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UUA Board of Trustees at General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH

Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees conducts the affairs of the Association and carries out policies and directives, acting for the Association between General Assemblies. The board is composed of the Moderator, who chairs the board, the Financial Advisor, and ten trustees elected at large. The Youth Observers and the President of the Association are members of the board without voting privileges. The board meets at least quarterly, with additional conference call meetings throughout the course of the year.

The board approves new congregations, associate organizations, and affiliate member organizations; defines rules for Association membership, General Assembly (GA) procedures, ministerial and religious educator credentialing, and delegate accreditation; sets the business agenda for General Assemblies and schedules the time and location; proposes amendments to bylaws and rules; appoints members of board committees and officers of the Association; nominates candidates for Moderator; adopts the annual budget; oversees investments; appoints study commissions as required by the bylaws; creates policies to promote openness and transparency and to establish the boundaries and goals governing the work of the staff and committees; and assigns new congregations to districts.

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News and Announcements

Board Releases Narrative on Support of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective

Read the full narrative.

Board Report, January 2017

  • President Morales outlined our response to the moral imperatives implied by the policies of the new administration. He made it clear that we are re-deploying Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) field staff to help meet local needs in the wake of the election. The Board joined he and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President, the Honorable Thomas Andrews, in endorsing a Declaration of Conscience committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. (Read the full report...)

Board of Trustees Composes Letter of Support to Members of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Collective

After reaffirming its support for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), the Board pledged to be a partner in helping to fulfill the vision of BLUU. Read the full letter of support.

Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2017

Elections for the following positions will be held at General Assembly (GA) 2017 in New Orleans, LA. (UPDATED 2/2/2017.)

Board of Review
  • 2 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2025)
    • Rev. Charlie Ortman
    • Karen Hall
Board of Trustees
  • 4 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2020)
    • Kathy Burek
    • Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti
    • Christina Rivera
    • Sarah Dan Jones
Commission on Appraisal
  • 3 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2023)
    • Lucas Hergert
    • David Friedman
    • Holley Ulbrich
Commission on Social Witness
  • 2 open seats
  • Nominee (term ends 2021)
    • Rev. Meredith Garmon
General Assembly Planning Committee
  • 3 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2021)
    • Oshara Meesha
    • Tuli Patel
    • Chelsea Surfus
    • ​Debra Gray Boyd (by petition)
Nominating Committee
  • 3 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2020)
    • Rev. Michael Walker
    • Rev. Joanne Giannino
    • Jessica Falconer

Our elections of people to serve the members and congregations of the Association are at the heart of our fifth principle of our faith and our trust in the democratic process. Please take the opportunity to learn more about the positions available and the process for running by petition.

People interested in running by petition have until February 1 to submit a completed petition.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Rob Eller-Isaacs, Secretary of the UUA, secretary [at] uua [dot] org, or Stephanie Carey Maron, Executive Assistant for the Office of the President, administration [at] uua [dot] org.

View the nominees' photos and bios!

October 2016 Board Meeting Recap

If you missed the October 2016 board meeting, allow Moderator Key to recap it for you.

Board Report, October 2016

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism: October 14, 2016 was an historic day in Unitarian Universalism. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees affirmed our ongoing solidarity with, and support of, the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism organizing collective (BLUU). In a passionate discussion that included calls for attention to the beauty and religious nature of this work, the Board allocated $300,000.00 of immediate support for BLUU, as well as $5,000,000.00 in long-term funding, guaranteed by the endowment against future fundraising. The presentation by Leslie Mac and Rev. Carlton Eliott Smith included both history of the movement and plans for the proposed funding. BLUU will be sharing their vision in upcoming months. (Read the full report...)

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