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Elected Committees

Governing Board

Congregational Bylaws establish a Governing Board to manage PUUC affairs during the congregational year. Meeting on the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Governing Board is charged with managing the congregation’s business, overseeing church property, and providing recommendations to the membership for action and vote that includes approving an annual budget, appointments, and other recommendations concerning the ministry. It can appoint new committees and task forces, receive regular reports, and review and set policies. The Board calls the Annual Meeting in May as well as other special congregational meetings during the year. 

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm

President: Mary Vallier-Kaplan; Vice President, Bryan Field; Treasurer,John Saywell; Secretary, Sarah Dengler; Members: Darline Harris, Linda Scerbinski, Rhonda Barkley

Lay Pastoral Care Associates (LPCA)

Nancy Arnold, Jeannie Balfour, Tom Cowan, John Richards

Trustees of the Trust Fund (Endowment)

The Trustees administer all endowment funds of the church, both unrestricted and those restricted by the donors, currently invested through the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund. They authorize disbursements from endowment funds to the church for authorized purposes and effect the transfers. The Trustees accept and deposit any new contributions to the endowment funds. They work closely with the Finance and Property committees. The three trustees are elected by the congregation for three-year terms, one new trustee each year over three years, providing continuity.

2026 -Susan Stanbury, 2025 - Debbie Bruchez,  2024 - Jim Van Valkenburgh

Nominating Committee

This committee presents a slate of nominations to Annual Meeting for all elected positions and fills occasional vacancies during the year. It ensures membership of committees fairly represents the diversity of age, gender, duration of association, and interests of the congregation.

Linda Field, Stewart Harris, Sarah Dengler (Governing Board representative).


Standing Committees


The Worship Committee is responsible for providing non-ministerial-led Sunday worship. We create collaborative, creative lay-led worship, support congregants who wish to deliver sermons or entire services, and arrange for and support guest ministers and speakers. We also provide welcome and hospitality to ministers who come to PUUC via pulpit exchange with the minister as well as those seeking a neutral pulpit. When needed or requested, we support the minister in the preparation and delivery of regular, minister-led Sunday worship. The Worship Committee seeks and welcomes feedback and suggestions regarding all Sunday worship.

Claudia Dery, Diana Feige, Bryan Field, Robin Folsom (Chair), Paul Santos

Care Network

The Care Network at PUUC is made up of the Care Committee, the Pastoral Care Associates, and the Minister. The Network facilitates the congregation's support in times of illness, death, the celebration of significant milestones, and short-term emergencies by offering meals, visits, and phone calls. 

Care Committee: Sarah Dengler, Chair, Julie Flood Page, Meredith Martin, Anne Fischer

Pastoral Care Associates: Nancy Arnold, Jeannie Balfour

Committee on Shared Ministry (CoSM)

The concept of shared ministry was added to the PUUC By-laws in 2020, and the current Committee on Shared Ministries, or “COSM”, was formed by the Governing Board in January 2022. UU congregations with full-time clergy have also moved to this model as it helps to clarify how the congregation and the minister can work together successfully. COSM is responsible for facilitating communication and enhancing connection among the various ministries (committees) of the congregation.

Membership consists of Anne Fischer, Dottie Bauer, Jean Robins, Linda Field, Rob Eichler, and Rev Lane Fisher. The five lay people were appointed by the Governing Board; Rev Lane serves in her role as our professional minister. Terms and rotation cycle will be established soon. We met weekly for the first six months of our existence to develop relationships, orient ourselves to our task and create a vision and mission. 

  • Vision: A spiritual community where all ministries collaborate to fulfill the mission of PUUC.
  • Mission: CoSM will interweave PUUC’s ministries by enhancing communication and offering guidance and support.

We hosted a gathering of committee chairs on June 12, 2022. Each group shared their current challenges and goals, the first step in looking for commonalities and ways to assist each other. In September CoSM presented a worship service to further clarify for the congregation who we are, and to open conversation about future possibilities for PUUC.

COSM has established three priority areas for 2022-2023.

  1. Create a climate for shared ministry
  2. Support the Ministerial Review process
  3. Support the Covenant Development process

COSM now meets monthly on the second Thursday. We expect to be in contact with the committee/ministry leadership to further our work this year. We share leadership, so feel free to contact any one of us with questions.

Finance Committee/Treasurer

The Treasurer and Finance Committee oversees and manages congregational finances--revenues and expenditures throughout the church year, reporting monthly to the Governing Board.  They prepare an annual budget for Governing Board review and present it to the membership for discussion and approval. They oversee the Office Administrator in carrying out the banking and financial tracking. They coordinate with the Trustees concerning the Endowment.  

