Committees and Teams

The committee is the basic organizing unit of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Rosa (UUCSR). We practice the dual arts of becoming leaders and servants through working with others. Some committees are dedicated to the congregation’s vision and future, some reach out, some reach within, and others are charged with completing certain tasks to keep the congregation thriving.

Service to our fellow members is a rewarding experience. As a volunteer-led organization, we are always delighted to help you get involved in one of our many volunteer opportunities. Please contact the office for more information about committee service and other ways to help.

NOTE: Committees that deal with confidential information about our members — for example Caring, Finance, Membership, or Shared Ministry — are generally appropriate only for members. If you are not yet a member, the administrator or one of our Membership Committee volunteers can help you select among many volunteer opportunities, including the committees that are open to all. We appreciate your generous support!

Adult Education

We could use your wisdom and knowledge! Help us plan, promote and present courses and events of interest to UUCSR and the broader community.

Audio Crew

We run the soundboard, provide hearing assistive equipment during worship, and record the worship services and other events.

Building Maintenance

We are responsible for the overall care of the building, along with legal and civil concerns related to our ownership. We always appreciate more volunteers for Saturday work days, held on the first Saturday of each month. Contacts: Claudia Mayfield, chair; Fred Dodge, deputy chair; Bud Willis, recorder, or Jim Wolfe, deputy recorder.

Caring Connections

Caring Connections goal is to insure that members of the congregation receive care in times of crisis and need.  We particularly attend to the needs of the elderly and the ill, although not limited to this category.   We reach out to all.  We provide a confidential ministry of support and caring so that no member of our congregation feels alone.  We coordinate rides, meals, cards and calls.  We also have resources for end-of-life, elder care, and other health questions.  Please feel free to contact Chair, 

Children’s Religious Education Steering Committee

We provide support for the Director of Religious Education in finding and coordinating volunteers, reviewing curricula, proposing and executing special events and representing the interests of parents and children within the congregation.

Coffee Hour

Non-members welcome!

This is a fun and easy way to meet people and lend a hand on Sundays! Help us set out cookies and brew up the java, or hang around a little later and help with clean up.

Committee on Shared Ministry

Guided by a vision that furthering the mission and vision of UUCSR is the shared privilege and responsibility of every Member, the Committee on Shared Ministry (CoSM) serves as a key congregational feedback loop and sounding board for the minister. We help the minister and congregation establish priorities and goals (and to be accountable for their achievement), attend to boundaries, and resolve conflicts. Members of CoSM are approved by the board of trustees with the recommendation of CoSM and the minister, to:

When you have an issue or concern that requires confidentiality; when you have a conflict with another member, a committee, or the minister, you can call on any of us to be heard. 

Communications Committee

Various modes of communication are needed to keep everyone in the Congregation up-to-date and involved: website, newsletter, electronic chat lists, the Sunday order of service and announcements, bulletin boards, and so on. We need your creativity, your editing skills, your eyes, your ears!

Endowment Committee

We are responsible for assisting members in their planned giving to the congregation’s endowment fund, and for overseeing and maintaining the endowment. The Legacy Circle aims to be inclusive. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Whether the amount of money turns out to be small or large, it is a tangible expression of your social values and your trust in the future of this congregation. Contact: Reid Stinnett

Glaser Center Committee

Non-members welcome!

We plan, promote and present a wide range of artistic, cultural and intellectual events for the wider Santa Rosa community under the aegis of the Glaser Center. We also often assist with other fund-raising and fellowship events, and are always looking for more people to take tickets, sell refreshments, etc. For more information contact Marly Fein or contact the office.

Finance and Budget Committee

We work closely with the treasurer and the administrator to oversee and report on the financial operations of the community.

Flower Committee

Non-members welcome!

We meet on Saturday mornings to create beautiful flower arrangements for Sunday worship. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. We especially need people who either have some experience, or who are willing to be trained. For more information contact Joan Thatcher or contact the office.


Always ready with an smile and an answer to your questions, Greeter/Ushers welcome all worshippers & especially newcomers and returning visitors & on Sunday. We also help during the worship service by collecting the Offering.

Human Resources Committee

We work closely with the minister, the administrator and other committees to insure good practice and right relations in hiring and supervising staff. Our activities include research, and making recommendations about salaries, benefits, evaluative processes and other human resource concerns.

Kitchen Committee

Non-members welcome!

We keep the kitchen clean and organized, to balance the many uses of the kitchen by different UUCSR groups (including Saturday Breakfast for the needy) and building renters. Always welcoming new volunteers!

Lay Chaplains

If you attend services, you are aware that there is a Lay Chaplain each Sunday who reads the entries in the Milestones book and is available after the service if someone needs a listening ear.

Additionally, our ministry involves assisting our minister by being in contact with people who are ill, unable to come to church or who have experienced a recent loss. We meet twice monthly to identify the needs in the congregation. We are also available to connect with any congregant who requests it. Please contact one of us directly or all of us at if you or someone you know needs support.

If you are unable to write your entry in the Milestone’s Book, please send what you would like to say to by Friday before the Sunday you want it entered and the Lay Chaplain of the day will enter it for you.

Our Lay Chaplains are: Rob Carlisle, Judy Ervice, Bruce Hope, Barb Kezur, Gretchen Vap

Membership Committee

We welcome visitors and newcomers into the life of the community by offering information, organizing Inquirer’s Meetings and other newcomer gatherings, and introducing new members through the newsletter, a special worship ceremony, and orientation classes. Helps guide people along the journey toward deeper involvement and membership.

Music Committee

We work closely with the Music Director in coordinating and performing music in Sunday services (and occasionally at other events), and closely with the Worship Associates. We also recruit congregational volunteer musicians.

Nominating Committee

We are a consulting committee of the Board of Trustees, tasked with identifying emerging leaders in the congregation and offering candidates for the elected positions.

TIE Group Steering Committee

We are responsible for the planning and execution of our very successful small group ministry program, the Together-in-Exploration (TIE) Groups.

Web Team

We are responsible for keeping the website useful, welcoming and up-to-date. Creativity or technical skills are a plus, but not essential for making a valuable contribution. Volunteers only need enthusiasm for the congregation, and a desire to help track down and share information about our ongoing activities. Current needs include sermon transcription (typing or proofreading), photographing events or soliciting photos from attendees, general writing/updating, coordinating web team activity, and partnering with the Audio Crew to make more available sermons online. 

Contact the web team for more information.

Worship Associates

We assist the minister and other service leaders in planning and providing worship on Sundays and other times. Worship Associates periodically serve as service leaders themselves, particularly during the summer. Each Worship Associate serves a three year term at the invitation of the minister. Contacts: Erin Howseman and Lucia Milburn, co-chairs.