Jim Rowe (Chair)
I have been a UUCB member since 2010. During that time I have taught elementary-age religious education and Our Whole Lives (OWL), and have served on Rev. Kelly Dignan’s intern committee, the playground committee, and the GROW task force. I grew up predominantly in Madison, WI, but spent parts of my childhood in Missouri, Virginia, and West Africa. I studied Geology at Carleton College, and following graduation worked as an environmental consultant, where I met Whitney Wheeless. We have two active children, Eliot and Miles, who attend middle school and elementary school, respectively. As a family, we enjoy the outdoors, spending as much time as possible hiking, biking, camping, and traveling. I am currently Vice President of Product Development for Quest Integrity Group, an international company that provides services and solutions for industrial clients to safely and reliably manage their infrastructure.
In 1979 I joined the Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado, where I found a community of like-minded individuals whose shared values and supportive environment nurtured my spirit for more than 20 years, during which time the membership nearly doubled in number. My husband, Bill, and I moved to Boulder in 2003 and commuted to the church in Golden until we joined UUCB in 2006. At that time, this church had only half the membership we are currently enjoying. I appreciate and understand the dynamics that ensue when there is such an increase in numbers in a church community. At UUCB I served on personnel for six years, just retiring this January. I was a member and then chair of the Committee on Ministry, ending my term in 2013. This year I have coordinated the Covenant Group program and served as a group facilitator. I am also a member of the choir. I am excited about the growth and maturity of our congregation and I know we have a lot to offer to a called minister. I look forward to participating in the process of selecting the best candidate to serve our beloved community.
I’ve been a UU since 1996 and a member of UUCB since 2010. Unitarian Universalism has always been synonymous in my life with powerful friendships, creative spirituality, and radical welcome. As a teenager, I was involved in my church’s youth group and helped plan conferences, participated in Coming of Age and AYS (the precursor to Our Whole Lives), and attended General Assemblies in Quebec City and Boston. At UUCB I have been a leader in the Young Adult group, served on the Appreciative Inquiry and Growth Appreciation task forces, and am a member of the Worship Council. I am honored to be nominated for this responsibility and am excited to do the hard work of finding a minister who will embrace both the strong relationships and forward momentum of this congregation.
I am originally from Michigan, and discovered UU in 2002 while living as a chemical engineer in Wisconsin. In 2005, I moved to Boulder to study climate change (and to enjoy the progressive culture, sunshine, mountains, bike paths and restaurants). I got involved with UUCB in 2006 and became a member in 2011. I was initially involved with the Young Adult group and have expanded to broader church activities in the past few years. I organize “Wine and Spirit” events, am on the all-church retreat planning committee, and am wrapping up a two-year position on the board of trustees. During my time at UUCB, I have witnessed some difficult, but needed, changes in the church. The church has become more open to change, and young people and families are showing up and staying. I look forward to helping us find a minister that will encourage some continued change and growth, while deepening our existing traditions and community within the church.
I first came to UUCB in the early 1970s and have been an active member since 1974. In the beginning I was active on the Social Justice committee and became its chair. Our UUCB high school youth asked me to be their adult advisor for several years. I was active in the Singles Group and met my husband, Hilton, at our church. Our five children participated in RE and four went on the 9th Grade Trip. Our three grandchildren now attend UU Churches. After “semi-retiring” in 2009, I began serving as a Worship Leader, then chaired our Worship Council, co-founded our Immigration Ministry, served as a Board Trustee for five years, am now finishing my year as Past President and for the past year have chaired the Rental Lease Committee. I am committed to our church and to the progress we have made during our developmental ministry. As a Breakthrough Congregation, we are looking to our future as a congregation with a called minister. While serving on the Search Committee I will commit to our Broad Church Goals developed over the past six years and based on the original “Our Common Dreams: The UUCB Vision” and to our shared ministry.
As a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, I’ve been a member of a number of UU churches and fellowships in the Midwest and East Coast. I’ve been a member of UUCB, along with my children, since 1983. My identification as a Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist has provided me with a basis of belief to move out into a diverse, changing world in positive and socially meaningful ways. Over the years I’ve been involved with the children’s religious education program and more recently have facilitated Covenant Groups and been an active member of the Worship Council. I hope that my participation in the Ministerial Search Committee will assist the church community to call a minister who can build on the many strengths of our congregation and move us forward in ways we have yet to discover, to offer the Unitarian Universalist values of both reason and compassion to our members and our larger world.
I was born 77 years ago in Kansas City, MO, where I first learned about Unitarian Universalism. I joined First Unitarian, Denver, in 1964, where we attended for eight years. Next came First Universalist, where I was Director of Religious Education. My third and final UU church is here, when I moved to Boulder in 1982 to start a new life with Fred Cole, when we blended together our six children. That has become 14 grandchildren, and two greats! Since joining UUCB I have worn many hats: President, Membership, Greeter, Immigration Ministry, and most recently as Volunteer Hospitality Staff Coordinator. I am excited to work with a very strong Search team that LDC has put together. Because of my experience on the last search I am able to share and get us past any pitfalls we might encounter. With goals already in hand we can move forward on the path we have all worked so hard to create.