UUCM is currently using the Policy Governance model, which became effective in 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 currently meets monthly at the Church. The times and dates of meetings are posted on the UUCM website calendar. The Board meetings are open to all members and friends.
President: Michael Elliott
Vice President: Robert Brooks
Treasurer: Michele Kost
Directors: Cindy Busch, Sharon Charles,
Mike Kost, Melissa Martinson and Aaron Stilley
Reverend Kent Hemmen Saleska
Tuesday and Friday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Wednesdays: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday Study Day and Monday off
Andrea Purdy Heier
Director of Religious Education
Tuesday & Friday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
and Wednesday 1-5 pm
Contact Andrea to set a meeting time. These can be scheduled during her office hours as well as other times.
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
As our board and staff follow the “policy governance” approach to our organizational planning, board members are no longer 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. They work together as a council 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 share information with each other, discuss key issues, and formulate action plans. The Facilitator role is for a term of 2 years (minimum), running in conjunction with the UUCM church calendar year – July through June.
Congregational Life Ministry: Amy Putkonen
Membership Ministry: Gary Charles
Finance Ministry: Fred Hulting
Worship Arts Ministry: Laurie Moser
Adult Education Ministry: Susan Goll
Social Justice Ministry: Naomi Olive
Facilities Ministry: Bob Dachelet
Special Projects: Stefanie Bell-Egge
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 covenants 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.