We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, covenant to affirm and promote the purposes and principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Our Behavioral Covenant
Therefore, we aspire,
In Our Relationships with One Another,
- to speak directly with one another about our concerns and our encouragements, and to seek help in doing so if we feel it is needed.
- to extend trust, patience, and goodwill to one another. We choose to act and communicate respectfully. When differences arise, we will allow opportunities for all to be heard and understood. We will work together, appreciating conflict as an opportunity to grow. We understand that not all concerns can be resolved to our personal satisfaction.
- to honor the worth and dignity of each member, friend, and guest, including our children. We seek to know one another as individuals and friends building community together.
In Our Relationships to This Church,
- to be responsible stewards of this church, offering support both financially as we are able and through the work of our hands and hearts.
- to value our professional staff, lay leaders, and volunteers, and treat them with kindness and respect.
- to care for the building and grounds, the place where our faith is sheltered.
- to participate actively in UUCC governance and decision-making opportunities that affect our members and our church.
- to remind others kindly of the spirit of this document when needed, and to allow ourselves to be so reminded.
In Our Relationships to the Larger Community,
- to support the larger UU movement, both at the district and national levels.
- to attempt to live by the principles of our faith both in church and out.
- to welcome all those who come to us in search of their spiritual paths.
- to walk softly upon the earth, in reverence to life and all that sustains us. June, 2009
Our Mission, Vision, & Common Values | TOP
Using love, wonder, and connection, we transform ourselves and the world.
To be a vibrant, growing religious community that…
- Promotes transforming spiritual growth along diverse paths for members of all ages.
- Embodies Unitarian Universalist principles in our daily lives and through our work in the external community.
- Provides inspiration, fellowship, and support for each other.
Our Common Values
These values were identified by the members and friends of our congregation and are held at the foundation of our spiritual community
Our Beliefs | TOP
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our Seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to an inclusive spirituality drawn from six sources: from scriptural wisdom to personal experience to modern day heroes.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
- The existence of a Higher Power
- Life and Death
- Sacred Texts
- Inspiration and Guidance
- Prayer and Spiritual Practices
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our Seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.
Still, have questions? Good. The 100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism is a great resource. Read the questions to learn and discover the many possible answers.
Our Governance | TOP
Our Elected Leaders
The management of the affairs of the church is vested in a Board of Stewards. This Board consists of a Moderator, Vice-Moderator, Operating Council Chair, Leadership Council Chair, Secretary, Finance Committee Chair and an At-Large Representative. Members are nominated to fill these Board positions by the Nominating Committee. The nominees are approved by a voting majority of members of the congregation.
Board of Stewards Positions 2021 – 2022
- Finance Chair
- Leadership Council, Chair
- Operations Council, Chair
Duties and responsibilities include:
- Periodic examination of the purpose of the church to establish and modify programs and long-range goals;
- Establish policies consistent with the church’s purpose.
- Appoint the chair of any special Ad Hoc committees.
- Provide guidance to committee chairs and council chairs.
- Maintain the financial accountability, integrity and viability of the church.
- Establish policies regarding appropriate risk management for church activities.
- Ensure specific financial activities are conducted.
- Conduct congregational meetings.
- Oversee the maintenance of a membership list.
- Oversee the canvass of members for annual financial contributions.
- Review church activities to determine the need for particular committees.
- Periodic appointment of a committee to review the bylaws.
For more information please follow this link to the members area.
Stewardship and Stories
Stewardship is our major annual fundraising campaign during which members and friends of the congregation pledge their financial support to our church.
Each year, the Stewardship Committee creates an engaging campaign that is full of many opportunities and ways to connect.
A team of more than 30 Stewards make initial contact with all members and friends of UUCC.
Members provided testimonials at the services during the campaign to share with all of us “what UUCC means to them and why they give”. You can read some of the testimonials below.
You can also mail your check to the Church:
11105 Cauthorne Road
Glen Allen VA 23059-1647
Members and friends of UUCC, our beloved community has been entrusted with our care, to honor its past, keep it strong for the present and prepare it for the future. It is in our own caring hands to use love, wonder and connection to transform ourselves and the world.
Every dollar of UUCC’s income comes from its members and friends. Every year we ask each member and friend to make a financial commitment so that we can effectively and responsibly plan our church programs and further the mission and vision of our church.
