Unitarian Universalist congregations are organized democratically. While we chose to be part of the Unitarian Universalist Association, each congregation is self-governing.
Our ministers are called by a vote of the congregation and while serving the congregation have Freedom of the Pulpit, which means they are to be guided by their conscience and speak the truth as best they understand it. The minister also has pastoral authority for the congregation as well as any responsibilities delegated by the Board of Trustees.
While we are governed by our Bylaws, we are, at our best, living in covenant and living more fully into our shared promises to one another.
Our Annual Budget Drive is held each year in the January–March time frame. By making responsible financial pledges to the congregation for the coming fiscal year (July 1–June 30), members and friends allow the congregation to do responsible financial planning as we seek to live out our mission.
Our congregation holds an Annual Meeting each May at which officers are elected and a budget is adopted. (See link to congregational meeting packet below.) Congregational meetings are held as needed throughout the rest of the year. Between congregational meetings, the affairs of the congregation are overseen by the elected Board of Trustees (more details about Board below), which in turns delegates day-to-day management to the staff, through the minister as chief-of-staff.
The Board holds its regular monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month. Guests are always welcome at the Board Meeting except for rare occasions when, to protect privacy of staff or volunteers, we go into Executive Session. Guests who wish to speak are advised to speak to the President in advance to make arrangements.
The Executive Committee is a subset of the Board and includes the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, and Minister. It meets on the first Monday of the month to set the agenda for its meeting with the Board a week later. If you have items for the agenda, please be sure to have them to the President or Secretary before the Executive Meeting.
These documents were created at the time of the governance change in 2011 as a pilot program. They were reviewed by the Board in 2015–2106 to update them for continued non-pilot use.