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UUA Board of Trustees at General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH

Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association
Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association
UUA Governance & Management, Board of Trustees

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 Moderator, who chairs the board, the Financial Advisor, and ten trustees elected at large. The Youth Observers and the President of the Association are members 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, 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; creates policies to promote openness and transparency and to establish the boundaries and goals governing the work of the staff and committees; and assigns new congregations to districts.

Packets, Minutes, and Reports

News and Announcements

Nominations Needed for Acting Moderator of the Board of Trustees

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for an Acting Moderator to serve our Association. The Acting Moderator will be appointed through General Assembly (GA) 2018, where there will be an election to serve out the remainder of the Moderator term which ends at the conclusion of GA 2019. The Board hopes to appoint someone who will also agree to run for election to the 1-year term at GA 2018, thereby serving a term of just under two years as Acting Moderator. (Read the full announcement and nominate someone for Acting Moderator!)

Memorial Service Announced for Moderator Jim Key at General Assembly 2017

Learn more and join us in-person or online.

Board of Trustees Remembers Jim Key

We Remember

Our beloved friend and colleague, Jim Key, died on the morning of June 2, 2017. We knew he was very ill, but his death took our breath away. How could one so full of life, so utterly engaged, so profoundly devoted to our faith be taken from us? Jim was indefatigable. He brought more energy and passion to the work of the Board than the rest of us combined. (Read the full remembrance.)

Executive Session Board Meeting To Be Held on May 30, 2017

The Board will meet in Executive Session on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 to discuss transition costs. Once all costs are finalized, the Board will report out.

Board Sends Blessings to the Key Family and Announces Interim Leadership Plans

We are grieving deeply at the sudden resignation of our beloved leader, Jim Key. He has served our Association with commitment, passion, and vision. Our thoughts are with Jim and Liz as we embrace them in the arms of our Beloved Community. (Read the full statement.)

Letter of Resignation from Jim Key, Moderator and Chief Governance Officer of the UUA

On May 13, 2017, Moderator Jim Key submitted his letter of resignation to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. (Read the full official letter.)

Join the Board's Webinar: "What General Assembly Delgates Can Expect at GA 2017"

If you are attending General Assembly (GA) 2017 this summer as a delegate, either in New Orleans or as an offsite delegate, you are cordially invited to join Vice Moderator Denise Rimes and several others as they discuss the agenda for this year—including bylaws amendments, a statement of conscience, and the UUA presidential election. Your delegate experience will be greatly enhanced by being prepared for the mini-assemblies and discernment and discussion on these important issues. (Learn more!)

April 8, 2017 Letter from the UUA Moderator

Beloved Friends:

Once again we find ourselves on the leading edge of change. In the past ten days, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board and I as your Moderator have heard an outcry of anguish and, yes, of hope from hundreds of Unitarian Universalists. I want you to know that we are doing our utmost to stand prayerfully at the center of the storm of controversy and concern. We are listening carefully, reading every communication we receive, and doing our best to ground our actions in the best interest of this faith we love and treasure. (Read the full letter.)

April 6, 2017 Letter from the UUA Moderator

Yesterday I received a call from Harlan Limpert advising me of his intention to resign his position of Chief Operations Officer effective April 20, 2017. I accepted Harlan’s resignation with grateful appreciation for his contributions to our faith over the years. He announced his decision to the staff yesterday. (Read the full letter.)

Board Releases Narrative on Support of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective

Read the full narrative.

Board Report, January 2017

  • President Morales outlined our response to the moral imperatives implied by the policies of the new administration. He made it clear that we are re-deploying Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) field staff to help meet local needs in the wake of the election. The Board joined he and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President, the Honorable Thomas Andrews, in endorsing a Declaration of Conscience committing to put Unitarian Universalist values into action to resist hate, fear and bigotry. (Read the full report...)

Board of Trustees Composes Letter of Support to Members of the Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism Collective

After reaffirming its support for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), the Board pledged to be a partner in helping to fulfill the vision of BLUU. Read the full letter of support.

Nominations for Election at General Assembly 2017

Elections for the following positions will be held at General Assembly (GA) 2017 in New Orleans, LA. (UPDATED 2/2/2017.)

Board of Review
  • 2 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2025)
    • Rev. Charlie Ortman
    • Karen Hall
Board of Trustees
  • 4 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2020)
    • Kathy Burek
    • Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti
    • Christina Rivera
    • Sarah Dan Jones
Commission on Appraisal
  • 3 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2023)
    • Lucas Hergert
    • David Friedman
    • Holley Ulbrich
Commission on Social Witness
  • 2 open seats
  • Nominee (term ends 2021)
    • Rev. Meredith Garmon
General Assembly Planning Committee
  • 4 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2021)
    • Oshara Meesha
    • Tuli Patel
    • Chelsea Surfus
    • ​Debra Gray Boyd (by petition)
Nominating Committee
  • 3 open seats
  • Nominees (terms end 2020)
    • Rev. Michael Walker
    • Rev. Joanne Giannino
    • Jessica Falconer

Our elections of people to serve the members and congregations of the Association are at the heart of our fifth principle of our faith and our trust in the democratic process. Please take the opportunity to learn more about the positions available and the process for running by petition.

People interested in running by petition have until February 1 to submit a completed petition.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Rob Eller-Isaacs, Secretary of the UUA, secretary [at] uua [dot] org, or Stephanie Carey Maron, Executive Assistant for the Office of the President, administration [at] uua [dot] orgView the nominees' photos and bios!

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