It takes time to find belonging in a community; we have many opportunities to participate in our Society and in the greater community that can help you find belonging here at the UUSA.

For information on how to reach the contact persons mentioned here, please check
our online Members and Friends directory (password protected) or contact the office.

As of February 2022, the following UUSA 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 contact the office or the chair.

Finance Committee | Linda Callahan and Elliott Kelly, Co-Chairs
Meetinghouse Committee | Tom Fricke, Chair
Stewardship Committee | Jeanne Ballantine, Chair
Small Group Ministry  | Anne Louise White, 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.

Ministries

Small Group Ministries

Pastoral Care

Caring Circle

Committees and Activities

Assistance with Weekly WorshipON HOLD DURING COVID-19
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.

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: Sue Roznoy.

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.

Leadership Development Ministry
Facilitates nominations for the UUSA Board of Trustees.

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.

Stained Glass
Welcome visitors who want to see and learn about our Tiffany window. Contact: Janis Gray

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

UUSA Affinity Groups

Wednesday Community Breakfast
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. Contact: Sophie Rogers.

Women’s Circle
Pre-pandemic, this group met at a different restaurant at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for spirited conversation over local, inexpensive cuisine. Currently, the group meets over Zoom. It welcomes every woman, whether she is new to our Society or a longer-time member or friend. It is not necessary to RSVP, but if you have questions, need help finding a ride, or want to be on the e-notification list, contact: Sophie Rogers.

Other Volunteer Activities

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.

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. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.

Not Bread Alone
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. Contact: Mary Beth Seminario.

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

Past Accomplishments by the UUSA Congregation 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:

https://www.uusocietyamherst.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/BLM_Resolution.pdf