Finance Committee: Tony Brinsdon, Chari and Treasurer, Peter Harrison, Asst. Treasurer, Mark Beal, Bob Gordon, Peter Harrison, Dwight Schenk, Susan Stanbury, Vanessa Amsbury-Bonilla, ex-officio


This committee fulfills the congregation’s membership growth goals, welcomes and assimilates new members, and arranges a periodic New Member Welcome Service. It maintains the name tag board, maintains parish lists and records in compliance with church by-laws, and reports to the Standing Committee.

Susan Stanbury, Chair, Jeannie Balfour, Debbie Bruchez, Tom Cowan, Julie Flood Page, Rick Miller, Marsha Morrow


The Property Committee proposes the annual maintenance schedule at beginning of the church year and coordinates the property budget. It oversees routine cleaning, snow removal, maintenance, and repairs, arranging occasional working parties for church projects. It reports to Standing Committee in June on maintenance performance for the year.

Phil Jones, Peter Harrison, Rick Miller, Ed Morrow, Dwight Schenk, Doug Copley, Paul Barnes, custodian

Religious Education

This committee prepares for and holds monthly RE meetings. It collaborates with the Director of Religious Education regarding the children’s religious education program and with special events for children and families. Its members act as liaisons to the Sunday School classes and assist with teacher recruitment. The committee advises, assists, and evaluates the DRE, and has a level of involvement in the hiring of the DRE. It oversees the RE budget and reports to Standing Committee.

This committee is currently on hiatus until further notice

Social Justice

The Social Justice committee coordinates social outreach programs, educates the congregation on matters of social concern, and implements social policy as determined by the congregation.

It establishes and oversees ad hoc working groups on particular issues, organizes occasional letter-writing and other campaigns, and coordinates responses to UUA resolutions. This committee sponsors the congregation’s 1% program.

Susan Copley, Jane Eckert, Anne Fischer, David Flemming, Joy Flemming, Julie Flood Page, Jonathan Gourlay, Anne Huberman, Joel Huberman, Tim Riley, John Richards, Dwight Schenk, Susan Stanbury, Mary Vallier-Kaplan, Elsa Voelcker, Chase Wilson-Roeper


Rotating Committee Chairs: Sept, Oct. November: Chase Wilson Roeper

December: Julie Flood-Page

Jan, Feb, Mar: Tim Riley

April, May, June: Jane Ekert


This committee is charged with running the annual canvass ‘fund drive’ to support the church budget with pledges from members and friends. It promotes support of our church community with time, talent and treasure.

Sarah Dengler and Anne Fischer


This committee plans and promotes regular events for fun and fundraising within the congregation and out in the community. Subcommittees are formed for the Rummage Sales, Holiday Stroll, and Annual Auction.

Rhonda Barkley, chair, Susan Stanbury, Chase Wilson-Roeper, Jill Shaffer Hammond, Darline Harris, Debbie Bruchez

Community Supper

Greg Scerbinski, Dwight Schenk

Grant Writing

This committee is active in securing funds for ongoing projects such as the Community Supper and greening efforts for our sanctuary, supporting property committee projects.

Anne Fischer, chair, Rick Miller, Marsha Morrow, John Richards


This committee reviews staff performance annually; oversees staff contracts and terms of employment; deals with staff grievances; recommends annual salary awards for staff; and reviews evolving staffing needs of the congregation. It is an ad hoc committee, made up of members from committees that have staff reporting to them, such as Music and RE. It reports annually, and as needed to Standing Committee.

Minister, President of the Governing Board, other


Community Committee

Lyceum Committee

The Lyceum Committee stands a bit outside the main committee structure; it has the responsibility to research, plan, and engage 8-10 speakers for the Monadnock Summer Lyceum series, which happens Sunday mornings from late June through August each year. It functions autonomously, raises funds independently, and manages its own budget. Half of the committee members must be PUUC members, to ensure PUUC oversight. According to its bylaws, it is the only committee that recruits and holds committee members from outside our congregation with the intent to invest the Lyceum purpose with a broader community focus. This combination of church members and others from the broader community has worked very well, as reflected in the wealth of intellectual content that appeals to the large attendance on summer Sunday mornings.

Bob Haring-Smith, Co-Chair, Peterborough
Jeanne Henriques, Co-Chair, Peterborough
Marcia Breckenridge, Secretary, Rindge
Bob Gordon, Treasurer, Peterborough, Member PUUC

Gloria Anderson, Peterborough
Bob Beck, Peterborough
Eric Blackmer, Peterborough, Member PUUC
Tom Cowan, Peterborough, Member PUUC
Linda Field, Peterborough, Member PUUC
Bill Frantz, Peterborough, Member PUUC
Dorothy Minior, Mason
David Robins, Peterborough, Member PUUC
Rev. Lane Fisher, Peterborough, Member PUUC, ex officio