Membership Committee

“We are a self sustaining congregation” 

 

—  Name, Title

Caring Team

Carolyn Clark

cclark@tamu.edu

 

Committee on Ministry (COM)

Gaye Webb

gbwebb08@gmail.com

 

Communications Team

Deb Wilson

dfwilson9553@gmail.com

 

Endowment Oversight

Committee

Pam Johnson

prljohnson@yahoo.com

 

Finance Committee

Endowment Oversight Committee (EOC) & Financial Investment Team (FIT)

Pam Johnson

prljohnson@yahoo.com

 

Rob McGeachin

r-mcgeachin@tamu.edu

 

FUNdraising Team

 

Green Church Team

 

Membership Committee

Sue Bloomfield Chair

sbloom52@gmail.com

Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth (MSJE)

Zoe Dobbs

zirelynd@gmail.com 

 

Nominating Committee

John Ivy

johnivy@suddenlink.net

 

Joyce Langenegger

jalhouston@aol.com

Allison Faber

faberallison@gmail.com

Molly Hagen

mollyward@gmail.com

 

Property Team

Ken Appelt

klappelt2@gmail.com

 

John Ivy

johnivy@suddenlink.net

Eleanor Ford

caepford@verizon.net

Sacred Space Team

Kathy Wheeler

khmwdvm@aoo.com

 

Stewardship Team

Molly Ward

mollyward@gmail.com

 

Radical Hospitality Team

Olga Kuchment

okuchment@yahoo.com

 

Religious Education Team

Allison Faber

faberallison@gmail.com

Molly Hager

mollyward@gmail.com

Pam Johnson

prljohnson@yahoo.com

 

 Reproductive Justice Team

Katie Womack

kwomack@tamu.edu

Maya Lazarus

deblazarus@yahoo.com

Tech Team

John Faber

officialjmfstudios@gmail.com

 

Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation

Katie Womack

kwomack@tamu.edu

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The music program at the UUCBV is alive and well!  We cultivate talent from within our congregation, hire guest musicians from our community, and work hard to make sure that our services are integrated with the music selections. Throughout the year we host events that are open to the public such as the Singing the Living Ukulele Workshop in the summer and the Yulekulele Workshop in December. We are active part of all of our coffee house productions and through these, we welcome the public to enjoy the skills and talents of members of our congregation and community.  Our choir performs once per month and we invite anyone interested to join us for the joyous act of singing together on Sunday mornings. 

Get Involved

Attend | Contribute | Volunteer | Become a Member | Grow With Us

Get involved with our community!

Start by simply coming to a worship service and getting a name tag, later, socialize with friendly people at coffee hour or chow down at a family potluck dinner.  Help us make a difference in our local and wider community through social justice efforts. Become part of one of our active groups and help us move forward!

Social Justice

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Covenant Groups


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Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation (UUWF)

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Religious Education

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Book Clubs

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Religious Education for All Ages at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Brazos Valley

The Religious Education (RE) Calendar

Yearly rituals include:

Trick or Treat for UNICEF in October

All Ages December Pageant

Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck

 

All Ages RE Class

Class is held from 10:00 to 10:25 in the boardroom at the back of the Sanctuary. The Unitarian Universalist Association has developed a set of curricula for lifespan faith development called Tapestry of Faith. Tapestry of Faith draws on our six sources:

 

Unitarian Universalist heritage & prophetic people

Christianity & Judaism

World Religions

Science & Humanism

Earth Centered/Pagan

Direct experience of awe

 

Nursery

The nursery is available during RE and worship in the boardroom at the back of the Sanctuary.

 

Order of Service

Service begins in the Sanctuary at 10:30.

The elements of the worship service are typically:

Prelude

Welcome

Opening Words and Lighting of the Chalice

Opening Hymn

Unison Affirmation

Time for All Ages

Offering

Prayer

Hymn

Readings

Anthem

Sermon

Closing hymn

Benediction

 

For those who do not wish to sit in pews, there is an activity table at the back of the Sanctuary with books, coloring pages and crafts. There is also a reading corner with pillows. For those sitting in pews there are “busy bags” and clipboards available near the entrance. These are stocked with paper, crayons, stickers and coloring pages.

