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Coordinating Council

UUCOV has a Committee Council structure to coordinate activities  that share an interest in a specific topic.  The Coordinating Council, whose members serve as team leaders of the individual Committees Councils, consists of 10 individuals plus the UUCOV Board of Trustees Vice President who serves as Chair.  These individuals represent the following Committee Councils:  Administration, Caring and RememberingCommunications, Finance, Lifespan EducationMembership, Physical Plant, Social Activities, Social Justice, and Sunday Morning Experience.

The duties of the Coordinating Council are to 1) improve coordination between committees, 2) facilitate the strategic planning process, 3) ensure integration of program planning and financial planning, 4) ensure board policies are implemented at the committee level, and 5) identify issues or concerns that need board attention.

Each Council Team Leader has responsibility for meeting with their designated committee(s) and/or committee chairs so as to be knowledgeable regarding their specific area of interest.  The Vice President conducts monthly meetings with the chairs of the Councils and shares decisions that have been made by the Board of Trustees.  Council Team Leaders bring issues or concerns to the meeting that are then shared by the Vice President with the Board of Trustees.  All meetings of the Coordinating Council are open to any who are interested in attending.

Coordinating Council News

Lookin’ Back

The Coordinating Council Team Leaders came together in March to celebrate an active year together and each was invited to share the one thing they were most proud to have had their team accomplish. This is what they said –

  • Providing all social events open to all with no fees.
  • Moving the hymnals from under the chairs to the new bookcases.
  • Actualization of the Memorial Wall
  • Coordinating Council Teams working in consort with each other.
  • New patio that has made our sanctuary more welcoming and coffee hour more hospitable.
  • Exploding vitality of the Social Justice Team
  • Fiscal Team committees working together and producing
  • Campus Team fellowship
  • Expanded community involvement at our RE programs due to informative topics and expanded advertising
  • Expanded numbers involved in the Welcoming Announcement
  • Advertising emphasis changed – program focused
  • Pathways no longer emphasizing membership but rather offering information.
  • System changed to readily identify friends and supply nametags.
  • Focused, high quality Adult RE options have brought record number of new people to UUCOV.
  • The positive energy and connections of the congregation that is noted by members, friends, visitors and minister.

You will note not one “I” statement in the above. These are all team accomplishments. It truly does take a village to raise a congregation. Thank you to all of you who participated this year in making all the above possible. For those of you made Sunday coffee, weeded a garden, supported the meditation class, came to discuss at Plato or Socrates, or participated on a committee we hope you have felt some pride in a good year!

For New(ish) Members

blue greenchalice smIf you’re new to UUCOV or new to UU, you might appreciate a roadmap. All this information is also available on our website, This month the focus is on the buildings on our campus and on the Coordinating Council.

Our Campus

Our campus is comprised of three buildings: the Sanctuary, Asta Linder House, and Waters Hall.

The Sanctuary is home for our Sunday morning spiritual experience and for all entertainments, parties, screenings, and for most public events. It is also available for use by other organizations, e.g. VICA (Venice Interfaith Community Association), IVMS (Island Village Montessori School) , Venice Musicale, South County Jazz Club. The choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursday evenings, unless they are bumped to Waters Hall by a public event.

Waters Hall holds our library, our administrative office, Rev. Van Zandt’s office, and our recording studio. Committees hold their meetings in Waters, as well as the Board of Trustees, the Coordinating Council, Socrates Café, Mindfulness Meditation, some Fellowship groups (including the summer drop-in Fellowship groups), the Book Club, and the Three O’Clock Poets. The garden is near the Waters Hall lanai.

Asta Linder House is the focal point of our Religious Education program for the children, Sunday classes and activities. For eight weeks of the year, it is transformed into a temporary home for families being housed as part of the Family Promise program. Except when Family Promise families are in residence, Asta Linder is where Sunday morning adult Religious Education courses are conducted. Additionally, it houses our 1st-Wednesday-of-the-month Plato’s Circle discussion group, is the meeting place of a Spiritual Fellowship group, and is the ‘spillover’ destination for a group needing space when the Sanctuary and Waters Hall are occupied.

Coordinating Council

UUCOV has established committees to run our many activities, social, educational, and spiritual, and to handle our administrative and financial needs and keep the campus in good shape. The number of existing committees had grown to a point where each committee operating separately made it difficult to coordinate plans and programs and decisions. So, to improve coordination amongst the committees, they were grouped into 10 Teams, whose leaders meet monthly in a Coordinating Council under the leadership of our Board of Trustees Vice-President, currently Linda Underwood..
These Teams with the current Team Leader are : Administration (Dave Lyon), Caring and Remembering (Bev Morrison), Communications (Tom Voigt), Finance (Joel Morrison), Lifespan Education (Jaye Williams), Membership (Claire Harrison), Physical Plant (Bill Dowling), Social Activities (Eileen and Steve Leapley), Social Justice (Marty King), and Sunday Morning Experience (Lori Baribeault).

