December 2023 Board Meeting Highlights

December 2023 Board Meeting Highlights

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6:30pm via Zoom. Minutes from meetings are posted here on the UUCC website. The following is an informal recap of topics discussed at the December meeting.


Spiritual Practice

This month Becky Reese led our spiritual practice.

Annual Budget Drive Leadership Recruitment

Tim Lattimer has agreed to chair the budget drive committee. The Board is still brainstorming for a candidate to be co-chair, possibly female. The Board is also in the process of recruiting Budget Drive leadership committee members.

Board Governance Committee

The Board of Governance Committee has been confirmed and is composed of the following four members: Frank Hazzard, Jenny Bonilla, Dawn Popp, and Becky Reese (Board of Trustees member). Melissa Affolter will coordinate the first meeting of the Governance Committee. Others interested in serving on this committee, or on a possible Standing Committee on Governance next year, are encouraged to contact the Board at board@uucolumbia.net.

Board Brunch

The Board Bruch, which was an auction item, is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2024. In addition to those who bid at the auction, the Board will extend an invitation to new UUCC members to fill the extra seats.

Proposal for Reparations to the Piscataway Conoy Tribe

The Board began the discussion of possible reparations to the Piscataway Conoy Tribe. During our October service Kyle Swann from the Piscataway Conoy Tribe gave a presentation, and afterwards, several congregants expressed interest in further developing a relationship with the Piscataway Conoy people. The Board will reach out to the interested people and start the reparations discussion. There will be further congregation-wide communication and discussion once the connection has been made between UUCC and the Piscataway Conoy people.

Proposal for UUCC to join the Anti-Racist Education Alliance against book bans

Tina Horn gave a brief presentation to the Board about UUCC joining the Anti-Racist Education Alliance against book bans. This is in response to the Mom’s for Liberty group organizing within Howard County. They are coordinating around a number of issues regarding the schools and the availability of books for curriculum and library holdings-specifically targeting books about LGBTQ kids, black history, and Latinx history. There is no cost to join the coalition and no action is required by UUCC. Look for communication from the Board and others in the future about this initiative. We care eager to get feedback from the congregation about this proposal.

Closing Words

Becky Reese (5 min) — Unitarian Earth Prayer

Next Board Meeting

Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 6:30pm

Questions?

Please connect with us at board@uucolumbia.net or stop by the Board Corner in Sanctuary B on Sundays during coffee hour.

One Comment

  1. Jill Christianson

    Thanks for this update from the Board of Trustees. I would think there would be good rewards for UUCC joining the Anti-Racist Education Alliance, which would further increase our visibility in HoCo and do the right thing by ALL students. These are tenuous times, our voices and alliances make a difference.

    Thanks,

    – Jill

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