BFUU’s Nominating Committee presents the following slate of candidates for election to the Board:

Regular 2 year term
Margaret Hurlburt (she/her) is currently the Board President and has been coming to the Fellowship for many years. Margaret has been active in the Choir, Chair of the Music Committee, and has taken part in many events and concerts. She has also been active in the Social Justice Ministry. Some projects she has worked on include going to ICE detention centers and protesting the internment of children, going to Climate Change marches with BFUU, helping with concerts and dances and the ukulele group at BFUU, and organizing making soup at BFUU for Consider the Homeless.

Mike Gardner (he/him) My adventures with BFUU began when my first wife and I were married in Fellowship Hall in 1967. We began attending and were inspired by the spiritual message of the minister, Clark Olsen, and his activism, and that of the Social Action Committee, now the SJC. We joined the Fellowship and became active members. In 1980 I stepped away from BFUU.
However, after years of trials and tribulations I realized that again I was seeking to grow and express a sense of spirituality for both my political and scientific interests. In 2014 I rejoined BFUU, along with my wife Jinky. Since then I’ve been a member of the Ministerial Relations Committee, a member of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees. I’ll work on the new Board to help keep things moving forward spiritually, socially and financially .

Phoebe Sorgen (she/they) became a BFUU friend 27 years ago when she enrolled her boys in the RE program. Though unavailable on Sunday mornings due to work, she became active via the Social Justice Committee, which she eventually chaired. After becoming a BFUU member, she was elected to the Board during the time that BFUU transitioned from lay led and hired Rev. Kurt Kuhwald in hopes of increasing membership. She served on the then newly reconstituted Personnel Committee, and has also been on the Aesthetics and Nominating Committees.

Alternates – 1 year term
Ben Burch (he/him) I grew up in Davis, and attended a UU Sunday school at the Davis Fellowship (later Church) in the ‘60s, and was later involved in LRY (UU youth group) there as well. After flirting with anthropology and East Asian studies (BA and MA), I got a library degree, and worked in that area until my retirement in 2009. I was already active in BFUU at that point (having joined around 1997), and continue to do, having served on the board several times. Currently serving as Treasurer, I hope to continue to play a role in making BFUU a sustainable beacon for our 7 principles, as well as continuing to move us toward truly building a beloved community, and at the same time encouraging us to bring our principles to our participation in the broader local community.

Tom Luce (he/him) In 2000, Tom joined his hometown – Barre, Vermont – UU Church because they were the only church supporting the same-sex marriage law. As an already defrocked Catholic priest for having married, this was a final departure. And now another personal social justice fight. After retiring from teaching in his hometown and moving with wife, Judy, to Berkeley in 2005, Tom, as a member of Oakland UU, began working in 2006 with Cynthia Johnson on the “Declaration of Peace”, a national campaign for stopping the Iraq war that was proposed at the GA in Louisville Kentucky as an AIW. Soon after, he joined BFUU and has continue