Caring for our Spiritual Home

Our Congregation is blessed with a beautiful campus on nine acres of land.  It is our spiritual home and the home to two weekday schools.  On Sundays we have between 150 and 300 people coming together to grow in spirit and Monday through Fridays we have between 50 to 70 children, teachers, and parents coming together to grow in knowledge and play.
Maintaining the buildings and the grounds requires help from everyone.  When it comes to caring for this home, we are a big family working together to ensure that our home is welcoming and safe for everyone.


As the property manager it is my duty to act as a clearinghouse for building and grounds maintenance issues, maintain all property management records, manage the grounds and maintenance budget, and coordinate
repairs and preventative maintenance.  My full-time position as Business Administrator and my longevity in the position (10 years this February!) makes some of this responsibility easier for me to handle but like with most staff positions in the congregation, it is also my responsibility to seek those in our community who can share the ministry with me.
Here are some ways everyone can help care for our campus. Which of these ways will YOU care for our spiritual home?:


  1. Report maintenance issues to me in the office.  You can do this by writing down the maintenance issue on the Maintenance Repair List on one of the clipboards located in Office 2 or the Kitchen, or calling me in the office at 602-840-8400 or emailing me. Whichever communication method is easiest for you to get the repair issue reported to me is fine.  Every Monday a volunteer will review maintenance issues reported, investigate the issue, and help me prioritize issues within the scope of the annual budget for building and ground maintenance.


  2. Pick a Campus Care Project to complete. See list and details below.

Campus Care

Here are some projects that anyone can do to help care for our campus! Contact Heidi if you are willing to take on any of these jobs and indicate a day/time you’d like to work on the task. Certificate are available for those who need community service hours.
  • Dust Sanctuary chair legs.
  • The table in Office 2 needs some TLC. The legs are loose and wobbly and the table needs to be sanded down and a fresh coat of stain applied. This is a solid wood conference table and is worth the love and care.
  • Clean the little windows in the main building.
  • Clean out the Memorial Garden pool of debris and remaining rain water.
  • Dust wooden name tag racks in Sanctuary.


Memorial Garden & Trail Cleanup
Saturday, February 4 7 AM – 10 AM

***This event was originally scheduled back in October but had to be rescheduled due to a staff member’s family emergency.***

UUCP’s Memorial Garden is a sacred space where UU’s ashes have been interred for generations and home to John Waddell’s “That Which Might Have Been” statues honoring the four young girls who were killed in a church in Birmingham, AL in 1961 by members of the KKK. A hardworking crew of dedicated volunteers is needed to join Heidi with chainsaws, lopers, and strong backs to help us hack away the dead trees and brush and haul it to the roll off dumpster that will be provided. Families with children & youth are encouraged to participate.

circle-of-trees-website-adCircle of Trees
Dates & Time: Wednesdays starting January 11 – March 1, 2017 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Memorial Garden
Cost: $10 per adult (kids are free!)
Facilitator: Heidi Parmenter

Circle of Trees is a multigenerational program of eight workshops that nurture deep connection with trees, nature, and all of earth’s living creatures. The program uses trees as an entry point to understand and connect with life on earth. Across many cultures, trees are recognized as a symbol for life on earth. We slow down, go deeper, and truly experience a connection to trees and all of earth. We begin with some lighthearted learning about trees—how they are structured, what they contribute to life on our planet—then move into appreciation for these providers of life. A ritual helps us see into the essence of trees and nature, to sense what it feels like to be a tree or another being, and ultimately to experience empathy for trees and other beings; approaches that tend toward the spiritual, rather than the intellectual, foster deeper connection. The program incorporates movement, story learning, meditation, and taking action. All the workshops will be held outdoors in the Memorial Garden, weather permitting. To read more about the program visit

Register Online by Monday, January 9