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UUA Board of Trustees Group Photo Taken at GA 2015 in Portland, OR

UUA Board of Trustees at General Assembly 2015 in Portland, OR

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.

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News and Announcements

Highlights from the January 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting


The Board continues to practice the promises we have made to one another and to Unitarian Universalism. As we become a more diverse team we are taking time to question our assumptions. We are striving to be courageous and direct as we live into our commitment to embody and help to build the Beloved Community. We are learning to lean into our discomfort, to confront one another honestly and to acknowledge how much we have yet to learn... (Read the full board report.)

A Note on Running by Petition for Elected Positions

December 11, 2015

Dear Friends,

I want to remind everyone that the UUA By-laws in Section 9.6. Nomination by Petition continue to allow candidates both for President and for other offices to run by petition. The deadline by which petitions must be received, for the 2016 election at which we will elect four Trustees, three Nominating Committee members, and a new Financial Advisor, is February 1st, 2016. Those who wish to run for President by petition must file the required documentation by February 1st, 2017.

As always, your Board of Trustees encourages involvement in the governance of our Association. If you have questions about the election cycle or the nominating process please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours in Faith,

The Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, 
UUA Secretary

Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2016

Elections for the following positions will be held at General Assembly (GA) 2016 in Columbus, OH:

Board of Trustees

  • 4 trustees-at-large
    • Dorothy Holmes
    • Richard Jacke
    • Denise Rimes
    • Elandria Williams

Financial Advisor

  • Lucia Santini Field

Nominating Committee

  • 3 members
    • Randy Burnham
    • Ken Wagner
    • Amanda Weatherspoon

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.

Complete Board Announcement List

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