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The Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth, or MSJE for short, is the social action and community outreach arm of UUCBV. We strive to understand and address the many injustices faced by the surrounding community, and partner with like-minded organizations in order to further our efforts. Lately, our focus has been on homelessness and housing, but we are always open to new directions, ideas, and partnerships. Come join us and see how you can help bend our community toward justice! Request to join our Google group for updates, and you can meet with us in person on the second Sunday of every month at 12pm after the service.

CURRENT PARTNERS AND INITIATIVES

Family Promise

UUCBV serves as one of the host congregations for the Bryan/College Station branch of Family Promise, a national organization that assists families experiencing homelessness. Members of our congregation help by providing meals, transportation, tutoring, activities, and/or companionship for these families during our rotation every few months. A MSJE representative also attends Board meetings.

 

Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network (BIIN)

UUCBV is a partner church, providing financial and volunteer support for BIIN’s programs and sending a MSJE representative to attend Board meetings on a quarterly basis. This organization works with immigrants in our community, regardless of country of origin or immigration status. They welcome volunteers for citizenship classes, English classes and conversations, tutoring, and client assistance.

 

Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (TXUUJM)

UUCBV is a proud member of TXUUJM. To paraphrase their mission statement, TXUUJM educates and organizes member congregations, and partners with sympathetic organizations, in order to advocate effectively for public policies that align with UU values and principles. Every other year when the legislature is in session, UUCBV joins TXUUJM for a legislative action day, where we gather at the Capitol and speak to legislators about issues that are important to us as UUs. TXUUJM's key issues for the 2019 legislative session are: Reproductive Justice, Immigration/Refugee Justice, Economic Inequality/Justice, and Environmental Justice/Education. We share our knowledge and strategies with member congregations about UU social justice work in Texas.

EMERGING

Reproductive Justice

We are currently exploring the Reproductive Justice Congregation designation for our church. With this designation, we would pledge to: welcome all people regardless of the reproductive health decisions that they have made, educate the community about reproductive justice, and be a source for public witness and advocacy.

 

Brazos Valley Coalition for the Homeless

A MSJE representative has begun attending meetings to determine how UUCBV can assist the Coalition.

DONATIONS, FUNDRAISERS,

AND DRIVES

We have two regular church collection initiatives:

Split the Plate - Every Sunday, half of the un-directed cash collections from the morning offering go to a nonprofit.

Change 4 Change - Every Sunday, the loose change from the morning offering is collected for MSJE projects.

 

MSJE also organizes fundraisers and holds clothing, food, toiletry, and other types of drives to benefit local charitable organizations.

 

Some of our recipients:

Hope’s Locker

Mission Reclaimed & Anderson Food Pantry

Twin City Mission

Rebuilding Together - Houston and Bryan/College Station

COMMUNITY EVENTS MSJE PARTICIPATES IN

MLK Jr. Day March and Rally (2019 article from The Eagle)

NAACP Annual Dinner (2018 article from KBTX)

Brazos Valley Earth Day and other local Earth Day events, as well as national events in concert with the UU Ministry for Earth Crop Hunger Walk

Trick or Treat for UNICEF, jointly with UUCBV Religious Education

Pride events

Events sponsored by the Brazos Valley African American Museum

 

RELATED UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION GROUPS

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

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Visitor Information

All Souls are Welcome Here

Our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition has stood for spiritual freedom for almost 500 years.  We walk together as one community to transform the lives of those who gather here as we reach out to help heal our world.

 

We welcome those of all creeds and none, of any ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression, physical or mental ability, political persuasion, or economic circumstance.  Our diverse threads are woven together in the rich fabric of our community, rooted in our Unitarian Universalist heritage and practice.

 

First Sundays Newcomer Drop-In Circle

Join us after service at 11:40 in the boardroom to meet and greet in a casual atmosphere.  Enjoy tea or coffee with a side of conversation from our Minister.

Where Do I Park?