The annual UUCC planning process relies on projecting income to achieve its goals. Eighty percent of UUCC’s income comes from the contributions of members and friends who pledge and make regular donations to the church. The rest comes from other fundraising activities such as the Auction, UUCCEats, the Baker’s Duuzen, the Shady Grove Coffee House, non-pledged income from the Sunday morning offering and other donations. Please keep in mind we are an independent church, and no monies are contributed to us by the UUA.
Click here to find out more about our Stewardship Campaign and how you might increase your role in Building our Future. Insert Link to Stewardship page
Methods of payment
- Set up Automatic deductions via OneChurch.
- Donate Stock – This is an excellent option for donating appreciated stocks. The church receives the full current value of the donated stock, with tax benefits to you. Here is the link for making a stock gift. Insert link.
- Use Bill pay services through your bank.
- Make Direct payments — Mail a check to UUCC 11105 Cauthorne Road Glen Allen, VA 23059
- RMDs – for those who must withdraw a Required Minimum Distribution from their retirement accounts, you can have it directed to UUCC with tax benefits to you.
- Charitable gift trust – check with your tax advisor about setting up this vehicle to support giving to UUCC.
- Donor Advised Funds – check with your tax advisor to set up this simple fund to donate to UUCC and other charitable organizations.
The following stories were given by members and friends during our 2016 Stewardship Campaign.
I grew up in a caring small town Methodist community where most of my family’s social life centered around church (sound familiar?). Peter and I married early by today’s standards and, as young adults, we abandoned church and proclaimed we would find our faith in nature and on our own. Yet, when our daughters were 2 and 7, I accidentally ‘happened’ into Unitarian Universalism when a friend couldn’t stop talking about all the interesting things she was doing with her church and encouraged me to visit I asked my friend if she belonged to an evangelical church — She said no, I’m a Unitarian and I said What’s that?
So, in the winter of 1982 in Fairfax, VA we jumped into full participation with our newly found UU community! My UU faith has helped me to take risks that stretch me personally and give me courage and determination to speak out when issues or events conflict with my beliefs. I came to Unitarian Universalism because of our children – I stayed because this faith keeps me grounded in my actions and holds me hopeful in my spirit. Twenty-five or so years ago I was part of a small group of your UU Community Church friends and forbearers who began to dream about this church community. I loved the exploration process, but honestly did not know how we would achieve our dreams – YET as our opening song reminded us — The Spirit said dream, so we dreamed!
The Spirit (who must also have a pragmatic side) said “Give and Do”. Today, I gratefully pledge my ongoing presence, practice, and participation to our beloved UU community. I also PLEDGE to pay my treasure forward so that we can continue to dream about possibilities… and so that our children and their children can work for, and live in a more just world — committed to upholding the worth and dignity of every person.
Hello…I’ve been asked by the Stewardship Committee to speak a bit about why I pledge and specifically, why I increase my pledge every year.
Years ago when our church first began distributing the UUA’s Fair Share Giving Guide, Deena and I most identified with the Sustaining category. We realized a need to increase our pledge substantially to get close to the suggested amount. This of course also meant a substantial change in our household finances, but we recognized what an important part UU Community Church had become in our lives. We also committed to incrementally increasing our pledge every year until we were true Sustainers.
Years later, we reached that goal only to realize that the Sustaining Member description no longer fit us. You had become our chosen family, and we had begun to dream of great things for UU Community Church: A new larger Sanctuary, a preschool committed to our UU values. We had become Visionaries. At a recent workshop for diversity and inclusion at my college, I began speaking to my breakout group about my faith and commitment to my church. Now I know what it feels like for a “Born Again” not being able to control spouting off in social settings!
So the quest continues: Deena and I have been incrementally increasing our pledge every year towards our role as Visionaries. This has not been easy. As a community college professor, I work for the Commonwealth which has only recently been giving small cost of living raises and Deena’s company has been even stingier. Deena’s beloved 1996 Accord finally died so a new car payment has meant budgeting in other areas, but this is nothing compared to the abundance in our lives. The abundance you are so much a part of. We pledge generously because this church deserves it. You deserve it.
Deena and I are committed to not just Sustaining but being Visionaries to the future of this church. This is what we offer: Presence, Participation, spiritual Practice and a financial Pledge given in gratitude. That is how we’ll help UU Community Church reach for the stars.
As many of you know, I am a lifelong UU. I didn’t come to this denomination thru soul searching or personal discovery. I came in the back of a Plymouth Fury III station wagon.
