The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart is a welcoming community encouraging religious freedom, nurturing individual spiritual and ethical growth, celebrating diversity, and promoting a just and sustainable world.
Board of Trustees
July 2019-June 2020
The members of the Board of Trustees are elected at our annual congregational meeting in May. They meet at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesdays of each month. The meetings are open for all to attend.
Terry Mark, president, is enjoying his ongoing spiritual journey as a theist who is open to the beliefs of other world religions.
Katrina Wilson, president-elect.
Ron Gill, secretary, is the long-time editor of the weekly update email and a former board president.
Ken Clayborn, treasurer, retired after 35 years at Miles/Bayer in various management positions. He and his wife, Joan, have been a members of UUFE for 15 years. He is a past president of the fellowship.
Lorna Lane, trustee (3-year term ending in 2020), is the current lead of our CUUPs (Covenant Unitarian Universalist Pagans) chapter, a member for 14 years, as well as a member if the Worship & Arts Committee and a teacher in our religious enrichment program.
Susie Meeks-Wade, trustee (3-year term ending in 2021), has been a member since 2017. She is the chair of the Social Justice Committee.
Carl Rust, trustee (3-year term ending in 2022), has been a member since 2018. He retired after 30 years as a educator. Carl serves on the Religious Education Committee. He is a musician, a writer, and a budding naturalist.
Mary Adams, trustee (1-year term ending in 2020), is a retired clinical social worker, with active membership participation during the 1970s and current membership for four years. She serves on the Endowment Committee, Communications Committee and is spearheading Our Learning Center project. She is interested in community small group development.
UUFE invites all individuals to be a part of our liberal religious community, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national origin.
What is it?
The Welcoming Congregation Program is a voluntary program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1989 for congregations seeking to be inclusive toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people. It is in keeping with Unitarian Universalism’s first principle, “We covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all persons,” we believe that it is essential to welcome, affirm, and support GLBT people.
Congregations who publicly and successfully welcome bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people have the following qualities:
- Includes and address the needs of b/g/l/t persons at every level of congregational life—in worship, in programs, in social occasions, and in rites of passage—welcoming not only their presence, but the gifts and particularities of their lives as well.
- Assumes the presence of b/g/l/t people and celebrates this diversity by having inclusive language and content in their worship.
- Fully incorporates the experiences of b/g/l/t persons throughout all programs, including religious education.
- Includes an affirmation and nondiscrimination clause in our by-laws and other official documents affecting all dimensions of congregational life, including membership, hiring practices, and the calling of religious professionals.
- Engages in outreach into the b/g/l/t community in its advertising and by actively supporting b/g/l/t affirmative groups.
- Offers congregational and ministerial support for union and memorial services for b/g/l/t persons, and for celebrations of…family definitions.
- Celebrates the lives of all people and welcomes same-sex couples, recognizing their committed relationships, and equally affirms displays of caring and affections without regard to sexual orientation.
- Seeks to nurture ongoing dialogue between bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and heterosexual persons and to create deeper trust and sharing.
- Encourages the presence of a chapter of Interweave.
- Affirms and celebrates b/g/l/t issues and history during the church year.
- Attends to legislative developments and works to promote justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society.
- Speaks out when the rights of bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people are at stake.
- Celebrates the lives of all people and their ways of expressing their love for each other.
Making it official
In November 2014, the congregation voted overwhelmingly to affirm UUFE’s status as a Welcoming Congregation.