VOTING INFO.

The Board of Directors asks for your vote on the future of our building and grounds. This is the first of several votes in this process. This vote will help focus our energy and resources in the direction of the congregation’s intent.

VOTING PROCESS

Eligibility: All current members of First Unitarian Universalist Church who, per our bylaws, have joined at least 60 days prior to the vote (Nov. 24, 2022), are eligible to vote. Each member will have one vote.

Timing: The vote will open following a special forum on Sunday, January 22, 2023, and will remain open for one week through Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 3:00pm.

How to vote: Members may vote in person at a voting table at church, online through electronic ballot (received by email), requested paper ballot, or by calling the office for a voice vote, received by Sunday, January 29, 2023 by 3:00pm. Each vote will be certified by our Congregational Administrators and Board Secretary.

Voting Results: Results will be shared through a special e-news to the congregation when the result has been certified, and then shared verbally the following Sunday at services. To be accepted as a directive, at least a quorum (30% of total membership) must vote, and an affirmative threshold of 75% of those voting must be reached for either option. If those criteria are not met, the Board will meet to determine what process is needed to move forward as a church.

VOTING LANGUAGE

I, a member of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, MN, believe that the future and flourishing of our congregation and our mission will be best served if we:

__ STAY: renovate or rebuild on our current property. 

OR

__ GO: build or buy a building on a new property.

I understand that, by casting this vote, I am voting to direct the resources of the congregation to deeply explore the option for which I voted.


Previous Voting Information

On January 11, 2023, the Building Our Future: Beyond Ourselves Team will give a summary of research and recommendations.

The final Board Forum will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2023, and voting will begin after the meeting both in person and online.

At its August 2022 monthly meeting, the First UU Board of Directors decided that a first congregational vote regarding the future of our building will be held in January 2023.

The first congregational forum held following the Board’s decision was on September 14, 2022.