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Current News

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Strategic Planning: A Guide for Our Future
UUCC Grounds Team Vision
Take a Walk to the Park - Easy Access Created
UUCC Once Again a Top-Level Supporter of Diversity Breakfast
Board Settles on Transition Plan for Three-Year Terms


Strategic Planning: A Guide for Our Future

The Strategic Planning team has assembled the ideas and concepts derived from last fall’s cottage meetings, and we are finding some major and minor themes running through the list. We appreciate all the people who came out to tell us what they want UUCC to be like in the near and far future.

Some concrete ideas:

  • Two Sunday worship services

  • Open a downtown location

  • Develop a ministry on campus for students

  • Build a community garden on our property

  • Reconstruct the deck

  • Live-stream our services

Your thoughts?

If you were unable to attend a cottage meeting and you want your voice to be heard, consider participating in new meetings being developed around a common time and place of interested people. We would like these meetings to take place in groups, not one-to-one. We have found that ideas and questions are best reviewed with others who share our goal of designing what UUCC will be like in 5-10-20 years.

If you would like to add your voice, please contact Mary Denson at 573-823-3757 or by email to participate in a meeting.

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UUCC Grounds Team Vision

Imagine our Unitarian Universalist Church set in a woodland garden that feels peaceful, welcoming, and fascinating. Where you feel at home and want to spend time exploring or just sitting and connecting with the vibrant life around you. Where you can take a walk along winding footpaths and discover little nooks and dells where somebody has placed a sculpture or built a stone cairn. Where you can sit in the shade and watch insects going about their busy lives, listen to the birds singing, and have a relaxed talk with friends. Imagine a wild, safe, playground for your children where they can explore and discover and learn to feel at home in nature.

This is what I want to create at UUCC. I want to make the gardens and woodlands attractive and accessible members of all ages so that the grounds become a natural extension of our church and of our worship. So that our worship and celebration is not confined to a building but expanded to include the rich resources of the wilderness that surrounds it. I want to create a beautiful and soulful woodland garden that will be an inspiration to everybody who visits it.

The Grounds Team meets every second Saturday of the month at 9 a.m.

– Peter Holmes, Team Leader

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Take a Walk to the Park – Easy Access Created

Shepard Boulevard Park Playground

Members of the UUCC Grounds Team recently created easy access for our kids and parents to Shepard Boulevard Park, which is just east of our church’s grounds.

A new sign near our church playground will direct you through the rail fence and into the park. The trees along the newly-opened fence have been trimmed to provide a line of sight from the church grounds to the city park and playground.

We encourage our church families to take advantage of this welcoming and well-maintained public playground – it’s right next door!

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UUCC Once Again a Top-Level Supporter of Diversity Breakfast

For the third year in a row, UUCC was a top-level "Champion of Diversity" sponsor of the Columbia Values Diversity Breakfast – and the only church at that level of sponsorship. Thanks to the Social Action Team for organizing our participation in the annual event.

The well-attended breakfast was held in the Expo Hall at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Thursday morning, Jan. 15. The featured presentation was a multi-media artistic performance, "Unending Harmonies: The Life and Music of John William "Blind" Boone," by Mary Barile.

UUCC representatives filled two tables, pictured below.

At one table, clockwise from left, were Desi Long, Andrew Twaddle, Sarah Wolcott-
Twaddle, Joan Mudrick, Steve Mudrick, Jack Clark, Rosetta Miller and Wiley Miller.

At the other table, clockwise from left, were Jeremy Milarsky, Marg Tyler, Gena Scott,
Steve Scott, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Ene-Kaja Chippendale and and Michael Chippendale.

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Board Settles on Transition Plan for Three-Year Terms

The Board of Trustees has settled on a plan for transition from two-year to three-year board terms in accordance with amended church bylaws approved at the May 18, 2014 annual congregational meeting. The amended bylaws allow the board to facilitate the transition by, among other things, adjusting the terms of current board members.

Under the transition plan, Mary Denson and George Bunyea will have their terms extended by one year from June 30, 2015 to June 30, 2016, and Jeremy Milarsky, Steve Scott and Gregg Suhler will have their terms extended by one year from June 30, 2016 to June 30, 2017. All of them have agreed to have their terms extended.

Three new board members will be elected at the annual congregational meeting in spring 2015 for terms beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2018, which will complete the transition to three-year terms in just one year from the time the bylaws were amended.

The Nominating Committee is beginning to contact potential board candidates for next spring's election and wants to field a slate of candidates representative of the congregation. The Nominating Committee is also seeking new members for the Personnel Committee, additional members for the Nominating Committee itself, and delegates for next year's regional assembly and UUA General Assembly.

If you are interested in helping lead the church during these exciting times please contact Steve Scott (442-1865 or email) or Jan Swaney (864-0435 or email).

In other board news, Maria Oropallo resigned as a board member in November 2014. At its Dec. 17, 2014 meeting, the board appointed Todd Iveson to fill the vacancy. His term will expire June 30, 2015.

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