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UUA Budget Decisions and Staff Changes
My fellow Unitarian Universalists,
Recently, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) Leadership Council (the senior leadership comprised of the heads of our staff groups) met to work on the budget for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). In advance of that meeting, I shared a revised strategic vision document to help inform our budget decisions. This was a particularly difficult budget to create because revenue was below projections and we face increased costs in a number of areas.
Unfortunately, the Leadership Council came to the conclusion that there was no way we could balance the budget without reducing the size of our staff. We made every effort to keep the needed reductions to a minimum; however, 10 dedicated members of the UUA staff were laid off. The positions and staff groups affected include:
- Assistant to the President, Administration
- Marketing Coordinator, Communications
- Administrative Assistant, Congregational Life
- Online Resource Manager, Information Technology Services
- Operations Services Support, Internal Services
- Project Manager, Ministries and Faith Development
- Young Adult Ministries Associate, Ministries and Faith Development
- Witness Ministries Director, Multicultural Growth and Witness
- Multicultural Communications Coordinator, Multicultural Growth and Witness
- Special Assistant to the President for Growth Funding, Stewardship and Development
We rely on the covenant between our member congregations and the Association to enable us to provide the services and support your congregation needs. One of the critical ways this covenantal relationship is expressed is through our Annual Program Fund (APF). Our 2012 Report on Giving offers a good sense of what we accomplish together because of APF contributions. When our congregations, for a variety of reasons, do not fully contribute to the Association, we must work to decrease our expenditures while sustaining a high level of support for congregations and individuals. Our vision for a sustainable future is to be able to recognize all congregations as Honor Congregations (those contributing their full requested contribution by the end of the fiscal year) through closer partnerships with district, regional, and national Association staff.
While staff reductions are difficult, we will strive to make sure that congregations and our constituents continue to receive quality services from the UUA. The 2014 fiscal year budget drafted by the UUA Leadership Council will now go to the UUA Board of Trustees for review and approval at the board meeting in Boston, MA from April 16-22. If you should have any questions, please email info [at] uua [dot] org. Thank you.
Rev. Peter Morales
President, Unitarian Universalist Association