Our Ministry is organized into five Circles. Each Circle has a coordinator who, in consultation with the Minister, provides leadership in one of the key areas of operations: Growth and Learning, Pathways, Social Responsibility, Stewardship, and Worship and Welcome. (A description of the five circles and the groups or committees that belong within each circle can be found under the “Groups” tab on our main menu.) Our Circle Coordinators commit to:
- Coordinate and support the work of the committees and groups that make up the Circle.
- Ensure that all activities within the Circle are consistent with the Mission, Ends, and Goals of the congregation.
- Be an active member of the Ministry Council, communicating with the Minister and staff, other Circle Coordinators, and congregation the purpose, goals, and needs of the Circle.
- Communicate with and support the leaders of the committees and groups within the Circle.
- Facilitate the development of new groups in the Circle in response to the Mission, Ends, and Goals of the congregation and the needs of members.
- Provide reports, budget requests and evaluations to the Ministry Council, the Minister, or the Board as requested.
Gina Whitaker, Social Responsibility Circle
Gina has been a UU since age 16 and a member of the fellowship since 1993. Social justice activism drew her to seek a faith tradition that would echo her own commitment to advocating and supporting the rights of those who are oppressed or marginalized. Unitarian Universalism, with its long tradition of justice work and its inclusive guiding principles, has been a perfect place for Gina to both worship and work for justice and civil rights.
Gina has served on many committees at the Fellowship and also served on our Pacific Southwest District Board in the 90’s. She spends most of her time at the Fellowship coordinating the Social Responsibility Circle. She has attended 19 General Assemblies and believes we should look beyond our own church community to interact with others who are working for similar goals. She is on the Board of People of Faith for Justice, an interfaith group working for justice in SLO County. Recently, she helped create RACE Matters-SLO County, a group dedicated to diversity and inclusion on the Central Coast. Gina and her husband, Ken, share deeply their commitment to Unitarian Universalism. Gina has two grown children – Josh and Justice – who live in Oakland and Santa Fe, NM.
Jan Clarke, Pathways Circle
Jan has been a member of the Fellowship since 2005 when she moved back to San Luis Obispo. (She graduated from SLOHS in 1960.) She spent the previous 25 years in Paso Robles as an active member of St. James Episcopal Church. She was a stay-at-home mom, a bookkeeper, and a volunteer in numerous organizations. She has been widowed since 1994. She and her husband, Bill, had three children, David (Lori) a mobility mechanic and salesman from Santa Margarita, Steve (Melissa) an attorney in Des Moines, and Cathy (Jim Kerman) a Physical Therapist in La Crescenta. She also has eight grandchildren.
She serves as a Greeter and a volunteer for Joys, Sorrows, and Concerns on Sunday mornings. Jan is also active in Ladies of the Evening, the Women’s Retreat, Circle Suppers, Lit Wits, and sometimes the Women’s Discussion Group. She says, “I am so grateful to be able to call UU home. It fills me with joy to be part of this congregation, to learn, to share, and to grow together.