All organizations require a way to investigate potential, make decisions, and “stick to the rules.” The community wants to know not only what to expect, but that their institution is underscored by meaning and worth.
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst (UUSA) is governed by a Board of Trustees that oversees the workings of the whole congregation. These workings include the committee structure, the staffing and ministry, and the bylaws that help guide the mission and vision for our faith community.
That said, no system of governance can exist without the support of the congregation. and that support requires flexibility to the ever-changing needs of the times. Because we are of a faith open to revelation, we govern ourselves by habits of inquiry, by self-examination. The current Board, for instance, is looking closely at how our committee system works, if it is effective, and how it fits into the ministries of our community. This inquiry might lead to a shift in how the system works—all for the better of the community.
We are also engaged in a wonderful time of opportunity as we support an interim ministry: preparing ourselves to welcome a new, settled minister. The Board will help lead us through this period of reflection and goal-making.
Our Board of Trustees is committed to representing the whole congregation, listening respectfully to the needs of the many and the few, knowing that we walk together in our Unitarian Universalist faith.