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, three trustees elected at large, one youth trustee elected at large, and one trustee for each District. The President of the Association is a member of the Board without voting privileges. The Board meets at least quarterly, with additional conference call meetings during the course of the year. Check Announcements below for information about upcoming conference call meetings.
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 UUA Board of Trustees 5-page Executive Summary of the Hearing Voices Report (PDF) and the entire 42-page report (PDF) is now available.
Building on many years of challenging and effective work by previous boards, the newly constituted UUA board gathered in Boston for its first formal meeting. The anticipated agility and other benefits of a smaller board were evident from the start. The meeting began with an extended check-in allowing both trustees and staff to get to know each other better and continue to develop the common commitment and mutual respect begun at the September retreat. Read the full report from the Board of Trustees.
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees and senior UUA staff members met in retreat September 12-14, 2013. The goal of the retreat was to establish a sense of board culture within an explicitly anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. One outcome of the retreat was a covenant for ongoing board and senior staff relationships. With the exception of a brief meeting after General Assembly this past June, this was the first gathering of the board in its new, smaller configuration of 14 members rather than 25, and the first chaired by the newly elected Moderator Jim Key. UUA Secretary the Rev. Susan Ritchie, chair of the task force that recommended the board restructuring plan approved by General Assembly in 2011, noted that “we always believed that a smaller board would result in richer conversations, but we wanted to use our retreat to be intentional about establishing deep dialog as an ongoing practice and culture.”
Unitarian Universalist leaders expressed a feeling of renewed optimism following the retreat. Moderator Jim Key observed that “the board retreat was a great beginning for the smaller board, half of us new. The board and staff established a collaborative culture grounded in our shared values and vision. Together, we engaged in deep and compassionate listening and laid the groundwork for our covenant of how we will be together. We are off to a very good start.” UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales also expressed enthusiasm, remarking, “I am delighted with the spirit of collaboration expressed by the board. I look forward to working in close partnership to build a vital Unitarian Universalism.”
The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Larry Ladd to the position of Financial Advisor. This appointment fills the current vacancy in that position until a special election can be held at the next General Assembly. Read the full message about Ladd's appointment.
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 UU denomination or clarified our message in an extraordinary way. They should have exemplified what Unitarian Universalism stands for.
Ministers or laypersons may be nominated. Nominations should include supporting reasons and information about the candidates. Nominations made in the past two years (2011-2013) will be automatically considered by the Committee, without requiring another nomination letter. Additional information to supplement nominations made within the last two years is welcome. The Award Committee itself may also nominate candidates.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is March 15, 2014. The final selection of the recipient will be made by the UUA Board of Trustees at its April 2014 meeting.
Recent recipients have included Rev. Jane Rzepka, Rev. Alice Blair Wesley, Rev. Forrest Church, Denny & Jerry Davidoff, Robert West, Rev. Jack Mendelsohn, Leon Hopper, Rev. Carl Scovel, Natalie Gulbrandsen, Rev. Gene Navias, Leon Spencer, Victor Carpenter and Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley.
Please send your nominations to: Lew Phinney, Chair, UUA Distinguished Service Award Committee, c/o Stephanie Carey Maron, UUA, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108, or by email to presidentasst @ uua.org.
For more information contact administration @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
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