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2011 04 governance regionalism presentations - psd

  1. 1. Prairie Star District-UUA Annual Conference April 9, 2011
  2. 2. Topics <ul><li>What is the Mid-America Region? </li></ul><ul><li>The Future of Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Regionalism in Mid-America Region </li></ul><ul><li>Key Issues for the Prairie Star District </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Your Turn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concerns & Hopes </li></ul></ul>Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh 05/20/11
  3. 3. Presenters <ul><li>Kathy Burek, President, Prairie Star District </li></ul><ul><li>Amy Taylor, President, Heartland District </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  4. 4. What is the Mid-America Region? <ul><li>Heartland District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>54 member congregations in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7,500 UUs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Central Midwest District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>80 member congregations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>13,000 UUs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Prairie Star District </li></ul><ul><ul><li>59 member congregations in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9,300 UUs </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  5. 5. Current Status of Districts <ul><li>19 Districts with governance role in addition to UUA Trustees </li></ul><ul><li>19 Boards, some Policy Governance, some not </li></ul><ul><li>19 Dues structures and financial arrangements with UUA </li></ul><ul><li>19 Budget and accounting systems </li></ul><ul><li>19 Personnel systems </li></ul><ul><li>19 IT systems </li></ul><ul><li>19 Staff groups with duplicate responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Some separate corporations, some not </li></ul><ul><li>Historically, little communication among boards </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  6. 6. Governance Defined <ul><li>Governance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ensures the organization meets desired outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoids unacceptable situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Define expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grants power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verifies performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From John Carver, developer of Policy Governance© </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  7. 7. Governance Challenges <ul><li>Do we need 19 governance entities in addition to our UUA Trustees? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Variations in mission and goals among districts and from UUA ENDS dilutes our efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is there a better use of the volunteer time currently spent on district governance? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Board meetings for 19 districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget development, audits for 19 districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring for 19 districts </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  8. 8. Service Challenges <ul><li>Co-employed staff report to both UUA supervisors and their district boards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difference between UUA and district ENDS, goals, and mission can lead to strains for staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compensation, performance reviews vary by district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic and numerical size of districts varies greatly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowments and other resources vary greatly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pres. Peter Morales is accountable to UUA Trustees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not fully control district staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates accountability problems </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  9. 9. Benefits of Districts <ul><li>Governing boards are closer to the member congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Staff have developed close relationships with congregational leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Programming can reflect local culture and needs </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to make connections among lay leaders at district meetings </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  10. 10. Why the Urgency? <ul><li>UUA membership has declined past several years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatively static since merger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not keeping pace with US population growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>At risk of dwindling away </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Growing numbers of nontraditional religious attitudes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Atheists, agnostics, “spiritual but not religious” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is keeping these people from joining UU congregations? </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  11. 11. Recent Actions-UUA Level <ul><li>UUA Trustees found co-employment to be in violation of their Policy on equitable treatment of staff </li></ul><ul><li>UUA Director of Congregational Life has proposed ending co-employment and suspending financial treaties </li></ul><ul><li>Each district board is wrestling with these questions </li></ul><ul><li>UUA Board considering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Downsizing to smaller number of Trustees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected at-large by GA delegates </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  12. 12. Recent Actions- District Presidents <ul><li>At request of UUA President Peter Morales </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established Task Force to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examine equity in district funding </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Devise a simpler, fairer system </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One possibility is to eliminate district dues in favor of “One Ask” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At request of UUA Board of Trustees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected a representative for a Task Force on linkage </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  13. 13. Who Needs Districts? <ul><li>If: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>District Boards don’t set Policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Boards don’t employ staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District Delegates don’t elect UUA Trustees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District dues are merged with UUA dues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do we need Districts as autonomous governance entities? </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  14. 14. Recent Actions-District Level <ul><li>Shared staffing at Northeast Region and Central East Regional Group </li></ul><ul><li>“ Orlando Platform” in South Region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Suspend district ENDS and recognize UUA Board as sole Policy-making body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transition from co-employment to covenantal relationship among district board, UUA, and staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vision of district boards as “council of elders” to promote lateral relationships and accountability </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  15. 15. Mid-America Region <ul><li>Each district board has adopted a “Statement of Regional Collaboration” </li></ul><ul><li>All three statements commit to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration among district boards to advance our liberal faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring future role for district or regional board </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopt UUA ENDs as district ENDs </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  16. 16. Variations in Statements <ul><li>Central Midwest will end co-employment in favor of UUA assuming supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Heartland will explore ending co-employment </li></ul><ul><li>PSD will begin with the covenant, and then decide on whether to end co-employment </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  17. 17. Key Issues for the PSD <ul><li>PSD Board will be researching these questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there an appropriate governance role at the district level? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should there be a regional governance board? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What about Camp UniStar? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we need to remain incorporated? </li></ul></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  18. 18. Next Steps <ul><li>Mid-America District Presidents will </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to be in conversation with one another </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to participate in one another’s board meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend each other’s district meetings this month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin planning together for new roles for district and regional boards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep congregational leaders informed about developments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mid-America district boards beginning conversation about all-boards meeting in the fall </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  19. 19. Opportunities <ul><li>Once-in-a-Lifetime change to change how our UUA serves its member congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Unleash volunteers now engaged in governance to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist staff in serving congregations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor congregational leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster cooperation among congregations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whatever else we can imagine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We need your help to create a new future </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh
  20. 20. Your Turn! <ul><li>What questions about the changes can we answer? </li></ul><ul><li>What concerns do you have about these changes? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your hopes for the future? </li></ul>05/20/11 Clip Art © Steve Bridenbaugh

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