On Sunday mornings , there are a number of options for parking.  There are about thirty spots at the Hillel parking lot.  Parking is also permitted on both sides of Aberdeen Place during religious services.  Finally, if you are up for  a bit more of a walk, you may park at the Association of Former Students lot across George Bush Drive.

 

Where Can I Find ... ?
We are so grateful to be the guests of The Hillel at Texas A&M during our interim time while we dream about the building we hope to occupy. Being a tenant in the same building as a vibrant student organization requires us to be a thoughtful guest. Please return all common spaces to the condition you found them in, or better!

The First Floor
(To your left, as you enter from the parking lot)
• Library - professionally staffed childcare, and meeting room.
• Church office and minister’s office down the hall to the left
(To your right, as you enter from the parking lot)
• Restrooms
• Elevator
• Children’s Religious Education

 

The Second Floor
• Upper Lobby- coffee hour and mingling after the service
• Sanctuary Restrooms
• Meeting room behind Sanctuary
• Coffee alcove
• Restrooms

 

2 Exits from the Sanctuary

· Exit the back of the sanctuary

· Exit the front right of the sanctuary to lead to the parking lot

Sexual Assault Resource Center—(979) 731-1000

Pheobe’s Home: 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline— (979) 775-5355

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (24/7)— 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line— Text HOME to 741-741

Board of Trustees

President

Jerry Wagnon

jerrywagnon77830@yahoo.com

 

President Elect

Harriet Smith

harriet@deancode.com

 

Past President

Katie Womack

president@brazos-uu.org

 

Secretary

Carolyn Clark

cclark@tamu.edu

 

Treasurer

Deb Wilson

dfwilson9553@gmail.com

 

At-Large Trustees

Nancy Granovsky

nancygranovsky@hotmail.com

 

Eleanor Ford

caepford@verizon.net

 

Rob McGeachin

r-mcgeachin@library.tamu.edu

 

Alice Scott

ascottrealtor@sbcglobal.net

Committee and Team Leads

Finance Committee

Endowment Oversight Committee (EOC) & Financial Investment Team (FIT)

Pam Johnson

prljohnson@yahoo.com

 

Rob McGeachin

r-mcgeachin@tamu.edu

 

Membership Committee

Katie Womack

president@brazos-uu.org

 

Caring Team

Carolyn Clark

cclark@tamu.edu

 

Property Team

Ken Appelt

klappelt2@gmail.com

 

John Ivy

johnivy@suddenlink.net

 

Property Acquisition

  Committee

Kathy Wheeler

khmwdvm@aol.com

Religious Education Team

 

 

Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth (MSJE)

Zoe Dobbs

zirelynd@gmail.com

 

Stewardship Team

Molly Ward

mollyward@gmail.com

 

 

Radical Hospitality Team

Sue Bloomfield Chair

sbloom52@gmail.com

 

FUNdraising Team

Pam Johnson

prljohnson@yahoo.com

 

Katie Womack

president@brazos-uu.org

 

Tech Team

John Faber

officialjmfstudios@gmail.com

Minister and Staff

Rev. Donna Renfro

minister@brazos-uu.org

Tuesday - Thursday

11 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.

 

Director of Religious

   Education

 

Vicki Carter

dre@brazos-uu.org

 

Artist-in Residence

Joe Daigle

music@brazos-uu.org

 

Bookkeeper

Leslie Dempsey

leslliewhozit@yahoo.com

 

Communications/Office

   Administrator

Nancy Deer

admin@brazos-uu.org

 

Summer Office Hours

Wednesday 5-7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m.

The Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation of the Brazos Valley

The UUWF of the Brazos Valley is an organization that advances justice for women and promotes the spiritual, social and educational life of its members.  It strives to be an ever increasing force for good in our community. The UUWF of BV has been an active part of the UUCBV church since March 1, 1989.

Meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month following the worship service at noon.  Members and friends are encouraged to attend and share a pot-luck meal. 

As an organization, the UUWF supports its mission to advance social justice for women by supporting Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, Hope’s Locker, and the Brazos Valley Food Bank to mention a few. 

