How UUFA is Organized

Governance and Ministry 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 some employment oversight. The Board delegates to the Minister, Ministry Council, and Staff, responsibilities regarding programs and the daily management of the Fellowship. The Minister also serves as Chief of Staff.

Click here to learn more about this governance model directly from Dan Hotchkiss.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees serve as governors of UUFA who are the primary stewards of the Fellowship. They create and oversee 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). They designate to the Minister and Ministry Council programmatic responsibilities. Click here for Job Descriptions of UUFA Board positions.

The members serving on the 2019-2020 Board of Trustees are Barbara Schell (President 2019-2020, board term 2018-2021), Jean Bleyle (Vice President 2019-2020, filling one-year position), Thrane Jensen (Treasurer 2019-2020), Michelle Swagler (Secretary 2019-2021), Susan Brown (2018-2021), Scott Mason (2018-2021), Susan Curtis (2019-2022), Clela Reed (2019-2022), and Lyndall Tunnell (2019-2022).

UUFA Board of Trustees 2019-2020


Thoughts from Board Members

  • UUFA Board President Comments on Rev. Alison’s Retirement Dear UUFA Members and Friends, It’s true. And it’s sad. But it is understandable. As many of you are learning, Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen has decided to retire, ending her 10 years of ministry here at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens. Rev. Alison submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees indicating her tenure with UUFA will end in June, 2020. In addition, a letter was sent to all members and friends on UUFA’s email news list and by surface mail to those not on that list. Reverend Alison and her husband Paul plan to move to North Carolina to be near their older son and his family. After ten years of ministry at the Fellowship, Rev. Alison leaves us in great shape to carry on until a new settled minister is selected. With her guidance we have successfully conducted ...
  • Fulfilling the Promise by Engaging By Barbara Schell, UUFA Board of Trustees President Our congregational theme for the first month of this New Year relates to fulfilling the promise by engaging.  For me, that prompts consideration about how we each engage in this Fellowship at different times and in different ways. I know that since I have become President, I have tried to become more aware of the different communities within our congregation, along with seeking to understand if and how our practices work to help each person give and get what they need from being a member. I am pleased with actions that I see that send a message of inclusion. For instance, our children now have their own clip-on name tags that they pick up by the RE station as they come into the building. Our Board of Trustees voted at the beginning of the ...
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News from the Board

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  • Sharing Your Secret Super Power Do you have a secret super power? Have you been wanting to share your smarts and skills more actively within our community, but don’t know how/where to start? If you’re interested in exploring leadership opportunities at UUFA or if you know someone with hidden talents, the Nominating Committee wants to ...
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