UU Wellesley Hills Open Committees, Ministry Teams,
and Special Interest Groups 2018-2019
UU Wellesley Hills offers many opportunities for members and visitors to become actively engaged in our community of faith through worship, social justice, learning, and fellowship. Our committees, and our Social Justice Ministry Teams and Interest Groups, welcome new members. Please email the UU Wellesley Hills office HERE for more information about any of these initiatives.
Our Bristol Lodge Team provides a monthly meal for the clients of Bristol Lodge, a Waltham soup kitchen that is one of the programs of Middlesex Human Services. UU members and friends cook on every third Sunday after the worship service and deliver the following Monday afternoon. The cooking is a very collaborative and hands-on. Delivering the meal, serving it, and interacting with the staff and clients of Bristol Lodge are simple and meaningful acts of giving.
Our Family Promise Ministry Team coordinates our efforts to address the needs of homeless families as part of the Family Promise Metrowest network. We shelter homeless families in upstairs classrooms for one week at a time, three times a year. Members of our core team typically meet once in advance of each of the hosting weeks. Each member of our core team has responsibility for coordinating some aspect of our efforts. We also have many one-time volunteer opportunities during our hosting week, from cooking a meal or dessert, setting up, or even sleeping overnight at the church!
Our Green Sanctuary Ministry Team promotes environmental sustainability at UU Wellesley Hills and in the larger community. We have worked to make our church buildings more energy efficient, held educational programs on recycling and climate change, planted native plants in the church gardens, and have developed “green guidelines” for church social events.
Our UU Partners Ministry Team strives to deepen our connection to the Unitarian Universalist denomination by joining forces with other UUs to tackle social justice issues across the globe. Our team members maintain relationships with the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury, our Transylvanian partner church, the UU Service Committee, and the International Council of UUs. We also encourage attendance at the UU General Assembly and focus on the social justice initiatives chosen for study at GA.
Our LGBTQ Interest Group helps to preserve and expand our commitment as a faith community to our designation as an official “Welcoming Congregation.” Through advocacy, education, and witness, the group strives to uphold the inherent dignity and worth of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, within our community and beyond. It also raises money and provides volunteer support for OUT MetroWest and sponsors LGBTQ-themed movies once a month.
Camp Starfish, located in Rindge, NH, provides a service-learning opportunity for UU Wellesley Hills adults, children, and youth to engage in hands-on work projects on an annual basis. Camp Starfish is a special needs summer camp that serves children with behavioral issues who have difficulty finding success in traditional camp settings.
Our Advocacy & Witness Interest Group encourages collective action based on our belief that we can have a greater impact by working together to promote our UU values than we can as individuals. The group currently sponsors a Black Lives Matter vigil on the first Sunday of every month, held on the sidewalk in front of our church building. Congregation members and friends, as well as those from the greater Wellesley community, are welcome to participate.
Our UU Learning Community Committee hosts educational and social events designed to build a faith community which embraces knowledge, curiosity, passion, and compassion. Programs include films, book discussions, panels and presentations, and enable us to explore and apply our UU principles. The committee solicits ideas from the congregation and collaborates with social justice and RE-related groups at UU Wellesley Hills. Meetings are held monthly.
Our Religious Education Parent Group develops or recommends curriculum for Religious Education classes for children of all ages, and assists with the coordination of field trips, youth groups, service learning trips, and occasionally specialty programming such as Our Whole Lives (OWL) and Coming of Age (COA). Current programming focuses on activity-based learning and introduces children to the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. The curriculum is varied and dynamic, incorporating elements from the monthly Touchstones worship theme, traditions from world religions, and service-learning activities and projects.
Fellowship and Other Committees
Our Caring Community Committee extends our church staff’s ability to address pastoral care needs by coordinating congregational volunteers to provide concrete assistance to members (such as transportation, short-term meals, and help with errands). We also coordinate volunteer visits to more isolated members and coordinate the Soup with Friends Program for older members of the congregation. We welcome your involvement as a member of the coordinating committee, or as a volunteer.
Our House and Grounds Committee monitors and supervises the overall physical condition of the buildings and grounds, leads the fall and spring cleanups, and manages ongoing maintenance issues.
Our Planned Giving Circle Committee serves as a vehicle for cultivating, recording, acknowledging and stewarding end-of-life gifts to the church. It usually meets on weekdays but will accommodate members’ availability.
Our Rummage Sale Committee engages the congregation for this annual fundraiser in sharing their time, talents, and treasures to raise funds for our operating budget, as well as designated charitable organizations. The church building is transformed over a week in March into a multi-department store through the efforts of the committee and many volunteers. The Rummage Sale brings people together, and provides attractively-priced home items for people in surrounding communities. Unsold items are donated to a number of local charities.
Our Spring Carnival Committee coordinates the carnival games, prizes, vendors, concessions, and the many volunteers that make this annual family event possible. This springtime outdoor event is held on the Saturday of Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend.
Sunday Hospitality Team Leaders and Ushers assist with Sunday Services, welcoming members, visitors, and guests, and providing refreshments for Fellowship Hour. Supported by our staff, they take responsibility for the clean-up of the kitchen and securing the building. A coordinating team organizes the schedule and sends out reminders and directions.
Our Website Committee maintains the website, updating content, soliciting contributions from committees and individuals, and redesigning aspects of the site to make its content easily accessible.
Our Welcoming Committee engages in events and outreach activities in order to provide visibility for UU Wellesley Hills to the greater community. Committee members make a special effort to welcome visitors and to help them and newer members find connections within the church community. The committee meets alternate months on Tuesdays, and connects electronically in between.