Committees and Groups

If you would like to join a committee, contact the office for more information.

Elected Committees

Board of Trustees: Meets monthly to set policy, further the mission and vision of the congregation, and ensure the financial sustainability of the institution. 

Endowment Committee: Charged with the stewardship of the congregation’s Endowment. It is responsible for the raising, administration and disbursement of Endowment funds. 

Leader Development and Resources Committee: Committed to encouraging volunteerism as a form of ministry, LDR provides leadership training and resources, and recruits nominees for election at the congregation’s annual meeting.

Membership Committee: Oversees the activities of the following subcommittees: Stewardship, Fellowship, Welcome, Caring, and Outreach.

Personnel Committee: Charged with ensuring the fair treatment of all paid staff and carrying out the Board’s responsibilities as an employer. 

Appointed Committees

Committee on Ministry: Meets with the minister to provide support and to discuss shared ministry with the congregation.

Standing Committees

Adult Programs: Provides the congregation and community with educational programs throughout the year. Programs may be of a spiritual, cultural, or ethical nature. 

Caring: Reaches out to members of the congregation and provides help in times of need. Also provides refreshments for memorial services if requested. 

Children and Youth Programs: Provides a physical, spiritual, and social environment for UUCB children and youth that nurtures spiritual and ethical development. 

Communications Technology: Our I/T department, responsible for all of the technology (both hardware and software) associated with our communications (both internal and external).

Denominational Affairs: Connects UUCB to the work of the UUA and the St. Lawrence UU District.

Finance: Performs all banking and accounting functions. Considers/ makes recommendations to the Board about budgeting.

Green Sanctuary: Promotes sustainable living and earth justice for the congregation, our community, and the world.

Membership Outreach: Assists the congregation in providing a welcoming, supportive, and nurturing community in which all people can grow spiritually and in their personal ministry in service to each other and the institution. Responsible for marketing Unitarian Universalism to the larger community. 

Property: Dedicated to the care and maintenance of the building and grounds. Called upon for repairs, emergencies, signage, security, pruning, and envisioning future needs.

Rainbow Alliance: To foster understanding and support for persons of all sexual orientations. 

Social Justice: To alert and educate congregants about issues that affect us locally, nationally, and globally. To inspire congregants to act in ways that will prevent harm, promote justice, and improve the human condition.

Stewardship: Coordinates the year-round financial giving to support our budget as well as the annual stewardship campaign each spring.

Worship: Coordinates worship services, including speakers and lay-led summer services. 

 

Other Committees & Groups


Aesthetics:
Makes recommendations to and consults with other committees regarding the aesthetics of improvements to the building or grounds. 

Connecting UU Young Adults: Reaches out to and supports young adults in the congregation. 

Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS): A group for those UUs who identify with our UU Sixth Source – spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions.

Fundraising: Organizes various events to raise funds for the congregation such as the Book sale, Craft fair, UU Revue, etc. 

Fellowship Club: Aka, the Fun Club. Organizes social events like Yankee Swap & Game nights. 

Library: Provides resources for the use by the congregants in the search for religious insights into the activities of the world. 

Program Council: Comprised of leaders of each committee, this group plans and coordinates the annual calendar of activities. 

Safe Congregation Response Team: Works to prevent, address, and help resolve issues regarding harassment, abuse or interpersonal violence. Appointed by the Board of Trustees.

Small Group Ministry: Facilitated groups of 6-10 people. Twice monthly meetings foster close personal connections and explore spiritual topics.

Unitarian Universalists For American Indian Rights:  UUFAIR presents programs whose goals are to inform people about the cultures and current concerns of North American Indians as well as presenting information on other native people in the world. (www.otsiningo.com)

UU Women: Welcomes all UU women. Meets monthly, usually with a speaker, meal, business meeting, and plenty of time to socialize.

Youth Adult Committee (YAC): A committee comprised of adults, youth, and the Director of Lifespan Faith Development which plans and supports our high school youth programming.

Affiliated Groups & Activities 


Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition
: UUCB works closely with BRSC on environmental issues. 

Broome County Peace Action

Broome County Veterans for Peace 

Citizen Action: UUCB has had long and strong ties with this local progressive advocacy group working to bring positive change to the broader Binghamton community 

Children of Abraham: UUCB has been represented on this interfaith group focused on the three western monotheistic faiths. The groups hosts regular programs to increase interfaith dialogue and understanding in Broome County. 

Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW): UUCB collects food and essentials for the hungry and homeless through this Broome County Council of Churches program. 

Interfaith Impact of New York: UUCB is a member of IINYS, which is the progressive religious community’s voice for justice and peace in New York State.