UU Wellspring is in its 10th year of serving congregations through providing a powerful tool as an antidote to the frequent concern about a lack of spiritual depth in our congregations. It is a proven way to engage congregants in a profound and transformative small group experience and individual faith exploration.
UU Wellspring leads to a healthy, balanced spiritual life through five essential components: small group connection, daily spiritual practice, spiritual direction, UU history and theology, and putting our faith into action. There is a rich narrative woven into the lives of congregations that have embraced UU Wellspring and created a culture of deeply grounded Unitarian Universalist faith and history coupled with individualized spiritual practice and action out in the world.
This Is an Exciting Time for UU Wellspring!
- We have filed for non-profit 501c3 status and are formalizing the Board of Directors.
- Our founder, Rev. Jen Crow, has moved to an active mentor role and a new Acting Executive Director, Rev. Laura Smidzik, is focused on structuring the organization in a way that will serve it well into the future.
- We are piloting a new, updated first-year curriculum with a broader range of voices and an intentional anti-oppression lens.
- We are blessed with a skilled coordinator, Kristi Fuller, who brings a deep passion for UU Wellspring along with strong organization and communication skills.
- This is a time of transition from an informal Advisory Board to a Board of Directors. Colleagues with years of service are moving to advisory roles and working to formulate a working board, comprising members with a connection to UU Wellspring and specific skill sets.
Put Your Faith in Action
We are actively looking for individuals who want to live out their faith by serving on the national board of UU Wellspring. Prior board experience is not necessary—a commitment to engaging in the expansion of UU Wellspring and being willing to spread the news of UU Wellspring is. This is a creative time for the Board and each member is a valued contributor. Prior participation in UU Wellspring is preferred but not required.
UU Wellspring Board Opportunities
New Board members start in early 2016. Our meetings are conducted through video conferencing and conference calls. We meet for one hour on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 4:00 pm Central time. We may change to once a month meetings once the new Board is established. We have several long-term board members remaining on the board and are seeking new Board members from diverse areas of the country and who bring a passion for UU Wellspring coupled with the willingness to serve on a “working Board.” Lay leaders are encouraged to apply. Each Board member will commit to leading a specific focus area. Our goal is to have volunteers working with each Board member.
Brief Description of Board Roles
- Chair- Assist with board recruitment, oversee board development, facilitate board meetings, orient new board members. (Currently held by Sara Smalley)
- Treasurer- Work with executive director and bookkeeper to assure timely and accurate financial records. Provide consistent financial reports to board, help lead budget discussions, and assist with financial budgets and reports for funders. (Rev. Jen Crow is filling this role now on a temporary basis)
- Vice-chair- Serve a year prior to becoming the chair. As part of the executive committee, the vice-chair would assist with board recruitment and orientation as well as provide leadership to the board such as linking to one or two of the individuals holding specific portfolios.
- Curriculum development- Keep all UU Wellspring curricula current and accessible for churches that want to offer Wellspring. (Currently held by Sara Smalley)
- Facilitator support- Help UU Wellspring facilitators stay connected, current, inspired, appreciated, supported, and evangelical about their role.
- Marketing- Create and lead a marketing plan to expand the number of congregations engaged in UU Wellspring.
- Development (fundraising- individual donors)- Work with the Executive Director to determine and implement individual donor campaign/s via such means as Faithify, Facebook, and or email.
- Development (grant support)- Work with Executive Director to research and make contact with potential funders. Lead or assist in writing grant proposals.
- Wellspring- beyond brick and mortar congregations- Our immediate goal is to increase the number of congregations participating in 2016. However, we now have a group that is a non-church-based UU Wellspring-Sources program in the Boston area comprised of seminarians and lay leaders. This Board member will continue to examine and evaluate other potential models of implementation and present them to the Board for review, discussion and potential implementation.
2016-2017 Board Members (as of November 2015)
- Rev Jen Crow, MN, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, MN (Mentor role)
- Dave Munro, NY, Seminary Student at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary
- Rev. Deborah Raible, WA, University Unitarian Church, Seattle
- Sara Smalley, MN, Seminary Student at Meadville-Lombard
- 5. Sean Neil Barron, MA, Currently UUA Ministerial Intern, New England Region
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