About our Society

FUUSM Congregation

A Congregation photo taken May 31, 2015, the day we bid farewell to Rev. Evan Young who completed his intern ministry. 

(To see the 2014 photo, click here..  To see the 2013 photo, click here.)

We are "The  Voice of Liberal Religion of the Mid-Ohio Valley."

We are a typically UU-diverse congregation of about 130. We are scientists, engineers, teachers, doctors, lawyers, writers, social workers, civil servants, artists, unemployed, homemakers, professors, and more; We are humanists, spiritualists, christians, pagans, theists, atheists, and others: each of us seeking truth and meaning; all providing the comfort and nurture of community to all.

It takes a lot of people for a religious community to function.  Everyone in fact, has a ministry to all others, in our view. But there are certain people who occupy positions of note: Our professional Minister is Rev. Kathryn (Kat) Hawbaker. More information and a photo can be found on the Minister page.  We are governed by a Board of Trustees that consists of George Banziger (President), Karen Barry (Vice President),  Barbara Nourse (Secretary), Virginia Henthorn, Willa O'Neil John Maddox, and Shari Miller.

Other key staff persons are: Treasurer: Linda Lawton; Church Administrator, Chris Keller;  Newsletter Editor, Adeline Bailey; Webmaster, Ralph Olander; Building Steward, Jammie Barry; and Pianist, Randall Kidder.

We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, whose offices are located in Boston, Mass. The UUA is divided into districts; we are a part of the Ohio-Meadville District (OMD) which encompasses an area spanning eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.