The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that the following ERUUF members have agreed to be placed on a ballot for elected positions of the Fellowship. An election will be held on June 2, 2019, at the Annual Business Meeting. Read more about the candidates below.
Candidates for Board of Trustees
My wife Laney and I started attending ERUUF in the late 90s; we “dated” ERUUF for several years and then became members. I have been married to Laney for well over thirty years, have two adult children—Leo and Keara—and my extended family includes two standard poodles.
Over the years I have been very involved in ERUUF, starting off as a Greeter, then becoming involved in social justice activities such as collecting food for the homeless at Food Lion and preparing and serving meals at Urban Ministries in Durham. Over the past ten years I have been involved in the important work of Stewardship; I currently serve as Chair of the Stewardship Team. I have also been involved with small group ministries, and I get the creative side of me fed through my involvement with the ERUUF Players Group.
I earned a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, and my professional career has encompassed market research, marketing, account management, strategic planning, and consulting. I am passionate about the future of our community and helping it live into its promise—against the backdrops of a global pandemic and (as Rev. Cayer recently shared with us) “metastatic racism.” I would be honored to serve on the ERUUF Board of Trustees.
Sara Terry has been an ERUUF member for over 20 years and has been involved over the years with UUSC, ERUUF's race equity work, serving as a greeter, gardener, Coming of Age mentor, and parent of three Religious Education graduates. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and current employee of the US Environmental Protection Agency's air quality policy office.
Sara has been an active community organizer with Durham People's Alliance and other community groups, leading efforts such as Durham's fight against Amendment One, supporting activism around criminal justice reform, dismantling racism, and organizing on environmental issues, such as current efforts for a Green New Deal for Durham. She has lived and worked in Durham since 1996 with her partner, Julie, and their three children, Sam, Jake and Emma who will all be attending UNC-Chapel Hill this fall.
I was born in 1959 to Rosetta Vaughn in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have two sisters and one brother. My life partner is Lynne Howard. I was baptized as a Presbyterian, then became an AME Zion member at age 12. I attended ERUUF in the ’90s for 10 years and was a founding member of the Pink Triangles. I visited MCC churches for years. In April 2019, I renewed my membership at ERUUF. I believe we are here to help one another. We are complements of each other.
In 1992, I founded Cedar Chest for Lesbians of African descent. My education includes a BA degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in Radio, TV, and Film, and a BSN in Nursing from East Carolina University. My working experiences include an Account Executive for WSOC-Radio, a portrait photographer for PCA International, a Nutrition buyer for Whole Foods, and a Registered Nurse at UNC and CRH hospitals for 17 years.
Nominating Committee Candidate Bios
Lisa A. Jones is a North Carolina native and retiree of the federal prison system. She spent 30 years in corrections, rising to Warden before making Durham her home in 2018. She and her wife, Ann, joined ERUUF in 2018. She serves on the Multicultural Team, People of Color, and Durham CAN. In the community, she works as a freelance justice advisor (focus is uniting criminal and social justice), is a member of the Durham Sheriff’s Community Advisory Board, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Southern Coalition of Social Justice. Lisa is on her final class for a Masters in Criminal Justice (Corrections and Behavioral Studies).
She was raised by her grandmother and in the Missionary Baptist church. Seeing it was not her true path, she nurtured her innate connection to spirit without calling it by any name, until realizing it as Unitarian Universalism. She is a writer, sports fan, and family historian.
I grew up in Indianapolis, IN, where I graduated high school with honors, and then went to Purdue University. Unfortunately, due to personal issues, I had to put my college career on hold to take care of my grandparents after my sophomore year. After my family was in a better place, I enrolled in the University of Phoenix where I later graduated with a Bachelor's in Business with an HRM certification.
I moved to Durham, NC, where I met the person who would later become my husband, John Grimes-Medlin. Rev. Jacqueline Brett officiated our marriage. He brought me to ERUUF because--although he's Christian and I'm Humanist-- he didn't want me to feel judged. At ERUUF I have never felt that. It's while here I've been involved in Pride Plus, POC group, and have spoken and had my poem entered into the ERUUF Literary Journal.
Candidates for Healthy Congregations Committee
My family and I have been members at ERUUF for approximately 10 years. You may know me from my days teaching your children in the RE program, 8th grade OWL, Adult OWL, or as a Worship Associate. I also spent some time organizing camping trips with families with young children many moons ago. I’m very happy to be nominated to serve on the Healthy Congregation Committee.
My work background is in nursing with time spent in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit before becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner in primary care. I received my Ph.D. in Nursing in 2005 and I currently serve as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill. When I’m not working, you’ll most often find me spending time with my wife, Celena, our children, Kai (14) and Maya (12), and our two dogs, Lily and Tito.
My family and I have been members of ERUUF since 2007 (or thereabouts). Here, I've discovered Unitarian Universalism and found my true faith community and congregational home. All seven of the UU principles ring deeply true to me, and over time, I've come to cherish the freedom and personal accountability to the spiritual journey that the tradition promises and supports. It's important to me that we are an inclusive community that welcomes all people with our wide expanse of beliefs, together, and tends regularly to our collective health and vibrancy. I love raising our children in the UU faith and have been an active volunteer in ERUUF's RE program over the years.
Professionally, I am a former research scientist who discovered my natural strengths and interests as a leader in HR, providing best-in-class people practices that advance business goals. I recently started my own gig, so I suppose I'm a business owner now, too. I live in Carrboro with my family—husband John, daughter Elsa, and son Eli (and our two Bengal cats, Mambo and Mitsy). We are an active lot, and I thrive on the hustle and bustle of our family life, especially watching the kids compete at soccer, basketball, and volleyball. For leisure, my very favorite thing to do is walk, particularly near the water, around a new city, or in the mountains.