Meet Our Team
From You I Receive ... to You I Give
We ask that everyone pledge some of their Time, Talent, Treasure and Trust to this congregation. The secret to spiritual transformation lies in commitment to community. Chipping in can be tailored for your life's current schedule or situation, and participation might be large or small at different times. All help is received with deep gratitude.
Time: Serving in one of many tasks on Sunday mornings is a good way to begin your commitment of Time and Talent. From Ushers/Greeters and Coffee Hour Hosts to Childcare Volunteers, everyone has a part to play. Talk to the office staff or browse our teams to find an opportunity that speaks to you.
Talent: UUSM is a cooperative enterprise with a small paid staff. This offers opportunities to share your Time and Talent in many fulfilling ways. You may discover you have a talent you never knew about.
Treasure: Members are also expected to pledge a sustainable financial contribution in accordance with their own circumstances. Pick an amount that is comfortable for you to contribute regularly. Your pledge allows us to plan our annual budget. You can pledge on-line using the link at the top of this webpage, or ask for a pledge form from the office and pick a payment method you prefer.
Trust: Trust your growth, the support of the congregation, and the process of transformation that comes from participating with a loving heart.
Director, Lifespan Faith Engagement
Tanya Webster (she/they) has been involved in UU Religious Exploration for almost two decades. She has developed curriculum, managed budgets, recruited volunteers, and wrangled teens (including her own). Tanya has completed ten of the UUA training modules for Directors of Faith Engagement, trained as a youth advisor, and draws from her own experiences as a UU youth. She is active in the professional religious educators association. Tanya is excited to serve the UU Young Adult Revival Network (YARN) and brings her love for Unitarian Universalism as well as her passion and respect for young people to every encounter.
Joel Chapman is a San Francisco-based conductor, bass-baritone, and songwriter. He sings professionally with Volti, a new-music ensemble that performs and animates completely new works, as well as Endersnight, a choir specializing in Renaissance music. In addition to his many theatrical credits, Joel is a Stanford graduate and holds an M.A. in Music, Science, & Technology and a B.A. in Music. Joel's amazing voice and his approach to ministry through music add much to Sunday morning services. Visit his website at: joelchapmanmusic.com
The Connections Coordinator oversees radical hospitality to UUSM’s newcomers, members, and friends, and works to connect them to our religious community and assist them in their spiritual growth. Jac Brennan (she/her) has been a UU for more than four decades and has served UU churches in a variety of roles. She has nine children, the youngest five of whom are adopted and have different kinds of disabilities. Advocating for her children led her to become an attorney who focused her practice on civil rights, disability law, and employment law. Jac loves to teach and taught the paralegal program at the University of Houston for 16 years. Jac is ignited by the work of creating connections to and within our beloved community.
Across the distance, the light from within me shines, sending love to all
Across the distance, your light is fuel that warms me
and helps to keep my own light burning
Together, we keep the flame of community burning bright
~ Rev. Laura Thompson