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