Our Organization

Our Ministers, present and past

The Reverend 
Cynthia Snavely
 Interim Minister

Reverend Cynthia Snavely is Tri-UU's interim minister as of August 2021. She brings considerable experience to her mission of assisting the Congregation in defining its future.

The Reverend Janet Onnie
(Minister Emerita)

Reverend Janet Onnie was Tri-County Unitarian Universalists' first minister, serving from 2011 until her retirement in July 2021. She guided us in the transition from a Fellowship to a vibrant UU Congregation.

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The Reverend
Joe Donatone
(former Intern Minister)

In September 2019, Tri-UU welcomed Joe Donatone, seminarian at Illif School of Theology and candidate for UU ministry. Joe said: "Interning with Tri-UU will be a jumping off point...

The Reverend Christine Dance (former Intern Minister)

Reverend Christine Dance is serving her first ministry in Phoenix. Of her intern experience with Tri-UU in 2018-19, she said: ". . . I was able to take leadership roles, try...

The Reverend
 Tracie Barrett (former Intern Minister)

The Reverend Tracie Barrett serves the

UU Congregation of Lake Co., FL. Of her intern experience with us in 2015-17, she wrote: "My internship at Tri-UU was a time of great growth...

 
 

Tri-UU Board of Trustees

The Tri-County Unitarian Universalists Board of Trustees is elected by the congregation and drives the mission and the vision of the church. It is the legal representative of the Fellowship and is

in charge of its property, business, financial, and administrative affairs.  

 

There are seven members on the Board of Trustees, including four officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) and three trustees at large. The term for the board is our fiscal year, from April 1 to March 31. The minister serves as an ex-officio member, consulting and guiding the board but without a vote.  

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TRUSTEE
Gail Newstein
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PRESIDENT
Nancy Garrison
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VICE PRESIDENT
Suzanne Seitz
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TREASURER
Jake Bishop

Governance

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Our committees and teams

Building and Grounds Committee
Suzanne Seitz
Oversees operation of building & grounds, including the Memorial Garden. Creates a safe & visually appealing interior environment.
Meets monthly.
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Fun and Fellowship Team
Erin Woodsome
Coordinates social events such as monthly potlucks, UU&U socials, dances, field trips.
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Bylaws Committee
TBA
Proposes researched changes at Annual Membership Meeting. Meets as needed.
 
Comunications Team
John Seitz
Manages website and Facebook, provides information to local media, sends weekly updates to members via email. 
Meets as needed.
Stewardship Team
TBA
Encourages tangible commitment through sharing of
time, talent, and treasure.
Finance Committee
Tom Murphy
Ensures responsible fiscal management including activities pertaining to endowment
and investing. 
Meets as needed.
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Hospitality Committee
Gretchen Lewis
Organizes and prepares refreshments for Sunday morning social hours.
Meets as needed.
Lifelong Learning Committee
TBA
Schedules and arranges instructors for classes and discussion groups and Sunday forums on all aspects of Unitarian Universalism and
spiritual development.
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Worship Team
Lynne Westmoreland
Schedules pulpit speakers, trains Service Leaders, produces weekly Order of Service, and is responsible
for audio-visual and music services.
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Information Technology
Team


Ivett Garza & Dan Wolfe

Manages all audio/visual presentation and related technology for Services.


 
For additional information and assistance for Tri-UU members and friends, consult the Member Resources section below.
 
Membership Committee
Jan Droegkamp and
Helene Kirschbaum
Welcomes new and regular members, provides greeters for services, sponsors New Member orientation, manages mentoring program
for new members.
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Pastoral Care Associates
TBA
Sends greeting cards, arranges companions, meals, transportation or other short-term services for members and friends experiencing stressful life events such as illness,death
of a loved one, or relocation.
Policies & Procedures Committee
TBA
Maintains and publishes Tri-UU documentation. Meets as needed.
Social Justice Committee
Joyce Mills
Informs Tri-UU of issues, causes and actions as suggested by the UUA, supports local charitable needs, partners with other groups
working for social justice. Meets monthly.

Program Council

The Program Council is composed of all the committee chairs of Tri-UU. The role of the Program Council is to share what is happening within the committees in order to facilitate communication, collaboration, and cooperation among the working teams within the congregation. The Council discusses any policy issues to be considered by Board. The Program Council is facilitated by the vice president of the Board for continuity and easier flow between the two bodies.  

Photo Left: Presentation of the Board of Trustees and Program Council to the Congregation

Member Resources

Below you’ll find links to a number of resources of special interest to members and friends of Tri-UU.

 

Tri-UU Governance Documents

A complete set of our governance documents – from bylaws to procedural manuals – can be found below.

Member Directory

A Member Directory is emailed periodically to all congregation members and friends. If you would like a copy, please click here: karen.gammons30@gmail.com

Community Bulletin Board

Members and Friends of Tri-UU can register to access our community bulletin board.

Click here for a tutorial.

Get Involved

Whatever your interests - from social justice activities to spiritual discovery to potluck dinners - there's probably something you haven't yet discovered at  Tri-UU. Find out here.

External Links

These are links to several sites of special interest to many UUers. They are either operated by, affiliated with or supported by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

 

Unitarian Universalist Association

www.uua.org

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is the central organization for the Unitarian Universalist religious movement in the United States. The UUA’s 1000+ member congregations are committed to Seven Principles that include the worth of each person, the need for justice and compassion, and the right to choose one’s own beliefs. 

 

Side With Love

 (formerly Standing on the Side of Love)

www.sidewithlove.org

An interfaith public advocacy campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Side with Love confronts issues of exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity. Core issues of focus include, but are not limited to, LGBTQ equity, immigrant justice, and racial justice.

Florida-based UU organizations

  UU Association, Southern Region   

    www.uua.org/southern

  UU, Justice Florida

    www.uujusticefl.org/

  UU, Southern Region, Northeast Cluster

    neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

www.uusc.org

A nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates.  Meaningful opportunities for taking action together to advance human rights.

 

Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice

www.uucsj.org

Immersion learning journeys, justice training programs, summer internships, and direct volunteer opportunities with partner organizations in the U.S. and abroad. All programs are designed to help people cross boundaries, gain insight, and imagine new ways to make a difference in the world.