View our current bylaws HERE.
Board of Trustees
Monthly meetings as announced. Check the calendar for dates and times.
President – firstname.lastname@example.org
President-Elect – email@example.com
Vice President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer – email@example.com
Recording Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Secretary – email@example.com
Facilities Trustee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Life Trustee – email@example.com
Program Trustee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee on Shared Ministry – email@example.com
First UU is currently engaged in conversation about shared governance as opposed to a hierarchical structure. The system under consideration is called sociocracy.
Sociocracy, also called dynamic governance, is a system of governance that seeks to create psychologically safe environments and productive organizations. It is distinguished by the use of consent, rather than majority voting, in discussion and decision-making by people who have a shared objective or work process. (from Wikipedia) For more information, go to https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/sociocracy-resources
Members in sociocratic circles engage with each other in a spirit of experimentation, with ongoing evaluation of how policies are working. The mantra for developing policies is “Good enough for now and not likely to cause harm.” For the purposes of this document and until a name is agreed to by our group, the term “General Circle” will be used instead of “Board.”
Our response to the organizational driver:
Because we currently have a leadership structure that demands much of individuals in terms of time and pressure, we have no nominee for President, VP, and Financial Secretary, leading to anxiety about the future of First UU. Therefore, we need a re-visioning of the leadership structure to move the congregation forward.
Three types of work for the General Circle:
- Fiduciary – Tending to the stewardship of the tangible assets
- Strategic – Working to set the congregation’s priorities and seeing that resources are aligned with those priorities
- Generative – Problem framing and sense making about the shifting environment of the congregation and community
Responsibilities of the General Circle:
- Establish the church’s yearly budget
- Confirm the vision cast by the congregation and establish yearly goals for the church
- Work in partnership with staff and committees to ensure they fulfill the mission and vision of the church
- General Circle role is governance
- Minister role is leading
- Staff role is managing
- Member role is doing
Steps toward adoption:
Step 1: Know our why.
Step 2: Consult MidAmerica liaison.
Step 3: Prepare congregation.
Step 4: Leadership and model discernment with timeline.
Step 5: Bylaws Revision
Step 6: Affirmation of delegates and approval of bylaws
Step 7: First meeting