Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
The Awards, Canvass and Election Congregational Meeting
February 9, 2014
The February 9, 2014 meeting may have been long, but the consensus is that it was necessary and full of information. The highlights:
Awarding the Flaming Chalice to Christina Creveling, Larry High, Lisa Maynard and Deborah Schmidt.
Enthusiastic approval for ordaining Marcus Liefert in collaboration with the Oakland UU Congregation.
The PowerPoint presentations from the Building Projects Committee, Treasurer's report and the Land Use report are on the UUCB Website.
At the end of the meeting, Reverends Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway installed the newly elected board members: Mitch Sukalski, Miquette Thompson (represented by her husband, James), and Maryann Simpson. Lee Lawrence and Virginia Silver Rimbach (represented by her husband, Karl Rimbach), and Jean Gleason for three year terms. At a brief Board of Trustees meeting following the congregational meeting, Deborah Schmidt was elected Vice President and Jean Gleason was reelected for a second term as President.
We expressed our appreciation to Stephanie Ann Blythe who leaves the board after 6 years, including two as President. Jane Middleton left the board to be on the Coordinating Team and Lynnette Delgado, who was unable to be there, was thanked for her term on the board.
Another important thank you was to Cynthia Asprodites who is retiring from the Coordinating Team.
Okay, So Now What?
Now That We Have a Future …
Thanks to the splendid work of the Capital Campaign folks and the generous support of members and friends, we have started on the path to ensure that UUCB will continue to offer a beautiful and safe physical home for our congregation for years to come.
So now we know we have a future. But …
- What does that future look like?
- Why is it important that UUCB exist?
- What difference do we want to make in the world?
One advantage of policy governance is that it forces us to ask those questions. That’s what the Board did over the summer with the Café Conversations and one-on-one meetings.
From that research, we developed what policy governance calls “Ends,” or outcomes. Ends are frequently rewritten, so they’re not final in that sense. Rather, they are what we think of when we talk about the “means to an end.” Once the Board adopts the new Ends, the Coordinating Team will explore with you how we as a congregation make progress towards these Ends.
This summer the board decided to hold a workshop of guided conversation with members. We had three goals:
- Gather information the board would use to revise UUCB’s End policies (more on that later)
- Identify and prioritize questions the Board and congregation will work on — together — over the next few years
- Engage with members as moral owners of UUCB in an ongoing process to shape our future.
We held the first Café Conversation on a Saturday morning in late June. People liked it so much they asked us to hold another one for members who missed it. So, a few weeks later we held another café after the Sunday service. In all, some 90 members participated—more than a quorum of the members.
May 27, 2013
To Members and Friends of UUCB from your Board President:
When my report at the Congregational Meeting was shortened due to a very long agenda, I promised this letter within a few days. The few days have slipped, but here is the longer, more in depth report that I promised along with some points I need to emphasize.
To Members and Friends of UUCB,
People who attended the Congregational meeting on Sunday received a lot of important information about what’s going on in the church. We heard from the CT, Capital Campaign Committee, Stewardship Committee—pledges this year are up!—Land Use Development Task Force, Treasurer, and the Immigration Justice Working Group. We will post the reports as soon as they become available, so keep an eye on uucb.org.
Four people—Natalie DaSilva, Jane Middleton, Beth Pollard, and Betty Webster received the Flaming Chalice award for service to the church. Be sure to congratulate them the next time you see them!
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