Congregational Bylaws establishes a Governing Board to manage PUUC affairs during the congregational year. Meeting the 2nd Monday of each month, the Governing Board is charged with managing the congregation’s business, overseeing church property, and providing recommendations to the membership for action and vote that includes approving an annual budget, appointments, and other recommendations concerning the ministry. It can appoint new committees and task forces, receive regular reports, review and set policies. The Board calls the Annual Meeting in May as well as other special congregational meetings during the year.
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month
Officers: Mark Beal, President, Jill Shaffer Hammond, Vice-President, Peter Harrison, Treasurer, Barbara Harlow, Secretary
At-Large, 3-year staggered terms: Stewart Harris, Robin Folsom, Mary Vallier-Kaplan
Trustees of the Trust Fund (Endowment)
The Trustees administer all endowment funds of the church, both unrestricted and those restricted by the donors, currently invested through the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund. They authorize disbursements from endowment funds to church for authorized purposes, and effect the transfers. The Trustees accept and deposit any new contributions to the endowment funds. They work closely with the Finance and Property committees. The three trustees are elected by the congregation for three year terms, one new trustee each year over three years, providing continuity.
2022 - Debbie Bruchez, 2023 - Joel Huberman, 2024 - Jim Van Valkenburgh
This committee presents a slate of nominations to Annual Meeting for all elected positions and fills occasional vacancies during the year. It ensures membership of committees fairly represent diversity of age, gender, duration of association, and interests of the congregation.
Julia Lennon, Sarah Dengler and a Member of Governing Board
The Worship Committee is responsible for providing non-ministerial led Sunday worship. We create collaborative, creative lay-led worship, support congregants who wish to deliver sermons or entire services, and arrange for and support guest ministers and speakers. We also provide welcome and hospitality to ministers who come to PUUC via pulpit exchange with the minister as well as those seeking a neutral pulpit. When needed or requested, we support the minister in preparation and delivery of regular, minister-led Sunday worship. The Worship Committee seeks and welcomes feedback and suggestions regarding all Sunday worship.
Robin Folsom, Chair, Morgan Cooper, Ray Dodge, Chase Roeper, Miriam Dunn, Marybeth Hallinan *ex-officio
The Care Network at PUUC is made up of the Care Committee, the Pastoral Care Associates and the Minister. The Network facilitates the congregation’ssupport in times of illness, death, celebration of significant milestones, and short-term emergencies by offering meals, visits, and phone calls.
Care Committee: Anne Fischer, Chair, Julie Flood Page, Meredith Martin, Sarah Dengler
Pastoral Care Associates: Nancy Arnold, Jeannie Balfour
Committee on Shared Ministry (CoSM)
Mission: COSM will interweave PUUC’s ministries by enhancing communication and offering guidance and support.
Vision: A spiritual community where all ministries collaborate to fulfill the mission of PUUC.
Jean Robins, Anne Fischer, Dottie Bauer, Rob Eichler, Linda Field. Rev. Lane Fisher, ex officio
The Treasurer and Finance Committee oversee and manage congregational finances--revenues and expenditures throughout the church year, reporting monthly to the Governing Board. They prepare an annual budget for Governing Board review and present to the membership for discussion and approval. They oversee the Office Administrator in carrying out the banking and financial tracking. They coordinate with the Trustees concerning the Endowment.
Peter Harrison, Chair, Tony Brinsdon, Dwight Schenk, Vanessa Amsbury-Bonilla, ex-officio
This committee fulfills congregation’s membership growth goals, welcomes and assimilates new members, and arranges a periodic New Member Welcome Service. It maintains the name tag board, maintains parish lists and records in compliance with church by-laws, and reports to the Standing Committee.
Susan Stanbury, Chair, Jeannie Balfour, Debbie Bruchez, Tom Cowan, Julie Flood Page, Rick Miller, Marsha Morrow
The Property Committee proposes the annual maintenance schedule at beginning of church year and coordinates property budget. It oversees routine cleaning, snow removal, and maintenance and repairs, arranging occasional working parties for church projects. It reports to Standing Committee in June on maintenance performance for year.
Phil Jones, Peter Harrison, Rick Miller, Ed Morrow, Dwight Schenk, Doug Copley, Paul Barnes, custodian
This committee prepares for and holds monthly RE meetings. It collaborates with the Director of Religious Education regarding the children’s religious education program and with special events for children and families. Its members act as liaison to the Sunday School classes, and assist with teacher recruitment. The committee advises, assists, and evaluates the DRE, and has a level of involvement in the hiring of the DRE. It oversees the RE budget and reports to Standing Committee.
Sarah Dengler, chair; Doug Copley, Mark Beal, Zoe Wroten-Heinzmann, RE Director, ex-officio, staff liaison
The Social Justice committee coordinates social outreach programs, educates the congregation on matters of social concern, and implements social policy as determined by congregation.
It establishes and oversees ad hoc working groups on particular issues, organizes occasional letter writing and other campaigns, and coordinates response to UUA resolutions. This committee sponsors the congregation’s 1% program.
Joy Flemming, Chair; Lane Fisher, Minister; Susan Copley, Jane Eckert, Anne Fischer, David Flemming, Julie Flood Page, Jonathan Gourlay, Anne Huberman, Joel Huberman, Tim Riley, John Richards, Dwight Schenk, Susan Stanbury, Mary Vallier-Kaplan, Elsa Voelcker, Chase Wilson-Roeper
This committee is charged with running the annual canvass ‘fund drive’ to support the church budget with pledges from members and friends. It promotes support of our church community with time, talent and treasure.
Sarah Dengler and David Robins, Co-chairs
This committee plans and promotes regular events for fun and fundraising within the congregation and out in the community. Subcommittees are formed for the Rummage Sales, Holiday Stroll and Annual Auction.
Tom Badgley, co-chair, Rhonda Barkley, co-chair, Sarah Cooper, Marsha Morrow, Susan Stanbury, Chase Wilson-Roeper
Subcommittee: Rummage Sale
Deb Bruchez, Linda Scerbinski
Greg Scerbinski, Dwight Schenk
This committee is active in securing funds for ongoing projects such as the Community Supper and greening efforts for our sanctuary, supporting property committee projects.
Anne Fischer, chair, Rick Miller, Marsha Morrow, John Richards
This committee reviews staff performance annually; oversees staff contracts and terms of employment; deals with staff grievances; recommends annual salary awards for staff; and reviews evolving staffing needs of congregation. It is an ad hoc committee, made up of members from committees that have staff reporting to them, such as Music and RE. It reports annually, and as needed to Standing Committee.
Minister, President of the Governing Board, other
The Lyceum Committee stands a bit outside the main committee structure; it has the responsibility to research, plan, and engage 8-10 speakers for the Monadnock Summer Lyceum series, which happens Sunday mornings from late June through August each year. It functions autonomously, raises funds independently, and manages its own budget. Half of the committee members must be PUUC members, to ensure PUUC oversight. According to its bylaws, it is the only committee that recruits and holds committee members from outside our congregation with the intent to invest the Lyceum purpose with a broader community focus. This combination of church members and others from the broader community has worked very well, as reflected in the wealth of intellectual content that appeals to the large attendance on summer Sunday mornings.