Our Elected Leaders
2020-2021 Board of Trustees
Jay Fisher, Commitee on Ministry
Sabrina James, Religious Education
Our Part Time Minister
Reverend Rick Hoyt-McDaniels
Rick Hoyt-McDaniels grew up in Santa Monica, California. He learned to play the piano as a boy (his grandmother was a piano teacher) and played clarinet in school bands and orchestras. After graduating from Santa Monica High School (1980) he attended Santa Monica College and UCLA before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in music composition from California Institute of the Arts ("Cal Arts" - 1985). After graduation, he worked as a musician and at a bookstore in Hermosa Beach.
From 1987 to 1995 at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Rick worked for the AIDS Project Los Angeles in their Human Resources Department. The experience taught him practical skills about non-profit administration, which serves him well in his church work, as well as raising spiritual issues of compassion and justice and theological questions about life and death and meaning. During this time Rick also learned about Unitarian Universalism and joined a UU church for the first time.
From 1995 to 1998, Rick studied at the Claremont School of Theology and received a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained and fellowshipped with the Unitarian Universalist faith in 1998 and has served congregation in the Los Angeles area ever since: first in La Crescenta (the UU Church of the Verdugo Hills). Then he helped found a new congregation in Santa Clarita. Then at our “First Church” in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. His most recent pastorate, before coming to UUFKC, was a two and a half year interim position with our Long Beach church.
Rick lives in downtown Los Angeles with his husband Jim, a middle-school history teacher with the Los Angeles school district. Rick alternates working for us remotely from his home in Los Angeles and commuting to Bakersfield two or three times a month and spending several days each visit with us here.
Committee and Staff Contacts
Committee on Ministry: Jay Fisher
Social Justice: Jeanie Parent
Religious Education: Sabrina James
Communications: Elizabeth Jackson
First Congregational Liaison: Elaine LeCaine
An LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation
UUFKC is governed by our Bylaws and Policies & Procedures. Like all UU congregations, we are a democratic body, led by an elected Board of Trustees.
We keep our Bylaws, Policies & Procedures, and Board meeting minutes in a congregational Google Drive. Members are welcome to view these documents. Links to the Bylaws and basic policies are below. Contact the Board Secretary or website administrator for the link to the minutes archive.
On April 3, 2016, the members of UUFKC voted unanimously to become an official Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Being a Welcoming Congregation means that we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people.
As a Welcoming Congregation, we have pledged to:
honor the lives of all people and equally affirm displays of caring and affection without regard for sexual orientation.
celebrate diversity by using inclusive language and content in worship.
incorporate an understanding of the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons throughout all of our programs, including religious education.
affirm and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues and history.
affirm marriage equality and conduct same-sex weddings.
advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, promoting justice, freedom, and equality in the larger society. We speak out when the rights and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are at stake.
Located at the intersection of Stockdale and Real Road, our building reflects our commitment to the inclusion of people of all ages, abilities, and mobilities.
As a smaller congregation, we do not have set weekday office hours. We are always open on Sunday mornings for worship services and Religious Education. Doors typically open by 9:30 a.m. and activities take place until at least noon, generally. (During the pandemic we gather on Zoom. Please contact the church for the link to join us.)
We have a large parking lot, including handicap accessible spaces. We also have plenty of adjacent street parking on the east and north sides of our property.
The nearest bus stops are on Stockdale Hwy just east of Real Road – a relatively short distance from the fellowship.