Keeping the Faith Awards

to honor those who have worked to keep Unitarian Universalism alive in their community and who touch the lives of congregation and community members in a positive way

Rita and Marty Webb
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Eau Claire

Throughout their association with the UU Fellowship of Eau Claire Rita and Marty Webb have worked to make it run smoothly. They do so in small, often unnoticed ways as well larger more public ways. They were instrumental in starting a successful auction project six years ago and the Unitarian Concert Series nine years ago. They continue to work on and support both of these projects. They have overseen the all important “set up” and “clean up” function at Fellowship events. Rita has worked on Art Paks, Mitten Trees and Alternative Marketplace projects and has worked to keep the sanctuary and social hall more aesthetically pleasing. Marty has been the Fellowship treasurer, bursar and building coordinator. They are both actively involved in making the greater Eau Claire community a better place through hunger projects, fighting urban sprawl, local access television, transit issues and much more. Their good works extend internationally to Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and Latvia as well as involvement in Amnesty International. They are models of social responsibility.

Joan Kline
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winona

Joan Kline has organized the various threads of her small fellowship to create a sturdy cloth that continues to expand. She served as congregation treasurer for five years. She is the congregation web master. With quiet persistence she completed the many steps necessary to make the web page a reality and she is fastidious about keeping it accurate, current and well designed. She is also the congregations historian and archivist. She was instrumental in establishing a Membership Caring Committee. Joan helped set in motion the fellowship affiliation with the UUA, including major contributions to writing the mission statement and bylaws. Her sense of the importance of details like an up to date membership list and accurate financial records brought the fellowship to a more focused and useful organizational base. This in turn led to steady growth and affiliation with the UUA. She is also active in the greater Winona community with educational and philanthropic organizations.

Nancy Atchison
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

For more than five decades Nancy Atchison has demonstrated her dedication to the Unitarian Universalist principles in the many leadership roles she has undertaken. In addition to a stint as President of the Board of Trustees, she has been chair of the R.E., Social Action, Fellowship, and Building and Grounds committees at First Universalist Church. She has been a member of the committee on Ministry and the Nominating committee. She has been a delegate to 25 PSD Conferences and 20 General Assemblies. She is currently serving as chair of the All Church Council. She has been a trusted advisor to the ministers at the church and an anchor for lay leaders. Her involvement in the community has been extensive and includes twelve years on the Edina School Board. She is currently playing a leading role in FamiLink, which provides one-stop referral support services to families in need. As a member of one of the oldest congregations in Minnesota, she has maintained her devotion to its historic traditions through good times and bad. She is a sterling example of a keeper of the faith.

Social Justice Award

to pay tribute to those individuals who witness to the ideals of social justice and responsibility so important to our Unitarian Universalist heritage

Youth Award

Katie Sullivan
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

Katie Sullivan is carrying forth with pride and strength the Unitarian Universalist heritage of commitment to social justice. For two years she has been on the planning committee for “BagelCon,” a large PSD youth conference. She is also on the Planning Committee for Youth Worship at First Universalist and is a resource person to the OWL and social justice classes at First Universalist. In her community she stands out as a co-founder and leader of the Gay-Straight Alliance at St. Paul Central High School and of the community task force that worked to establish a GLBT Center for community youth in St. Paul. She participates in a speakers bureau on GLBT issues. She has organized and presented teacher inservices on GLBT issues. She represented her school at a national leadership workshop. With her gentle strength and absolute commitment to living the Unitarian Universalist principles she challenges people to build bridges of respect.

Adult Award

Social Justice Committee of the Bismarck Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Bismarck Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Social Justice Committee of the Bismarck Unitarian Universalist Fellowship initiated and carried through a five-year program called Interfaith Dismantling Racism Task Force. They invited and were joined in this task force by Presbyterians, Catholics, United Methodists, the local United Church of Christ, the United Tribes Episcopal Ministries, the Hebrew Congregation, and the AFL-CIO Religion and Labor Committee. The IDR sponsored anti-racism workshops, multi-cultural family fun events, special events for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, for Yom Ha Shoah, a mass of reconciliation with Native American ceremonies, and many, many other activities. The Social Justice Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan UU Fellowship has served as a catalyst for positive change in their own congregation and in the greater Bismarck and Mandan community. These individuals have continually affirmed and promoted the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. They are an example to Unitarian Universalist congregations everywhere.

Ellie Morton Award

for outstanding work in religious education

Andrea Purdy Heier
Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka