Annual Meeting 2021

Virtual & In-Person Meeting

Those who wish to attend in person will meet in the garden (weather permitting) or in the Parish House (inclement weather). Those who wish to attend virtually via Zoom will have that option. Refreshments and light lunch fare will be provided for those attending in person. Proof of vaccination will be required.

Zoom meeting details:

Meeting ID: 899 7541 7638
Passcode: 488760

Go here for full instruction on downloading Zoom. 


  • President’s Report
  • Minister’s Report
  • Stewardship Committee Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • 2022 Budget
  • Nominations Committee Report
  • Council Elections
  • Congregational Feedback
    • Music Program
    • Covid-19 Protocols
    • Coffee Hour

Full agenda available here (PDF)

Council Member Election

Three Council Positions to be Filled

Two council members are running for reelection and one seat is vacant. All three seats are full-term, three-year positions. Members are eligible to serve two consecutive terms.

Meet your candidates:

  • Carolyn O’Brien
    • [bg_collapse view=”button-blue” color=”#ffffff” icon=”arrow” expand_text=”Statement” collapse_text=”Show Less” ] Running for vacant seat. I remembered the Swedenborgian Church at a time in my life when I needed some guidance. A long time ago, I came to the parish house at the start of a Bernhard Maybeck architectural tour.  I thought then that someday I would be back to explore the faith surrounding this beautiful place. Since 2004, this church has given me a renewed faith, a community, and a start to a very new, fulfilling life. I have been filled with love and faith of the great people I have met in this meaningful setting and have always felt that more people should have the opportunity to achieve such fulfillment. I am currently on the Stewardship Committee and happy to be there, but maybe I can do more. I am honored to be asked to run for the church council.[/bg_collapse]
  • Katherine Franco
    • [bg_collapse view=”button-blue” color=”#ffffff” icon=”arrow” expand_text=”Statement” collapse_text=”Show Less” ]
      Running for vacant seat. It was almost ten years ago that Robert Carr called and asked if I would consider serving on the Church Council. Though the timing was not right then – my husband Robert, having been on the Council for a number of years, had recently passed away – that opportunity has come again.
      The Swedenborgian Church has been my spiritual home for over twenty years. We have shared the ups and downs of loss and growth and great transition. Today our country and community are faced with tremendous challenges. My hope is to be a part of this new exploration of concerns.
      My professional life has been that of an actor. During my career I served on San Francisco’s Actor’s Equity Association Council and the board of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. Work has taken me from the Army Special Services to theaters from Philadelphia to Phoenix to Portland and to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT, Berkeley Rep, and beyond.
      My mentor Joy Barnitz brought me to the study of Liturgy and reflections of Bible interpretation. Finding a way to make this portion of the service meaningful is of interest to me.
      My hope is to be of service to our church in furthering relationships between us and the community while seeking new ways to enhance our congregation-driven choices and to raise our voices in song as we search for the best possible relationship between choir, director, and congregation, and most of all … music.


  • Andrew Dodd
    • [bg_collapse view=”button-blue” color=”#ffffff” icon=”arrow” expand_text=”Statement” collapse_text=”Show Less” ] Running for reelection.I have now been regularly attending this church for ten years and becoming more deeply attached to this community, becoming more active in shaping its image and promoting public awareness of this special place through numerous events, by personal direct support, and partnering with others in planning, coordination, and fundraising,Some of those efforts:• Concert Series conception, management, scheduling, promotion, stagecraft• Sidewalk signs platform, multiple event signage creation and implementation

      • Welcome sign development and execution

      • Welcome table for coffee hour

      • Souvenir mementos creation and display

      • Nature & Spirit concept, management, budget, execution and promotion

      • Member of the Stewardship Ministry, pledge letters, fundraising Facebook campaign

      • Live-streaming of Sunday services, creation of videos for Sunday music

      • Planning, coordination, and support of multiple events

      And I’m actively working on plans for 2022.

      With your permission, I’d like to commit to a second term on the church council to ensure continued efforts like these, to encourage more community service, involvement and outreach. As a member of council I have direct access to the decision process to bring more life to the church community, and to be a strong voice for your interests, concerns, and aspirations.

      I hope you’ll support and make use of my talents and energy in this role,


  • Ewa Robinson
    • [bg_collapse view=”button-blue” color=”#ffffff” icon=”arrow” expand_text=”Statement” collapse_text=”Show Less” ] Running for reelection.I was introduced to SF Swedenborgian Church sometime around 2000 by my daughter, who had been to a wedding at the Church. Though I was I was born in Sweden and a member of the Lutheran Swedish State Church, I started attending services here at our church in 2002. By 2005 I became a member.Since March of 2017 I have volunteered as a Sunday usher and have helped with  communion luncheons and coffee hour. My hope is that I can help the church through a different kind of volunteering, such as assisting Reverend Lee with functions by nonmembers at the church in addition to contributing whereever else I’m needed.I believe I am growing as a spiritual individual by attending Sunday services and it gives me great joy to be part of the congregation.[/bg_collapse]

2022 Budget

2022 Proposed Operating Budget click here to download PDF

2022 Proposed 2121 Budgetclick here to download PDF