UUC Elected Leadership Candidate Slates 2019: Update
The current Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is pleased to announce the following slates of candidates for election to key leadership positions at UUC.
We are so grateful for the commitment to service that these individuals make as they stand for election. It is a gift to our beloved community today and well into the future.
Election for these positions will take place at the UUC Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Per our earlier communication, the LDC had nominated Rene Murry and Jane Saddler through the nominations process. Jan Eisenhardt was nominated by petition with the support of 12 congregational members, as well as the support of the LDC. Required by our Bylaws when there is a nomination by petition, candidates will be voted on individually, rather than as a combined slate. In this case, the 3 LDC candidates will voted on separately for the 3 positions — both in the annual meeting and on absentee ballots.
For the Board of Trustees (3-year term):
For the last three years, I have served on the Board of Trustees, two of them as President. It has been an honor. With your support, I will continue to work for this Beloved Community as part of this Board. Many know that Rebecca and I raised our sons, Colin and Caleb in this Church. This continues to be the most precious gift given to us, but there are others including the ongoing awakening of my spirit and the call to action. For this and more, I am grateful.
Michael Kasprzak has been a member of UUC since 1997. Currently, he serves as the Secretary of the Finance Committee as well as of the Racial Justice Team. For the last decade, Michael has been deeply and perennially involved in congregational racial equity work. He previously served on the Board of Trustees, from 2012-2015, and as its Secretary for the final two years of his term. Michael managed the congregation’s bookstore from 2008-2012. Professionally, he is an early learning coach, trainer, and supervisor for Child Care Resources of King and Pierce Counties. Married to Fellow UUC Member Betty Williams, Michael has two daughters and a toddler-aged grandson. If, as Michael believes, the measure of a society is how it treats its children, then we have a ways to go and need to heed these words of James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
For the Leadership Development Committee (2-year term):
Longing for a church community occasionally overwhelmed me. When my husband told me he had gone to the Unitarian Church in Lincoln Nebraska when Peter Raible was there, I became curious about UUC, and one day (about 2008) we attended a service. We were comfortable there. We started slowly. My first involvement was making coffee and serving it on Sunday. That was a great way to meet some people, and to be part of a small something at UUC. Having always worked for myself and not a part of communities, the first years were overwhelming. Being part of such a large organization was challenging. I was lucky; I made friends with a church member who has mentored me with great patience and tenderness. Through the Women’s Council, Women’s Book Group, retreat planning and two years of UU Wellspring, I have met many delightful people who are committed members and I have heard from some who have had trouble finding their way at UUC. Now that I have gained some sense of how UUC works, I hope to be able to be able to help identify, work with, support and encourage others to take on leadership.
My husband, Chuck, and I first visited UUC in 1994 and realized that we had found a spiritual home shortly after. I have gained peace, caring, knowledge and insight from my years of involvement with this community. The music program, the services on Sunday, and the active committees that give others a chance to act out their beliefs and support the larger community are all things that I have come to appreciate and love about this church.
Chuck and I have been active in fundraising, leading the Ripples of Hope operations pledge drive in 2016 and being part of “Team Rentschler” for the Not for Ourselves Alone capital campaign. In addition, I served on the social justice committee for five years and chaired it for three, taught Sunday School, served on the Coffee Crew, was a welcoming greeter, co-organized the 100 Year Celebration, co-chaired 2 auctions for operations with a wonderful teamand both of our daughters went through the Coming of Age program. I have benefited from the Care Team after a major surgery and have felt the love and warmth of this faith community over the past 25 years.
It would be my honor to serve with the Leadership Development Committee to identify new talent, help build the pillars of this congregation and offer up some mentoring to others who are looking for a deeper role with UUC.
Bruce and I were married at UUC in 1996. We dedicated our children – Robbie, Grace and Eric – into the church and they have all participated in RE classes from birth to Coming of Age. I taught Sunday school classes for many years (my favorite was Neighboring Faiths), sang in the IGC with Grace and Eric, participated in the women’s retreat and triathlon team, and attended Memorial Weekend Seabeck retreats.
In 2018, I retired from 26 years as a pilot for American Airlines, last flying the B-777 all over the world. I did volunteer work for my pilot union and my women pilot social organization.
I care deeply for UUC and appreciate the many friendships I have made here. The need for a liberal faith community has never been greater and I would like to see this church flourish and be a force for good in Seattle, as we forge ahead into this century and these times.