We at UUCF strongly believe in "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large". It is one of the seven principals of Unitarian Universalism. We also believe in transparency. So here is an update on what your elected board has been doing.
Treasurer Dave Hurt spent 4 long days in meetings with Bonnie Pobocik and Ruth Straw working in our Financial program ICON. Our financial situation looks good and we are entering into our biggest fundraising season. Thanks Dave, Bonnie and Ruth!
The Photo directory should be ready by the end of April.
After much discussion we have officially adopted the policy that "when a minister is not staffed and the need arises for a wedding or funeral for a member of UUCF, we will first ask for a volunteer from our community who is qualified legally and has demonstrated an ability to perform the tasks involved. If no officiate is found, we will resort to bringing in a minister or other qualified member from the outside community at a fairly negotiated price. All funds for these events will come from the general fund." We opted not to offer payment to qualified congregation members not because we do not value their service but over concerns of creating competition and hard feelings among congregants. Also noted was the added bonus of building and strengthening the sacred intentional community we have here at UUCF when one offers services at no cost to the community.
Mike Rust, our Communications Liaison notes that we need Church members to review Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint on Google, Yelp, Facebook and other popular site people frequent for reviews.
We are working on two ways to evaluate the board and the congregation as a hole to see where we need to focus our energy. These tools are called "Review of Congregation's Ministry" and "Nurturing Congregations". These will be reviewed and discussed at the next board meeting time permitting.
The board has taken note of the lack of a Right Relations team/committee at this time. Conversation has begun as to what this roll has looked like in the past, our current Right Relations Policy, and what need of the congregation this team can help fulfill, including a discussion on church culture as previously started at the board retreat, and upon resignation of the previous moderator.
Church culture, power dynamics, and what it means to be welcoming have been reoccurring topics this year as we continue to grow as a board, and as a congregation. We are searching for ways to continue this conversation within the rest of the congregation. If you have interesting articles, resources or just want to share your two cents please feel free to share them with me! GracelessWinter@yahoo.com or find me during coffee hour!
As always, the board meetings are open. If you would like to see us in action or have anything to add to our conversation I hope to see you there.