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 Observer 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 during 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.
Packets, Minutes, and Reports
- Board meeting packets, minutes, and reports are organized chronologically.
Join the Board's Webinar, "What to Expect at GA 2015" on May 20 or 21, 2015
Attending General Assembly (GA) 2015 as a delegate, either in Portland or as an off-site delegate? Join Moderator Jim Key, Vice Moderator Donna Harrison, Rev. Sarah Stewart, and Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie as they discuss the agenda for this year – including the proposed transformation of the Commission on Appraisal, the draft Statement of Conscience on Reproductive Justice, and a GA discussion of proposals for increasing delegates' and congregations' engagement with General Assembly. (Read full webinar annoucement.)
UUA Board Report for March 2015
The UUA Board of Trustees met in Birmingham, AL March 4 - March 8, 2015. The meeting was abbreviated to allow for participation in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Living Legacies Conference and the events marking the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights March in Selma. Board members readily agreed that the historical context was inspiring and moving. (Read full board report.)
Joint Statement from the UUA Moderator and UUA President Regarding Starr King School for the Ministry
Over the past several months, the ongoing conflict at Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM) has received national attention in print and social media. We have watched with growing sadness the progression of charges and counter-charges, a situation that harms both a great Unitarian Universalist institution and our entire Unitarian Universalist movement.
Neither the UUA Board of Trustees nor the Administration has any authority over the school. SKSM is an independent institution with its own governance structure and funding sources. SKSM is not directly responsible to the UUA nor dependent on the UUA for funding, although it does receive grants from the Panel on Theological Education.
But we are profoundly dismayed by the heated rhetoric and broken relationships that this situation has produced. And as other UU organizations are pulled into the conflict, we see the ill will spreading. This situation does not reflect who we aspire to be as religious people.
It is our hope that everyone involved in this unfortunate situation will answer the call to be their best selves, to look with love and respect on those with whom they disagree, and together find a just and equitable resolution to this conflict.
Elections at General Assembly 2015
We will be holding elections for the following positions at General Assembly (GA) 2015 in Portland, OR:
- Board of Trustees: 3 trustees-at-large
- Commission on Appraisal: 3 members
- Commission on Social Witness: 2 members
- Board of Review: 2 members
- General Assembly Planning Committee: 5 members
- Nominating Committee: 4 members
Read the full election announcement.
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