We have many opportunities to participate in our Society and in the greater community. For information on how to reach the contact persons mentioned below, please call or email our office, 413-253-2848 or office@uusocietyamherst.org.

As of November 2021, The following Committees are seeking new members – to learn more about their work, who is currently service on the committee, when they meet, among other committee details, please click on the committee’s name:

Finance Committee | Linda Callahan and Elliott Kelly, Co-Chairs
Meetinghouse Committee | Tom Fricke, Chair
Stewardship Committee | Jeanne Ballantine, Chair
Small Group Ministry  | Anne Louise, Chair  seeks two more Facilitators
Sunday Services Committee | John Gerber and Carolyn Holstein, Co-Chairs

Becoming a Member 

If you find yourself comfortable with us and our way of doing religion, we would welcome you as a member! Talk to Rev. Rachael, Mary Herman, Karen Mack or Libby Walton-Stanforth. For information on how to reach them, please call or email our office, 413-253-2848 or office@uusocietyamherst.org.


Small Group Ministries

Pastoral Care

Caring Circle

Committees and Activities

Assistance with Weekly Worship
In service of our Society, volunteers may provide flowers or a live plant for the chalice table, set up the sanctuary, collect the offering, help greet at the door, provide simple refreshments for social hour, or update the sign outside with the title of the next Sunday service (and name of guest speaker, if applicable).  Contact the office to find out how to get involved!

Cot Shelter Volunteering
Volunteers from our UU Society and South Congregational Church prepare a dinner and/or bring it to the Interfaith Cot Shelter in Northampton on the 1st Thursday of each month (November-April). Contact:  Maria Lydia Spinelli.

Dedicated Offering Committee
Help recognize and support organizations engaged in projects that reflect UU principles. Recipients of this monthly offering are suggested by people in our UU Society.  Contact: Carolyn Holstein.

Green Sanctuary
Support practices of sustainable living and spiritual connectedness to the earth. The Green Sanctuary Committee has an annual Connecticut River Cleanup that always needs help. All ages welcome — and you need not be on the committee to take part! Contact: Jeff Clark.

Just One Thing
Donate food or other supplies to the Amherst Survival Center one Sunday a month by placing them in a basket in the foyer. A list of suggested items will appear in the emailed weekly announcements. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.

Library and Archives
Help maintains the lending library in the Conference Room and preserve important documents, photos and other UUSA materials. Contact: Maria Lydia Spinelli.

Kitchen Committee
Assist the Wednesday Community Breakfast program. Contact: Sophie Rogers

Meetinghouse & Landscaping Committee
Help to maintain and make minor repairs to the meetinghouse and grounds.  Organize maintenance and clean up days twice a year.  Coordinate regular inspection or maintenance needs.  Solicit bids/hire contractors for major repairs. Contact: Tom Fricke.

Not Bread Alone Volunteers 
Prepare and serve lunch in one of two shifts on the 5th Saturday of the month at Not Bread Alone, a soup kitchen at First Congregational Church in Amherst.  Dine with guests and help clean up after. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.

Social Action Committee 
Become involved in important issues concerning social and constitutional rights, and hands-on support of local organizations. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario. The Social Action Committee also helps out with the weekly “Not Bread Alone” program to prepare a free meal in Amherst every Saturday, and coordinates UU members and friends to prepare a monthly meal at homoe to deliver to the cot shelter in Northampton. Volunteers are always welcome.

Stained Glass
Welcome visitors who want to see and learn about our Tiffany window, especially during Amherst Arts Night Plus, the first Thursday of the month (we participate April – October). Contact: Janis Gray

Sunday Services Committee
Plan worship services for when the Minister is not in the pulpit. Contacts: Carolyn Holstein and John Gerber.

Leadership Development Ministry

This committee is committed to doing its part to nurture Beloved Community for our Congregation by facilitating nominations for our Board of Trustees and for the ongoing Leadership Development Ministry.

Wednesday Community Breakfast Volunteers
Help with breakfast in our Social Hall in partnership with Craig’s Doors – a Home Association, Inc. This weekly community breakfast is free and open to the public. Shifts: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. or 9:00 – 11:00 .m. Contacts: Clare Bertrand and Sophie Rogers.

Welcoming Congregation Renewal Committee
Explore possibilities to deepen our UU Society’s commitment to LGBTQ+ individuals.  Contacts: Shawn MacLaren and Pat Rector.

Dismantling Systemic White Supremacy Task Force: Works to dismantle systems of racial inequality, injustice, and oppression in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, our own communities, and the wider world. Contacts: Steve Rice and Susan Rice.

Interfaith Cot Shelter:  Supports an overnight shelter with meals for the homeless in Northampton.  Contact us to find out how you can help.

Not Bread Alone:  Supports a weekly meal for all in Amherst at First Congregational Church.

Just One Thing:  Provides foods and other necessities for the Amherst Survival Center.

Community Breakfast:  In conjunction with Craig’s Doors, provides a weekly breakfast on Wednesday for the homeless and others in our community in our Willie Eaton Social Hall.  More help is needed.

Connecticut River Clean Up:  Each year in September we help clean up along the banks of the Connecticut River.

Past Accomplishments Include:

Pipeline Resolution:  In 2015 the congregation passed a Pipeline Resolution to support a ban on the construction of a natural gas pipeline running through conservation land in Western Massachusetts.

Divestment from Fossil Fuels.  In 2013 the congregation passed a UUSA Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution to divest our holdings from fossil fuel stock.

Toward a Safer Congregation Handbook

Black Lives Matter: In 2016 the congregation passed a resolution to support the Black Lives Matter movement. See:


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