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:

  1. assign resources (people and money) based on the Board’s strategic initiatives and priorities,
  2. assign and clarify tasks to councils and committees, and
  3. collaborate with committees and councils to evaluate their achievements in accordance with their goals.


The MET Team Members 2015-2017

The Ministry Executive Team members are Rev. Kent Matthies, Church Administrator Gloria Guldager, and lay members Linda Bernstein, Bill Dowdall, and Jenn Leiby.


Linda Bernstein. A lifelong Unitarian-Universalist, Linda has been a member of this congregation since 1985. With her husband Mark, she raised their three sons at USG. The church community and UU values are central to her identity and functioning. Over the years she has served on many committees including the Board, the Membership Committee, the Stewardship Committee, Child Spiritual Development, the Committee on Ministry, the Share the Plate Task Force, the Retreat Committee, and currently the Caring Team steering committee. This year she co-led a book discussion group on the subject Talking About God in the ASD program and helped organize the Rebuilding Philly volunteers. One of her favorite roles, which enabled her to meet many newcomers to USG, was leading the UU 101 classes. Three years ago, she retired from her job as a Social Security administrative law judge.


Bill Dowdall. Bill has been a member of USG since 2008, but was active in USG activities for many years before signing the book. He and Barbara were married in our church’s sanctuary in July, 1969. He has served on the Stewardship Committee for the past 6 years and co-chaired the committee for the 2013 and 2014 pledge drives. Bill was also a member for 5 years of the Service Auction Committee (which he helped initiate and serves as head chef for the fall Italian Dinner), and is currently a leader/facilitator for the Adult OWL program. He will be chairing the newly formed Legacy Committee starting in June. In addition, he has coordinated fund-raising for special events and organized the bus trip for Daniel’s ordination in NYC. Bill and Barbara have two daughters, Mara and Emily. Mara is currently the settled minister at the First UU Society of Burlington VT. She and her husband Ben have a three year old son, Dean. Emily and husband Dave along with their son, Owen (18 months) live here in Philly. Bill is retired after a 45 year career in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development, freeing him to tend his Southwest Germantown garden (flowers and chili peppers) and help with the grandkids.


Jenn Leiby. Jenn Leiby has been a member of USG since 2010 and in that time she has been blessed with service opportunities. She taught Sunday School for 4 years, and is one of the writers of the theme-based Sunday School curriculum. She serves on the Child Spiritual Development committee and has had the honor of chairing the Welcoming Community Team, getting to know visitors and new members. She leads a Small Group Ministry group and participates in one with her husband, Carl. She is looking forward to serving on MET and getting more involved with the spiritual themes of the month coordination. She is honored to have this opportunity. She lives in Plymouth Meeting with Carl and daughter Zoe.