Laura Shemick

Vice President

About Me

Joined UCH in 1997 I joined UCH in 1997 after attending the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia for 10 years. I was raised in the UU Fellowship of Centre County, Pa. At UCH, I sing in the choir, participate from time to time in short-term projects, including preparing our Market Street property for renters, and am now the vice-president of the board, after serving two years as president. I volunteer with the church administrator in an enduring quest to sell more and more grocery gift cards to raise funds for the congregation. I grew up in State College, Pa., where I graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism. I worked at newspapers for a few years, then went to law school. After law school I worked in law firms and then for judges, where I did research and writing, and taught paralegals in community college. I obtained a master's in adult education and went on to teach school board members about how to do their jobs better. Currently, I research, write, and edit as a freelancer, and do various and sundry projects for my own home in Cornwall, Pa. (occupied by four cats and a renter), and my partner’s home in Harrisburg. I enjoy singing, reading, and home improvement projects. What I earnestly hope to accomplish as a trustee is getting the board to work better. By this I mean trustees reading materials beforehand, asking clarifying questions in advance of meetings, doing reports promptly and submitting them in plenty of time for review and questions, monitoring the minister's work in a meaningful way, and staying out of the operations end of church. Going forward, I would like to see us providing a variety of interesting (yet challenging) programs for children and adults, with our minister stimulating our brains and hearts with thoughtful yet provocative sermons, with ample funds to pay adequate staff generously, and fund our programs and outreach generously as well. I would like to see us growing in both numbers and in spiritual depth, and I would like to see us disagreeing earnestly but constructively when we disagree. UCH has supported me and disappointed me, made me laugh and made me shake my head in sorrow, given me cause to laugh and cause to cry. It is where I can speak of my highest hopes and dreams, and where I hear the highest hopes and dreams of others. I would dearly love for all members and friends to hold hands, watch out for one another, and move forward with hope and enthusiasm.

Laura Shemick