Ushers help to ensure that we have what we need for Sunday morning services.
Ushers help to ensure that we have what we need for Sunday morning services. Contact Buck Williams, ushers@uucbham.org, to volunteer as an usher.

Volunteering is the best way to deepen your connection with our church and the broader community.  We have many opportunities to serve, so you’re bound to find a niche within one of our committees that you’ll find meaningful and fulfilling.  If you see a need that’s not being fulfilled, please suggest a new committee to the board.

At our church, volunteers make flower arrangements, brew coffee for our after-church social hour, greet visitors, help plan worship services, lead our small group ministries, cut the grass, help provide pastoral care, and so much more.  Write the committee chairs listed below for more information.  If the chair position is vacant, please write the board president, president@uucbham.org.

In addition to our ongoing committees, we have special-purpose teams, less formally organized, but still hard-working.  Other opportunities for service and leadership can be found on our Social Events and Learning pages.

Adult Enrichment


Purpose:

Our Adult Enrichment committee promotes the spiritual, intellectual, and creative growth of our members and friends by organizing classes, interest groups, and forums.  These activities also foster community by allowing members and friends to get to know one another better.

Co-Chairs: Marilyn Kurata and Susan Barrow at adult@uucbham.org

Building & Grounds

Volunteers keep our grounds looking great.

Purpose:

The Building  & Grounds Committee manages the upkeep & maintenance and maintenance of our building and grounds.

Building management includes:

  • managing the cleaning staff
  • maintaining the roof and overall structure
  • maintaining the heating and air conditioning system

Grounds management includes:

  • pruning
  • cutting grass
  • weeding
  • maintaining the parking lot


Chair: Sylvia Martin at building@uucbham.org

Caring

Purpose:

The Caring Committee acts as liaison between members in need, the minister, and the congregation.The committee keeps our shut-ins in touch with the congregation and keeps the minister and congregation informed of  illnesses and other problems in the church family, providing timely, compassionate help when needed.  If you have an item you wish to share about a church member, please contact Marcia Mancill—careshare@uucbham.org.

Co-Chairs are Susan Barrow and Nancy Grove; contact Nancy at caring@uucbham.org.  

Committee on Ministry

Purpose:

Supports and promotes the ministry and mission of the church by serving as a liaison for the congregation, including its committees and its minister(s).  This committee highlights hard-working volunteers through the Volunteer Spotlight program.

Chair: Bill Long at com@uucbham.org

Decorating

Purpose:

The Decorating Committee works to make the church attractive and inviting by bringing harmony and unity to spaces in which we worship, socialize and work together.  The committee is responsible for all interior spaces on the upper level and, on the lower level, the Reading and Volker Rooms.

Chair: Barbara Koehler at decorating@uucbham.org

Denominational Affairs

Purpose:

Ensure members are aware of various events that are occurring in the area that are of interest.

Chair: Thomas Lower at denominational@uucbham.org

Endowment

Purpose:

Oversees funds that go to UUA for management of funds. If funds are a realized gift from an estate, it will be considered an endowment unless otherwise noted.

Chair: OPEN, endowment@uucbham.org

Film Series

Geriatrician Dr. Andy Duxbury leads a discussion on 3 short films for "Just Keep Breathing."
Geriatrician Dr. Andy Duxbury leads a discussion on 3 short films for “Just Keep Breathing.”

Purpose:

The Film Committee plans and organizes a series of film-and-discussion events each year, offering cinematic adventures and thought-provoking discussions on a variety of topics for church members and members of the wider Birmingham community.

Chair: Pam Powell at film@uucbham.org

Finance

Purpose:

The Finance Committee works with the Board to develop the church budget and monitors expenditures and financial status on a monthly basis.  The Finance Committee works with other groups on projects to improve the financial status of the church.

Chair: Diane Tucker at finance@uucbham.org

Flower

Purpose:

This groups provides flowers for the podium each Sunday.  The committee raises funds by arranging flowers for those who want to donate an arrangement for a Sunday or for a special occasion.

Chair: Gerda Carmichael at flower@uucbham.org

Serving cake after New Member Ceremony
Serving cake after New Member Ceremony

Hospitality

Purpose:

This committee ensures that coffee is made each Sunday, coordinates our First Sunday Lunch, and organizes receptions for various church events. They solicit donations of food and beverages and coordinate volunteers to set up and clean up after the event.

 

Co-Chairs:

Kitchen Manager – Sylvia Martin, kitchen@uucbham.org
Reception Director – Linda Corliss, receptions@uucbham.org
Reception Coordinator – Amethyst Vineyard, receptions@uucbham.org
Coffee Director – Patti Steelman, coffee@uucbham.org

Justice

Purpose:

Provide leadership for the social justice concerns of the church, metro area, state, nation, and the global community.

They assign one to the be the recipient of STP (Share the Plate) once per month.  They will assist Worship Associates (Partners) in getting a speaker.

Co-chairs: Virginia Volker and Helen Rivas at justice@uucbham.org

Community Outreach (sub-group of Justice)

Purpose:

This groups takes donations & casseroles to FireHouse Shelter, Pathways and Greater Birmingham Ministry.

Chair: OPEN, communityoutreach@uucbham.org

Membership

Purpose:

Ensures that UU 101 (New Member Class) is held periodically.  Manages the Visitor Q&A held normally on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Follows up with visitors and periodically assist the Administrator Assistant with reviewing the Membership Book.

