Serve The Congregation
There’s always a place to serve and support your spiritual home.
In addition to our treasure, an important part of investing in our congregation’s future is giving of our time and talent.
Serve on a UUCA Coordinating Team
- Hospitality and Inclusion Team: Our Hospitality Team makes sure visitors have a welcoming and engaging experience at UUCA. They work with the Ushers & Greeters Team, Inquirers leadership, and Welcome Table volunteers to created a nourishing experience from the first visit to membership.
- Ushers & Greeters Team: Provide a friendly welcome Sunday mornings and serve as ushers during worship. This 2-3 hour commitment is a great way to get to know new people in the congregation. Contact Dick Patterson at email@example.com.
- Coffee Team Provides fair trade coffee, by the cup and by the pound, each Sunday morning. Volunteers serve one Sunday a month. Contact: Sue Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- JoyRaisers!: A team of parents who plan six large-scale social events throughout the year: Welcome Back Breakfast, Halloween Party, Christmas Pageant Reception, MLK Day of Service, Easter Egg Hunt and Party, and Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
- Religious Education Greeter: This team welcomes families, guides children to their RE classrooms, and supports with setting up the Greeter Table. Timing: 15 minutes before and/or after service.
- Special Program Helper: Support with Religious Education special programming during Sunday services on a handful of Sundays (3-day weekends, during school breaks, etc.)
- Wonderful Wednesday Volunteers are always needed to help set up, serve food, and clean up. 3 hour commitment, various Wednesday evenings available. Contact Jerolyn Lowry at email@example.com.
- Bookstore Volunteer Assist bookstore leader with set up and organization of bookstore and handle sales. 2-3 hours per month. Contact Cate Duggar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Office Volunteer Work once a week to answer phones and assist staff in administrative tasks. Computer proficiency needed. 4 hours per week. Contact Travis Vaughn at Travis.Vaughn@uuca.org.
- Multi-media Team: We run the lights, TV screens, cameras, sound, and YouTube channel. Sometimes we also create videos, record concerts, and generally make magic happen. Want to help us make that magic? Come talk with us – we’re always at the table in the back of the room!Contact us at SoundTeam@uuca.org.
- Music and Arts: UUCA has one of the most eclectic and excellent music programs in Atlanta. On any given Sunday you can hear music ranging from Gregorian Chant to Musical Theatre. From Gospel to traditional. From Bach to Bob Marley. In every case the music is performed either by our talented in-house musicians or by friends of UUCA from near and far. Contact: Donald Milton at email@example.com or 404-634-5134 x224.
Serve as a Leader
There are ample opportunities to develop your leadership skills here at UUCA. Flex your leadership muscles by either serving as the leader of a team or committee.
- Justice League: This is a group of servant leaders who will partner with our Social Justice Coordinator supporting Social Justice efforts here at UUCA and in our local communities. The UUCA Justice League will partner with ongoing identified Social Justice Groups to support monthly events, activities and charitable collections. Our Justice League actively seeks opportunities for UUCA members to engage in social justice, support marginalized communities in fighting for their rights on their terms, and contribute their voices, ideas and skill sets to foster a more equitable and just world. For more information please contact Francella.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lay Ministers: Our pastoral care lay ministry associates work with our professional ministers to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our congregants in times of stress and crisis, as well as to share joyful transitions. Typically, to connect with a lay minister, contact Rev. Taryn Strauss at email@example.com. For more information, visit our Lay Ministers page.
- Communications Advisory Team: Amplify the UUCA Ministry by serving in the Communications Advisory Team: If you have experience in web design, communications strategy, social media, or would love to learn, contact Communications Director, Nicole Pressley at Nicole.Pressley@uuca.org. This team creates most of our print and digital content. Interested in collecting meaningful stories from fellow congregation? Want to work closely with our Social Justice or Religious Education leaders to nightlight those program? We want to hear from you!
- Board of Trustees: You may also be interested in serving as a member of the Board of Trustees. According to current and former members, serving on UUCA’s Board is a meaningful way to invest in something important, make a key contribution to the Congregation, and put their ideals into practice building Beloved Community. They appreciated Board service as a way to meet new people and build lasting relationships with other Board members and staff. Board members gain a new appreciation of all it takes to make the Congregation successful because they see all that our staff and leadership contribute.
We welcome you to suggest yourself or someone else by contacting the Nominating Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org – they are always happy to hear about interested, qualified individuals!
Join a Social Justice Group
- Combating Climate Change (CCC): Our group focuses on educating and informing group members and UUCA congregants on how they can combat climate change on a personal level, and organizes regular events to contact lawmakers regarding positive legislation to fight climate change. Contact Hoke Kimball at email@example.com
- Ens ands Outs: Ens and Outs is a longtime UUCA group that combines outdoor activities with environmental awareness and activism. Contact Annie Archbold at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Help the Homeless: Join with Central Presbyterian Church’s work in helping the homeless here in Atlanta. Contact: Natalie Snedden at email@example.com.
