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 (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 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.
Diane 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)
I 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.