Chair: Patti Steelman at membership@uucbham.org

Greeters (sub group of Membership)

Purpose:

Greets ALL people as they come into the church and ask visitors to complete a card and fill out a name tag.

Chair: Laura Stultz at greeters@uucbham.org

Memorial Garden

Purpose:

Ensure that the plaques are engraved and installed in the Memorial Garden to commemorate the departed.

Chair: John Powell at memorial@uucbham.org

Music

Purpose:

Works with our music director and accompanist to provide beautiful music for our services. Schedules piano repairs and tune-ups and finds replacement accompanist as needed.  Ensures that music scores are made available for choir members.

Chair: Debra Burrell at music@uucbham.org

Nominating

Purpose:

Works to have a slate of Board members every year along with other congregational approved committee members. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members of the Congregation elected by the Congregation.

Chair: Priscilla Graven at nominating@uucbham.org

Outreach

Purpose:

The Outreach Committee works to make people in the Birmingham area aware of our faith. We accomplish this mission by advertising the church and its activities, tabling community events, and partnering with other committees that interact with the public.

Co-Chairs: John Bawden and Ashley Coston Keller  at outreach@uucbham.org

 

Social Networking (sub-group of Outreach)

Purpose:

This is a sub-committee of Outreach and currently part of Outreach until it officially splits off. The major function is social networking such as Facebook and Twitter feeds and other sites that are appropriate.

Chair: Patti Steelman at socialnetworking@uucbham.org

Personnel

Purpose:

Responsible for the interviewing, contracting, evaluating, and overseeing of the church staff in order to facilitate a productive and harmonious work environment for all.  Conducts yearly evaluations and provides input to the Board about appropriate rates of pay for the staff.  The Personnel Committee attempts to responsibly rectify and/or answer any staffing problems or questions.  The Personnel Committee is also responsible for periodically evaluating the church’s health insurance programs to make sure they are beneficial and cost-effective for all concerned.

Chair: Barbara Koehler at personnel@uucbham.org

Religious Education

Purpose:

The mission of this committee is to support our congregants in their search for meaning and spiritual growth in an accepting environment that is nurturing and loving, yet challenging and stimulating, and to support our Director in his/her work.

Chair: Heather Hunter re@uucbham.

Safe Congregation

Purpose:

The Safe Congregation Committee looks at all potential major safety issues on church grounds and forms policies and procedures to address those situations. Please report your safety concerns to us as well as the board president.

Chair: Mitch Bolton at safecongregation@uucbham.org

Small Group Ministry

Purpose:

Small Group Ministry (SGM) happens when a group of committed folks come together to explore a variety of topics. The format encourages listening more than speech-making, and the sharing of personal stories more than critique. It is soul-tending time; a time to form new friendships and connect to others. The purpose is to provide participants the format to promote the free exchange of ideas by creating space to hear one another while fostering personal growth. Small Groups care for one another and can choose to participate in a social justice or service project together, or find another way to “give back to the church.”

Small Group Ministry consists of 7-11 people who meet bi-weekly or once monthly at church or in someone’s home. Trained co-leaders start the discussion and each person has an opportunity to speak uninterrupted. Topics may include: listening, forgiveness, balance, loss and grief, the environment, gratitude, and many more. anytime. Anyone may put together a group or join a new group at any time.

Chair: Kim Spidell at smallgroup@uucbham.org

Stewardship

Purpose:

Oversees the campaign drive for pledges in order that the Board can prepare the budget for the following year.  The Board needs to come up with a prospective budget before the drive to use as an inspiration target for the pledge drive.

Chair: OPEN, stewardship@uucbham.org

Technology

Purpose:

Manages the technologies that enable and promote communication, both internally and externally, including internet, website, physical computing, network infrastructure, and other related information technologies.

Chair: Mike Combs at tech@uucbham.org

Ushers

Purpose:

As sanctuary greeters, the ushers should be cheerful and friendly, and as ushers (helpers), they should be trained and eager to help the Church attendees and those providing the day’s service with whatever help is needed. It is the responsibility of the ushers to see to the comfort, safety, and needs of the congregation and to help to make the service run smoothly.

Chair: Buck Williams at ushers@uucbham.org

Worship Associates

Purpose:

Worship Associates work with the minister to plan worship topics and other parts of the Service, and serve in the role of Service Leader.

Chair: Ruth Vann Lillian at worshipassociates@uucbham.org

 

 

WORKING TEAMS

In addition to committees, we have many working teams and groups with common interests that form for specific purposes. These include:

Auction Team

Purpose:

A way to support our beloved church community!  There will be unique items in all price ranges. Eat, drink, be merry, and support the church in one fabulous evening!  Members and friends donate hundreds of items and crafts for this event.

Contact: chair position is open.  Contact our board president, president@uucbham.org, to volunteer.

Green Team

Purpose:

Green Team was formed to inspire our congregation to make earth-friendly choices in our daily lives as part of our commitment to the UU 7th principle. Education is our goal so we can better understand how every decision has an environmental justice impact.

Contact: LeNell Camacho Santa Ana at green@uucbham.org.

 Refugee Group

Purpose:

The Refugee Interest Group was organized in October 2016 to identify ways our church can support refugees.  The group is currently exploring ways to partner with the local Muslim Community Center, the Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement program in Mobile, and with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to identify and implement programs to support refugees.

Contact: Lynda Wilson at refugee@uucbham.org