Committees are composed of volunteer members who carry out the program functions of the Fellowship.  To join a committee, contact the chair or a member of the committee.


Building and Grounds Committee

Maintains the physical properties of the UUFD in a safe and frugal manner. Maintenance includes sidewalks and lawn, trash collection, fire equipment and safety signs, technical equipment, enhanced listening devices, and appliances. The committee also advises the Board on maintenance issues.

Members: Jon Luckstead, Craig Reber, Frank Potter (chair)


Care Committee

  • Acknowledges and supports fellowship members and friends who are ill or in other serious circumstances
  • Manages the use of the church for weddings and memorial services
  • Helps congregation members plan for the end of life

Members: Gail Guenther, Wendy Woodhouse, Samuel Felderman (chair)


Finance Committee

Manages the congregation’s financial resources, raises funds from members each year to finance the operating budget, and works toward enhancing the congregation’s quality of life.  Its function includes fundraising, budgeting, pledge record-keeping, bookkeeping, audit, and finance.

Members: Gene Schaul, Merilyn Tommaro, Jerry Guenther (chair)


Library Committee

  • Supports Sunday services and promote exploration of Unitarian Universalist principles
  • Facilitates intellectual and spiritual growth of our members
  • Assists in “doing church” (managing, developing vital UU fellowship)
  • Makes noteworthy UU books, DVDs, and other materials available to members and friends with a special emphasis on publications from Beacon Press, Skinner House Books, and Tapestry of Faith
  • Keeps an updated catalog of books on the UUFD webpage

Members: Pam Kress-Dunn (chair)


Long-Range Planning Committee

Purpose: Research, plan, and implement a process to determine UUFD’s future. In all stages of the process the committee works closely with the Board, congregational leadership, and the congregation as a whole.

There have been two Long-Range Plans prepared for the Fellowship: in 1991 and in 2004. It’s time to revisit those plans and to engage the congregation in determining our shared values & beliefs – what’s important to us as a community. And to identify the actions we want to take to build on those priorities – to chart the course for our future. 

Members: Jerry Guenther, Frank Potter, Nancy Turner, Tam Prenosil (co-chair), Amy Ressler (co-chair)


Membership Committee

Promotes recruitment, engagement, and retention of members of UUFD.

  • Recruitment includes introducing and welcoming people to Unitarian Universalism and the Fellowship of Dubuque.
  • Engagement includes facilitating the journey from visitor to member, as well as encouraging participation in fellowship activities.
  • Retention includes promoting connection and belonging within the fellowship, as well as working to meet members’ needs.

Members: Diane Baker, Karen Buechele, Judy Nauman, Marilyn Schroeder, Katie Heil (co-chair), Amy Ressler (co-chair)

   *Looking for a volunteer to serve as chair.


Program Committee

The committee’s main work is in the planning, preparing, and presenting of weekly Sunday services for the UUFD. Committee members typically function as facilitators at Sunday services. The committee seeks to select individuals from the fellowship, the local community, and beyond to provide quality, engaging Sunday presentations that relate to the mission and principles of the UUA.

Members: Jean Becker, Calvin Gatch, Pam Kress-Dunn, Judy Nauman, Ed Zaccaro, Bob Dunn (chair)


Religious Exploration (RE) Committee

The RE Committee seeks to deepen the spiritual life of the Fellowship’s children, youth, and adults through engagement and exploration of the Six Sources. We will strive to educate ourselves and our community in religious practices and texts and to help each other grow together as we intertwine our physical lives and knowledge with the spiritual. Through offering engaging and compelling religious education programming, we will instill and support a deeper understanding of our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources.

Members: Pam Kress-Dunn, Jo Ellen Langerman, Linda Ressler, Cyndi Hartley (chair)


Social Action Committee

The purpose of the Social (Action) Committee is to inform and educate congregation members and the public in areas of social concern, find ways and means to rectify social injustices, sponsor and support groups organized to deal with social problems, and develop leaders to foster a just and peaceful world.

Members: Diane Baker, Frank Ebersold, Jo Ellen Langerman, Tam Prenosil, Cyndi Hartley (chair)