UU Wellesley Open Committees, Ministry Teams,
and Special Interest Groups 2016-2017
UU Wellesley offers many opportunities for members and visitors to become actively engaged in our community of faith through worship, social justice, learning, and fellowship. Our committees, and Social Justice Ministry Teams and Interest Groups welcome new members. Please email the UU Wellesley office HERE with your interest or questions.
Bristol Lodge Team
This team provides a monthly meal for the clients of a Waltham Soup Kitchen. UU members and visitors cook on every third Sunday after the worship service and deliver the following Monday afternoon.
Family Promise Ministry Team
Family Promise coordinates our efforts to address the needs of homeless families as part of the Family Promise Metrowest network. We shelter homeless families in upstairs classrooms for one week at a time, three times a year. Members of our core team typically meet once in advance of each of the hosting weeks. Each member of our core team has responsibility for coordinating some aspect of our efforts. We also have many one-time volunteer opportunities during our hosting week, from cooking a meal or dessert, setting up, or even sleeping overnight at the church!
Green Sanctuary Ministry Team
This team promotes environmental sustainability at UU Wellesley and in the larger community. We have worked to make our church buildings more energy efficient, held educational programs on recycling and climate change, and we have recently planted native plants in the church gardens. This year we are developing “green guidelines” for church social events. The team meets monthly, usually on Monday evenings. Check the Bulletin Board in Parish Hall for the date.
UU Partners Ministry Team
This team strives to deepen our connection to the Unitarian Universalist denomination by joining forces with other UUs to tackle social justice issues across the globe. Our team members maintain relationships with the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury, our Transylvanian partner church, the UU Service Committee, the Unitarian Church of Burundi, Africa, and the International Council of UUs. We also encourage attendance at the UU General Assembly, and focus on the social justice initiatives chosen for study at GA.
LGBTQ Interest Group
This interest group helps to preserve and expand our commitment as a faith community to our designation as a “Welcoming Congregation.” Through advocacy, education, and witness, the group strives to uphold the inherent dignity and worth of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, within our community and beyond. Meets on week nights with specific dates selected based on members’ availability.
Camp Starfish in Rindge, NH provides a service- learning opportunity for adults, children, and youth of the congregation to engage in hands-on work projects on an annual basis. Camp Starfish is a special needs summer camp that serves children with behavioral issues who have difficulty finding success in traditional camp settings.
UU Learning Connections Committee
This committee hosts educational and social events designed to build a faith community which embraces knowledge, curiosity, passion, and compassion. This year, in addition to presenting films (“Le Havre” and “The Sharps’ War") and a book/author discussions (“Moral Lives of Animals” and “Lives That Speak”), the committee planned the Welcome Back Potluck and the Undecorate the Tree events. Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am in Rice House.
Religious Education Parent Group
This group develops or recommends curriculum for Religious Education classes for children of all ages, and assists with the coordination of field trips, youth groups, service learning trips, and occasionally specialty programming such as Our Whole Lives (OWL) and Coming of Age (COA). Current programming focuses on activity-based learning, introduces children to a wide variety of worship practices from different faith traditions, and aligns with the month’s worship theme and UU Principles.
Fellowship and Other Committees
Caring Community Committee
This committee extends our church staff’s ability to address pastoral care needs by coordinating congregational volunteers to provide concrete assistance to members (such as transportation, short-term meals, and help with errands). We also coordinate volunteer visits to more isolated members and outreach to those who have recently lost a family member. We coordinate the Friday Soup with Friends Program for older members of the congregation, and help organize memorial receptions. We welcome your involvement as a member of the coordinating committee, or as a volunteer. The Caring Community coordinators meet approximately every 5-6 weeks.
House and Grounds Committee
This committee monitors and supervises the overall physical condition of the buildings and grounds, leads the fall and spring cleanups, and manages ongoing maintenance issues.
Planned Giving Circle Committee
This committee serves as a vehicle for cultivating, recording, acknowledging and stewarding end-of-life gifts to the church. It usually meets on weekdays but will accommodate members’ availability.
Rummage Sale Committee
This annual fundraiser engages the congregation in sharing their time, talents, and treasures to raise funds for our operating budget.
Sunday Morning Volunteers
Team Leaders and Ushers, coordinated by the Chairs, assist with Sunday Services, welcome members, visitors, and guests, and provide refreshments for Social Hour. At the end of the Service and Social Hour, they take responsibility for the clean-up of the kitchen and the closing of the church.
This committee maintains the website, updating content, soliciting contributions from committees and individuals, and redesigning aspects of the site to make its content easily accessible.
The Welcoming Committee engages in events and outreach activities in order to provide visibility for UU Wellesley to the greater community. Committee members make a special effort to welcome visitors and to help them and newer members find connections within the church community. The committee meets alternate months on Tuesdays, and connects electronically in between.