Covid-19 Info & Updates

UUS is currently in Phase 3 of our Covid-19 reopening plan. Services are multiplatform, with both in person and virtual participation.

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General contact information

Unitarian Universalist Society
2355 Oakdale Road
Coralville, IA 52241

319-337-3443
admin@uusic.org

We are currently seeking a Director of Lifespan Religious Education. Click here for more information.

Minister

Rev. Diana Smith : Minister

Rev. Diana Smith

Minister

minister@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Rev. Diana Smith 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 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 Life

Peggy Garrigues

Director of Congregational Life

dcl@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Peggy works with visitors and new members, 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
Marsha Thrall : Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Marsha Thrall

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

education@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Marsha oversees education programs and helps families connect at UUS. Learn more

Availability:

Part-time Staff

Alex Heetland : Director of Congregational Music

Alex Heetland

Director of Congregational Music

music@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Alex is responsible for the overall leadership of the music program, including the choir. Learn more

Available:

  • By Appointment

 

Jeff Walberg : Publicity and AV Coordinator

Jeff Walberg

Publicity and AV Coordinator

publicity@uusic.org

Jeff chairs the Publicity Committee, which assists UUS groups in event promotions and manages all public-facing digital and print communications. Learn more

Available:

  • By appointment
Nik Jakob : Administrative Assistant

Nik Jakob

Administrative Assistant

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

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

  • Thursdays 11 am to 1 pm
  • Fridays 9 am to 2 pm
  • By appointment
Anna Rode : RE Assistant

Anna Rode

RE Assistant

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

Anna provides administrative support to the DLRE and religious education program, including overseeing the nursery and childcare for Sunday services and events.

Available:

  • Most Sundays during services.
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
Ron Wright : Building Steward

Ron Wright

Building Steward

admin@uusic.org
319-337-3443

Ron is responsible for general maintenance of the UUS building and grounds. Learn more

Available:

  • Contact the UUS office for maintenance requests

Affiliated Community Minister

Rev. Lois Cole : Affiliated Community Minister

Rev. Lois Cole

Affiliated Community Minister

community.minister@uusic.org

Rev. Lois 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