The Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has many opportunities to get connected and involved. While coming to Sunday services gives one a taste for our vibrant community, becoming involved in the various social and committee options allows one to get to know people on an individual basis. Friendships are formed. Insights are gained. A sense of accomplishment happens.

In addition to the options below, keep an eye on the Looking Ahead page and the green sheet insert in the Sunday Order of Service. NOTE: All meetings are at the Fellowship unless otherwise noted.

HUUF COMMITTEES

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE

Caring Circle

Chair: Nancy Engel — Contact Nancy via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Reaches out to members and friends in times of need. Sends cards, coordinates meals as needed, coordinates ride shares, visits hospitals and home bound. A great place to become involved.

Communications

Chair: Stephen Sottong — newsletter@huuf.org

Publishes newsletter, maintains Facebook and website. Does press releases for HUUF events.

CUUPS (Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans)

Chair: Yemaya Kimmel — AshaNanMusic@aol.com

Plans and leads earth-based rituals. Paganism is a broad term and can include many paths. If you have a pagan tradition that you would like to celebrate with us or offer teachings, you are encouraged to step forward. Many traditions have other holy and feast days instead of or in addition to the Sabbats and Esbats (cycles of the sun and moon) we currently celebrate at HUUF. If you have other ritual/celebration ideas you would like to see happen, please step forward. We welcome all paths of Earth based spirituality and paganism, as long as they are in line with UU values. Please contact Yemaya if you are called to contribute such an offering, or have ideas. Thank you and Blessed Be. 

Membership

Chair: Kate McClainkatemcclain1@gmail.com

Greets people on Sunday morning, providing name tags and pamphlets. Connects with newcomers. Organizes new member orientations and informational meetings. Maintains membership information. Being a greeter is a great way to start. Meets: second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. 

Memorial Garden

Chair: Judy RishelContact Judy via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Purpose: Establish a permanent remembrance of beloved members who have passed via names on our memorial stones and their bios in our Memorial Garden Book. Goals: Keep names updated on Memorial Stones and Memorial Garden book by giving informational form to be filled out by family; obtaining etching fee and acknowledging receipt of fee; submitting names to engraver; writing bio for the Memorial Garden Book.  Writing thank you notes to people who have donated to the Memorial Garden. Label memorial plants. The committee has all the materials to accomplish this. Decide how we will honor deceased members after there is no more room for names on the memorial stones. Update spreading ashes policy. Proposed: A performance of the Founders Play and dedication of a plaque on which are named the original HUUF founders.

Worship Associates

Chair: Pat McCutcheonmcrauselhorst@gmail.com

Along with the minister, plans and executes all Sunday services. Newcomers start as readers and receive assistance in learning to facilitate and plan well-rounded services. Ideas for services are explored. Meets: Last Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION/FELLOWSHIP ENGAGEMENT

Fellowship Engagement

Chair: David Marshakdavid.marshak@gmail.com

The Fellowship Engagement Committee enlists Fellowship members and friends to offer classes and programs that explore the interests, concerns, and values of HUUF community members. The Committee routinely asks HUUF members what classes and programs they would like to have offered.

Religious Education Children and Youth

Chair: Michelle HastingContact Michelle via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Paid staff combine with Fellowship volunteers to plan and hold religious education classes for all ages at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings September-June. The RE Committee is the guiding force behind the children’s religious education programs. The committee also plans various family events such as Parent’s Night Out, Taco Fiesta, etc. Meets third Sunday at 12:45 p.m

 

BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Aesthetics

Chair: Cheryl RauContact Cheryl via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Arranges and hangs art shows in the Fellowship building. Makes decisions about the aesthetics of furnishings, arrangements, bulletin boards, etc.

Building Maintenance

Chair: Scott Allen — raindog371@gmail.com  (707) 825-7019

The HUUF Building Maintenance Committee maintains, repairs and improves the building, appliances, furnishings, and systems on the HUUF campus. This includes planning routine and recurring maintenance, inspections and upkeep, preparing and updating annually a five year capital and improvement plan for the Board of Trustees consideration and direction, responding to failures and deficiencies, implementing energy efficiency and climate impact reduction measures, managing major construction and improvement projects, and addressing safety, security, accessibility and convenience issues.

Grounds

Chair: Valerie Gizinski — polkaqueen@gmail.com

We plan and nurture all the gardens of the Fellowship and engage volunteers to help in monthly work parties, usually Saturdays from 10am to 1pm, once each month. Our grounds consist, by design, of primarily native plants. Our goal is to protect and enhance the natural environment and provide outdoor learning opportunities for our children and youth, while enhancing the aesthetics of our grounds. We also maintain the beds, plants and furniture in the Memorial Garden, which honors the memories of our deceased predecessors. Our main tasks are planting, pruning, weeding, mulching and watering. We also coordinate the mowing of the grounds.

