Nominating Committee

Nominating Committee 2017

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Nominating Committee nominates candidates for all positions elected by the General Assembly except for President and Moderator. Candidates for elected positions may also be nominated by petition.

As part of the vetting process, all applications will be vetted through the Ministries and Faith Development office. The reason is to be mindful that folks involved in misconduct or allegations of misconduct are not appointed or nominated to committees until due process is complete.

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)

Nomination Procedures

The UUA Bylaws provide for nomination of elected positions by two procedures:

  1. Nomination by the Nominating Committee
    • To be considered by the Nominating Committee, an applicant must:
      • Be a member of a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation
      • Complete the Volunteer Leadership Application. Applications remain active for two years, after which we ask volunteers still interested to re-apply.
  2. Petition
    • To run by petition, a candidate must:
      • Be a voting member of a UU congregation
      • Secure signatures of at least 50 members of certified UU congregations with no more than 10 from any single congregation
      • File requisite papers with the UUA Secretary by the May 1 preceding the election

May 1st Deadline

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

The bylaws stipulate:

The Nominating Committee shall endeavor to nominate individuals so that the membership of the Board of Trustees and each elected committee reflects the full diversity of the Association, especially in regard to historically marginalized communities, but also balancing among size of congregation, lay and ordained, geography, age (including youth and young adults), and gender, among others. The Nominating Committee shall consult with groups and organizations including those traditionally underrepresented in Unitarian Universalist leadership, to help inform the nominating process.

What Is the Nominating Committee Looking For?

In order for UUA committees, commissions, and boards to function as effectively as possible, each candidate needs to have the requisite skills, as well as the ability and time to follow through on their tasks and commitments. In addition, the Nominating Committee strives to equip committees, the board, and commissions with people who can offer a variety of cultural competencies and life experiences, with the belief that this will help these working groups to make more effective decisions.

The Nominating Committee is particularly interested in identifying qualified candidates who also have connections to, and understanding of, ethnic communities other than those of European descent, youth and young adults, and people with disabilities. The committee does not believe that one must personally be a member of a particular group in order to have developed such cultural competencies. Work and volunteer experience, travel, and study are examples of avenues through which people can develop cultural competencies and sensitivities outside of their own ethnic, age or cultural community.

The Nominating Committee also strives to create working groups which include the participation of people of varied genders and sexual identities, who also represent people from a variety of geographies.

Those seeking our nomination should already have demonstrated their leadership skills in their local congregation, district, UUA, theological school, and/or other affiliated Unitarian Universalist organization.

To communicate directly to the Nominating Committee,