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 2018-2019 Board of Trustees are Bob McArthur (President), Barbara Schell (Vice-President), Thrane Jensen (Treasurer), Barbara Teskey (Secretary), Susan Brown, Scott Mason, Jane Mayer, Rosemary Wood, Michelle Swagler.


Thoughts from BOT Members

  • On Congregational Meetings On Congregational Meetings The 2019 Congregational Meeting is Sunday, May 19, 12:00 pm. UUFA traditionally has its annual meeting in late May, near the end of the program year. We use this occasion to make the decisions that require approval of the entire Fellowship: the next budget, elections of officers and committee members, and changes to our policies. Whatever business may be presented, our annual meeting is part of a continuous lineage extending back to the Puritan roots of the Congregationalist churches of 17th century New England. The theological and administrative independence of an individual congregation was a novel idea first introduced during the Reformation. And while the early American instances were not as fully democratic as they would later become, the seeds of the principle of full congregational sovereignty were already evident in Massachusetts in the 1630s. (Source: Conrad Wright, Congregational Polity, Skinner House, 1997) Like those early New England churches, our Fellowship is a voluntary association. We define our mission, write our own bylaws and policies, determine who will be our minister, and set the covenant of our membership. Even our connection to Unitarian Universalism is up to us. In practice this means that everything of importance is under the direct control of our members. UUFA has been a thriving organization for 65 years. We are a caring community, we provide opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, and we work together for the greater good in Athens and beyond. The annual meeting is an opportunity to connect to our mission and assert our independence. I hope everyone will make a special effort to attend and participate on May 19. –Bob McArthur, President, Board of Trustees

News & Meeting Summaries

  • May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting On May 19, all are invited to a pizza & salad lunch immediately following the Sunday service! Then stick around for UUFA’s Annual Congregational Meeting at 12 Noon (Check in begins at 11:45 a.m.). There are important items on the agenda for congregational vote. Please plan to attend and lend your voice to the good works of UUFA. If you missed yesterday’s email with the supporting documents and agenda for the meeting, click here (click on the headline of this post first). In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, individuals must be “Active Members” of UUFA: defined in the bylaws as those who have signed the membership book at least four weeks in advance of the meeting, and have made a financial contribution of record during the previous 12 months. (See Article II, Section 2.1 of the UUFA Bylaws.) Regardless of voting eligibility, everyone is welcome to attend! ——————————————————————————
  • Get On Board, 4/9/2019 At its April 9, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed: the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo; the pledge drive needs for the 2019/20 budget; the ministerial review process; and UUFA rental policies. Actions approved were: to authorize the Board President or Vice President to sign summer camp temporary employment contracts consistent with previous years’ staffing, if needed before the next scheduled Board meeting. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Treasurer’s Report; and notice from the Nominating Committee that the slate of nominees for elected positions in 2019/20 is ready for posting. Future agenda items are: proposed budget for 2019/20; plans for the May 19 Annual Congregational Meeting; UUA General Assembly delegates; and UUFA financial review by Internal Audit Task Force. Events in April and May: — Sunday, April 28, 9:20-10:20 a.m., Budget Town Hall — May 19, 12:00 noon, UUFA Annual Congregational Meeting (right after pizza lunch!) The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, May 19 — save the date! To read the adopted March 12, 2019 Board minutes, please click here — March 12, 2019. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, May 7, 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
  • Nominations for Board and Nominating Committee Members Announced PRELIMINARY SLATE FOR MAY 19, 2019 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING For Board of Trustees: President (affirmation of 2019-20 appointment from current Board membership) – Barbara Schell; Secretary — Michelle Swagler; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Jean Bleyle; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Lyndall Tunnell; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (3-year term) Clela Reed; At Large member of the Board of Trustees (1-year term, filling vacant position) Susan Curtis; For Nominating Committee: Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) Diane Bridges; Member of the Nominating Committee (2-year term) Rich Rayburn ——————————————————————————