Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association

UUA Board of Trustees at its June 28, 2021 Meeting via Zoom. Images of each Trustee and UUA Staff are tiled.

Members of the UUA Board of Trustees gathered together via Zoom at the June 28, 2021 meeting

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 Co-Moderators, who chair the Board, the Financial Advisor, ten trustees elected at large, and two youth trustees. The President of the Association is the member of the Board without voting privileges. The Board meets monthly throughout the course of the year.

The Board approves new congregations; 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; and creates policies to promote openness and transparency and to establish the boundaries and goals governing the work of the staff and committees.

Contacting the Board

The UUA Board of Trustees welcomes communication, comments, questions, and suggestions. If you would like to contact the Board, including to request time on the agenda at an upcoming board meeting, please email board-contact@uua.org. Emails will receive an acknowledgement and will be reviewed by Board members at the next available opportunity, recognizing that Board members are volunteers. Smaller questions and comments may receive a response within a week, while more detailed or substantive questions and comments are typically discussed at the next monthly Board meeting.

If you have an urgent need, contact Stephanie Carey Maron at scarey@uua.org.

Packets, Minutes, and Reports

News and Announcements

Leslie MacFadyen Resigns from UUA Board of Trustees

Trustee Leslie MacFadyen submitted her resignation from the UUA Board of Trustees on September 13, 2021, with these words:

It has been a pleasure and honor to serve on the UUA Board of Trustees over the past 2 years. My work outside of the board specifically around preserving voting rights of all people and building a more secure Democracy have become more vital than ever and it is with a heavy heart that I tender my resignation from the UUA Board of Trustees.

I have valued the work I was able to do with the Board and UUA staff, but lamentably, knowing my own limits and the need to center my own personal health and wellness have led me to this decision. I wish the board well in the work ahead and of course remain a committed Unitarian Universalist in all that I do in the world.

In faith,

Leslie MacFadyen

Leslie was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2019 and was in the third year of her 3-year term.

The Board expressed its thanks for Leslie's outstanding leadership on the Board, and its sorrow at her resignation. It also affirmed her decision to thoughtfully prioritize the needs of her personal and family life amidst the demands of her Unitarian Universalist leadership service and her activism in the wider community and nation.

Board Supports "No White Supremacy In Our House" Statement Put Forth by Unitarian Universalist Young Adults at General Assembly 2021

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is in receipt of this communication from the Young Adult Caucus at this General Assembly.

The Board applauds this statement in two regards:

One is that we are deeply impressed by the process of covenant creation that went into this statement. We particularly note the way that the group structured the conversation between their BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants and the rest of the body. We recommend that Unitarian Universalist organizations adapt their methods in developing consensus.

We also applaud their demonstration of accountability to the UUA’s long-standing commitment to dismantling white supremacy culture. They are leading all of us to the understanding that accountability requires action and presence. Withdrawal from harmful and unsafe spaces is not an option for those who are witnessing white supremacy in action.

The Board applauds this statement and urges all Unitarian Universalists to read it and learn it from our Young Adult leaders. (Read the full statement by the Young Adults.)

Complete Board Announcement List