Committees do much of the work that keeps our congregation running. There are several committees on which you may serve:

Buildings & Grounds

UUCNC Meetinghouse

This committee serves as an advisory body to the UUCNC Executive Board. They develop and implement a maintenance plan for the buildings and grounds, including a preventative maintenance program. The committee also recommends building, equipment and grounds expenditures for inclusion in the annual operating budget.

Members of the committee recruit and organize volunteers who assist with building repairs and maintenance, landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, and other duties. Tasks are performed through a combination of volunteer labor and contracted services. A minimum of six (6) members serve on the Building and Grounds Committee; each member is appointed by the Executive Board for a three-year term. One committee member acts as liaison, reporting to the Executive Board.

Caring Circle

The Caring Circle helps celebrate the joys of UUCNC’s members and friends and connects members and friends in need with congregants who can suggest resources and/or provide assistance.

Caring Circle members must complete pastoral care training before joining the committee, but through an annual survey all congregants may volunteer to assist those with specific needs. To find out agencies able to help beyond the scope of the Circle members, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.211wny.org.

Communication

We help people to connect and to build a caring a compassionate community by:

  • Sharing information with our members and friends, through various media, about congregational and denominational activities and ways to be involved.
  • Promoting and publicizing congregational activities to the wider community through a variety of media.
  • In all our work, promoting UU values and how they relate to congregational activities.

Finance

We help people to connect and to build a caring a compassionate community by studying the use of congregational funds and making recommendations to the Executive Board re: the annual operating budget, proposed fundraisers and other issues related to congregational finances.

Reminder about fundraisers:

At the beginning of each fiscal year, if the operating budget requires fundraising, congregants are invited to submit proposals for fundraisers. Any fundraiser for any purpose must be cleared with the Finance Committee, which keeps a master calendar to avoid too many fundraising efforts at any one time, among other considerations.

Leadership Development

We help people to build a caring and compassionate community by:

  • Aligning individual talents with congregational needs and by helping people develop their talents; and
  • Finding opportunities for congregants to use their talents in service of their values and of the congregation as a whole.

Three committee members are elected at the annual meeting in May or June; members serve two-year overlapping terms. Committee members must be voting members of UUCNC.

Membership

We help people to connect and to build a caring and compassionate community by:

  • Providing radical hospitality through welcoming;
  • Supporting diversity in all forms;
  • Integrating all into active participation in our congregation.

Ministerial Search

In August 2020, the Executive Board appointed Cheryl Ritch, Diane Clark and Jefferson Westwood to form a new Ministerial Search Committee (MSC). President Leanna McMahon, ex oficio, also serves on the team.

MSC is hosting a series of virtual “Cottage Meetings” in December to gather ideas and feelings from congregants about what to be looking for when, in January 2021, we start considering possible candidates. With Rev. George Buchanan retiring in Summer 2021, we hope to have a new half-time consulting minister in place come fall.

Ministry

We help people to connect and to build a caring and compassionate community by:

  • Monitoring and encouraging the health of all aspects of congregational life by providing resources, feedback, and noticing and addressing tensions and challenges;
  • Providing preventive care and intervention through regular checkup assessments and being proactive in supporting Healthy Congregations practices;
  • Providing preventative care and intervention through regular checkup assessments and being proactive in supporting Healthy Congregations practices;

Three commitee members serve three-year terms. One new member is selected each year by the Executive Board from a list of three names submitted by the minister. Committee members must be voting members of UUCNC.

Religious Exploration

We help people to connect and to build a caring and compassionate community by:

  • Passing on a passion for our faith tradition, with its emphasis on the importance of relationships and developing and sustaining community bonds;
  • Promoting values of inclusion, justice, and respect for diverse families, for our global community and for our congregation;
  • Offering a program that develops UU identity, develops an openness to explore, experience, and deepen spirituality; and
  • Offering a program that nurtures curiosity, wonder, respect and appreciation throughout life.

Religious Exploration is sometimes called “R.E.” or Religious Education.

Social Action

We strive to connect, with courage, through love, faith, and service to:

  • Build our capacity by identifying and utilizing strengths and talents that lie with in the UUCNC community;
  • Collaborate with community churches and organizations to promote social justice issues.
  • Empower, support and respect the individual and collective leadership gifts and talents of our own Social Action Committee (SAC) members as they develop and build social action activities and projects.

Stewardship

These volunteers plan and implement the annual stewardship campaign to solicit financial and service pledges from members and friends, with follow-up throughout the church year.

Strategic Planning Team

Learning Our Future Together: 222 (LOFT 222 team)

In January 2020, the UUCNC Executive Board appointed members Julie Clark, Val Colt, Mitch Cummings, Nancy Jankowski, Carol Somers and Jim Stenger to serve on the congregation’s strategic planning task force, with past president Amy O’Connell and Reverend George Buchanan as ad hoc representatives. The team adopted the name Learning Our Future Together: 222*, aka LOFT 222.

The LOFT 222 ministry is to help the congregation develop our communal vision, congregational mission and strategic plan for the next five years.

*The designation “222” refers to our beloved new meetinghouse at 222 Temple Street, Fredonia NY.

Worship

Flaming chalice window

We help people to connect and to build a caring and compassionate community by providing a safe and loving spiritual experience that encourages and challenges people to become “their finer selves set free.” (quote is a phrase from a well-loved hymn)

Note: All committee chairs must be voting members of UUCNC.