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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 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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Joint Statement from the UUA Moderator and UUA President Regarding Starr King School for the Ministry

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.

Call for Nominations: Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism 2015

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.)

Board Meeting to be Live Streamed

The Board of Trustees meeting (January 16-18, 2015) in Boston will be live streamed. Consult the packet for agenda information and for details on how to log on to observe the Board at work. We hope you'll join us!

Elections at General Assembly 2015

We will be holding elections for the following positions at General Assembly (GA) 2015 in Portland, OR:

Board of Trustees: 4 trustees-at-large
Commission on Appraisal: 3 members
Commission on Social Witness: 2 members
Board of Review: 2 members
General Assembly Planning Committee: 5 members
Nominating Committee: 4 members

Read the full announcement.

Join the Board for its Upcoming Webinar

You're invited to a UUA Board of Trustees Webinar: Discussion of Issues Facing the Board and Plans for Board Activities and Work.

What’s the Board been up to? Hear what trustees have to say about the big issues.

This is the second of a series of board webinars. Please join us on January 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM Eastern. 

Hear more about plans for the Board to commemorate the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March.

Become familiar with linkage initiatives surrounding re-imagining governance particularly as it impacts General Assembly.

We have a full agenda planned for our meeting in January, and during the webinar we will address issues and actions taken at that meeting.

Please let us know you'll be able to join us. E-mail lphinney @, and we’ll send you details about how to join the webinar.

Share Your Thoughts with the Board of Trustees by Taking the "Re-Imagining UUA Governance" Survey

As Unitarian Universalists, we hope to move our world “toward more love, justice, and peace.” We cast a broad vision – yet ground it in effective action.

And since 2010, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees has been engaged in efforts to ensure governance of our Association is more effective, democratic, and inclusive. We’ve made progress, yet the Board has identified three long-standing challenges that remain: 

  1. Our annual General Assembly is not, in practice, very democratic and inclusive.
  2. General Assembly is not especially participatory and does not promote shared learning.
  3. There is sometimes poor alignment among leadership roles of the UUA.

The UUA Board and I invite you to explore possibilities for re-imagining governance – from small-scale fixes to broad changes – and comment on them. These are possibilities, not proposals. Please complete the online survey, “Re-Imagining UUA Governance.” It will take 15-20 minutes and will be available through December 20, 2014.

For the future of our faith, please share your thoughts in this important dialogue.

Live boldly!

Jim Key
Moderator and Chief Governance Officer

UUA Board Report for October, 2014

“Would you have gone?”  So Mark Morrison Reed questioned the UUA Board of trustees after describing the UU responses to the call made fifty years ago by the Rev.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for religious people to join the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the struggle for voter rights in Selma.   Hundreds of UUs responded to that call in the spring of 1965, including the UUA Board of Trustees, who recessed their meeting in order to reconvene in Selma.  Three persons, two of them UUs, were martyred there in the subsequent struggle.  Morrison Reed, author of a recently released Skinner House book on the UU participation in Selma, asked the question “would you have gone?” as a part of his preparation of the Board for the meeting they will hold in Selma this Spring.  On March 5-8, 2015, the Board will join with the UU Living Legacy Project’s anniversary return to Birmingham and Selma for learning, reflection, witness and recommitment.  Board members committed to issuing a call to join them to both UUs and our non-UU neighbors, allies, and partners. (Read full Board Report.)

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Last updated on Friday, January 16, 2015.

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Rev. Susan Ritchie. Opening Vespers from the UUA Board of Trustees Meeting; October 2010 in Boston.

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