UUSD Board Committees

Each Board Committee coordinate various aspects of congregation life according to its Charge, Members may join any Board committee in which they have an interest. Committees elect their own chairs with Board approval. The dates and times of Ccommittee meetings are listed on the UUSD calendar.

 Capital Campaign: Oversees raising money to finance the purchase of land and/or facility improvements that would meet the needs of our growing congregation.

Communications: Promotes Unitarian Universalism and the vision, mission and activities of UUSD in Sussex County, DE and neighboring areas. Activities: the monthly newsletter, The Beacon; Internet outreach via the UUSD website, Facebook, and other social media; advertising UUSD and iti activities in local newspapers and media.

Denominational Affairs: Informs the congregation about important decisions and activities of the UUA, JPD, and other UU organizations and encourages active participation of UUSD members in them.

Finance: Monitors the overall financial health of the congregation, and coordinates the development of the annual budget. Responsible for long-range financial planning, including the update of the strategic financial plan and The Cloud Society (planned legacy giving).

Fundraising: Plans and sponsors church-wide fundraising events including the Annual Church Auction. Develops and coordinates other church social activities.

Land and Building: The initial charge of this committee was to do research and provide input for the purchase of property suitable for the needs of UUSD. Next, L&BC was in charge of all activities related to purchasing land and building or renovating a church of our own. Since this has been accomplished, L&BC committee will be reactivated as needed to guide the congregation through future renovations and additions to the building and grounds subject to approvals by the Board and UUSD.

Lifespan Faith Development: Supports and leads our children and adults in their spiritual and religious lives. Researches, plans and implements the Sunday School Program for children from birth through high school using volunteer teachers. Offers opportunities for fostering spiritual growth among adults in its Adult Education Program.

Long-Range Planning: Monitors progress on existing long range plans, facilitates the development of new long range projects when necessary, and brainstorms solutions to congregational needs based on input from the board, committees and the membership.

Membership: Welcomes all searching for a progressive religious home. Greets visitors at Sunday services, and follows up visits with letters or phone calls. Sponsors events to help visitors, friends, and new members get to know UUSD better and become involved in the life of the congregation.

Music: Overseas the music program and provides support and input to the Music Director who oversees and coordinates the music contributions to the Sunday service and other Church events.

Pastoral Care: Assists the Minister in providing pastoral care to members of the congregation, either in the Minister’s absence, due to Sabbatical leave, vacation or illness, or in the event that the needs of the congregation temporarily exceed the ability of the Minister to attend to them concurrently.

Personnel: Oversees evaluation and counsel with paid staff of UUSD.

Project Management: Oversees the maintenance and management of the buildings and grounds at UUSD. Operating under jurisdiction of this body are the Rental and Usage Committee and the Landscape Management Committee.

Social & Environmental Justice: Through advocacy, activism, education and witness, engages the congregation and community in various local, national and global issues promoting equality, peace, human rights, and sustainability. Includes GLBT rights, immigration, and social and environmental justice. Activities: holiday and other giving to those in need; food bank donations including produce from the community garden; Friday Film Series (with Lifespan Faith Development); participation in celebrations such as Martin Luther King day and gay pride day.

Stewardship: Organizes and conducts the annual pledge campaign. Addresses and nurtures the spiritual and financial contributions of the members.

Transylvania Partnership: Works to support UUSD’s ties with Transylvanian Unitarians by becoming a partner to a church in Tordatur, Romania.

Worship: Oversees the logistics of Sunday worship services as well as the programs for those services when our minister is not in the pulpit. Trains ushers and worship associates to support the Sunday services.