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), Thrane Jensen (Treasurer 2019-2020, board term 2017-2020), Michelle Swagler (Secretary 2019-2021, board term 2018-2021), Susan Brown (2018-2021), Scott Mason (2018-2021), Susan Curtis (2019-2022), Clela Reed (2019-2022), Lyndall Tunnell (2019-2022), Jean Bleyle (2019-2020, filling one-year position)

UUFA Board of Trustees 2019-2020


Thoughts from Board Members

  • Nurture Our theme for July is Nurturing – to support and encourage during a period of training or development.  How appropriate!  We have a new Board of Trustees President and four new members of the Board.  Our Board redevelops and retrains itself every year.  We establish new connections and learn new skills for directing the Board and the congregation. Is UUFA a nurturing community?  I was the someone who needed nurturing when my wife, Kathy, and I first joined UUFA.  We were new to the Athens community, new to UU, and new to the Fellowship.  How did we find nurture and our place at UUFA?  We joined an SGM group (small group ministry) and its members provided what we needed.  We asked questions; we discussed the Principles and Sources; we questioned how we could integrate both our new and our older faith. UUFA is a faith journey, allowing us to search for the truth in our individual lives.  We found Forum discussions and book groups that supported our continued learning.  We also found fun and fellowship activities that met our need to find friendships in the Fellowship.  We came to feel comfortable each Sunday knowing others were interested in talking to us.  We also joined the choir, certainly a supportive, nurturing environment.  Like all members, we are part of a Care Ring.  A Care Ring is a small community of members geographically aligned.  We gather together occasionally for a social event to get to know each other.  We also may step up for those in our Care Ring who have a need for a bit of help with food, transportation, or conversation. We also provide nurture to the Fellowship when we serve.  There are so many ways that members can contribute.  The Stepping Stones is a path for involvement in the Fellowship.  In the Welcome Center the desk shows the many ways for involvement.  The list is wide, and there is room for everyone among the activities that support our Fellowship.  We follow the First Principle – the worth and dignity of every person, and the Last Principle, the interdependence of all.  I hope you find nurture in the UUFA community both personally and in reaching out to others in the Fellowship and in the Athens community. ~ Scott Mason, Board Member At Large ——————————————————————————-

Most Recent Board Meeting Summary

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Click here to read minutes of past meetings.

  • Get On Board, 6/11/2019 At its June 11, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board welcomed newly elected members to its final meeting of the current fiscal year and discussed: the transition to a new Board; reflections on Board service; the summer schedule for the Board; review of the Annual Congregational Meeting; CPR/AED training to be offered to members who wish to participate on the UUFA safety team (interested members please email Rev. Alison); and pedestrian walkway safety. Actions approved were: appointments to the Committee on Shared Ministry; and authorization for the Music Director and Minister to conduct a search to replace the pianist who is moving this summer. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Minister’s Report; and Treasurer’s Report. Future agenda items are: naming of a new Vice President; assignment of portfolio responsibilities to Board members; review of revised Fund Oversight Committee policy; and discussion of the best use of Capital Campaign funds for mortgage reduction and building priorities. Upcoming event: Quarterly Connections, Saturday, 9/7/2019, 9:00-noon. UUFA Quarterly Connections is a time for members and friends to come together to deepen their connection in our community. Light refreshments and conversation surround time for learning, growth and engagement in the operations and activities at our Fellowship. To read the adopted May 7, 2019 Board minutes, click here. The minutes link is also on the “Board & Governance” page of the UUFA website.  Or stop by the UUFA office to read a paper copy. There will be no Board meeting in July. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, August 27, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend this meeting; please share any comments you have with any Board member. ~ Respectfully submitted, Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees