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 Leadership Council. The Council helps coordinate the teams’ work to better serve the church’s needs.

Ministerial Search

Team Chair(s): Cathy Cramer
search@wildflowerchurch.org

Wildflower Church is searching for a new minister to begin in August 2020! For more information, see the Ministerial Search page.

Children’s and Youth Religious Education

Team Chair(s): Piaf Azul
dre@wildflowerchurch.org

Under the leadership of the director, Wildflowers assemble to create and support learning opportunities for children and youth that are in sync with the mission and goals of Wildflower Church.

Learn more about our Children’s and Youth Religious Education programs.

Adult Programs

Team Chair(s):  Mike Ignatowski, Carol Midboe
adultprograms@wildflowerchurch.org

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 minister@wildflowerchurch.org)

Learn more about current Adult Programs

Worship

Team Chair(s): Shared leadership: Karin Wellman contact
worship@wildflowerchurch.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 greeter@wildflowerchurch.org).

Learn more about Worship

Music

Team Chair(s): Elke Baitis
music@wildflowerchurch.org

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.

Team for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Multiculturalism (TARAOM)

Team Chair(s): Melita Noel
taraom@wildflowerchurch.org
The Team for Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression, and Multiculturalism (TARAOM) is a dynamic team meets regularly to advise, collaborate, and assist Wildflower Church and its Board of Trustees with developing strategies, programs, and best practices to better achieve Wildflowers mission, vision, and goals in becoming anti-racist and anti-oppressive through the use of a multicultural lens. Specifically, TARAOM’s sponsored programs focus on how racism and oppression show up in our interactions with one another and in our institutional systems. Additionally, this team seeks to develop increased multicultural awareness and skill in communicating across cultures, and healing from racialized trauma. It seeks to promote equity in our bylaws, policies, procedures, and practices both systemically as well as organically in our church culture and through our community engagement.

Facilities & Safety

Team Chair(s): Allen Fisher, David Lawrence
facilities@wildflowerchurch.org

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 interiors@wildflowerchurch.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

Team Chair(s): Mike Ignatowski, Debbie White
socialaction@wildflowerchurch.org

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 (interfaith@wildflowerchurch.org) and TXUUJ. Our climate action team is an anchor in our justice agenda (contact Susan Lippman at wildearth@wildflowerchurch.org)

Disability Advocacy, Inclusion & Accessibility Team (DAIA)

Team Chair(s): Susie Epstein
disability@wildflowerchurch.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.

Deaf Liaison

Team Chair(s): Faye Maxwell, Cylvia Lawrence
deafteam@wildflowerchurch.org

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.

Fun & Fellowship

Team Chair(s): Susie Epstein, Cylvia Lawrence
fellowship@wildflowerchurch.org

Cylvia and SusieThe 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 beginning in June, 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, and Mark Briody is the Theater coordinator. 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.

Pastoral Care

Team Chair(s): Faye Maxwell
caring@wildflowerchurch.org

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.

Membership

Team Chair(s): Elizabeth Suggs, Ike Eickstaedt
membership@wildflowerchurch.org

The Membership 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.
Learn more about becoming a member.

Hospitality

Team Chair(s): Paul Patterson
hospitality@wildflowerchurch.org

Twelve hospitality teams alternate weeks to provide delicious food and coffee for the Coffee Hour every Sunday after church. Each team has a captain who coordinates that team’s Sunday.
Access the hospitality calendar to see the upcoming hospitality schedule.

Communications and Technology

Team Chair(s): Sarah Riehl
communications@wildflowerchurch.org

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.

Beloved Community Relations

Beloved Community Relations concerns itself with supporting the implementation of our Beloved Community Covenant and supporting situations where this has not occurred.
Read our Beloved Community Covenant

Finance

Team Chair(s): Tommy Lukens
finance@wildflowerchurch.org

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.
Learn more about Finance

All Year Stewardship

Team Chair(s): Jan Austin
stewardship@wildflowerchurch.org
The All-Year Stewardship Team coordinates activities and events involved in using our time, talents, and treasure toward carrying out the many goals of Wildflower Church. They work closely with the Fundraising, Finance, and Membership Teams and with the Board Treasurer. The Integration Team is part of the All-Year Stewardship Team and helps frequent visitors and new members become a part of church life. Matching people’s interests and skills with ministries and activities in the congregation encourages involvement and commitment within the church’s Mission. The team also identifies potential leaders and members for church teams. The Stewardship Campaign Team is a part of the All Year Stewardship Team and leads the annual pledge campaign. Learn more about giving to Wildflower

Personnel

Team Chair(s): Martha Allan
personnel@wildflowerchurch.org

The Personnel team is the Human Resources team for our staff. This team focuses on salary and quality of work life issues for staff. Learn more about our staff.

Endowment

Team Chair(s): Sharon Mastenbrook
endowment@wildflowerchurch.org

This team, elected by the congregation, monitors and makes decisions to ensure the health and growth of the church’s endowment fund.

Nominating

Team Chair(s): Jared Jackson
nominating@wildflowerchurch.org

Nominating recruits candidates for positions on the Board and prepares a ballot for the Board elections held at one of two semi-annual congregational meetings.
Learn more about the Board

Fundraising

Team Chair(s): Michelle M.
fundraising@wildflowerchurch.org

This team plans and implements fundraising events that will support Wildflower’s general budget and specific initiatives.