Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Grid of Members of the UUA Board of Trustees in a Zoom meeting on October 17, 2020.

Members of the UUA Board of Trustees gathered together via Zoom at the October 2020 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 at least quarterly, with additional conference call meetings throughout the course of the year.

The Board approves new congregations and covenanting communities, associate organizations, and affiliate member organizations; 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

Prepare for General Assembly 2021 by Joining the Board's Two New Webinars

In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith ask of us?

At this year’s virtual General Assembly (GA), we will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle, and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Whether you're a first-time delegate or a long-time attendee, we invite you to join us to learn more about what will happen at GA this year. Members of the Board of Trustees, Commission on Social Witness, and GA Planning Committee will provide an overview, along with information for delegates regarding the business sessions.

Webinar Options

This year, the Board will host two separate webinars:

  1. What to Expect at GA 2021
  2. GA Rules of Procedure

Each webinar will last 75 minutes and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. (Learn more and register.)

Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2021

The Nominating Committee provided the following slate of nominees to the Board of Trustees on March 15, 2021.

This slate was edited on March 25, 2021.

Board of Trustees

  • Elizabeth Mount - position #3 (3-year term)
  • JeKaren Olaoya - position #6 (3-year term)
  • Sam Trumbore - position #8 (3-year term)
  • Jay Kiskel - position #8 (3-year term) — by petition
    • This candidate submitted a petition for nomination to the Board of Trustees (for position #8) to the Board Secretary on March 12, 2021.

Commission on Appraisal

  • Adrian Graham (6-year term)

Commission on Social Witness

  • Meredith Garmon (4-year term)
    Note: After discernment, Meredith Garmon decided not to seek a second term on the Commission on Social Witness and withdrew his name from the candidate slate.

Financial Advisor

  • Lucia Santini Field (1-year term)

General Assembly Planning Committee

  • Chelsea Surfus (4-year term)

Nominating Committee

  • Tim Atkins (2-year term)
  • Danielle Di Bona (1-year term)
  • Cristy Cardinal (3-year term)

Review photos and biographies for each candidate. (PDF, 3 pages)

Complete Board Announcement List