Our Staff

 MINISTER, LUCAS HERGERT: The Rev. Dr. Lucas Hergert became the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore in 2009. He grew up in a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio, and realized his call to the ministry in high school. Lucas graduated with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Miami University, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Pacific School of Religion. His interests include yoga, Shakespeare plays, biking, process philosophy, fiction, interfaith work, and humor. Church members describe Lucas as a warm and empathetic pastor, and his office door is always open for those in need of spiritual support. Newcomers might like to know that Lucas is the kind of pastoral minister who enjoys meeting over coffee to hear about their spiritual journeys. You can email him at lkhergert at gmail dot com.

 

wendyFisherDIRECTOR OF MUSIC, WENDY FISHER: Wendy Fisher has been singing in choirs since 1991, taught voice and piano lessons for many years, and currently directs the church’s very own vocal quartet and octet as well as the choir. She brings her experience from the music programs at Las Positas College and the School for Music Vocations, and is a candidate in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Music Leadership Certification Program. Wendy says this is an exciting time to become a part of our dynamic, growing choir. Wendy also loves to write music, and of all the songs she has written, this is her favorite (so far): This video shows her performance on July 25th, 2013 at the U.U. Musicians Network Conference at First Unitarian Church in Dallas, Texas.

 

p11-cropped-squareCHILDREN & YOUTH COORDINATOR, BOB MIESS: Bob Miess has been our Children & Youth Coordinator since September 2016. Ordained as a Lutheran minister over 40 years ago, he chose a secular career in technology after three years in the ministry. Bob became a member of the First Unitarian Church of San Jose in 1998, and has been Unitarian Universalist (UU) ever since. His technical career ended with a nearly fatal heart attack in 2005, prompting him to become a health coach. He also became a coach/consultant and retreat/workshop facilitator for UU congregations in the Western U.S. He taught in our district’s leadership school, and currently serves as chair of the Lay Ministries Committee for the UU Society for Community Ministries. He enjoys walking, sit-on-top kayaking, early Christianity, playing with a guitar, bridging divisions, physics, and brain science. But mostly he likes questions! He is convinced that our boxes are great containers until they become constrainers, and every moment is at the intersection of the beauty of what is and the wonder of what is about to become. He’s always open to conversations with adults and young people about our programs for children and youth, so if you have some thoughts, feel free to chat with him sometime. You can email him at cyc at uucil dot org.

 

OIMG_7527_1FFICE ADMINISTRATOR, CLAIRE MORAN: Our Office Administrator, Claire Moran, is a Bay Area native and received her B.A. in English from Cal-State, Hayward. She has enjoyed meeting church members in the office. One of her favorite responsibilities at UUCiL is editing the weekly e-announcements. Email: uucil at sbcglobal dot net.

 

Kai LiethCHOIR ACCOMPANIST, KAI LIETH: Multi-talented UUCiL member Kai Lieth accompanies the choir on the piano during their rehearsals and Sunday-morning offerings. He brings a rich musical background and a strong dedication to our music program to the role.