Regionalization FAQ-Governance and the CLAC
Questions about what our governance will look like after regionalization and the Congregational Life Advisory Council.
Governance in the Future
Will there be a district or regional nominating committee, president, or board meetings?
No. The locus of governance is being transferred to the UUA. With our unified regional staff and our future 'single ask' for funding, there is no need for an extra layer of governance between the congregations and the UUA.
What happens if one district votes no?
Because of the strong and growing support for regionalization, that is not likely. However, the other districts will proceed with the implementation of the region. In any event, each district will have their own timeline for transitioning to the region because of their bylaws and various state regulations.
Does this plan include emerging congregations or beyond congregations?
Yes. Successful programs will be continued and expanded.
How long will the boards continue after the vote to wrap things up?
The goal is to be done by October, 2016, but if any district needs additional time (e.g. state regulations), this can be negotiated with our UUA.
Is the UUA board willing to take on the region's governance?
Yes, for the good of all. They have agreed to in the Memo of Understanding between the UUA and each of our four districts.
If we do policy governance will the large churches replace/remove the autonomy of the small churches?
No, each congregation has its own governing body and direct linkage to the UUA board. Each congregation makes its own decisions on governance and there won't be a district or regional governing body. A major goal of regionalization is to greatly increase clustering and collaboration - moving from independence to creative interdependence. "We are better together."
Congregational Life Advisory Council
Who is the Congregational Life Advisory Council (CLAC)? How are they chosen? Where do they come from?
They are the Congregational Life Advisory Council. For the initial Council, each district Board chose one representative. Then these 4 decided whom they would invite as the next four from lists of candidates sorted into different stakeholder groups and districts. Staff and the four Boards recommended the candidates. This resulted in a current Council of 8. This Council has four ministers, including one from a large church and one community minister. In addition it is the goal, going forward, that representation be given to various stakeholder groups other than district/geographic ones such as persons of color, young adult, and small churches.
How will the CLAC interact with primary contacts? Isn't there overlap there?
The Congregational Life Advisory Council interacts with staff through the DCL (Director of Congregational Life) and our CE Regional Lead by providing research and feedback and other input that will be used in setting priorities and strategy. The CLAC will provide direct input to our regional staff and the Congregational Life office regarding the programs they need and would like.
How does the region/districts/congregations participate in staff evaluation?
- Members and congregation can always give direct feedback to Central East staff through post event surveys and direct communication.
- Members of our congregations give feedback to the Director of Congregational Life and the Regional Lead through the Congregational Life Advisory Council and their survey work.