Show Up, Be Counted!

Join us at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, as we elect new officers, hear Rev. Lydia’s “State of the Congregation” address, learn more about our financial situation from Treasurer Wayne Itano, and vote on our bylaws and budget for 2016-17. We encourage everyone to attend and participate in this important yearly meeting.

Your participation allows us to continue our tradition of a democratic process.  The voice of our members have final approval.  Childcare provided with RSVP to Elisabeth Kern  by Wednesday, June 1.

To view the tentative agenda, click here.

To view the budget for 2016-17, click here. You can also view the Treasurer’s slideshow here. 

To view the proposed bylaw changes, click here. Head over to view the current bylaws.

The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) presents a slate of candidates for open elected positions for the Board of Trustees, LDC, and Committee on Shared Ministry, in consultation with the Board and Minister and as called for in our by-laws. The following includes this year’s nominees:

Christiane OlivoChristiane Olivo (Candidate for President)
My daughters and I started attending the Fellowship over 10 years ago. I cherish many aspects of our BVUUF community. I am always moved in some way by Sunday services,  have been in a wonderful covenant group for more than four years and enjoy attending classes. I have been energized by serving as the leader of the LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation Task Force, as a mentor for the Coming of Age program and by bringing my passion for creative endeavors to the New Year’s Mini-Retreat. Serving on the Board offers me another means to give back to this community that so enriches my life. In my professional life, I have been a political science professor for almost 20 years and have taught at the University of Northern Colorado since 2001. One of the best parts of my job is having opportunities to travel for research, conferences and teaching to places such as Germany, Croatia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. My husband and I moved to Louisville, Colorado, in 1994. Since 2001 we have called Longmont home. In my free time I love to hang out with my daughters, going to museums in Denver, to the movies, shopping and especially traveling. I also enjoy walks around McIntosh Lake in Longmont, hiking, camping, laughing with my friends, and engaging my creativity through collage, painting, card making, writing and playing guitar.

Elisabeth Kern (2) (1)Elizabeth Kern (Candidate for Vice-President)
I became a member of BVUUF in early 2008 after feeling that something was missing in my life. It was a search for community, reason and meaning. My husband Peter saw an ad in Time Magazine, placed by the UUA national marketing campaign, with the headline: “Is God Keeping You from Going to Church?” That was exactly how I felt after visiting churches in my neighborhood and never fitting in nor agreeing with the message. Being part of the BVUUF community nurtures and supports me in everything I do.
Since becoming a member I have taught OWL, been a Neighborhood Connector and have performed on my violin at services, coffeehouses and auctions. My family moved to Colorado from Switzerland in 1997 following my husband’s transfer in his business. We have lived in the same neighborhood in Westminster for the past 16 years where we have raised our two lovely daughters, Mirjam and Sibylle. During that time, I earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Metropolitan State College in Denver followed by two semesters of graduate studies at CU Boulder. In 2007 I opened my own music teaching studio “Happy Toons” that has grown into a large community. To stay fit I enjoy walking, biking and yoga.
Wayne Itano 2Wayne Itano (Candidate for Treasurer; currently serving)
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where I attended RE at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. But, like many UUs, I did not immediately join another UU congregation when I left home for college in 1969. For 15 years I was a “UU without a church.” During that period, I graduated from Yale and then Harvard with degrees in physics, moved to Boulder to work on atomic clocks at NIST (then called the National Bureau of Standards), and met and married Christine Yoshinaga. I became an active UU again so that our daughters could receive the same kind of religious education that I had. After a few years with the UU Church of Boulder, we moved to the Fellowship, but only after they started an RE program. We have remained with the Fellowship ever since, through one name-change, three locations, and five ministers. In my 27 years with the Fellowship, I have served in various capacities – as an RE and OWL teacher (for years I was the only male in the Fellowship trained as an OWL facilitator), as a steward, as a sound-system operator, and as a member of the Finance Committee. I have held positions like treasurer or secretary-treasurer in various community and professional organizations. I hold two uncompensated scientific research positions – Scientist Emeritus at NIST and Curator Adjoint in the Paleontology Department of
the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, and I continue to publish in both areas. When I can find the time, I like to go running.
Charlie SpearCharlie Spear (Candidate for Trustee)
Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve been living in Colorado for the past 10 years. I grew up Unitarian and then decided a few years ago to return and joined BVUUF. My  career has varied, starting off in accounting and currently in software development and now I’m planning on going back to school to get my Master’s Degree in psychology. I have two sisters who also live in Colorado as well as my parents.
I have been active in a variety of groups and teams at the church.   I am currently co-leading the Social Justice Action Council, a member of the Ministerial Formation Team, a member of BVCAN, and ever so often you may see me in the back running the sound for a service or event.
Elizabeth RobinsonDiane Elizabeth Robinson (Candidate for Secretary)
I’ve lived in Boulder County since 1960.  I’ve attended BVSD schools for all except my 9th grade year (Lycee Mixte de Carthage, Carthage Tunisia) and CU for college (BEnvD. 1980) Grew up attending UU Church of Boulder, including Sunday School in the carriage house.  Was active in LRY as a teen, including being Federation president of Rocky Mountain five state region.  I have been a member of this Fellowship since 1979 (youngest founding member still active).  I have been the fellowships Grocery Certificate/ Gift Card Seller for over ten years. This last year I have sung in the choir. Before and during college I worked full and part time as a machine operator and machinist in metal shops.  After graduation I worked for over ten years in medical manufacturing in Engineering Support and Documentation. During this time, I was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. I married Peter Sartucci in 1990.  We have 2 children, Gregory (1994) and Rachel (1995). I became a stay at home mom primarily because our daughter is developmentally and physically handicapped.  We moved from Boulder to Lafayette in 1999 to live in a more accessible house, and built our own accessible house in 2010 where we live with Rachel and my mother, Pat Robinson (also a founding member, and a past president.) I enjoy crafts (beading, needlepoint, spinning, sewing), cooking, my cats, and reading.

