Get Involved Overviews
At UUCR, church is so much more than Sunday morning worship service. Our church is vibrant and active seven days – and nights – a week with opportunities to learn, to grow, to be of service to others, to build relationships and to part of a diverse, energetic community.
There are many ways – big and small – to Get Involved at our church. Maybe you’d like to share a talent or skill. Or perhaps you’d like to stretch yourself and try out something completely new. What do you feel called to do?
Share Talents and Gifts We embrace the belief that every member and friend in the congregation has unique gifts that can enrich spiritual growth and promote health and healing in our world. Each of us has much to contribute to build and sustain a vital congregation. We want to help connect members and friends to opportunities of interest, and we will also help members and friends of the congregation discover their gifts and talents for ministry. Lisa Treadwell, our Member Services and Volunteer Coordinator, is just the person to help with this.
Deepening your involvement at UUCR will enrich our community and you individually. Contact the people listed here to learn more about how you might get involved.
Adult Enrichment offers a range of programs in four areas: personal development, spiritual growth, intellectual/academic interest and topical subjects. Offerings include one-time events as well as courses that span weeks or even months. All are designed to promote personal and spiritual growth and engage participants in a range of experiences that reflect our UU principles and faith. We're saving a seat at the table for you, whether your interest is sharing a particular passion or talent via an Adult Enrichment offering or helping to plan programs.
The Archives Committee collects, preserves, and makes available those materials we’ve been able to obtain relating to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading from its inception as the Third Congregational Society of Reading (Unitarian) in 1827. We welcome further contributions to the archives, and we encourage the use of the collection.
We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 1:30 p.m. upstairs in Sawyer House, where the archives are located. Any given Tuesday might find the group sorting, filing, and photocopying materials; discussing matters related to the archives (e.g., transferring VHS tapes of church services to DVDs; high-speed scanning of the archives); researching questions about church history; or organizing a display to commemorate an event or celebrate a milestone.
Our Annual auction takes place in February and is a wonderful evening of fellowship and fundraising. Contact Judy Barolak to offer a good or service for auction or to volunteer with other avenues such as set up, food, entertainment or silent auction.
The B2T Committee worked collaboratively with the congregation and other committees to develop a new mission statement, a list of church values, committee recommendations, a major congregational survey, a new vision statement, and a long-range plan. The result of the new plan created a vision consistent with our UU principles and our professed values of the church, which include respect and concern for others, community, diversity, spirituality, delight in being, and justice as we try to achieve our mission.
The Building Usage Committee receives and acts on requests for use of the property by outside groups and individuals. A goal of the committee is to develop an income stream for the church by securing appropriate rentals.
Caring and Sharing provides concrete, temporary support - meals, rides to medical appointments, emergency child care - to members during a time of need such as a medical crisis or family emergency. We welcome additional coordinators and volunteers. Please contact us by clicking on the icons below.
The women's creativity group meets once a month on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. CHACH meets at the home of Sharyn Taitz at 1443 Main St. in Reading. This group offers fellowship, encouragement and a warm, friendly environment in which to pursue a handiwork or craft.
A Chalice Circle is a small group of people who meet on a regular basis for the purpose of establishing bonds, fostering connection and caring, providing an avenue for personal growth and spiritual development. There are several ways to get involved in the Chalice Circle program: as participants, as facilitators, and as writers. The Chalice Circle writing team is always looking for people who would enjoy creating the sessions. This involves meeting once a month, but primarily you would be combing books and other resources for ideas, and for both short and long passages that would provide fodder for stimulating discussions in the Circles.
The Choir is a group of about 30 people who rehearse on Thursday nigts and provide music on Sunday mornings. We are open to all and it is not necessary to try out; all levels of talent are welcome. We are directed by Dr. Mark Bennett and accompanied by Alex Gordon. If you can’t make a full year commitment, you can join for just a season.