UUC Elected Leadership Candidate Slates 2020
The Leadership Development Committee is pleased to announce the below 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 in connection with the online UUC Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
For the Board of Trustees (3-year term):
Little did I know walking into UUC in 2004 how I would be enriched through my many experiences here – spanning Membership, Church School, Leadership Development Committee, Wellspring, Racial Justice, Not for Ourselves Alone and more. My greatest insight and learning from UUC? How a caring, connected beloved community anchors what I do and who I am. I am rooted in human services and non-profit organizations, with a strong grounding in change and transition management, a solid understanding of the role of governing boards, and an appreciation for culture and systems. I am a collaborator, a listener, and a questioner. My own compass is congruent with the values and principles of UUC and Unitarian Universalism. As I near the end of a 2-year board term, I see this as a uniquely challenging juncture for our community. My heart and head tell me that I can best serve UUC as a continuing board member – with curiosity, humility, and gratitude.
A UUC member since the late ’90s, Rosemary Daszkiewicz is completing her first term on the UUC board. She continues to sing alto with the Intergenerational Choir. Her daughters, Lee and Emma, were regular church school participants through ninth grade. Her husband, Guy, makes the occasional appearance at holidays. Rosemary moved to Seattle in 1986 to work as an employment lawyer and currently works for Seattle Children’s Hospital. She has many years of board service for a variety of non-profits including 10 years as a Trustee of Group Health Cooperative. On UUC’s board, she has focused most heavily on improving governance, work that will continue into the next few years. Rosemary sees herself as a curious questioner and a diligent, thorough researcher – with common sense, and a deep sense of the value of human relationships. In the mornings, you can find her rowing with her buddies at Lake Union Crew.
UUC is a vital source of inspiration and community for my family and I would like to deepen my connection and contribute to the mission of the church by serving on the board. I am grateful for the opportunities to learn, worship, and engage in this community. I’ve appreciated participating in Climate Action Team activities including the Bigfoot Challenge, serving in the Coming of Age mentorship program, and gathering in the Wellspring cohort. In addition, it has been wonderful for me to witness Katie’s work on the Care Team and watch as our children have grown through religious education and leadership offerings.
For the Leadership Development Committee (2-year term):
My grandmother’s 100th birthday was the catalyst for my first visit to University Unitarian Church. It was early September 2002. I, along with my husband and our 5-year-old daughter, had traveled to my hometown in eastern North Carolina to celebrate the special occasion. Part of the celebration included a Sunday service in the church of my childhood. Although I had long ago eschewed many of the religious beliefs I had been taught there, I sat in that church that day feeling a strong sense of love, connection, and community. I was simultaneously filled with gratitude for having been raised in such a community as well as the realization that this type of community was missing in my life in Seattle. It was a hole I wanted to fill – for me but also for my daughter.
I had recently learned about UUC from some new friends. It sounded promising, so the very next Sunday, my daughter and I attended a service. It just happened to be Homecoming Sunday. Serendipity perhaps? We sang the doxology – the same familiar tune from my childhood, but with different words – words that I could fully embrace. I was surprised to feel tears welling. From that moment on, I was mesmerized. Jon Luopa’s sermon seemed written especially for me. When that service ended, I knew I’d found the church home I was seeking. Within a few months, I became a member.
Since that memorable first visit, I have found a myriad of ways to become involved. Along with my daughter Meg, who is now 23 years old, I sang in the Intergenerational Choir for many years. I served as a Coming of Age mentor and on the Coffee Crew. I participated in several covenant groups. I watched with joy as my daughter grew up in the church – learning so much about herself and the world around her, as well as developing a spiritual grounding. For the UUC Stories project that was part of the Not for Ourselves Alone capital campaign, I interviewed and recorded the stories of many of our church members. What a joy that was! Most recently, I served for three years on the Care Team, perhaps the most humbling and rewarding experience I’ve had to date at UUC.
