Mr. Barb Greve (left) and Elandria Williams (right), Co-Moderators of the UUA, standing in front of podium at opening of General Assembly 2019

Mr. Barb Greve (left) and Elandria Williams (right), Co-Moderators of the UUA, standing in front of podium at opening of General Assembly 2019

Moderator Search and Nomination
Moderator Search and Nomination
UUA Governance & Management, UUA Board of Trustees, UUA Elections, UUA Officers

The UUA is currently in search for the next Moderator of the Association. The next Moderator will be elected in June 2020, with the election concluding at General Assembly in Providence, RI. This will be a special election to fill the remaining five years of a six-year term as Moderator, as no nomination was made for the previously scheduled election in 2019. 

Application Process

The UUA Board of Trustees nominates candidates for Moderator, and has appointed a Moderator Search Committee to bring to the Board well-qualified individuals or team of individuals for their review and possible nomination. The Moderator Search Committee will receive and evaluate applications, conduct references and background checks, and present their recommendations to the Board. The Board will announce the candidate(s) for this election by December 10, 2019. 

To apply for the role of Moderator, as a team or individual, complete the application form. Applications must be completed by October 1, 2019. 

Complete the online application form to submit your application.

Or download a PDF version of the application (4 pages).

Job Description

As the Chief Governance Officer of the Association, the Moderator works closely with the Board, Executive Staff, and Committees of the UUA. The Moderator along with the UUA Board is supported by the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Board of Trustees and the Executive Staff of the UUA and staff in their team. In collaboration with the Board, the Executive Staff of the UUA, and ultimately, UUA member congregations and covenanting communities, the Moderator helps to shape and hold the vision and mission of the UUA. The Moderator also works to encourage and support leaders, congregations, and covenanting communities in our faith as well as partner organizations in feeling fully heard and represented in UUA decision-making processes.

A full job description (PDF) is available.

The position of Moderator is a substantial volunteer commitment and requires significant travel. All expenses are reimbursed, and there is modest reimbursement available for lost work time. Administrative support is provided through UUA staff. Nominees must be members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, but there are no other restrictions, including age or status as a religious professional, on the ability to apply. People with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, Hispanic/Latinx, and LGBTQ Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to apply. The UUA is committed to developing a diverse and talented volunteer leadership team. Potential applicants who are excited about this role, but are unsure whether they meet 100% of the requirements, are encouraged to inquire or apply.


  • August 2019 - Application form goes live. 
  • October 1, 2019 - Application deadline.
  • October 2019 - Moderator Search Committee confidentially submits a small number of qualified applicants to the Board. The Board receives and reviews these applicants in closed session.
  • December 10, 2019 - The Board Announces its nominee(s).
  • February 1, 2020 - Final day to file a nomination by petition 
  • June 2020 - Election; the Moderator(s) take office immediately after GA.

Moderator Search Committee

The Moderator Search Committee was created by the UUA Board in 2019. The members of the Moderator Search Committee are:

  • Rev. Kimerley Debus
  • Kimberly Hampton
  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson
  • Chloe Ockey
  • Denise Rimes
  • Lauren Way

For questions about this process, contact the Moderator Search Committee at moderatorsearchcommittee [at] uua [dot] org.

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