Our Elected Leaders
Our Part Time Minister
Reverend Anne Felton Hines
In September 2019, Rev. Anne Felton Hines was hired as our quarter-time Contract Minister.Living in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, she comes to Bakersfield for five daysevery month, with additional visits as needed.
Rev. Hines is a native Californian, having been born and raised in Altadena – the small town above Pasadena, nestled against the San Gabriel mountains. Her mother was a devout Episcopalian, who taught her five children that all religions have truth and should be respected, and that to follow the teachings of Jesus required us to work for justice and peace. So becoming a Unitarian Universalist as a young adult was a natural for Rev. Hines!
In 1977 she began her studies for the parish ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry, -- part of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She graduated with an M.Div. degree in 1982, was ordained by the Mt. Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek in November, 1983, and began serving her first congregation on April 1 st , 1984 – a date she’s always found to be a perfect time to begin one’s ministry! Rev. Hines went on to serve four more congregations before fully retiring in 2016. All of her 32 years of ministry were spent serving congregations in the Pacific Southwest District, either in Southern or Central California.
Since retiring, Rev. Hines has served as a Regional Transitions Coach for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association, working with congregations in the search process for a new Settled minister. And she volunteers weekly at Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade store in Pasadena; serves on the Board of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the ACLU; participates in a memoir writing class; continues her piano studies; and knits with a group of activists called Subversive Knitters.
Rev. Hines spends as much time as possible with her two adult children, her two adult
grandchildren, her four siblings and her little dog, Lucy.
“I am impressed with the Fellowship’s commitment to social justice,” says Rev. Hines, “along
with their understanding of the importance of a spiritual path that sustains that work, embodied
every Sunday morning as they come together in worship. They are such a lovely group of
people, and I just want to help them spread the word!”
Committee and Staff Contacts
Committee on Ministry: Jay Fisher
Member Care: Laura Stevenson
Social Justice: Jeanie Parent
Religious Education: Sara Wallace
Communications: Elizabeth Jackson
First Congregational Liason: 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.
2018-19 Board of Trustees
Elizabeth Jackson, Communications:
Jay Fisher, Commitee on Ministry:
Sara Wallace, Religious Education:
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.
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.