-Search Committee Introduction
Every member of the congregation was contacted by a board member to identify who they would like to see serve on the search committee. The most frequently mentioned names became candidates and were polled for their willingness to serve. The seven committee members were then elected unanimously by the congregation at the 2016 annual meeting on May first.
Meet the search committee members below:
I am a third-generation UU and have been a member of this church for nearly nineteen years. I have been a YRUU advisor, choir member, and served on the Worship Committee (chair 2008-2012) and chaired the Sabbatical Task Force (2010-2011). In recent years I have regularly performed in coffeehouses, often joining with others. These have been some of the most important and formative experiences of my life, and YRUU was very important to my son Max and daughter Caroline. My wife, Lynn Wiley, has contributed to the church in many important ways, including serving on the Board.
I am hoping we will find a minister who will inspire us, inspire others to join us, and be a voice for liberal religion in our community and our country.
I have been active with UUCUC since 1996 when my husband, Tim Temple, and I started attending regularly. The church was involved in their search process for the previous minister and we were impressed with the democratic process that included the congregation. We were both raised Methodist, a denomination that just assigns you a minister with no input from the members. So it’s a real honor to be asked by the congregation to serve on the Search Committee. Now that I’m retired from my professional role as a health coach and doing Human Resources Education I have that extra time to devote to finding our best match.
We’ve grown to love the UU way of life. The people here have become like family. My 20 year involvement have included the choir; being a co-chair for a combined capital campaign & annual pledge drive; Interweave chair and a Welcoming Congregation workshop leader; Board of Trustees; music committee and coffeehouse participation; social action activities- especially those relating to lgbt issues; the gastro group as well as the writing chalice circle serve as sources of renewal . The last several years I’ve been property chair and led the drive for a new energy efficient boiler. I am pleased that we are embarking on roof replacement for the RE wing that includes solar panels so we can be even more ‘Green.’
After the birth of our daughter, my husband (Randy Banning) and I began to look for a spiritual community. Our spiritual community, at the time, was no longer meeting our needs. My mother, also a member, recommended the church to us. Randy and I had never heard of Unitarian Universalism and we were skeptical. We started attending in November of 2008 and the rest is history. It wasn’t long before we signed the book. We have formed strong and important relationships with people in the church, who now feel like family, and we are grateful that we can raise our daughter in this church.
Since becoming a member, I have volunteered as an RE teacher, participated in the Simplicity Chalice Circle, served as an interim board member and engaged in various volunteer and social action activities. I also served on the first interim search committee in the Spring of 2015. I absolutely love spending too much money at the Service AUUction and very much enjoy the music on Sunday mornings. I am excited for our church’s future, as we find a new settled minister and embark on a new journey together.
I have been a member of UUCUC for 25 years, and my husband Jim and I have enjoyed staying involved in several ways. I have been on many committees including RE, Property, Ministry, Board of Trustees, Central Midwest District Board, and several task forces including those planning a building renovation, a capital campaign, one of the strategic plans, auction, Hunger Initiative, and the coffee houses. For the past 10 or more years I have been involved with Care Core and Social Action. I continue to enjoy these committees along with our new Racial Justice Initiative. I am also co-chair of Hospitality Team C (coffee! and community!).
I am retired from the U of I, which allows me time for these things. Currently I am honored and excited to be part of our ministerial search committee! Our group is enjoying working together, and we look forward to helping the process unfold. This is an interesting, vibrant, caring congregation, and I feel confident that there is a minister out there who will be a good match with us. I am hoping for someone who can help inspire our church to grow into an even greater community that is more racially, ethnically and spiritually diverse, socially active and well-known in C-U.
I am a born-again UU, having first been raised Roman Catholic and comfortable with that religious upbringing. I first learned of Unitarian Universalism when my wife Sylvia and Iwere married by a UU Minister in Charlotte N.C. Since then, whenever my job has moved me around (IL is our 4th state together) our first tenet in a job search was "Is there a UU church in the community?" In our previous UU affiliations, we've experience bothlay-led and Minister-led congregations
We struck gold in Urbana-Champaign-Savoywith UUCUC, and have happily raised our 3 sons in this church for the past 14 years. We've helped run the Second Sunday Potlucks for almost 10 years, taught in RE and been on various committees. I've been on the Board of Trustees, with 2 years as the chair, Moderator for several years, assisted with Stewardship , Property ,and now the Ministerial Search Committee. Sylvia and I will also be teaching OWL for our middle schoolers this year.
I am a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois in the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. I have been a UU for 25 years and have attended three UU churches in various cities. At these churches I was a nursery school teacher for 12 years, an RE teacher for 2 years, was on a search committee for an RE director, and a committee to determine if the congregation wanted a new building.
At UUCUC, I coordinate the young adult group, served on our first interim minister search committee, the transition team, and the nominating committee. At Channing Murray, I serve as secretary of the board and coordinate a young adult group.
I am looking forward to finding a new minister who cares about young adult issues and who would like to maintain a relationship with Channing Murray.
I came to this church for the first time on the Sunday after September 11, 2001. As one person after another went up to light candles, I heard thoughtful, progressive responses to the horrific events of that week. My spouse, Marilyn Ryan, and I began attending services that fall, participated in member orientation, and signed the membership book that November. I am on the English faculty at Parkland College, our community college, and Marilyn is a counselor there.
As a child in India, I was raised with multiple faith traditions—Hindu, Sikh, Sufi—that spoke to me in different ways, but I identified as an atheist and then as an agnostic. At UUCUC, I found a spiritual home. Here, I have belonged to a knitting covenant group, a chalice circle, the UU Feminist Book Group (which is celebrating its 30th anniversary), and I have given sermons, worked on stewardship, assisted with service auction dinners, and performed at coffeehouses. For several years, I was the secret sender of birthday cards to the children in our congregation. In 2015-16, I served on the Transition Team for our interim minister and as co-advisor to the YRUU. Marilyn is active in the church as well. We had our commitment ceremony in our beautiful sanctuary in 2006. Our church’s support of marriage equality has been important to us.
I love working on the search committee. I hope we will find a minister who will inspire us from the pulpit and provide pastoral care to us on our varied journeys. Ideally, this person will also guide us as we become more visible advocates for social justice and collaborate with others in our community.