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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
312 Fillmore Street
Staten Island, NY 10301
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Program Committees

Our Committees

Committees form the backbone of our congregational life. You are warmly invited to participate in the committees (with a few exceptions.)

Please contact the chairs named below or Vice President Rafaella Iosue for more information about the committees and how to become a member, or if you have a concern about their area of interest.


Ongoing Program Committees


Coordinates art displays, performances and the Spring Arts Festival See the Arts Program page.

Chair:  Larry Schwabacher


Buildings and Grounds

Maintains church property to assure safety, cleanliness and code compliance.

Chair: John Adrian


Caring Team

Provides support at times of need and transition, such as adoption, birth, death, illness or moving.




Committee on the Ministry

The COM listens to the concerns of the congregation about the church and minister, as well as the concerns of the minister, and serves as a liaison between the congregation and the minister.



Ensures the flow of communication among the congregation, Trustees, Minister and the greater community, through the press, web and social networks.

Chair: Ruth Benson



Coordinates the business operations of the church to ensure fiscal integrity, effective use of personnel and inter-committee fiscal cooperation.

Chair: Stan Hellman



The Flower Committee provides flower arrangements for the Sunday services, with special flowers at Christmas, Easter and at memorials on request.

Chair: Marilyn Brook


Growth & Long Term Planning

The Growth and Long Term Planning Committee addresses the long-term issues and growth of the church.




The Hospitality Committee arranges for availability of refreshments after the Sunday service.

Chair: Randal Leason


Membership & Welcoming Congregation


The Membership Committee welcomes visitors to our church and its programs and keeps members engaged. Provides support at times of need and transition, such as adoption, birth, death, illness or moving.



Memorial Garden

Administers the Memorial Garden. See the Memorial Garden page.

Chair: Joan Pipkins



Supports special music programs and maintenance of church instruments.




Nominates Executives and Board members for election by Congregation. Members are elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting

Nominating Committee 2014: Susan Flynn
Nominating Committee 2014: Sarah Dolinar

Nominating Committee 2015: Jim Franz
Nominating Committee 2015: Kathy Santo



Religious Exploration

Provides religious exploration experience for our youngest members, from pre-school through high school. See the Religious Exploration page.

Chair: Mary Hernandez


Small Group Ministry

The Small Group Ministry welcomes new participants into small covenant groups, and supports small group coordinators.

Co-Coordinators: Judy Davison & Jill Hueckel


Social Justice

Raises consciousness about and leads action about social issues. See the Social Justice page.

Co-Chairs: Sally Jones & Raffaella Iosue


Worship Arts

Works closely with minister and music director to ensure the Sunday service meets the needs of the congregation.



Ad Hoc Committees, Committees of One & Special Events


The Bylaws Committee updates and revises the Church Bylaws. Any changes are submitted to the Congregation for approval.  


Plans and organizes the annual drive for pledges to support the Church budget.

Board of Trustees


Church Historian/Archivist

Records and retains the history of UCSI.

Historian: Randal Leason


Denominational Affairs

The Denominational Affairs Committee keeps the church informed of the activitites of the UU Area Council, the UU Metropolitan District and the international UU Association.

Chalice Lighters: Mary Campbell
Metro District & UN Envoy: Virginia Allen



Greening of the Church

Decorates the Church for Winter Holidays.

Coordinated by: Religious Exploration Committee, Membership Committee, Flower Committee


Jolly Holly Fair

The Jolly Holly Fair Committee plans and holds the yearly seasonal fair, a major fundraising event.

Chair: Steve Nutt



The Library Committee maintains and enhances the quality of the Church library.

Chair: Randal Leason



Reviews personnel policies and procedures, and offers guidance in personnel disputes.



Spaghetti Dinner

Spring fundraising event to benefit the Religious Exploration program  

Spiritual Cinema

Monthly showing of challenging films followed by discussion.

Curated by: Harvey Rosenfit


Spring Auction

The Spring Auction Committee plans and holds the yearly silent auction, a major fundraising event.




Church Steward collects and records contributions to UCSI.

Steward: Rafael Martinez-Perez


Summer Forum

Yearly Summer Sunday Service Program from June through August.  

Super Bowl Party

Fundraising event organized by the Men's Group  




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