Ministry Executive Team
USG’s governance structure is comprised of the Board of Trustees, the Ministry Executive Team, and the Congregation. As a reminder, here is the job description for the MET.
MET Job Description
The Ministry Executive Team (MET) manages the day-to-day operations of USG including spiritual and life-long learning programs and events, social justice activities, membership, caring, property, and finances. MET works within policies set by the Board and makes all significant decisions in collaboration with the Board. MET encourages the use of the Board’s Strategic Initiatives and the congregational Mission Statement, Core Values and Intentions when the councils and committees are setting their goals, to assure that Board, council and committee priorities and goals are synchronous.
The MET is headed by the Senior Minister; members include the Church Administrator, and two to three lay leaders. MET has the responsibility to:
- assign resources (people and money) based on the Board’s strategic initiatives and priorities,
- assign and clarify tasks to councils and committees, and
- collaborate with committees and councils to evaluate their achievements in accordance with their goals.
The MET Team Members 2017-2019
The Ministry Executive Team members are Rev. Kent Matthies, Church Administrator Gloria Guldager, and lay members Dennis Brunn, Delores Hill and Kay Weiser.
Dennis Brunn has been a member of USG since 1974. He has served frequently on and chaired the Social Action Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Share the Plate Committee. Dennis served as director of the UU PA Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) from 2011-13. He has continued as co-leader and is now a member of the UUPLAN Immigration Justice Team and the UUPLAN Board. Now retired, Dennis specialized in training and consulting with those working to improve their neighborhoods and schools through creating or strengthening active, growing grassroots organizations with clear goals. Dennis has also taught graduate students in community organizing and development. He is honored to serve on the MET and is especially interested in seeing USG grow as a multi-racial community which effectively acts upon our UU values at the community and state level.
Delores Hill Delores became a USG member in 2009. Since then, she has served as either chair or co-chair of the Membership Committee, Ministry and Programs Council, the Caring Team, and two All-church Dinners. For the past three years, Delores and her husband, Tom Ott, have hosted the Lingelbach Dinner in honor of “most-improved” students at USG’s adopted elementary school. She has also served on the Nominating Committee. Delores now looks forward to serving a two-year term on the Ministry Executive Committee. She is retired from an administrative leadership position at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in West Mt. Airy.
Kay Weiser I was a member of USG from 1987 to 1993 and I returned in 2013. Since rejoining USG, my leadership roles have been: co-chair of Ending Racism Committee (3 years) and White Privilege Group (1 year); planning team member of Teach-In I (2013) and Teach-In II (2015), Transformation Team (1 1/2 years), MLK Day of Service (3 years), Black Lives Matter Forum (2016). As a retired teacher, I can pursue interests that enrich my life: being active at USG, gardening, reading, traveling, spending time with my 6 grandchildren, maintaining cherished old and new friendships…it seems after 20 plus years of retirement, every day continues to be a snow day! I consider it a deep honor to be asked to serve as a MET member.