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 2017-2018 Board of Trustees are Linda Gilbert (President), Bob McArthur (Vice-President), Thrane Jensen (Treasurer), Aleta Turner (Secretary), Fabiana Hayden, Liz Weaver, Rosemary Wood, Roger Bailey, and Barbara Shell.

Board Notes

  • Board of Trustees Sets Sail The Board launched our new year with a two-day retreat in mid-August.  The retreat had four principal purposes: team building, orienting new members, reviewing policies and procedures for continuing members, and articulation of Board goals. Bob McArthur’s house, Friday evening, and the Sandy Creek Nature Center, Saturday, were the venues for the retreat. Our Governance and Ministry model depends upon joint planning and goal setting.   A mid-year retreat of the Board and the Ministry Council last January established the overall theme for this program year—“Making Room For …” – and the monthly themes — e.g., “Creativity,” the theme for September – as well as four broad Fellowship goals: –Family ministry; intergenerational connectedness –Strengthening relations with the Athens community –Improving internal and external communications –More deep conversations across the Fellowship. Ministry Council and the Board then each develop specific implementation plans in their sphere of activity and oversight. Our retreat provided the opportunity to articulate how we would carry out our part of these four goal areas with additional opportunities that our new building will provide. Since the Board’s role in general is fiscal and executive, not programmatic, our support for the four goals has to do with budget and policy to assist the Ministry areas.  As the year goes on, we will review our budget priorities to ensure that there is sufficient wherewithal to advance the goal areas, will study existing policies, and consider new and revised ones.  Board members also agreed to seek out opportunities for further diversity and multicultural sensitivity training to help us work through these challenges. All in all, this promises to be a busy year as we fit into our new space and work to advance our UUFA mission and vision. — Bob McArthur, President, UUFA Board of Trustees