Delegates discuss making GA more inclusive

Donna Harrison, Vice Moderator of the UUA Board of Trustees. © Nancy Pierce/UUA

Should the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association be free to everyone? Should it be held every other year? Is its purpose for governance, networking, theological discussion, community—all of these? In short, how can GA be more democratic and reflect more fully the range of voices that Unitarian Universalism includes—including groups that are currently […]

$1.3 million deficit surprises UUA administration, board

Tim Brennan describes deficit, June 24, 2014 (Nancy Pierce/UUA)

The Unitarian Universalist Association will end the fiscal year on June 30 with an unexpected $1.3 million deficit. The Board of Trustees met with the UUA administration this afternoon, June 24, to ask how they had all been taken by surprise by a drop in revenue from major gifts to the UUA’s $24 million operating […]

Trustees meet for last time as 25-member board

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At its two-day meeting preceding the start of the General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees said farewell to more than two-thirds of its members, including Moderator Gini Courter, who concludes ten years as moderator at the end of GA. When the board reconvenes on Monday, June 24, a new […]

Board to review Fifth Principle Task Force report

Board of Trustees meeting (©Nancy Pierce)

After the close of the Justice General Assembly, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees met Monday for a half-day meeting to reflect on last week’s events and discuss upcoming board business. Board members were abuzz with the just-released U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona S.B. 1070 immigration law. Lawyer-board members Nancy Bartlett and Catherine […]

Board asks president to resubmit report, defining metrics

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At its June 19 meeting in Phoenix, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees sent back a Monitoring Report by the UUA administration and asked the administration to describe the metrics it uses to measure its compliance with board policies. “We treat monitoring as an opportunity for continuous improvement and learning,” said Donna Harrison, trustee […]

Resignations accompany planning for 2012 GA

Michelle Deakin reports today that the UUA Board of Trustees, the General Assembly Planning Committee, the board-appointed GA 2012 Accountability Group, and the UUA administration continue trying to clarify how next year’s “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix will be planned. The chair and vice-chair of the General Assembly Planning Committee resigned at the conclusion of […]

Moderator’s report: ‘All of us working together’

“We have a very clear vision of Unitarian Universalism,” said UUA Moderator Gini Courter, “and it comes up from the people.” Courter was delivering her eighth report as the moderator of the UUA, during the final plenary session of the 2011 General Assembly on Sunday afternoon. Courter outlined the three main polities, or ways religious […]

Assembly reduces length of Nominating Committee terms

Delegates to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly voted Saturday to change the terms of the Nominating Committee from one six-year term to two three-year terms. The motion overwhelmingly passed after 20 minutes of debate.

Delegates reduce size of UUA board

General Assembly delegates voted today to reduce the size of the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees from 26 members to 14. The bylaw amendment also ends the election of trustees by district. All trustees will be elected to “at large” positions. Terms will be reduced from four-year to three-year terms. After a half hour […]

A ‘rainbow board’: Invitation to UUA leadership

UUA Leadership Opportunities from UU World on Vimeo. In this segment I spoke to John Hawkins, UUA trustee from the Metro NY District, about Unitarian Universalist Association leadership opportunities and the UUA’s “Rainbow Board” initiative. Learn more on the UUA website​aboutus/​governance/​committees/​

Board members urge ‘yes’ votes for bylaw amendments

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees delivered its report to the General Assembly on Saturday morning, updating delegates on its yearlong efforts to improve linakage with congregations and urging them to vote to reduce the size of the board and eliminate Actions of Immediate Witness at next year’s GA. They also encouraged attendance at the Justice GA […]

Talking about bricks and mortar

In the 21st century, what’s a congregation? A gathering of people in a brick and mortar building? What about communities that gather using online communication tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype? And what about the virtual world of Second Life? This afternoon I attended a UUA Board-hosted conversation on redefining congregations in our Association’s by-laws. […]

Board seeks input on 2012 Justice GA

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees held a workshop Friday afternoon inviting people to share their concerns and ideas for the 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, Ariz. About 80 people gathered at the “UUA Board Conversation Space: Planning for Phoenix 2012” session. A steady stream of people stood at the microphone to offer […]

Amendment to board restructuring bylaw passes in Mini-Assembly

A vocal group of delegates to the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly met in a Mini-Assembly Thursday afternoon to discuss a proposed bylaw amendment that would shrink the size of the UUA board to 14 people from the current 26 (PDF; pages 22-28 in the Business Agenda). Delegates spoke both for and against the amendment, which […]

In Charlotte, Board looks ahead to Phoenix GA

In its second day of meetings prior to the opening of the 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C., the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Board of Trustees devoted  considerable time to matters related to next year’s “Justice GA” to be held in Phoenix, Ariz. The board also welcomed a new member congregation and approved the reunion of […]

Trustees prepare to make case for smaller board

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees met in Charlotte, N.C., today for the first of two days of meetings before the start of the 2011 General Assembly. The board discussed the best ways to explain to GA delegates several proposed changes in governance and social witness. A proposal to reduce the size of the […]

Board meeting: Significant changes ahead for GA resolutions

The UUA board held its traditional post-General Assembly meeting on Monday morning, June 28. They conducted an informal evaluation of the board’s General Assembly workshops; discussed the possibility of reevaluating Responsive Resolutions and Actions of Immediate Witness; approved the Panel on Theological Education’s budget; revised a board policy to include the establishment of a site […]

Board report: UUA governance ‘ready for transformation’

The UUA board reported on its activities this past year at the Saturday morning plenary. Four at-large trustees, including Charlie King, a member of the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn, N.Y., the Rev. José Ballester, minister of the Bell Street Chapel in Providence, the Rev. Jeanne Pupke, minister of First UU Church of Richmond, […]

Congregational presidents consider UUA changes

UUA Moderator Gini Courter and the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Association, met with several hundred congregational presidents Thursday afternoon to share information about changes within the UUA and to answer questions. Morales said the UUA staff is embarking on an era of “much closer collaboration and cooperation with congregations.” He said that consultations […]

UUA board, president seek common ground on Ariz.

The pre-GA meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees in Minneapolis started off with a tense and sometimes emotional discussion about the nature of the relationship between the board and UUA President Peter Morales. At its Tuesday, June 22, meeting, the board noted that after it had placed a business resolution on the agenda of this […]


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