Upon reflection, I have come to realize that I have spent a fair amount of my life feeling as if I didn’t quite fit in, not an outcast, just a little “off”. As a child, my friends, neighbors, and classmates were predominantly Catholic and Methodist. I knew no other UUs outside of church and what I valued always seemed just a little different from everyone else’s. I distinctly remember my friends asking me if I was a Christian, in an almost confrontational way, and whether or not if I believed that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I didn’t (and still don’t) really understand the concept of “Christ” and I don’t believe in the concept of sin. I would tell my friends that I saw (and still do see) God in the grass and trees, so you can just imagine where things would go from there.
Additionally, my father had one of the very few white-collar jobs in what was a very blue-color neighborhood. As a result, I never felt completely relaxed or myself in virtually all the circles in which I spent my time – except at church.
As an adult, I got busy making a career, raising my daughters, and doing my best to get by and set my spiritual self on a shelf.
So fast forward a few decades and once I moved to Hanover County and discovered there was a UU church just a few miles away, there was no question for me that I would join. But what I have discovered since joining is what has unfolded during the intervening years. I have shown myself to me. I have gotten reacquainted with me.
Here, I don’t feel it’s a “zero sum game” where people try to make themselves feel big by trying to minimize you. No one ranks me on a quartile. Here, people celebrate successes and support when it’s needed.
As a result, I feel valued and relaxed and that has allowed me to want to share my true self. I have gotten reacquainted with my music, been able to offer my skills with the Auction, Fellowship, and in countless other ways.
I give my time, talent, and treasure to this church because here I feel centered, spend time with wonderful, fascinating people, and am part of the greater whole created by us all. I give because I want to, it is needed, and it is the right thing to do. This place may not be here if I don’t.
Our Church Staff | TOP
Rev. Kayla Parker
Rev. Kayla is our Interim Minister, intentionally here to help us navigate the retirement of our former minister and to prepare us for the calling of our next settled minister. Rev. Kayla comes to us with congregational experience in our Unitarian Universalist Congregations in Charleston, WV, Indianapolis, IN and Meriden, CT. She has also served as a community minister at a hospital and on the streets, and in both places did work in mental health, addiction, recovery and harm reduction.
A New England native who found a second home in Appalachia, she is thrilled to be close to both the mountains and the beach, as well as her family. Her and her partner Dan live in Richmond with their cat Birdie. They enjoy riding their bicycles, hanging out by and in the James River, and drinking fancy beer. Rev. Kayla has a strong belief in the transformative power of religious community, and is grateful to be with us now as we renew our claim and commitment to our church’s mission and purpose.
Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration
Adena has been with the UU Community Church since May 2013. She has a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Education with a concentration in Special Education from Longwood University and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the distant future. She has also recently begun working toward the UUA Religious Education Credentialing Program.
Her goal here at the UU Community Church is to bring quality Religious Exploration experiences to both children and adults. Through Sunday morning “Children & Youth Engagement”, “F(UU)n For ALL!” Activities, and other multi-generational opportunities, she strives to offer a variety of experiences and to balance both tradition and new ideas.
Jonathan has been with the UU Community Church since September of 2017. Jonathan is a 2008 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music with a concentration in piano performance) and a 2016 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell (Master of Music with a concentration in Sound Recording Technology).
Jonathan directs the choir, the drumming group, the hand bell choir, and the hymn jam ensemble at UUCC. He is passionate about bringing together communities through the joy of music making. He is excited to work with all who wish to join the fun!
Raymond comes to UUCC after having served in local governments as an assistant voter registrar, general voter registrar, and elections official. He also has a background in banking and financial services and was a part-time on-air personality (DJ) for a local radio station. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he majored in political science and minored in history. All these different experiences have shaped him and allow him to bring a unique perspective to UUCC.
Raymond is an active member-leader of Ginter Park Baptist Church. He is married to Tracy (a public-school teacher) and together they raised their now college-aged son Noah. The Cadys make their home in the Lakeside neighborhood of Henrico County, sharing space with two dogs.
An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation | TOP
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people.
As a Welcoming Congregation we have pledged to:
- honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.
- celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.
- incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education.
- affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
- affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
- advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.
We recognize that there’s always something more to learn, and remain open to deepening our understanding about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.
For more information please follow this link to the members area.