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UUA Board of Trustees at its GA June 27, 2016 meeting in Columbus, OH

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 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 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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Highlights from the June 2016 Board of Trustees Meetings

Financial Condition

The Board received a timely report on the financial condition of the Association. Our position is strong and our funds are well managed. We are particularly pleased that Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Treasurer, Tim Brennan, is serving as Board Chair for the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. His appointment to that role reflects the exemplary commitment of the UUA, and our Socially Responsible Investing Committee... (Read the full board report.)

April 2016 Board Meeting Recap with Moderator Key

Miss the April 2016 board meeting? Want to know more about what was discussed, which decisions were made? Allow Moderator Jim Key to recap it for you.. (Watch the video!)

Join the Board's Webinar for Deligates, "What to Expect at GA 2016"


If you are attending General Assembly (GA) 2016 this summer as a delegate, either in Columbus or as an offsite delegate, you are cordially invited to join Moderator Jim Key, Vice Moderator Denise Rimes, and several others as they discuss the agenda for this year – including the business resolutions on Thanksgiving Day Reconsidered and a resolution from Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, preparations for GA 2017 in New Orleans as a justice-making GA, and 4 potential study/action issues. Your delegate experience will be greatly enhanced by being prepared for the mini-assemblies and debates on these important issues... (Read more and register!)

Highlights from the April 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting


The Board received and approved a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The presentation tied the proposed expenditures to the stated Ends of the Association making it easier for trustees to understand the intended impacts of our spending... (Read the full board report.)

Statement Regarding Candidates for UUA President

The use of the democratic process—embodied in our 5th Principle—is fundamental to our faith. The importance of the democratic process in electing our UUA president is reflected in the UUA bylaws that require the Presidential Search Committee (PSC) to nominate at least two candidates for president so there can be a contested election. A contested election allows for an airing and discussion of different visions and priorities for the future of Unitarian Universalism.

Just over one month ago, the PSC fulfilled its mission and nominated two candidates. We are grateful for their service in this new approach to electing our president.

However, one of those candidates has now withdrawn. Our bylaws do not permit the PSC to nominate an additional candidate at this time. I believe it is essential that we fulfill the intent of the bylaws by democratically electing our next president through an election with at least two candidates.

The only process recognized in our bylaws for a candidate not nominated by the PSC to run for president is by petition. To run by petition, our bylaws require that a candidate receive the support of at least twenty five member congregations as reflected by a vote of either the boards of those congregations or of a duly-called meeting of the members of those congregations. Of course, support for this individual’s petition to run does in no way preclude a congregation from supporting the petition of another individual who might decide to run by petition before the February 1, 2017 deadline for doing so.

The PSC has forwarded to the Secretary of the Board the name of a candidate whom it vetted through the nominating process. That individual has agreed to run by petition and the name of the candidate will be released soon.

I have asked the Elections Campaign Practices Committee to facilitate the petition process for this candidate and for any other candidate-by-petition that might emerge.

Accordingly, I call upon member congregations to support the democratic process by supporting the petition of this candidate to ensure that we have a contested election for president.

I look forward to the robust discussion of the future of our Unitarian Universalist movement that the campaign for president will foster.

Jim Key, Moderator
February 24, 2016

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