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  • A Report by the Commission on Appraisal, Unitarian Universalist Association, June 1997 Copyright © 1997 by the Unitarian Universalist...
  • Members of the UUA Governance and Policies Working Group.
  • Developed by John Carver, Policy Governance addresses numerous board conundrums—interminable meetings, overloaded agendas, vague accountability, micro-management, and loss of vision! ...
  • How did Unitarian Universalism become congregational? This section provides a brief history of the emergence of congregational polity in...
  • Very few things that a congregation does affect it as greatly, or are as important, as the choice of a minister. Wonderful ministerial-...
  • Some congregations have only one category of membership, whereas other congregations maintain several categories of membership (for example...
  • Congregations who have no provision in the bylaws for removing members often get bogged down with lists of names of people who are no...
  • The following is one possible ordering of bylaw components. As specific areas are discussed, you will find questions to consider as you...
  • In addition to viewing the agendas, minutes, and reports of officers of the board as well as unofficial reports of meetings, you can find...
  • The mission of the Governance Working group, as adopted by the Board of Trustees in January 2007, is to lead the UUA Board of Trustees to a...
  • With this report the Commission invites Unitarian Universalists to embrace a new vision of congregational polity. We have called attention...
  • Being part of a religious community is a personal commitment that reflects a theological vision-namely, a sense of the fundamentally...
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Bylaws (adopted in 1961 and amended since) are a basic document of our community of autonomous...
  • The collective personality of any group reflects both conscious and unconscious patterns that express the group's way of being in the world...
  • Social justice work has long been a part of Unitarian Universalism, and for almost as long it has been a source of tension within and among...
  • Religious leadership at the congregational level is a key area in which different understandings of congregational polity create...
  • Our tradition of congregational polity comes from the Reformation, and the movement of people from Europe to the colonies in America for...
  • There are some 75 recommendations in the report, all aimed at a new vision of congregational polity one based on the interdependence of our...
  • Our UUA congregations across the continent, and the individuals within them, have a variety of theological foundations. Some are strongly...
  • Our basic description of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) organization is the bylaws. They reflect the ambivalence that we have...
  • A deeper understanding of our polity involves not only the formal description but also the implicit character of our Association. In this...
  • Taking action on issues of social justice has long been a source of tension between our collective social conscience and our right to our...
  • Professional clergy have had a special role in leading our movement. We recommend a single category of ministry with specializations,...
  • In our movement, as well as in our society, many minorities feel that they are not heard in the public sphere. These minorities are not...
  • We begin with an overview of the issues raised by congregational polity—that is the self- governance of each congregation. What is the...
  • The history of Unitarianism and Universalism has been marked by periods of international engagement, and withdrawal. Congregational polity...
  • A Self-Study Course on Congregational Polity Based on Interdependence: Renewing Congregational Polity , the 1997 report of the Unitarian...
  • AUA : American Unitarian Association. Merged with the Universalist Church of America in 1961 to form the Unitarian Universalist Association...
  • Our congregations can be strengthened through relationships with others. There are many models of cooperation, both through the Unitarian...
  • Although each of our congregations is self-governing, how we govern ourselves affects how we cooperate. An examination of the relationships...
  • Many religious communities organize with a different structure than congregational polity. Although we often conflate it with liberal...
  • Communication within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has generally been from headquarters and the districts to the...
  • Additional readings are available from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop , or call (800) 215-9076. Congregational Polity , Conrad Wright...
  • Interdependence: Renewing Congregational Polity has been prepared by the Commission on Appraisal of the Unitarian Universalist Association...
  • Within our congregations and in the associations that link congregations and individual Unitarian Universalists, we experience many...
  • The five sections of Part One speak to five basic dimensions of congregational polity: theological, historical, comparative, constitutional...
  • How power is used in negotiating difference is among the most difficult of all issues faced by institutions-particularly those that choose...
  • One of the deepest convictions that unites us as Unitarian Universalists is a belief in the possibility of a beloved community among people...
  • The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has long been involved in internationalism. Collegiality with Unitarians and Universalists...
  • Stronger connections among congregations will strengthen "the community of autonomous congregations" that is essential to the flourishing...
  • One important way that we express our congregational polity is in the governance of our congregations. Governance is spelled out in the...
  • Unitarian Universalists are not unique; other religious bodies have also found congregational polity to be consonant with their values. Nor...
  • To be a "community of autonomous churches," we must communicate with one another and we must have the mechanisms available to do so. We...
  • These are some of the congregations have adapted the Policy Governance model for use in their particular congregations. While their...

A Guide to Creating a Board Policy Book

  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Some responsibilities are held in common by all officers and directors, and some duties are specific to a particular office. The bylaws should set out these particularities in general terms, and specific responsibilities that may change over time should be stipulated in other governing policy...

Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Vote Your Choice by April 10, 2017 Learn about the voting process for the Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Did you know youth who are members of their congregation can represent their congregation at General Assembly by serving as delegates and...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We asked each of your candidates to tape themselves talking about why they want to serve as Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist...
  • By Bart Frost
    One or Two Year Terms: Four Candidates to Meet Friends, it is that time of the year again! It's time to elect the next Youth Observers to...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Isabelle McCurdy explains the difference you will make... Isabelle McCurdy, Senior Business Manager for the General Assembly 2016 Youth...

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