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  • Finance Committee

    Chair
    Linda Warren - AUUC - 2017

    Linda Warren

  • Membership Committee

    Membership
    Karen DeCamp - AUUC 2017

    Karen DeCamp

  • Worship Committee

    Worship
    Naomi Frost-Hewitt

    Naomi Frost-Hewitt

  • Social Justice

    Social Justice

    Gayla Keesee

  • Julie Evonna

    Adult Religious Exploration
    Julie Evonna - AUUC - 2017

  • Youth Religious Exploration

    Youth Religious Exploration
    AUUC - Debbie Brown - 2017

    Debbie Brown

  • Building & Grounds

    Building & Grounds
    Neil Miller - AUUC - 2017

    Neil Miller

  • Fun Committee

    Fun
    Lynne Harrison - AUUC - 2017

    Lynne Harrison

  • Disbursing Treasurer

    Disbursing Treasurer

    Disbursing Treasurer

  • Nominating

    Nominating

    Mary Caldwell

  • Committee on Shared Ministry

    Committee on Shared Ministry

    OPEN; to be elected by the members of the Committee on Shared Ministry.

  • Our Minister: Rev. Debra Guthrie

    Rev. Debra Guthrie
    Debra Guthrie

    Rev. Debra Guthrie came to us fresh from her internship in Leominster, MA; before she was even ordained. The match has proven to be beneficial to both the church and Debra. She was ordained in Jan 2018 and the church renewed her contract beginning August 2018 with an increase in time to ¾ time. We are growing together.

    Her current ministry has a very southern flavor, relies heavily on story and metaphor; it centers on relationships, vulnerability, and holding tension in the middle.  She received her M.Div. from Andover Newton Theology School in 2015, with an additional certificate in pastoral care. She completed Clinical Pastoral education at Hebrew Senior Life She has a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from East Carolina University. Her concentration was in ceramic sculpture but she abandoned the medium after graduation. She enjoyed a number of years as a relatively successful gourd artist.

    She decided to pursue ministry in her late forties after having a myriad of jobs including floral designer, corrections officer and dish washer, among others. She believes opportunities to meet people and make friends across lines of difference as one of the greatest blessings in life.

  • Our Music Director: David Brown

    David Brown - our music director

    David Brown, our part-time Music Director, is working hard to fill our sanctuary with music on Sunday mornings as accompanist, solo pianist and director of the Principle Singers. David is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Fine Arts Department of USC-Aiken. He received a B.M. in Piano Performance from the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam, NY and a Masters in Music Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, NYC. He teaches piano privately in Aiken, and has accompanied the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and the Montclair State University Chorale, as well St. John’s Methodist Church Chancel Choir, and the USC-Aiken Concert Choir. He performs regularly in jazz and other groups in the region.

  • Member-at-Large

    Member-at-Large
    John Heffley - AUUC

    John Heffley

    John relocated to South Carolina in 2006 after many years in the wholesale florist business in the Washington, DC, area. In addition to his volunteer work with the AUUC Board and Finance committee, John is active in several Aiken community organizations.

  • Our Office Administrator: Heather Nall

    Heather Nall - AUUC - 2017

    Heather Nall, our part-time Office Administrator, is happy to join the AUUC family! She is a senior at USCA majoring in psychology and a volunteer at several local organizations that support the needs of the Aiken community. Heather is active on campus with groups such as Horticulture Club, and Neuroscience Club. You can always connect with Heather over a good book, a beautiful flower, or anything science fiction.

  • Our Youth RE Coordinator: Debbie Brown

    AUUC - Debbie Brown - 2017

    Debbie Brown, our interim Youth Religious Education Coordinator, is continuing to develop the faith community among our school-aged congregants. Her focus is to create a Montessori-style environment of love, respect, fairness, and creativity in which children can safely explore their own spiritual and artistic voices. Debbie retired this year from a career as a teacher of Visual Art, Photography, and Puppetry at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, in Augusta, and public and private schools in New York City. She received a BFA from The Art Academy of Cincinnati and an MFA in Sculpture from Syracuse University, with additional coursework in adolescent development and teaching children with special needs. Debbie is a plein air watercolorist and teacher/performer of Bunraku-style puppetry. In 2016, her Puppetry class performed an original Bunraku play about forgiveness, adapted from Jon Muth’s book, Zen Shorts, as part of an Intergenerational Service at Aiken UU.

  • President-Elect

    President-Elect
    Claire-Helene Horne

    Claire-Helene Horne

    Claire-Helene Horne relocated from New Hampshire to South Carolina in 2010 with her husband and dog companions. Soon after, she joined the Aiken Djembe Drumming Circle, then Sisterhood-of-the-Spirit and other AUUC groups. She officially joined AUUC in 2013. Claire has over 20 years of Human Resources Management experience. She has served at the local and state level of Human Resources Associations for several years. She has been on the AUUC Personnel Committee since 2014.

  • Board President

    President
    Sam Dack - AUUC 2017

    Sam Dack

    Sam and Leslie Dack moved to Aiken in 2002, being drawn here by their occupation as equine professionals in Dressage and 3-Day Eventing.  Their search for a spiritual community brought them to AUUC in 2005 and Sam completed the leadership course at The Mountain in 2008.   He has now served on multiple committees and is on his third term as President of the Board.