Jim Highsmith (Candidate for Committee on Shared Ministry)

Jim HighsmithI grew up during my grammar school years in the rural Deep South on a farm near Greenville, South Carolina. My environment was conservative and evangelical, while my parents were liberal and non-theist – an often difficult juxtaposition. I remember being 6 or 7 years old going to a summer bible school because my friends were going and I thought, “Nope, not for me.” My parents finally found a UU church in Charlotte, North Carolina in late 1950’s and I’ve been a UU ever since.  I’ve been a member of 7 far-flung UU congregations ranging in size from 100 to 1,200 members and served in a range of committee and board positions. Wendie and I met and married at the UU Congregation of Atlanta. At this stage in my spiritual journey I like Rev. Tom Owen-Towle’s categorization as well as any, I’m a mystical agnostic – not able to prove or disprove the existence of a god, but pursuing the spirituality / mystical questions of life. I also like Tom’s definition of a UU – “a free thinking mystic with hands” which contains elements of both contemplation and action, similar to our “Inner Depth, Outer Focus” theme this year. At BVUUF I’ve been a worship associate; worked on the VIA and Strategic Planning committees for the last two years; participated on the stewardship committee; and recently joined the racial justice committee. I’ve participated in 6@6 dinners and am currently a member of two covenant groups.


Gail EvertzGail Evertz (Candidate for Leadership Development Committee) 
I have been a UU for 28 years after growing up Catholic in the Boston area. I have been married to Rich Evertz for seven years and have two grown sons from a previous marriage. Morgan lives in Vermont and Brett in Denver. I retired in 2009 after a thirty-year career in public education finishing the last thirteen as a director in the Boulder Valley School District.
I love being retired and do many volunteer activities including helping the Fellowship as the co-chair of Neighborhood Connectors, running the book cart, organizing the Homeless Shelter and delivering our donations to EFFA.
My other interests include singing with the Broadway Boomers, two book groups, exercising, auditing classes at CU, scrabble club and travelling. I enjoy giving my time to the Fellowship as it has enhanced my life in so many ways.


Chris RathwegChris Rathweg (Candidate for Leadership Development Committee) 
My wife and I started attending BVUUF about 2 years ago.  Though I’ve become a worship associate and active at the fellowship in various ways, I’m just now becoming an “official” member.
I was raised a Catholic in a small rural town in Ohio.  From an early age, I had real problems with what I was told to believe.  Somehow, I got inspired to know what was outside Ohio, so in my early 20’s I got in a car and headed with a friend to Boulder.  I loved it and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering at CU.  During those years I got involved in many peace and anti-nuclear protests.  Though I had a good engineering job, I again got inspired, this time, to know what was outside the US.  I quit my job and traveled the world for several years, traversing 35 countries.
Toward the end of this exploration I met my wife to-be Robyn at Tassajara Zen Center.  We married in New Mexico and then moved back to Colorado where we settled down and raised a couple kids.  Somewhere in there, we both got involved in Tibetan Buddhism and went as far as completing seminary at Rocky Mountain Dharma Center.  Our daughter is now at college, and we have a son in his first year at Centaurus high school.  We live in Louisville where we love to be outside and hike in nature.


Tonya Fish (Candidate for Leadership Development Committee)  (photo not available)


Kris Zoellner (Candidate for Committee on Shared Ministries) (currently serving, extending term, photo not available)