Governance & Management of the Unitarian Universalist Association
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is a voluntary association of autonomous, self-governing local churches and fellowships, which have freely chosen to pursue common goals together. The Association’s polity is congregational; Association decisions are made by congregational delegates in business sessions at the annual General Assembly (GA).
Between General Assemblies, the UUA is governed by the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets at least quarterly.
As Chief Governance Officer, Gini Courter, UUA Moderator, presides at the General Assembly and at meetings of the Board of Trustees.
The Secretary of the Association, Tom Loughrey, is responsible for Board correspondence and elections.
The First Vice Moderator, Jackie Shanti, chairs the Coordinating Council, which helps coordinate Board agendas, education, and deliberations.
The Recording Secretary, Kathleen "Kay" Montgomery, keeps minutes of Board meetings. The Recording Secretary is required by Bylaws to be a resident of Massachusetts.
The President, Peter Morales, is elected by the General Assembly and is responsible for carrying out the ENDS of the Association as articulated by the Board of Trustees.
For more information about our Associational governance, contact the Secretary (secretary @ uua.org).
The Executive Vice President, Kay Montgomery (executive_vp @ uua.org), is responsible, under the supervision of the President, for the day-to-day management of the Association. The Executive Vice President maintains close consultation with the President in the formulation of policy, implements the President's instructions, and acts in the absence of the President on the Association's behalf.
The Office of the Executive Vice President maintains liaison with the Board of Trustees, with Associate Members, and with Related Organizations.
The Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Tim Brennan (treasurer @ uua.org), is responsible for all of the UUA's financial affairs and oversees the UUA's annual audit and other financial reports as issued by the Financial Services staff group.
There are nineteen Districts of the UUA in North America. Districts are governed by district Boards of Trustees, which develop district policy and support local congregations to encourage the growth, development, and extension of Unitarian Universalist ideals. The District Presidents Association (DPA) exists to be the voice and the ears for Unitarian Universalist district boards with the UUA staff, as well as for education and support of district leadership. Each District elects a member of the UUA Board of Trustees, the policy-making body for the UUA. Some Trustees represent more than one District.
The UUA relies upon energetic, committed, visionary UU volunteers to serve the twenty-plus committees, panels, and task forces that work with staff and the UUA Board to carry out the mission of the Association.
- Application for Committees of the Board
- Application for Nomination to a Committee, Commission, Task Group, or Panel
Vision for the UUA: Gathered Here
Gathered Here is a joint initiative of the UUA Board of Trustees and the UUA Administration. It is an invitation to all Unitarian Universalists to discover our common aspirations and unleash the power of our faith through one-on-one, small group, and larger group conversations.
For more information contact administration @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Friday, March 29, 2013.