Through the years, the UUWF has made contributions to the minister’s discretionary fund and purchased items to enhance congregational activities. 

The annual spring retreat to Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas is a highlight of the year.  Women gather on a Friday evening and enjoy a weekend of fellowship, fun, food and a program that never disappoints. 

If you are looking for a meaningful way to unite with UU women, join us. 

Upcoming Meetings, 2019-2020:

June 2 – Year end meeting at the home of Mary Ellen Pate.  Selection of 2019-2020 officers

July and August – Summer break

Noon Meeting Dates in Board Room at Hillel:

September 15

October 20

November 17

January 19 – annual book swap

February 16

March 27, 28, 29 – spring retreat at Camp Allen

April 19

Year end meeting to be announced

2018-2019 officers:  Deb Wilson, President; Kathy Wheeler, Treasurer; Katie Womack, Secretary.

Services

Services, Holidays and Traditions

The services, holiday celebrations, and traditions in Unitarian Universalist congregations reflect the many sources of our faith.

Many Unitarian Universalists celebrate Christian holidays like Christmas, Jewish holidays like Passover, and Pagan Winter Solstice, among others.

 

Our holiday services use the stories and traditions creatively, calling us to our deeper humanity and our commitment to the good.

Every fall, we hold The Water Communion at the beginning of the new church year. Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people pour their water one by one into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.

 

Every year, we celebrate All Souls Day by remembering family, friends and members of our community who have passed.  We read their names out loud and meditate on their lives and relationships.

Christmas holds a special meaning for Unitarian Universalists.  Charles Follen, a Unitarian minister and abolitionist, brought the German tradition of decorating an evergreen tree indoors to the United States.

In addition to religious holidays, we also honor secular holidays including Earth Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Labor Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, and Thanksgiving.

Rites of Passage

Weddings | Funerals | Memorial Services | Child Dedications | Rites of Passage

Some of the most meaningful moments in our lives are at liminal times: the welcoming of a new life in our midst, getting married, and the end of life. 

 

Each service is crafted to the occasion by our minister for members, non-members, and seekers.
Unitarian Universalists have long affirmed and celebrated same-sex weddings.

Looking for an officiant? Email the minister here at minister@brazos-uu.org

Since we are currently renting space from Hillel, we may ask that you get in touch with the office staff at Hillel for information on booking services.

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Sexual Assault Resource Center
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Pheobe’s Home
 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline (979) 775-5355
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Crisis Text Line

 Text HOME to 741-741

Any Day Cards are now available for $1 each! Each card is 4.25” x 5.5”, will be made-to-order, and available year-round.

There are currently 5 original card designs you may choose from:

-  White Bird-  Black Bird-  Q&A-  Journey Together-  Happy Winter

Each card design is available in two formats: Any Day Card (folded); Postcard (flat)
Please indicate which design AND format you would prefer for each card you order, and there will be samples on display viewable via brazos-uu.org and will be advertised across our social media outlets.


These cards are the first steps of a new UUCBV catalog that will be growing over time to include a wider selection of designs, photo prints, posters, and more. If you have a design idea or suggestion, feel free to email John Faber at official.jmf.studios@gmail.com so he can help bring your ideas to life and make them available in the near future.

We have extra UUCBV T-Shirts!

If you would like to purchase a UUCBV Side with Love shirt, please see Jerry Wagnon or Zoe Dobbs, or just look for the bright yellow fabric! They are $22 each, and proceeds go towards the cost of the shirts and the Ministry for Social Justice and the Earth’s future projects.

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Want to Support Our Self-Supporting Congregation?

Did you know you can pay your pledge or make a donation with PayPal?  Just type in

PayPal.me/UUCBV

to your favorite web browser.  Thank you for your gifts, which help us transform our community.

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We are now listed as a charitable organization for Amazon Smile.  The UUCBV will receive 0.5% of your purchases in donations from AmazonSmile.  If you shop Amazon you can sign up for Amazon Smile and select a charitable organization for your purchases to support.  Questions?  Contact Deb Wilson.