Board and Governance

How UUFA is Organized

UUFA, a mid-size congregation, uses a “Governance and Ministry” structural model developed by independent consultant Dan Hotchkiss, formerly with the Alban Institute. The Board’s primary responsibilities include setting policies, monitoring finances, stewarding buildings and grounds, and overseeing some employment. The Board delegates to the Minister, Ministry Council, and Staff responsibilities regarding programs and the daily management of the Fellowship.

The Board of Trustees creates and oversees global policies that guide the work performed to meet the congregation’s mission, vision, and covenant. They act as general staff employer and supervise the Minister (who supervises the staff).

Click here for job descriptions of UUFA Board positions.

The members serving on the 2021-2022 Board of Trustees are

Vivian Sellers

President

( 2021-2022, term 2020-2023)

“I first walked into a Unitarian Universalist service when my children were 1 and 3. They are now 37 and 35, so I’ve been part of this Association for a while. That very first day, I felt “at home” and still do. I wanted to raise my children in a place where they could believe that doing good just for the sake of doing good was its own reward; that they were loved and loving people, not full of sin and the need for saving; and that all people are worthy. I found that in our first congregation in Gwinnett County. I have found that for myself here in Athens.”

Iva King

Vice President

( 2021-2022, term 2021-2024)

“Why become a UU after many years in a mainline denomination? I needed a place to explore what I believe. I want to work with people committed to promoting justice and protecting our beautiful planet. Here at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, I found a community where I can learn, grow, work, and simply be with people of all ages, genders, races, and cultures. I love it!”

Karen Solheim

Secretary

(2021-2022, term 2021-2022),

I initially attended UUFA because I needed a spiritual home.  I stayed because of the people, who are not all like-minded but who all strive to embrace UUFA’s mission, vision, and covenant along with the UUA’s seven principles. In addition, most individuals at UUFA seem to be people (in the paraphrased words of Marge Piercy) who submerge in the task and who are not parlor generals.  UUFA’s justice work in a wide variety of arenas keeps me coming back as UUFA strives to build the Beloved Community not only within the walls of Fellowship but also in the greater Athens area.

Lyndall Tunnell

Treasurer

(2021-2022, term 2019-2022)

My early church life was like constantly dining alone on baloney sandwiches.  Unitarian Universalism is like Thanksgiving.

Susan Curtis

(2019-2022)

“After a couple of decades as a very unorthodox Christian, I moved in my mid-thirties to a town with a UU congregation. Finally, a group of people who shared my liberal theology as well as the concerns for social justice I had found as an adult among Methodists. UUFA, my third UU congregation, makes room for my agnosticism while also supporting a welcoming community sensitive to members’ needs and advocating for social justice in the larger community.”

Clela Reed

(2019-2022)

“For eighteen years, UUFA has provided a compass for determining my path of moral, spiritual, and ethical growth. I’m more aware and compassionate and more inspired and productive because of my involvement in this Fellowship. I feel a sense of family with this beloved community and have come to love and appreciate its members. The opportunity to serve has been important to me as well as the support I’ve felt for my personal endeavors—my poetry, in particular. Beyond all the serious work of an earnest spiritual community that promotes social justice, UUFA also hasn’t forgotten the need for socializing and full-hearted fun. In ways large and small, this Fellowship has enriched my life.”

Marco Messori

(2020-2023)

“When I think of my dear UUFA, three concepts come to my mind; caring, diversity, and exploration. Through our vision, mission, and covenant and our commitment to the UU seven principles, our beloved community shines its light in our dear Athens. The respect of the democratic process in our congregation and our striving for social justice are living symbols of the respect of our Unitarian Universalist tradition and of our shared aspiration to work for a better world for future generations.”

Sarah Cook

(2021-2024)

“One of the most rewarding things to me about Unitarian Universalism is the diversity of paths we took to get here. I think I’m a relative rarity (at least in my generation) in that I was raised with no faith tradition at all. I didn’t go looking for a religion, but I was lucky enough to have a close friend in college who was born and raised UU (also a rarity). Once I learned about the denomination and joined a nascent UU student group, I realized that I had been UU all along – I just didn’t know it yet! Since then, I’ve been a part of UU congregations in three states, and I’m happy to say that UUFA embodies UU values and, most importantly, feels like home.”

Robert Teskey

(2021-2022)

“When I was young, I went to summer camp every summer. Each year I couldn’t wait to go back. I loved the feeling of being with the other kids, having fun, working on teams and projects together, and enjoying each other’s company. I feel much the same about the UUFA. I get a good feeling being with the kind, loving, and caring people at the UUFA, so it has been a privilege to help support the UUFA community by volunteering. Seeing so many people working together for a common good and a brighter future makes me feel some of the same contentment I felt as a young boy, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.”

Board Reflection – May 2022

As UUFA considers “Building a New Way through Partnership” as our May theme, let’s look back at the almost two years Rev. Lisa has partnered with us on the Board and throughout the Fellowship.

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Happenings

May 2022
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