Massachusetts Bay District
The Massachusetts Bay District is made up of 53 congregations in the Greater Boston Area. Each Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, yet each congregation is a self-governing community. Alternatively called a church, a society, or a fellowship, each congregation adopts its own bylaws, elects its own officers, approves its own budget, and either ordains its own minister or is lay led. Congregations can be small—fewer than 20 members—or large—more than a thousand members.
At the last annual meeting in April 2016, the congregations of the Mass Bay District voted to dissolve the corporation of the district and empowered the board of directors to do all that is legally and administratively necessary to do so.
The board has been working with legal counsel and the Unitarian Universalist Association over the past eighteen months to prepare the complaint and petitions needed for the Attorney General's Office and the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). Upon filing in February, the board was legally prohibited from making monetary outlays for programming, as the SJC is the caretaker of the assets to be passed on to the receiving entity, the UUA. Therefore, the district has concluded programming, including the offering of grants.
It has been then District's privilege to assist congregations, and the board of directors thanks constituent congregations for their contributions to the growth of Unitarian Universalism, the health of their communities, and the spiritual lives of congregants.
If you have questions, please contact the newengland [at] uua [dot] org (New England Region).