After receiving so much from UUC for so many years, it would be an honor to serve on the Leadership Development Committee to help identify and foster the ongoing lay leadership needs of this beloved community and to do all I can to help our congregation grow and thrive and make a difference in the world.
Since 2011, Becca, her husband, Matt, and their two daughters, Julia (13) and Calla (11), have been a part of UUC, increasing their connection and commitment, year by year. Becca found UUC in her effort to find community in Seattle, following the family’s move from Syracuse, NY. She and her family started out just attending services, but, little by little, their involvement has increased and deepened. Becca has participated in a Covenant Group, helped with Center Table, sung for several years with Intergenerational Choir, read at holiday services, created and co-facilitated Rise Up Rooted, and has been a Beloved Conversations co-facilitator. While she was initially drawn to the community and social justice focus of UUC, spirituality paired with leadership are emerging as new areas of interest in her UUC journey. Professionally, she is a social worker working as a therapist in private practice, where she specializes in the treatment of trauma. She is interested in bringing together her professional knowledge and skills with her curiosity and love for this community to help develop and nurture church leaders as a member of the Leadership Development Committee.
I hail from a fundamentalist Baptist background that I soundly rejected in my mid-twenties. I began attending UUC when my daughter was in her early school years, and my wife and I felt she would benefit from a UU perspective on religions of the world and from a broader sense of spiritual community. Some 14 or so years later, I feel very committed to the UUC community in which I proudly and gratefully count many close friends and I am profoundly grateful for my wife’s prescience in choosing to explore UUC.
My first volunteer activity was joining the Welcoming Team. Since then I have served multiple years on the Coffee Crew, which I chaired for one year. I recently enjoyed the privilege of serving a three-year term on the Care Team. I have helped organize and plan a number of men’s retreats and men’s breakfasts. I have also been a member of the UUC men’s group for a decade and have served as informal chair for many of these years. Between my own and my wife’s roles, I bring to LDC an appreciation for actively supporting participation in elected and non-elected roles.
I fully appreciate the importance of strong lay leadership for the church, which was illustrated in the remarkable team effort that led to the successful church remodel. While we are naturally proud of the beautiful and functional building, it feels like no time to rest on our laurels, but rather a time to build our congregation in numbers, diversity, and engagement. I recall the period of transition when I served on the Board of Seattle Academy of Arts and Science. The school at that time was largely housed in Temple De Hirsch and considering substantial growth, including purchase of its own property. As chair of the Board’s Education Committee I was tasked with the question of how to maintain the “soul” of the school while undertaking this dramatic change. Parallels exist at UUC as we settle in the new building and turn efforts toward outreach to the larger community. As the current membership ages, I see particular importance in supporting the development of leaders among younger congregants to fill the important roles so crucial to achieving our social justice and many other goals.
Judith has been a member of UUC for 14 years. She has been a Second Sunday first shift Coffee Crew member for 8 years. She completed 3 Wellspring offerings. She was chair of the LDC 10 years ago. Her task focus, problem solving skill and positive energy will serve the committee well.
My family began attending UUC in the spring of 2013. My husband and I were on a tour of churches, looking for something that could provide spiritual community for ourselves and our children. We were taken aback by the quality of the music and sermons and then were further delighted to learn about the OWL (Our Whole Lives sexuality education program), Coming of Age, and church school offerings. We continue to be inspired and re-centered by the services and the community. Over the last few years, I’ve taught the Roots and Wings church school classes, served on the Social Justice Steering Committee, participated in Intergenerational Choir and, for a blessedly brief time, helped my husband shmear the (now defunct) cream cheese bagels for coffee hour. I direct a research translation and policy center at the University of Washington that sits between science, policy and practice communities with a focus on promoting child and adolescent behavioral health and well-being. I also co-founded and now serve as a board member for a state advocacy nonprofit focused on ensuring the economic and health stability of adolescent females living at the margins of opportunity. I am very committed to supporting this community and would be honored to serve as Moderator.