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3.0 Global Governance Commitment [Governance Process]: UUA Governance Manual Section Three

As amended February 2013. Revision History.

The purpose of the Board, on behalf of the Sources of Authority and Accountability, is to ensure that the Unitarian Universalist Association (a) achieves appropriate results for appropriate persons at an appropriate cost, and (b) avoids unacceptable actions and situations.

The Board will inspire, direct and hold accountable the administration and itself through the careful establishment of broad written policies reflecting Unitarian Universalist values and perspectives.

Our Sources of Authority and Accountability are defined as:

  1. Our member congregations
  2. Current and future generations of Unitarian Universalists
  3. The heritage, traditions, and ideals of Unitarian Universalism
  4. The vision of Beloved Community
  5. The Spirit of life, love, and the holy

Table of Contents

With an overview of each policy and links to full details.

3.1 Governing Style. The Board will govern with an emphasis on (a) outward vision rather than an internal preoccupation, (b) encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, (c) strategic leadership more than administrative detail, (d) clear distinction of Board and President roles, (e) collective rather than individual decisions, (f) future rather than past or present, (g) pro-activity rather than reactivity, and (h) an open and transparent process rather than a closed process.

On any issue, the Board must insure that all divergent views are considered in making decisions, yet must resolve into a single organizational position.

3.2 Board Job Description. As informed and elected leaders of our Association of member congregations, the UUA Board of Trustees assures organizational performance by creating, communicating, and monitoring organizational systems and performance, in accord with established Board policy.

3.3 Board and Board Member Code Of Conduct. The Board commits itself and its members to act in adherence with the UUA bylaws, to conduct themselves ethically, businesslike, and lawfully, and to act with respect for others, with proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when serving as Trustees.

3.4 External Relations. Speaking with one voice is an important value of the Board. To achieve this, the board will formally delegate official authority to speak on behalf of the organization in the public arena.

3.5 Agenda Planning. The Board will follow an annual agenda which (a) advances and/or reevaluates the relevance of its Shared Vision (ENDS) and (b) continually improves Board performance through Board education and enriched input and deliberation.

3.6 Election Of Officers And Officer Roles. The General Assembly elects the Moderator (CGO) and Financial Advisor. The Board elects the First and Second Vice Moderators, the Secretary and Assistant Secretary. The Board also appoints the Recording Secretary and the Treasurer of the UUA. The Financial Advisor has certain responsibilities defined here. The Treasurer has certain responsibilities defined here.

3.7 Board Committee Principles. Board committees, when used, will be assigned so as to reinforce the wholeness of the Board’s job and so as never to interfere with delegation from Board to President.

3.8 Board Committee Structure. Principle at work: Board committees exist only to serve the work of the Board. A committee is a Board committee only if its existence and charge come from the Board, regardless of whether or not Trustees sit on the committee. The only Board committees are those which are set forth in this policy. Discernment continues.

3.9 Cost Of Governance. Because poor governance costs more than learning to govern well, the Board will invest in its governance capacity.

3.10 Board / General Assembly Relations. Pursuant to the Bylaws, the Board shall act for the Association between General Assemblies.

3.11 Board Need for General Assembly Plenary Time. The Board shall define its needs for plenary time at General Assembly.

Appendices to Section Three

3.A Monitoring Schedule
(October 2012)

3.B Recurring Agenda (PDF)
(Obsolete and undergoing revisions)

3.C Source Operational Definitions
(October 2012)

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Last updated on Monday, January 20, 2014.

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