The church is a self-governing congregation that relies on volunteer committees for many of its governance and administrative tasks. Involvement in committee activities is an important way of contributing to the life of our church and determining its current and future direction. Newcomers also find that joining a committee is an excellent way to get to know people and make the personal connections that strengthen our community.
- The Standing Committee is the central governing body, responsible for directing the affairs of the church. It meets monthly and as necessary for special situations. The Executive Committee (comprising the chair, vice-chair, treasurer, and clerk plus the minister) meets in between regular Standing Committee meetings to plan their agendas and to take care of minor administrative matters.
- The Music and Worship Committee coordinates music and congregational participation in the worship services, hires guest speakers, and plans lay-led services.
- The Religious Exploration Committee organizes and runs the church school program and develops adult discussion groups and presentations on topics of general interest.
- The Social Action Committee offers opportunities to learn about and take action on critical issues such as human rights and environmental sustainability. Its current focus is on economic inequality, mass incarceration, climate change, and Israel-Palestine. The committee also supports annual fundraisers for Renewal House (a shelter for victims of domestic violence), Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee “Guest at Your Table” initiative; and is an active member of UU Mass Action.
- The Membership Committee welcomes visitors and new members and helps keep members connected with church life.
- The Ministerial Relations Committee facilitates dialogue between the congregation and its minister by discussing emerging concerns and exploring new suggestions.
- The Finance Committee monitors the financial health of the church and prepares the annual budget for the congregation. Theodore Parker Church is supported by the contributions of its members and friends, income from renting the parish hall to various community groups, and proceeds of fund-raising events.
- The Property Committee cares for our buildings and grounds. It is responsible for maintenance, repair, and landscaping, and for overseeing the use of the premises by authorized groups.
- The Communications Team — not strictly a committee — maintains the website, edits the weekly eNews, and produces or edits fact sheets, press releases, and other publications and documents as needed.
For more information about committees, contact us at the church office.