Covid-19 Info & Updates

Services are multiplatform (with both in-person and virtual participation available). Masks are required inside when in shared spaces. Masks are not required for small/medium groups who have come to a covenantal agreement. Click to learn more about our Gathering Plan and the overall UUS COVID response. Read more »

General contact information

Unitarian Universalist Society
2355 Oakdale Road
Coralville, IA 52241

319-337-3443
admin@uusic.org

Building Hours

  • Sundays: 9 am to 12 pm
  • Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesdays: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesdays: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursdays: 12 pm to 4 pm

Various staff will be at the building during these hours, but may not be available for walk-in assistance. Contact staff directly to set up an appointment.

Minister

Rev. Diana Smith : Minister

Rev. Diana Smith

Minister

minister@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Rev. Diana Smith (she/her) moved to Iowa City and began her settled ministry at UUS in August 2020. Beginning a ministry in the midst of a pandemic, devastating storms, and uprisings is challenging, and yet she is delighted to be here and building a shared ministry with UUS. As UUS's minister, she is responsible for worship and pastoral care, coordinates with UUS's justice teams and public ministries, and serves as head of staff. Learn more

Available:

  • For meetings by appointment
  • Regular work days Sunday through Thursdays

Full-time Staff

Emma Barnum : Congregational Administrator

Emma Barnum

Congregational Administrator

admin@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Emma (she/her) is responsible for the general management of the operational programs of the UUS office and facilities, including accounting and HR. Learn more

Available:

  • By appointment
Peggy Garrigues : Director of Congregational and Community Engagement

Peggy Garrigues

Director of Congregational and Community Engagement

dcce@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Peggy (she/her) works with visitors and new members, oversees the rental program at UUS, helps with outreach and program development, and supports UUS groups. Learn more

Summer Availability:
  • Tuesdays: 9:30 am to noon
  • Wednesdays: 1 to 4 pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30 am to noon, 1 to 4 pm
  • May be in the office Mondays or Fridays- check ahead of time
  • By Appointment
Nic Kaplan : Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Nic Kaplan

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

education@uusic.org
319-337-3443 ex. 103

Nic (they/them) is responsible for coordinating the planning and implementation of of our RE programming for children, youth, adults, and families. Learn more.

Available:

  • Most Sundays during services.
  • By appointment

Part-time Staff

Alex Heetland : Director of Congregational Music

Alex Heetland

Director of Congregational Music

music@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Alex i(he/him) s responsible for the overall leadership of the music program, including the choir. Learn more

Available:

  • By Appointment

 

Nik Jakob : Administrative Assistant

Nik Jakob

Administrative Assistant

admin.assistant@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Nik (he/him) assists the Congregational Administrator. His main responsibilities are updating monitor announcements, creating orders of service, and record keeping. Learn more

Availability:

  • By appointment
Barb Danielson : Communications Coordinator

Barb Danielson

Communications Coordinator

communications@uusic.org

Barb (she/her) is responsible for creating and implementing an overall communications and publicity strategy for UUS. Learn more.

Availability:

  • By appointment
Hsin-Hui Liu : Staff Pianist & Music Outreach Coordinator

Hsin-Hui Liu

Staff Pianist & Music Outreach Coordinator

pianist@uusic.org

Hsin-Hui is responsible for providing music for our Sunday services and for planning musical events at UUS. Learn more

Available:

  • By Appointment
Ruben Galvan : Facilities Coordinator

Ruben Galvan

Facilities Coordinator


Ruben (he/him) handles custodial, maintenance, event setup and cleanup, and misc. caretaking duties for our facilities.

Contact the office if you have a request or question for Ruben.

Affiliated Community Minister

Rev. Lois Cole : Affiliated Community Minister

Rev. Lois Cole

Affiliated Community Minister

community.minister@uusic.org

Rev. Lois (she/her) connects the congregation to her ministry as a hospital chaplain, and occasionally preaches, teaches, or provides other ministerial services to congregational members. Learn more
Available:

  • By appointment