Kitchen CrewKitchen

Chair: Sylvia Shaw — sls500@yahoo.com

The Kitchen Committee assists in maintaining a functional environment for serving food for congregational and rental events.

 

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ACTION

Climate Action Campaign

Chair: Sue Y. Lee MossmanContact Sue via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org 

We in the Climate Action Campaign seek to inform and educate ourselves and others of critical climate change issues that affect our local area and beyond. We look for actions that we, as individuals and as a congregation, can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Social Action

Chair: Maureen LawlorContact Maureen via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Decides which community organizations are recipients of our social action offerings on the third Sunday of each month. Sponsors informational gatherings about community events and issues. Assists in implementing UUA general assembly resolutions. Mobilizes the congregation to act. The committee meets following the service on the first Sunday of the month. 

 

FINANCE

Canvass

Chair: Greg BlomstromContact Greg via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Plans and conducts the annual pledge drive. Prepares literature for the pledge drive, organizes events, and trains canvassers. 

Endowment

Chair: Howard StaufferContact Howard via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Elected by congregation and reports directly to Board of Trustees and congregation. Manages the endowment investments and decides appropriate uses for endowment earnings. The Endowment Committee is also committed to supporting Fellowship members with Small Grants that are available for things such as: buildings and grounds improvements; religious education enhancements; community service investments and actions; and membership leadership development. Grants already awarded for 2020. Next deadline for grants is January 31, 2021: Click here to access the grant application: Application for small grants Form 2020 v2 

Finance

Chair: David HarrisContact David via HUUF Office: office@huuf.org

Oversees and/or conducts accounting, bookkeeping, budget development and monitoring, financial and cash management for the fellowship. Solicits necessary budget requests. Keeps Board of Trustees appraised of budgetary issues.

Fundraising                       

Chair: Terry Uyeki — fund@huuf.org

Oversees major fundraising events of the Fellowship (those that will generate >$500). Serves as a clearing house for ideas that support the mission of this Fellowship while raising money.  Solicits and reviews proposed fundraising ideas submitted via form in the office or on-line at https://tinyurl.com/HUUF-fundrais-form. Each fundraiser has at least three members responsible for the fundraiser. Examples: Service Auction, Theatre parties, concerts, dinner parties.

Planned Giving

Chair: Jeff Knappheadhunter1942@gmail.com

Solicits donations to the Fellowship for Endowment, special causes, or the annual budget. Planned giving includes legacy gifts as well as living donations. Promotes annuities through UUA, and other donations.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

— Due to COVID-19 Protocols, Many of our Ongoing Programs are either on hold or happening via Zoom- Feel free to contact us at office@huuf.org  for more information  

Soul Matters Several small groups meet monthly to discuss the ‘Soul Matters topic of the month.’ Examples of topics: Wisdom, Inquiry, Invitation. Each year new groups are formed. Some are family groups. Throughout the year, newcomers are invited to the Open Soul Matters Group which meets with the minister on the second Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.

Fellowship Engagement Programs Various programs are offered to Fellowship members and friends. For example, Multkulti Workshop; book conversation groups on White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; Laotse, Waldo and Me by Margy Emerson; Healing the Heart of Democracy by Parker Palmer; Of Water and the Spirit” by Malidoma Patrice Somé.

OWL (Our Whole Lives): OWL uses various, age-appropriate, UUA sex-education curricula that are presented by highly trained volunteers. Sessions last for several weeks. Different age levels are presented each year. Newcomers and community members can participate.

Social Action Brunches: Third Sunday of each month after the 11 AM service. Money raised for $5 brunch goes towards a different community organization each month. Volunteers bring the food. 

Music  Adult Choir rehearsal is Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. All are invited. The
Children’s Choir meets weekly, Sunday from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Care Building.

Thursday Reflections  A weekly open discussion and support group,with a focus on deep listening. The group agrees consensually on topics for sharing. Meets: Thursday at 7 p.m. in the CARE building.

Halloween Festival  A magical series of skits for the entire community in which children of all ages are led through our grounds by Guiding Lights all dressed in white. This involves the entire congregation. The Saturday evening in late October closest to Halloween. 

All Fellowship Retreat The first weekend in August at a local retreat center. All members and friends of the Fellowship are invited.