UUCM has used the Policy Governance model since the 2011-2012 fiscal year. This form of governance is recognized as a highly effective, results oriented approach to nonprofit board governance.
The Policy Governance model takes as its starting point the principle that a governing board is accountable for the organization it governs and that it exists on behalf of a larger group of persons who morally own the organization. The responsibilities of the Board are specified by the church By-Laws. Seven members of the church make up the Board of Trustees. Two serve as Officers - the President and Vice President - and are elected annually. The remaining five serve as Trustees for three year terms.
The Board meets monthly at the Church. Meeting dates and times are posted on the UUCM website calendar. Board meetings are open to all members and friends.
President: Robert J Brooks
Vice President: Sharon Charles
Treasurer: Stephanie Siewert
Directors: Julia Antonsen, Bill Arnold, Cindy Busch, Mike Elliott, Melissa Martinson
Within Policy Governance, board members are not involved in coordinating and ensuring the quality of activities of the churches committees and programs. To fill this role, and to ensure the congregation works in harmony to achieve our congregation’s goals and aspirations as defined by the Board, the Church Council, is tasked with this operation.
Council members work together to support excellent communication, activity coordination, and committee task alignment across all the elements of church life. They provide strategic counsel to Board and staff, primarily through the minister, and nurture leadership within their area of ministry and within the council itself.
Each Facilitator represents an area of church life and congregational ministry. Through their monthly combined meetings with the staff, the Council shares information with each other, discusses key issues, and formulates action plans. The Facilitator role is for a term of 2 years (minimum), running in conjunction with the UUCM church year (July through June).
UUA Principles and Purpose
As Unitarian Universalists, our congregation affirms and promote the following seven principles:
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UUCM Covenant of Right Relations
We, the members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Minnetonka, agree to this covenants of right relations with one another.
Through this covenant we promise to strive:
We affirm through this covenant to create a community that enjoys and embraces its time together, and speaks the truth in love as we pursue the mission, vision and values of our church and congregation.
In order to be fully recognized as a welcoming congregation, UUCM undertook a two-year course of self study in the areas of education, congregational life, and community outreach. We fly our rainbow flag with pride every day, celebrating Solidarity Sunday in October, attending Twin Cities Pride celebrations, the People of Faith Rally at the State Capitol in support of same-sex couples, and have hosted workshops, book discussions, movie nights, and speakers regarding LGBTQ issues.
UUCM has been officially recognized as a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalist Association. A welcoming congregation affirms the worth and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and encourages them to visit, participate, become friends, and join our congregation.
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