Who Are the Most Recent Worship Associates?

Aarav Billore

Aarav has been a part of UUCPA since 2015. He is recognized as a thoughtful youth leader and his reflections on justice and well being have been well received. Aarav has co-led a number of services as a Worship Associate, appeared in  Time for All Ages videos, and taught the Coming of Age program which is offered to middle school age children. As part of his own religious education, he completed Eco Justice, Coming of Age and Our whole lives (OWL) programs. He is currently part of the Senior High Youth Group participating in a number of volunteer activities. Outside of UUCPA, his interests and accomplishments are in the area of Speech and Debate, QuizBowl and Wrestling. In high school QuizBowl, he received third position at US national level under the freshman rising star category.

Brian Weller

Weijia Cheng

Jane Chronis

Mary Grebenkemper

Ed Haertel

Mike McLaughlin

Steven Mashin

Thida Cornes

Who Can Be A Worship Associate?

Anyone who

is a member (including a youth member) of UUCPA

wants to engage in reflection and dialogue about the purposes of worship and the congregation

wishes to serve the people of UUCPA and our tradition

relishes opportunities for creativity and exploration of spiritual questions

views worship as part of their spiritual practice.

enjoys working as a team and getting to know members and ministers of UUCPA better.

Additionally, Amy assembles a group that will

represent the diversity of the community.

You do not have to feel 100% ready to step into the pulpit! On the contrary, a desire to learn and grow is a terrific asset to bring to the leading of worship.

Worship Associate Responsibilities

Help lead the service about once every three months.

Two or three weeks before the service, meet with the worship leader to brainstorm ideas together for hymns and other service elements.

Write a 1- to 2-page reflection on the service’s theme.

Commit to attending the three training & support sessions scheduled for the year.

For experienced WAs: When the speaker is a guest, be the host and “emcee.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Worship Associates serve? We suggest a term of three years, since past WAs report that around about 18 months, they really feel like they’ve hit their stride. This is flexible, however. For example, teens who expect to go to college before their term expires are still welcome.

When does the next term begin? This summer.

Can I teach Sunday School / go to Forum / sing in the choir, and still be a WA? Many Worship Associates have held these dual roles, since they are the WA only once about every three months.

Do I have to write and speak my own words? Ideally, yes. Some services, you might not write a reflection, if you prefer not to. However, attendees consistently say that the Worship Associate’s reflection is a highlight of the service, and WAs themselves report that delivering them is one of the most rewarding experiences, not only of being a WA, but of their time at UUCPA.

Are we leading services both online and in person? And how does that work?  We have in-person services and also hybrid services: livestreamed on the internet and also conducted for those who gather in person. We don’t ask people to do anything that is unsafe for them, so if health concerns mean that it is best for you to lead remotely, from your home, then that’s how you will serve.

I was a Worship Associate once before and would like to do it again. Should I fill out an application? Not necessary—contact Amy for a conversation instead.

Who’s in charge? Our Parish Minister, Amy Zucker Morgenstern, is responsible for the quality of our worship services, so Worship Associates are accountable directly to her. Both Amy and the Worship Associates are ultimately accountable to the congregation.

Training & Support Schedule

In order to be a Worship Associate for the coming year, you must be able to attend the three training/support sessions, so please put them on your calendar now:

Saturday, June 11, 10-12:30, in person: Kickoff Retreat, together with Worship Committee. A deep dive into what’s important to you about services and how you can shape them, as the team members get to know each other and plan the fall schedule.

Sunday, October 2, 1-2: Review, ongoing training, and winter/spring planning.

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 1-2: Review, ongoing training, and spring/summer planning.

Additionally, on Sunday, August 28, 2022 (Water Communion), you will be introduced and celebrated in a brief ceremony during the service, so I hope you can be at one of the services!

How to apply

Complete the application by June 5, 2022.

Shaping Services

If you’re intrigued, but think that being a Worship Associate is not the role for you right now, there are many other ways to create inspiring services:

Worship Arts

Sunday Services Committee

Sing in the Adult Choir

Worship Tech: to learn more about this role, e-mail the Worship Tech Team.