October 31, 2021


The UUCC Ministerial Search Team is in the process of completing the packet of information that will be shared with prospective ministers in search. We will add the results of the survey to that packet. We REALLY want to know what you think. We want to hear from you by you completing the on-line survey. It takes about 15 minutes to take. Please set aside those few minutes and filling in the survey. A lot of it is demographics so that is simple to do. If you don’t feel comfortable answering a question, please feel free to pass it by. We need your responses As Soon As Possible! LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

The link to take the survey on-line is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP69D5C

If you want a paper copy, let the Search Committee know at search@uucheyenne.org

Thank you, we’re looking forward to hearing from you,


October 28, 2021

The Survey for the UUCC Search Committee has been sent by email to everyone on the UUCC email list,
that includes members and friends of the Church. PLEASE fill it out as soon as you can, but no later than
October 31st . If you didn’t receive the email, or can’t find it, please let the Search Committee know by
emailing search@uucheyenne.org

If you prefer a paper copy to fill out, let Kathleen, 421-4496, know and she will hand deliver a copy to
you. Again, please return it to the Church no later than the 31 st of October. You can bring it during the
Church service on the 31st.

If you have questions, comments or want someone to help, please reach out to one of the Search
Committee team members: Elizabeth Thorson, 221-2858; Chuck Skinner, 640-2182; Abbey Kercher, 631-
1589; Gary Krause, 220-2324; Kayla Lyday, 214-6543; or Kathleen Petersen, 421-4496. Or you can send
an email to search@uucheyenne.org and put Attention to the person you want to respond in the subject

We really want a huge response on the survey so any prospective new minister will have a complete
picture of who we are! Thank you!

October 21, 2021

The moment we have all been waiting for is here! The Congregational Survey for UUCC’s Settled Ministry Report is ready for your input! The Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) has put together a Survey based on the one provided by the UUA. The timing on this is CRITICAL!! We must have the Congregational Report finished and filed by November 30th, 2021, which, along with other information, will include the results of this survey. We’ve heard there are a lot of potential ministers in search, so we want to be out front and ready for them to see who we are and that they want to come be our new minister!

There is a separate email from UUCC with the directions for how to complete the survey and when and where to return it. The Search Committee cannot emphasize enough how important this is for all of us. We want good current information available to present to any potential minister looking our way. Thanks in advance!


October 12, 2021

Lots of exciting things are happening with our Search leading up to a settled minister in 2022! First, each of us on the Committee is writing up a short bio along with a group photo, so everyone has a good idea of who all is serving on the committee. We will be putting lots of information on our Website (UUcheyenne.org) and on our Facebook page, and in the Weekly Newsletter email. Please avail yourselves to that info.

We are working on the Congregational Survey questions that will be going out to everyone shortly so we can gather current input from each of you! A “Beyond Categorical Thinking” virtual workshop will be extended to the Congregation in the near future so we can all go into this Search with open minds and open hearts. Through all this, we will be working closely with the UUA Transitions Program Manager.

And we’ll be setting up “Cottage” meetings with the congregation, so we go into this process knowing how you are thinking and feeling. More information will follow about each one of these steps. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? Well, it is, but we want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to provide input in helping make this important decision.

October 3rd, 2021

First Official Meeting of the Search Committee

After being officially installed during the service on October 3rd, the members of the Search Committee met briefly with Rev. Hannah after church. The first order of business, after Rev. Hannah gave the group a general overview of timelines and expectations, the committee continued to meet and assigned roles: Elizabeth Thorson, Chair; Gary Krause, Internal Communications; Kathleen Petersen, External Communications; Abbey Kercher, Treasurer; Kayla Lyday, Web Specialist; and Chuck Skinner, Helper Bee Extraordinaire (also known as “Other duties as determined”. The Committee will be meeting on a regular basis starting next Sunday. Stay tuned for regular updates.

December 2nd/ 2021

UUCC Ministerial Search Committee Update 


The Search Committee has really been going warp speed! There is a lot of information that the UUA wants us to provide for prospective Ministers in search. We have asked for and been granted an extension so we can have the most complete report. Our liaison with UUA promises to let the prospective ministers know we are a work in progress, and to hold tight till our report comes out. The time is flying by, and all kinds of deadlines are coming down the pike. Stay tuned!! 

Your Search Committee Members

Abbey Kercher

My name is Abbey, I am a wife, mother, educator, and UU. I have been a member of the UUCC for 6 years and attended for a few years before that. We joined the UUCC mainly to cultivate a community of like-minded people for our children. Living in a place like Wyoming it was very important for my family to find those who stand for others against injustice and discrimination and a community that helps you fill your own cup so that you can continue to help others.

Kathleen Peterson

Born in San Diego, California subsequently living in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and finally moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1989, not being a “church goer” Kathleen didn’t find the Unitarian Universalist Church until the late 90’s. And that was by accident; she went to a protest at the Capitol and to her surprise found several like-minded individuals and ultimately started attending UUCC due to encouragement by one of the members.  

She has always worked in the social services field beginning in Nashville and retiring after working in Cheyenne as a Medicaid Waiver Manager for children with disabilities. Kathleen has a son, Devon born in 1980 who is now a Criminal Defense Attorney in Wyoming.  

Kathleen has immersed herself in various volunteer opportunities such as Kiwanis, Davis Hospice, the Cheyenne Civic Center, Cheyenne Little Theater, X-JWC women’s club, the Laramie County Library, Habitat for Humanity, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne. She has traveled extensively.  

Kathleen’s involvement with UUCC have included activities such as Treasurer, Finance Committee, Board Member at Large, Greeter, Worship Associate, took the Shared Pulpit training, gardening for the church, Leadership training under the UUA, and other opportunities to serve the Church and its congregation. It’s her first time serving on a Search Committee.  

Her life has been dedicated to helping children and families and those underserved who find themselves on the fringes through her Church and the Community. Social Justice work is an important part of who she is. 

Gary Krause

Hi, my name is Gary and I joined UUCC in 2002. My interest associated with the church has been mainly music. I’m a musician and I love to play, sing and write music. Other interests include art, licensed amateur radio operator, cycling, Reiki and working out. I’m from a military family and have lived in Cheyenne most of my life. I attended Cheyenne Central High School, LCCC and I’m a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BA in art education. Currently, I work for the Wyoming state D.O.T. as an engineering technician and will retire in January.

Elizabeth Thorson

I have been a member of UUCC since 2005. I was not raised in any religious tradition (though I did occasionally attend Presbyterian services which impressed me with their solemn reverence), but having seen the power of church communities, I wanted to find a group that could be “my people.” I live near the church with my husband Tim and an elderly cat.

Kayla Lyday

I was baptized Catholic and raised Christian. I found UUCC when I was 17 and was drawn in by the 7 principles and the love for all equally. Pre-Covid, I enjoyed chairing the Fun and Fellowship Committee. Today I run my partner’s small business (a small bakery), work part-time for a non-profit, and raise two toddlers, all at home.

Chuck Skinner

I knew I found a spiritual home when I first visited the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne (UUCC) late in 1997. I became a member in 1998 and have been fortunate to serve on the Board, the Leadership Development team, and as a Worship Associate. My stepson Jason Hoffman, 29 and daughter Avalon Skinner, 21 grew up as UUs and our family has always been active in church and in the community. I have been a psychotherapist in Cheyenne for the last 21 years and continue to enjoy the opportunities to connect, reflect and evolve spiritually in our amazing home at UUCC. I enjoy my work along with sports, fitness and coffee. I look forward to the adventure of working with the Search Team as we go through the process of finding another minister that can call Cheyenne and UUCC home.

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