Borderlands Unitarian Universalist Church

Amado, Arizona

Who We Are

We are Borderlands Unitarian Universalists Amado, Arizona


the mysteries of this wide universe and our place in it. We are a curious people, active in discussion, generating ideas and participating in the democratic process.


to find warmth, kindness, love and compassion. Unitarian Universalist congregations find wisdom from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture and personal experience. Our spiritual inspiration includes Jewish, Muslim, pagan, atheist, humanist, Christian and New Age traditions. We find common values through these diverse paths and sources.


justice by our deeds within our church, community and the world. We care for each other in fun times and tough times. We follow our passion to work with migrants on the desert or in shelters. We enjoy the hosting the Amado Youth Services in our congregation while they await completion of their facility.

Photo of BUU Sunday Service led by the Worship Services Team

Are You New to Unitarian Universalism?

Unitarian and Universalist churches represent some of the oldest and most distinguished religious institutions in the United States. UU churches have provided a bedrock for religious expression from before this nation was founded to the present day.

Five US Presidents were UUs. Other notable UUs include: Benjamin Franklin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott, Julia Ward Howe and Susan B. Anthony among many others.

The Universalist Church of America was founded in 1793. Most notably, Unitarian Universalism has evolved to be a non-creedal religion that welcomes people of all beliefs. Humanism itself became an influential part of the religion in the early 20th century and remains strong to this day.

Unitarian Universalism provides a strong voice for social justice and liberal religion. The Unitarian Universalist Association currently represents approximately 1,000 member congregations in the United States.

The Borderlands Unitarian Universalist Team

BUU Board Members – 2023

Russ Peterson – President

Lorelei Schober – Vice President

Deb Mitchell – Treasury


Micheal King – Secretary

Kathleen Creten – Member at Large

Photo of Barbara Lemon BUU Board Member

Barbara Lemon – Member at Large


Member at Large: Mary Arrigoni

Past President: Hugh Rhine

BUU Committee Chairs:

  • Buildings and Grounds: Jaime Brusstar
  • Endowment: John Peyton and Jim Deno
  • Finance: Ann Westrope
  • Inreach: Barb Meshanko
  • Outreach: Barbara Lemmon
  • Membership: Jeanne Macauley
  • Spiritual Nourishment: Diane Farone and Nancy Murphy
  • Nominating Committee: Jeanne Macauley
  • Share the Offering: Deanna Brooks
  • Technology: Larry Parker

BUU Work Groups:

  • Website Committee: Barbara Lund
  • Women’s Retreat: Kathleen Creten and Susan Peterson
  • International Women’s Day: Kathleen Creten
  • Stewardship Campaign: Kathleen Creten
  • Book Group: Ginny Lopez
  • Gallery: Deanna Brooks
  • Auction Committee: Diana King and Deb Mitchell
  • Garden: Jim Hoy and Ken Lopez
  • Forums: Jim Lund

Church Administrator: Jermain Lowe

Maintenance: Joe Guertin

Choir Director: Leslie Carter


Audio-Visual Specialist: Larry Parker


Pianist: Nancy Turner

BUU Choir with Leslie Carter Directing and Jayne Pogan on Piano

BUU Rose Garden

We are Borderlands Unitarian Universalist Amado, Arizona. Our members participated in The Hunger Walk 2022