Team Leaders bring issues or concerns to the meeting which are either settled there or referred to the Board and, of course, the Team Leaders are informed of, and can discuss, how to implement Board decisions that may affect one or more committees. In this way, also, integration of program planning and financial planning are ensured. You are welcome to attend any meetings of the Coordinating Council, which are usually held 9:30am, the first Tuesday of the month.

Team Highlights – What’s Going On

The following is a brief summary of the monthly team reports:

Sunday Morning Experience: SME has designated a space for a wheelchair in our Sanctuary seating.

Fiscal Team: A very successful auction was held. The budget for next year being finalized for presentation and approval at our Annual Meeting March 25th. An open meeting for budget questions is scheduled for March 22nd at 2pm.

Membership Team: A new Pathways class was held in February with 16 new members/friends.

Lifespan Team: The monthly Aston Gardens Outreach program continued. A variety of programs continued on The Third Reconstruction, Comparative Religions, End of Life issues, etc.

Campus Team: The lanai has been repainted and the noise abatement panel installed.; plantings and mulch around the front patio are finished. A new metal bench has arrived and, if deemed acceptable, others will be purchased.

Social Events: A successful Open Mic & Chowdah night was held with wonderful food and even better talent.

Social Justice: Common Good is joining other community organizations on several legislative and policy fronts. We had representatives at the SW Cluster meeting in early February and held a screening, open to the public, of “Legalize Democracy”. A new Facebook Group, “In Touch-Common Good” has been started to help UUCOVers stay current with Common Good activities; join it.

Community Outreach is expanding UUCOV’s participation in the Family Promise program. Tim Saltonstall is UUCOV’s volunteer liaison with the Laurel Civic Association.

Interweave hosted a successful showing of the documentary “From this Day Forward” and a new logo for the joint congregation group has been adopted.

Green Sanctuary is exploring an electric charging station at UUCOV and is updating their section of the UUCOV website to keep everyone informed. GS cosponsored a film with VICA on “Facing the Surge” about sea level rising.

Administration: The Personnel committee is actively seeking candidates for the Office Administrator position. Following the Leadership Weekend in January, a Mission Task Force and a Strategic Planning Group were formed.

You are welcome to join any team; we need your energy and interest to keep UUCOV vital and of consequence to our world and neighborhood. With so much happening, you are urged to join the Facebook pages to get info in the most timely way.

Creative Thinking Caps On!

thinking-capThe Coordinating Council is working on developing an idea for an artistic design that is specific to UUCOV. We will continue to use, as do most UU congregations, the UUA logo which is a stylized chalice. And we are hoping, in addition, to come up with an image specific to UUCOV that we can use on our GA banner - which needs updating - and, perhaps, in our sanctuary as well.

Something that depicts us or that says what we stand for or who we are. Some congregations use a design that represents a part of their grounds or building. Some use a design from their town. Some of our songs suggest art designs such as roots, trees, earth. If an image or theme occurs to you, please submit your idea to Linda Underwood this summer at . It does not have to be a finished design. Just an idea that can be worked into different forms. Thank you.

The Coordinating Council

At UUCOV, we have a Coordinating Council you need to know about. Why? Because if you have a question or an idea, or you would like to volunteer in a specific area, or something is of concern to you, a Council Team Leader is the person to go to.

All the committees of UUCOV are organized into eleven Teams. The Team Leaders, appointed by the board to serve for one year, make up the Council and meet monthly with an agenda and minutes. The Council is chaired by the Vice President of the Board, presently Linda Underwood. If you wish to add an item to the agenda, send that information to her. You can read the minutes on our website or on the lanai bulletin board. The Counci meets the second Tuesday of the month. Visitors are welcome.

As we grow, it is harder to know everything and everyone and to keep track and participate in all that is offered at UUCOV. It is our goal to keep communication open and transparent, with information easily available

UUCOV is fortunate to have volunteers who give generously of their time and talent; current Team Leaders are:

  • Administration, Dave Lyon - Denominational affairs, personnel, strategic planning
  • Caring and Remembrance, Bev Morrison - Caring committee, memorial wall
  • Communications, Tom Voigt - Website, monthly Connection, weekly Happenings, publicity, brochures
  • Fiscal Team, Joel Morrison - Finance, Endowment,  Fundraising,  Stewardship, Legacy Friends
  • Lifespan Education, Jaye Williams - Youth Religious Education, Adult Religious Education, Spiritual Fellowship Groups, Interest groups
  • Physical Plant, Bill Dowling - Grounds maintenance, building maintenance, A/V and telecom equipment
  • Social Activities, Eileen and Steve Leapley
  • Social Justice, Marty King - Green Sanctuary, Interweave, Community Outreach, Common Good
  • Sunday Morning Experience, Lori Baribeault - Worship, music, ushers/greeters, Sunday social time
  • Welcome/Membership, Claire Harrison - Welcome Table, Pathways to Membership