When a church joins the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, we agree to affirm and promote “…the use of the democratic process within our congregations…”. Our congregation is self-governing; we create our own dreams, make our own decisions, and turn those dreams and decisions into reality.
Board of Directors 2017-18
The church is governed by a Board made up of nine Directors. Church members are nominated by the Nominating Committee, and elected by the membership at our annual meeting held in June each year.
Officers serve a 1-year term for a maximum of 4 terms. Directors serve a 2-year term for a maximum of 2 terms.
The duties of the Board are described in Article VII of our Bylaws (2016).
Board meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm.
Our current Board members are:
|Board Member||Position||Term Ends|
|Jerry Katzmann||President||June 2018|
|Gail Bishop||Vice President||June 2018|
|Ann Hutton||Secretary||June 2018|
|Garth Nelson||Treasurer||June 2018|
|Randy Crawford||Director||June 2018|
|Greg Turosak||Director||June 2018|
|Charyssa Cobb||Director||June 2019|
|Kate Thompson-Jewell||Director||June 2019|
|Chris Wendt||Director||June 2019|
Our Program Council serves as an operational arm of the Board of Directors and Program & Administration Coordinating Team (PAC). Its voting membership includes the Vice-President and the chairs of standing committees and task forces which report to the Board of Directors (Endowment, Finance, Nominating, and Personnel Committees). Chairs of operating councils and task groups, and operational committees and task groups are also encouraged to attend.
The main purposes of Program Council are to:
- Provide a forum for chairs to coordinate committee activities and set committee priorities;
- Facilitate the efficient sharing of information;
- Advise the Board on operational issues;
- Orient chairs to church procedures and resources.
Program Council meets on the fourth Wednesday of March, June, September, and December, at 7:15 pm.
Councils, Committees, and Groups
Much of the work of the church – internal and external – is performed by teams of people who gather in councils, committees, and groups. Church staff members have operational responsibilities and are aligned with committees to ensure the smooth operation of the church and its programs, and to direct volunteer efforts.
Listed below are links to the Council and Committee descriptions describing their purpose, functions, organizational structure, and reporting requirements. Most often, subcommittees and task groups do not have separate descriptions but perform a distinct part of the work of the larger committee under the direction of that committee.
Governance and Administration
Congregational Life & Programs
Religious Education Council for Children & Youth
Social Justice Council
Hospitality and Growth Council
Caring Congregation Committee
Memorial Garden Committee
Religious Education Committee (Adult)
Sophia Lyon Fahs Library Committee
Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures
Our Bylaws have been adopted by the congregation and the Board of Directors to establish predictable and efficient ways to work together and make sure we operate in an ethical, legal, and safe manner.
Our policies are currently undergoing a full review by the Board and, as such, will not be posted online until the review has been completed. If you are in need of information about a particular policy, please contact the Congregational Administrator in the church office.