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UUA Board's Message about the 2013 Board Retreat

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUAs)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.”

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Last updated on Monday, September 23, 2013.

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