Teams at Wildflower
Teams do much of the work of the church with our mission as their guide — growing spiritually together, spreading love, justice, and joy! The church benefits from many individuals’ contributions of their time and talents. No task is too small to contribute meaningfully to our community. Team members often develop close bonds while working together, and you don’t have to be a member of the church to participate. If you’re interested in serving on a team, contact the leadership listed below. We’d be glad to have you!
The leaders of each team meet with the Board regularly in a loose-knit group called the Team Council. The Council helps coordinate the teams’ work to better serve the church’s needs.
This team supports the development of adult classes and small groups at Wildflower to facilitate people’s spiritual growth informed by the UU principles and sources and Wildflower Church’s mission, values and goals. The team designs innovative offerings for members and visitors, and recruits facilitators to lead them. The Young Adult Group is an offering this team provides for those between 18 and 35 (contact Rev. Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Worship team works with the minister, any guest speakers, the music director, facilities, and more to put together cohesive, inspiring worship services. Their team mission is:
1. to ensure that every worship service is carefully planned and conducted so that congregants have fulfilling worship experiences and feel welcomed into the space;
2. to support the minister in providing meaningful, creative worship that invites our members forward on their spiritual journeys.
We also are committed to create welcoming experiences that create good first impressions for visitors (contact Robin Loving at email@example.com).
Music Director: Elke Baitis
Music is a vibrant part of Wildflower’s spiritual expression and the Choir has been a significant part of its history. The Choir sings two Sundays a month except for the summer months and there are amazing talents in our congregants and occasional guest musicians that make for spirited special music on non-choir Sundays. We engage in an array of music genres, including classical, folk, blues, rock, show tunes, gospel and mariachi. We invite anyone interested in joining the choir or providing music for a worship service to contact us.
This team performs maintenance on and makes minor repairs and improvements to the areas of the campus we occupy, and works with other Wildflower teams and groups on projects and events involving physical facilities &/or audiovisual support. The Interiors Team guides the creation of physical spaces that reflect our UU principles and multicultural values (contact Mary Ober at firstname.lastname@example.org). We also collaborate with Faith Presbyterian on physical plant and safety matters as necessary; our Space Agreement Team meets regularly with a similar delegation from Faith to discuss issues arising from our lease agreement and shared campus arrangement. We develop policies and implement procedures for dealing with threats to the safety of anyone on the campus, and review requests from outside organizations to use our leased areas. We make recommendations to the Board as necessary on all matters within our purview.
Learn more about our Facilities policies.
The Social Action Council (SAC) is an umbrella group for justice work in our community. Its teams emerge around issues pertinent to the congregation in each calendar year and are guided by the intersectionality of our internal Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism work, the areas that our neighbors feel are important, the initiatives of our community partners such as Austin InterFaith (email@example.com) and TXUUJ.
Our climate action team is an anchor in our justice agenda (contact Susan Lippman at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This team began in the spring of 2018 to address the diverse issues and needs of our diverse disability community at Wildflower. Our 2018 goals prioritized eliminating all architectural and physical barriers to full inclusion and accessibility for children and adults with disabilities at Wildflower. We are actively working with Faith Presbyterian church to eliminate all defined barriers and hope these will be resolved by this year. In 2019, our team expanded our outreach goals to provide information, education and referral to fellow Wildflowers with their questions and concerns about all disability related issues. We are also in process of developing education and training for other Wildflower teams about disability etiquette and culture. The DAIA team is a small yet committed team of diverse Wildflowers with personal and or unique professional experience in the disability field. We meet approximately quarterly and communicate mostly by email in between meetings.
This team is working to help deaf people in Austin and surrounding area see us as facilitating their communication and spiritual needs through ASL interpretation. We also want to support the integration of deaf participants into our congregation first through engaging effectively with them and then through supporting their connections with our church life.
The Fun & Fellowship team is exactly as it sounds! We are singles, couples, families and neighbors, looking to share fun activities with other Wildflowers and visitors! Our new team and coordinators are starting off 2019 with Family Game Night, on the 4th Saturday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. We are also in the process of adding fantastically fun coordinators for passionate Wildflowers: Shelia Rae and Rebecca Fletcher are co-coordinators of Arts & Crafts, Mark Briody is the Theater coordinator, and Rebecca Fletcher and Ike Eickstaedt are co-coordinators for Karaoke. Do you have a passion in a specific area or areas you’d love to share? A bit shy but ready to come out and play? Let us know if you’d like to be a Fun & Fellowship coordinator for your fantastically fun passion. Ideas for future events/coordinators are endless, but examples are: nature walks/hikes, doggie walks, star gazing, camping, comedy clubs, museums, canoeing, edible plant walks, native plant walks, herbal crafting, visiting Austin’s garden centers like Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and Zilker Gardens, Foodies unite!, Food Trucks Anonymous and so on. Our location at Wildflower is wheelchair accessible, and every effort will be made to select accessible locations for off church ground events.
The Care team provides meals, rides, and friendly visits to support the well-being of Wildflower members and friends going through difficult times. Call or write them if you or a friend is going through an illness, isolation, birth, end-of-life, or any situation that could use a helping hand.
Contact the team by email or 512.428.9464.
The Membership Orientation team focuses mainly on making sure new visitors feel welcome and have an opportunity to know more about our church. They offer Wildflower Church orientations to assist people in understanding Wildflower’s culture, structure and history and how to become involved in its life including becoming a member or pledging friend.
Contact us to learn more about becoming a member.
Communications and Tech helps the whole church publicize its programs and its active justice agenda from a strategic and operational perspective. Roles include identifying improvements to enhance our publicity and communication tools and practices, keeping our church visible on social media, updating the website, and assisting teams with needs as they arise.
The Finance team develops and oversees the annual budget. They work closely with the Treasurer of the Board to execute audits, track spending and contributions, and promote the financial health of the congregation.
Plans and implements fundraising events that will support Wildflower’s general budget and specific initiatives. Contact Michelle M. at fundraising.