The Leadership Council of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing is comprised of
The Board of Trustees and the Leads of our Mission Focused Teams.
Teams are envisioned and created by the congregation. Each team is self-directed and empowered to work in cooperation with other ministry team. A board member often liaisons with each team.
USCL's Leadership Council
2022 Board of Trustees:
President Dan Maynard, Vice President Kathy Assiff, Secretary Jill Dening, Treasurer Jane Cloos, Members at Large: Chrissie Shearer. Teresa Mulford, Lucille Olson.
Our Pledge: Recognizing God as our Infinite Source and Power, we, the servant leaders of Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, are anchored in the spiritual practices of meditation, tithing and visioning. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to love and to serve!
ADMINISTRATION TEAM Lead: Jerry Podany
Mission: The Administration Team’s mission is to provide effective administration support for the ministry and its mission.
Board Liaison: Jane Cloos
Subteams: Budget, Tech, Venue Rental Task Team
Main Responsibilities: Financials, Operations, Buildings and Grounds
Lead: Jeff English
Mission: To create well planned celebration services that inspire and uplift, model Unity Principles, and include everyone
Sub teams: Music - Jeff English, Ushers - Edmund Mack; Counters - Stacey Ames; Platform Assistants Chris Janson, Choir on Hiatus
Coordinates with Design Team and Tech Team
Main Responsibilities - Sunday Service Experience
Lead: Danielle McMahon
(Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment)
Mission: To provide spiritual growth and development classes, seminars, activities and resources that support participants’ spiritual awakening to their oneness with God, each other, and all creation
Board Liaison: Dan Maynard
Main Responsibilities: Planning SALT, Classes, Workshops and Special Events like movies and concerts
Team Lead: Susan Winklestern
Board Liaison: Nancy Cody
Main Responsibilities: Oversee the cohesive appearance in all decorating designs, plan special decor for holidays, determine permanent signage, display placement, furniture, paint colors, deep cleaning
Lead: Teresa Mulford
(I.D.E.A. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Acceptance/Accessibility)
Board Liaison: Kathleen Assiff
Mission: “To promote increased awareness of the many facets of diversity in an effort to consciously practice the Unity principle of being an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for all people.”
Main Responsibilities: Coordinate with other teams to ensure Inclusion and Diversity is a consideration in their activities, review signage, graphics and displays for IDEA values, education, Facebook postings and more.
Outreach Team and Social Activities Team: CHRIS JANSON
Mission: To acknowledge the interests of USCL and the community by engaging with others in ways that advance the movement of shared spiritual awakening, incorporating Unity principles by creating oneness with God, each other, and all creation.
Subteams are active: Lunch Bunch, Caring Connections, kitchen Team, Library, Labyrinth, Lugnuts, Game Nights
TECH TEAM Lead: Greg Dening
Main Purpose - to insure best functioning and best practices for all technology
Works with Administration Team for Office computers, Celebration Team for Video, Sound and Hybrid Broadcasting, SAGE Team for Virtual and Hybrid events either on Zoom or YouTube and Venue Rental Team for rental needs for sound, video, steaming
Venue Rental E Team
Coordinates with Administration Team
Board Liaison: Dan Maynard
Event Facilities Manager: Jeff English
Book Agent: Jessica Shelton, Office Manager
This team establishes costs, sets prices, arranges staffing etc. make the Unity Campus available for non-Unity events for members, congregants, non-profits and organizations.
SUBTEAMS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE
Leads Nanette Podany
and Chris McEnhill
Schedule volunteers for serving snacks and beverages before, during and following Sunday Service. Cleaning up following service.
Also organize table decorations in conjunction with Design Team
Sub team of Outreach /Social
Lunch Bunch (Outreach): Lead Nancy Claytor
A monthly social gathering the 1st Friday of the month at a local restaurant. This is a "no-host" lunch for the purpose of socially connecting.
These gathering occur when Covid rates indicate it is safe to do so.
Sub team of Outreach/Social
Silent Prayer Team: Lead Rev. Sharon
A team of 12 people prayer with all those who request prayer support. Prayer requests come through our prayer box in the Great Hall Entry, online and by phone at 571 371-3010 (you can leave a message).
Pastoral Connections: Lead Deb Pennington
Sending out cards and making phone calls to those experiencing health challenges, grief, or in need of connection
UNITY EARTHCARE TEAM: Lead - OPEN
Although the team is not currently active, EarthCare activities continue
Styrofoam Recycling: Sybil Spencer and Lisa Schmidt
Dental supplies recycling: Lisa Schmidt
Recycling Batteries: variety of people
Also: collecting aluminum tabs to support Ronald McDonald House
Activities on the horizon: Community Garden, Memorial Meditation Forest
TEAMS ON HIATUS
As we reorganize in a time of post fire, post relocating and impact of Covid-19, the following teams are on hiatus until congregational leadership is moved to reinstitute, refresh and reorganize as they are being called to do.
Youth and Family Ministry Team: OPEN
Until our youth program re-forms, all ages are welcome into Sunday Services. There is a family area in the SE corner of the great hall as well as activities books for young people.
Mission: Rooted in love, joy, integrity and Unity Principles, we strive to provide a safe and respectful environment that enables today's youth to become tomorrow's world changers.
The Youth and Family ministry previously worked in conjunction with SAGE (Spiritual Awakening Generates Enlightenment) to coordinate our learning programs.
ORGANIZATIONAL CHART to be updated post pandemic - currently we are in the flow, serving as we are called, morphing as we are guided, and showing up in safe, supportive, loving endeavors.