Committees and Teams
Serving on a committee or team is a great way to get to know other folks in the church while contributing to the essential operations of the church.
This committee supports the Church Administrator and Office Assistant in areas such as technology, finances, building use, and record-keeping. Volunteers help in the office.
For more information contact Sam Rossier, Church Administrator
This committee arranges camping experiences for families during the mid-summer camping season. Look for opportunities to join in the fun in upcoming newsletters. Click here for more
The Communications Team facilitates dialogue, action, fellowship and welcoming outreach within our church and the broader community. Contact Sally Armstrong with Social Media questions. Contact Sam Rossier with Website questions. Click Here to subscribe to E-news.
The Finance Committee manages the church budget, special funds, investments, gifts and bequests. It advises the Executive Committee on financial matters. It ensures protection of church property and reports to the congregation on the fiscal health of the church.
Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee encourages church members and friends to participate in shared ministry by finding their true passion. The committee facilitates training opportunities, nominates candidates for church offices, and nurtures lay leadership. This committee is open to all church members and meets monthly.
Lifespan Spiritual Exploration Committee
The Lifespan Spiritual Exploration Committee supports opportunities for transformational learning, faith formation, action, and fellowship across the lifespan within our congregation. Our Vision for Lifespan Spiritual Exploration is here. With such a dynamic vision, new members are always welcomed and encouraged to join.
For more information please contact Theresa White, Chair.
Living Lighter Committee
The Living Lighter Committee’s main focus is to ensure that the church and its members follow the expectations of our Green Sanctuary status. The Green Sanctuary was awarded to UCM by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as evidence that we, through our worship, religious education, “green” practices like recycling, attention to energy saving in our building and work in the community, are living our mission to “Protect The Earth, Our Home.” Additional information is available from Bill Doelger and Peter Watt.
The Membership Committee provides a welcoming presence on Sunday mornings. We staff the Hospitality Table and provide ushers, greeters, coffee hour hosts, and elevator operators. Twice a year we facilitate New UU and New Member Sunday programs for people who have expressed interest in our church. In partnership with the office staff we maintain the church directory. Dave Peters is our committee chair, Art Stukey, vice chair and members include Hedi Ballantyne, Abby Colihan, Susan Gilmore, Judith Hinds and Jen Sciarrotta. If you are interested in joining the committee, email Dave Peters.
The Committee on Ministry (CoM) supports and nurtures the shared ministry of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
The Personnel Committee ensures that our church staff are treated ethically, legally and fairly through implementation of appropriate policies. It advises the Minister and Executive Team on human resource matters as needed. Committee members include Jo Romano, Jennifer Payne and Rev. Joan Javier-Duval. We welcome new members with HR experience. Please contact Rev. Joan if you are interested in being part of our team.
The Property Committee oversees all aspects of church property management, from steeple to foundation. Its members work with our Sexton on routine maintenance and cleanliness. They also develop a long-range plan for upkeep and improvements
The Social Responsibility Committee develops and promotes an action plan for social issues in the larger community. It networks with social action groups outside the church, such as Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA).
The Stewardship Committee fosters a spirit of generosity and shared financial responsibility in our church community. It develops ways of raising the revenue necessary to carry out the church’s mission. In 2016 a sub-committee of the Stewardship Committee, “Planned Giving,” was established to support the long-term financial health of the church by encouraging bequests and other planned gifts, and by providing members and friends with the information and tools to facilitate such giving.
We are a Welcoming Congregation. As a highly visible sign of welcome to the LGBTQ community, a rainbow flag hangs in front of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
Worship & Arts Committee
The Worship & Arts Committee is the steward of the Sunday service. In collaboration with the minister, music director and religious education director, we strive to ensure that elements of the service — music, meditation and prayer, joys and concerns, readings, announcements, the sermon — nurture each person’s spiritual journey. The committee is responsible for assuring the pulpit is full on Sundays when the minister is away, whether by guests or with special services led by members of the church. We coordinate service elements such as flowers, candles, and multimedia offerings with a dedicated budget.