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.

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