Changes in UUA Governance

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The UUA Board of Trustees is moving to the Carver© Policy Governance model in the Fall of 2009. You are invited to view this web-based teleconference to learn more about this change.

The UUA Board of Trustees is moving to the Carver© Policy Governance model in the Fall of 2009. You are invited to view this web-based teleconference to learn more about this change.

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  • 1. John Blevins Governance Working Group UUA Board of Trustees March, 2009 UUA Governance Update
  • 2. First, getting around here in cyberspace….
    • How many of you have taken the tutorial on taking a webinar, as was offered during registration? Or already knew how to use Persony? Please raise your little hands!
    • Anyone not seeing the opening screen?
    • Everyone on phone? How to mute your phone?
    • Have copies of the 2 documents emailed to you?
    • Phil Lund will be making an audio recording of this session, so you can review or share it later.
    • Introductions: going down the list on the right, speak your name, district, and current role (30 seconds or less)
    • And now, lets’ roll…
  • 3. UUA Board Governance Working Group
    • John Blevins – Prairie Star
    • Chuck Wooldridge – Joseph Priestley
    • Jackie Shanti – Clara Barton
    • Linda Laskowski – Pacific Central
    • For more Governance Information:
    • www.uua.org/aboutus/governance/policy
  • 4. Purpose of this webinar…
    • Inform you about where the UUA Board is in defining the ENDS for the Association
    • Briefly tell how we got to this place
    • Share ENDS, and ownership statement (Sources…)
    • Seek your comments, concerns (and praise?)
    • This is NOT a tutorial on governance. I will define terms briefly, but that’s all time will permit.
    • Tutorial help is available thru UUA.ORG, books, consultants, and some District offices.
  • 5. Transition to Policy Governance: Where we’ve been . . .
    • 1993
        • Major Commission on Governance Report not adopted by GA
    • 2003
        • Board discusses “owner linkage” and need for informed, empowered delegates
    • 2004
        • Board begins homework on governance
        • UUA extends GA delegate subsidy to congregation Presidents
  • 6. Where we’ve been . . .
    • 2005
        • Team of board & staff attend major Governance Conference
        • Board engages consultant, begins formal training
    • 2006
        • Board develops very first draft of governance policies
        • Board wrestles with confluence of governance and religion
  • 7. Where we’ve been . . .
    • 2007
        • Board creates Governance Working Group
        • GA “Open Space” work on ENDS
        • Board decides to implement new governance in 2009
    • 2008
        • GA “Appreciative Inquiry” work on ENDS
        • District Presidents Assoc. meeting
        • UUMA (Minister’s Association) Exec Cmte meeting
        • Presidential candidates engaged
  • 8. Current Activity . . .
    • December 2008 through April 2009:
      • "owner linkage" work reviewing plans, all over the country
      • workshops at District meetings
    • April 2009:
      • Adopt ENDS statement
      • Adopt statement of "Sources of accountability & Authority”
      • Adopt Policy Manual
  • 9. Coming Right Up. .
    • GA June 2009, Salt Lake
      • Governance track in UU University (Unity Consulting)
      • Governance WG leads workshop
      • Various events for "linkage" engagement
      • Announcement of ENDS as adopted in April
    • Fall 2009:
      • begin operation under policy governance
  • 10. Where we’re going . . .
    • Learning to live in “owner linkage”
    • Developing and practicing systematic, rigorous monitoring
    • Developing governance capabilities of Trustees and the UUA
    • Perpetual “tuning” of Governance Policies
    • Recruiting and supporting next generation of Trustees
  • 11. Current drafts of foundational governance work
    • Global END Statement
    • Sources of Authority and Accountability (owners)
    • ENDS (desired outcomes)
    • Global END or Mission Statement:
      • Grounded in our covenantal tradition, the UUA will inspire people to lead lives of humility and purpose, connection and service, thereby transforming themselves and the world.
    • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
    • Respond, and Questions (words & sentences, not paragraphs, please)
  • 12. Sources of Authority and Accountability (owners) :
    • Our member congregations
    • Current and future generations of Unitarian Universalists
    • The heritage, traditions, and ideals of Unitarian Universalism
    • The vision of Beloved Community
    • The Spirit of life, love, and the holy
    • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
    • Respond and Questions
  • 13. ENDS - what outcome, for whom, at what cost or priority?
    • The ENDS statement is a full page of text, which we will review next, in sections. In outline, it covers four areas:
      • Impact on individuals
      • Engagement with and by congregations
      • Covenanted community
      • Seeking justice and sustainability in the larger community
    • The Board will charge the UUA President to move our Association toward these ENDS.
  • 14. Our ENDS are growing Unitarian Universalist congregations that:
    • Unlock the Power that Transforms Lives.
      • In our congregations, people deepen their spiritual lives. They:
        • Develop a personal spiritual practice
        • Participate in meaningful worship
        • Learn and practice empowered leadership and generosity.
        • Find their ministry in the world
      • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
      • Respond, and Questions
  • 15. Our congregations are:
    • Vibrant — joyful and excited about their ministries
    • Intentionally multi-generational and multi-cultural.
    • Networked with each other
    • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
    • Respond, and Questions?
  • 16. Congregations are:
    • Active participants in ministerial preparation and development
    • Shared ministries
    • Agents of mission and extension
    • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
    • Respond, and Questions?
  • 17. Our ENDS are growing Unitarian Universalist congregations that:
    • Invite people into congregations that live out covenant through:
      • A strong, articulated sense of UU and community identity
      • High expectations of their members
      • Full participation in Associational life
      • An open and inclusive outreach and welcome
      • Embracing and struggling with issues of oppression and privilege
      • Personal Reflection – quiet time (1 minute)
      • Respond, and Questions?
  • 18. Our ENDS are growing Unitarian Universalist congregations that:
    • Move toward sustainability, wholeness and reconciliation through ministries, partnerships, and alliances.
      • Our congregations answer the call to ministry and justice work:
        • Grounded in the communities in which they live
        • Nationally, internationally
        • With interfaith partners and alliances
      • The public engages in meaningful dialogue and takes action informed by our prophetic voice and public witness.
      • These are all at equal priority and are to be achieved within a justifiable cost.
      • Personal Reflection (1 minute). - Respond, and Questions?
  • 19. Gathering your responses and reflections on the work …
    • What is your initial reaction to the draft ENDS developed by the UUA Board?
    • Does this work reflect your dreams for Unitarian Universalism?
      • Reflects almost all of what I want the UUA to be
      • Reflects most of what I want the UUA to be
      • Reflects some of what I want the UUA to be
      • Captures the right ideas but I don’t like the words
      • Missed the mark entirely
    • Your final thoughts ? (and the one page feedback form titled Global End Statement!)
  • 20. The Promise . . . Realizing Governance as Holy Work
      • Focused on moving toward shared vision and ENDS
      • Close “owner” linkage
    • Accountability and Monitoring Performance
    • Empowering staff; clear roles and relationships
  • 21. In Closing… Thank you for your interest! See you at GA!
    • Thanks to Phil Lund for his help in making this seminar possible.
    • John Blevins, UUA Trustee for PSD, [email_address]
    • Resources for further reading and thinking:
    • The "home page" for UUA Governance today:
    • http://uua.org/aboutus/governance/policy/index.shtml (and see the many informative links from this page...)
    • John Carver's work: http://www.carvergovernance.com/