- John Lewis Elementary: This is a fairly new partnership for 2018/19 providing ongoing support to the students, parents and staff. Our overall goal is to endorse educational success and the universal well-being of John Lewis Students. We are filling in the gap for those who need it most thru servanthood donations and volunteer opportunities. Contact Francella.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Promise The Children: Promise the Children (PTC) is a community of activists for children within UUCA. PTC provides a unifying voice for our faith community to speak and act on behalf of children. We advocate for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. And we put our faith into action through direct service, working with organizations that serve children in need. We are committed to a world where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.
- Peace Network: A team of UUCA members and friends working for global peace. Regular activities include Third Thursday Cinema. Contact Sven Lovegren at email@example.com.
- Dining For Women: UUCA is home to two chapters of this national organization, where women come together for a potluck meal while raising funds for a different global women’s charity each month. Contact: Mary Crawley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- UUCA Partners in Education: For over twenty years UUCA has worked in partnership with Hope-Hill Elementary School to promote educational achievement and general well-being of students and their families in inner city Atlanta. To provide even more support for students in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, we also work in partnership with Operation P.E.A.C.E., which provides free after-school and summer care. And, on Saturdays, UUCA members and friends work with our partners at the Big Bethel AME Church’s Saturday School for at-risk children.
Get Involved in Music and Arts
- Tree House Choir: The Tree House Choir is the flagship of the music program. Around 10% of all UUCA members come together every Wednesday evening to rehearse challenging, meaningful music and strive to create something beautiful and soul stirring. The Choir rehearses from 7:30-9:00 ever Wednesday and typically sings two Sundays a month and for special events and services. There is no audition, all are welcome to participate. Contact: Donald Milton at email@example.com or 404-634-5134 x224
PACT: UUCA has a rich tradition of involvement in the arts, from its exciting music program to its art gallery to its historic Underground Theatre. Now, under the oversight of the Performing Arts Coordinating Team (PACT), UUCA sponsors a lively series of performing arts events in its intimate Underground Theatre. A monthly coffeehouse features guest musicians from a wide variety of musical genres. A monthly Wine, Cheese & Spoken Word series spotlights poets and authors reading from their work and includes an open mic session for local spoken word artists. Occasional evenings of improv provide additional performance opportunities. In addition, PACT presents exciting theatre that speaks to the spiritual and social concerns of our community with two to three major productions each year. Contact: Todd Wingfield, PACT Co-Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Audio Visual Team: The Audio Visual Team is a volunteer group that works behind the scenes at all of our Sunday services. They show up early to set up microphones and run sound, lights, slide shows, videos, etc. during the service. Contact: Jeep Hook at email@example.com.
Deepen Connections by attending a Spirituality Group
The Buddhist Meditation Group gathers each Sunday morning to practice. Beginners are welcome and invited to come 15 minutes early for introduction and instruction. Contact: Mike McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-270-5714.
L’Chaim is a group for Jewish awareness and celebrations, including the High Holy Days (Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur) and Passover. Contact: Carole Galanty at email@example.com.
Jesus Seminar Study Group: A monthly discussion and book group which concentrates on topics related to the historical Jesus, including the social, political, and theological context of early Christianity. Contact Sven Lovegren at Sven.Lovegren@uuca.org.
Earth-Centered/Pagan Group: Meets about every 6 weeks for a ritual observance. Contact: Kimberley Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nourish Your Spirit in Interest-Based Fellowship
Whitney Young Jr. Society: The Whitney Young, Jr. Society (WYS) is a fellowship of African Americans, working within UUCA, to help it achieve its highest aspirations of being a beacon of anti-racism, anti-oppression, and multiculturalism for our faith, city, nation, and world. Contact: Christian Harden at Christian.Harden@uuca.org.
UUCA Women Empowered: A group by and for the women of UUCA, with an inter-generational multi-focus that includes social action, service to others, learning, tolerance and spiritual growth. Contact Jackie Spierman at email@example.com.
Men’s Fellowship: Monthly discussion group and an annual retreat. Contact Sven Lovegren firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Dining for Women: A monthly “dinner giving circle.” Each person brings a dish to share. Our “dining out dollars” (what would have been spent eating out) are sent to programs empowering women worldwide. For more information, contact Mary Crawley at email@example.com.
Humanist Fellowship: Hart Ramm firstname.lastname@example.org 770-592-7338
Modern Mind: An eclectic group that reads and discusses books that challenge the mind and help to clarify aspirations, in the spirit of open-minded support of one another’s search for truth. Contact: Ken Scott email@example.com 770-413-7555
Make New Friends in a Social Group
UU Young Adults: This is a group for folks of the Millennial generation. Contact: Sean Golan at Sean.Golan@gmail.com
Nextgen: We have a new group for UUCA members and friends born approximately 1965-1985. We will meet monthly at members’ homes on Third Saturdays. Come get to know new people! Contact: NextGen@uuca.org
TBD: TBD is a social group for all born from 1950 to 1970 (or thereabouts). Regular events include a monthly Fourth Friday Party at members’ homes, second Sunday group lunches, with other activities and outings as suggested by members. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forever Young: A fellowship group of UU’s in their 60s or more. Activities include share-the-cost of dinner and drinks in member’s homes or eating out and/or attending theater together. Contact: Pam Kilmer at email@example.com.
Forever 40s and 50s: A fellowship group of folks who came of age during the 1940s and 1950s. Contact: Sally Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.