About the Board of Trustees
The Board acts on behalf of the membership of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC). It sees that UUCC achieves the goals of its mission statement and the Board’s Ends policies with appropriate use of its resources. The Board also sees that unacceptable actions and situations as defined in the bylaws and in its policies are avoided.
2021-2022 Board Members
|President||Colette Gelwicks||Term ends 6/30/2022|
|First Vice President||Kristin Parrish||Becomes President 7/1/2022|
|Second Vice President||Jenny Afkinich||Becomes First Vice President 7/1/2022|
|Treasurer||Kevin Mercer||Term ends 6/30/2024|
|Secretary||Jim Johnston||Term ends 6/30/2023|
|At Large||Sarah Basehart||Term ends 6/30/2023|
|At Large||Katja Fort Rhoden||Term ends 6/30/2022|
The 2021-22 Board of Trustees adopted a covenant during the August 10, 2021 Board Meeting. The covenant serves as an expression of the commitments that Board members agree to make with one another as they approach their work together.
Meetings, Milestones & Deadlines
The Board generally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm (Eastern). Please view our calendar for more information. Contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information about meetings and other pertinent dates.
Visit the pages below to read more about recent Board meetings:
What the Board Does
The Board meets to establish congregational priorities by ensuring that the Congregational Ends reflect the congregation’s collective purposes, by directly communicating its vision to the Executive Team, and by crafting the operating budget. The Board also makes sure that the Executive Team both follows the policies set out in the Ends (it does so through the Ends Monitoring process), and stays within the boundaries prescribed by the congregation’s Administrative Limitations. The Board acts as a representative of the congregation. In part, its representation derives from the fact that its members are elected; in addition, the Board listens directly to the concerns of congregants – you can make your concerns known by emailing the Board or attending a Board meeting. For more details about how the Board operates, see the Governance Process.
The Board gets its power from the congregation’s ByLaws. In turn, the Board, in its Board-Staff Linkage policy, has delegated the day to day operations of UUCC to the Executive Team, reserving the power to guide the overall course of the congregation and to monitor the Executive Team’s performance. It limits the scope of the Executive Team’s conduct by monitoring whether the Executive Team is furthering Congregational Ends and by making sure the Executive Team does not transgress the Administrative Limitations that the Board has put in place.
Learn more about the current Board Committees and their work below.
Good Governance Blog
Good Governance includes posts from UUCC’s Board of Trustees and Executive Team that relate to policies, the budget, congregational decision-making, and the like.
We welcome comments, questions, complaints, expressions of thanks, plaudits, suggestions, requests to come speak to us, and requests for assistance. We especially welcome your inquiries about how you can become involved with what we do. We’ll do our best to personally respond to each person who asks for a response.
We can be reached at email@example.com.