Ministry Council & Lay Ministry
Ministry Is Everything We Do!
Members and friends engage in a number of activities to fulfill the mission and vision of UUFA. When worshiping, learning, having fun, and serving our Fellowship and local communities we deepen our understanding of life and our place in the world.
To support our shared ministry, our programs (or ministries) are led by our Minister, the Music Director, Director of Religious Exploration, and a team of Lay Ministers (see below). Together they form a Ministry Council that typically meets once a month to discuss ongoing programs, collaboration, and Fellowship concerns. Lay Ministers serve for two years following one year spent in training.
The Ministry Council consists of the Parish Minister, Lay Ministers, and program staff (Amber Fetner, Music Director, and Kelli McConnell, Director of Religious Exploration). The Ministry Council meets monthly to discuss ‘big picture’ programming opportunities, connections, and concerns of the Fellowship.
- UUFA Ministry Council Charter
- UUFA Ministry Council Organizational Chart (updated for 2020-2021)
- June Ministry Council Notes
- May Ministry Council Notes
- April Ministry Council Notes
The Leadership Council consists of the Lay Ministers (who share coordination of the Council), committee chairs, team leaders, event coordinators, and others who self-identify as leaders in the Fellowship. These people have stepped up and taken responsibility for specific ministries or programs of the congregation.
Lay Ministry Training
Are you currently a leader who generously shares your time, talent and treasure with UUFA? If so, and if you’re interested in increasing your understanding of congregational life and making a deeper commitment to your own spiritual development and service to UUFA, then please consider attending the next Lay Ministry training TBD. The class meets once a month with the Minister to discuss readings on a wide range of topics around congregational dynamics and areas of ministry.
If you are interested in becoming a candidate, please inform the minister of your interest. You may fill out and submit the Lay Ministry Application (below) at any time.
For information about committees that report directly to the Fellowship (congregation), go here.
For information about committees that report directly to the Board, go here.
Current Lay Ministers
In keeping with the Annual Theme for 2020-2021, “Let it Be a Dance,” each Lay Minister’s cluster is named for a particular dance. (Click on the graphic above to learn which program or ministry areas are within each Lay Minister’s cluster.)
Lee Cornell TERM: 7/2018-6/2022
Kate Raya Blane TERM: 7/2020-6/2022
Heather Jensen TERM: 7/2020-6/2022
Dan Everett TERM: 7/2020-6/2022
Linda Gilbert TERM: 7/2021-6/2023
Melanie Hennings TERM:7/2021-6/2023
Future Trained Lay Ministers
Marco Messori 7/2023-6/2025
Lay Ministers Emeritae (years served)
Iva King (7/2018-6/2021)
Fabiana Hayden (7/2020-6/2021)
Carol-Lee Baker (7/2018-6/2020)
Ange Kahn (7/2014-6/2018)
Hilda Kurtz (1/2017-12/2019)
Michelle Leebens-Mack (7/2012-12/2016)
Patty Freeman Lynde (7/2012-6/2014)
Jane Mayer (7/2012-6/2014)
Nancy MacNair (7/2012-6/2014)
Vivian Preston Sellers (7/2014-6/2018)
Karen Solheim (7/2014-6/2018)
Aleta Turner (7/2012-12/2016)
Herb West (7/2014-6/2018)
Myrna Adams West (7/2012-12/2016)