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.
The Committees Working Group of the UUA Board of Trustees will host a one-hour webinar on Sunday, February 15 from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM Eastern time to discuss possible proposed changes to the Commission on Appraisal. This will be an opportunity for trustees to hear from Unitarian Universalists about the work and function of the Commission, as well as possible options for the future. Call-in information, as well as a more detailed agenda, will be coming over the next few weeks. Stay tuned and we hope to see you during the webinar.
The board met at UUA Headquarters at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston on January 15-18, 2015 for two and a half days of tightly packed business, conversation, and worship. During this Martin Luther King Day weekend, board members frequently referenced Martin Luther King’s work as they considered numerous questions relating to democracy, inclusion, fair practices and anti-racism. (Read full Board Report.)
Over the past several months, the ongoing conflict at Starr King School for the Ministry 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.
The Annual Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism is one of the most prestigious awards given by the UUA. The Award Committee would appreciate receiving nominations from throughout our Association so we can select from a broad range of exemplary leaders of our movement.
Candidates for this award should, over a considerable period of time, have strengthened the institutions of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) denomination or clarified our message in an extraordinary way. They should have exemplified what Unitarian Universalism stands for. (Read full announcement.)
We will be holding elections for the following positions at General Assembly (GA) 2015 in Portland, OR:
Board of Trustees: 4 trustees-at-largeCommission on Appraisal: 3 membersCommission on Social Witness: 2 membersBoard of Review: 2 membersGeneral Assembly Planning Committee: 5 membersNominating Committee: 4 members
Read the full announcement.
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Last updated on Thursday, January 29, 2015.
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