing of church funds,
- present a budget proposal to the Board each spring, and
- approve financial policies and procedures.
- Rich Sider is the current Treasurer.
- The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet every other month Committee members are always open to discussing money matters with our members and friends.
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- One of the jobs of the membership committee is to welcome visitors to HUU, introduce them to others and generally make them feel that we are, truly, a welcoming congregation, in all senses of the word. We have "greeters" who meet people at the door, hand them the Order of Service, smile, hug and show us that we are welcome.
- We follow up a new person's first visit with a letter of welcome. We try to keep track of our members and friends. If someone is missing for a while, we try to contact him or her to see if everything is okay, and encourage a return to HUU.
- We conduct workshops, entitled "The New UU," for those who would like to know more about Unitarian Universalism and more particularly about Harrisonburg UU. If a person shows an interest in joining, we inform them of the obligations and "perks" of membership and perform a bit of a ceremony at the signing of our membership book.
- One of the fun things we do is plan what we call "circle dinners," small gatherings of "old" and "new" so that we can better get to know each other.
- This committee needs members. We would love to have people join us in greeting, planning workshops, calling members and friends, and hosting circle dinners.
- Committee Contact: David Lane
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- The Personnel Committee handles all issues pertaining to employees of the church, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees based on their findings.
- This is the committee to contact if you have concerns (or praise!) regarding an employee.
- It is also the committee to contact if you are an employee and need something addressed or have questions that the Office Administrator can't answer for you.
- Committee Contact: Rich Sider
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- Mission Statement - The purpose of the Social Justice Committee is to work to make our community (local, national, and global) a better place. We will attempt to accomplish this goal through education, advocacy, and action.
- The Social Justice Committee is being reorganized. We are looking for loving, caring persons to join and want to hear your ideas.
- Committee Chair: Ralph Grove.
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- Mission Statement: We, the members of the Worship Committee of the Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists are dedicated to helping create and facilitate quality Sunday morning worship services that provide nourishment to the spirit, intellectual enrichment, connection to community, and a sense of openness and welcome to church members, friends and visitors.
- SSC meetings will be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:15. This will allow committee members to interact with members/friends and visitors before the meeting. Meetings are open at all.
- Board Liaison: Rebecca Harris
Committee Members: Nancy Barbour - Pamela Beverage - Barkley Rosser - Pat Geary - Merle Wenger
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- A Nominating Committee of two (2) persons shall be selected by the Board in December of each calendar year to serve until the congregation’s annual business meeting in May of the following year. Members of the Nominating Committee shall be voting members of the congregation.
- HUU’s Adult R.E. program offers opportunities from diverse perspectives and sources to explore, deepen, and refine our understanding of what religion and spirituality mean to each one of us. We each come with the intention to support each other in developing our own truths and to learn from others who are on similar quests. We emphasize evidence-based information and share perspectives and truths from our personal experience. We listen respectfully and converse thoughtfully. We are not afraid of silent contemplation.
- Committee Chair: Linda Dove
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