First UU Columbus

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Mid Year Meeting January 28th PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brian Hagemann   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 11:15

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Mid-Year Congregational Meeting Notice:

Sunday, January 28th at 11:30 (one service at 10am) Quorum needed

  • 10:00 - Worship Service
  • 11:00 - Light Refreshments
  • 11:15 - Sign-in for Mid-Year Meeting
  • 11:30 - Mid-Year Congregational Meeting
  • 1:00 - Adjourn

We will vote on the proposed constitutional changes to our Vision and Mission and Communications policy (see below).  Light refreshments/snacks provided in Fellowship hall before the meeting.  Hope to see you there!

Carolee Noonan, Board Chair

 

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Vision and Mission

The agenda includes voting on the Vision and Mission statements for First UU. These are the result of the congregation’s input last spring and again this fall. Here are the proposed Constitutional changes which include the Vision and Mission statements.

From our current Constitution – to be removed:

1. The ultimate authority of this church shall reside in its membership as further set forth in this Constitution.

2. The purpose of the church shall be to offer a strong liberal religious presence in central Ohio. In support thereof the mission of the church shall be to learn and practice true hospitality, to revere the reasoning mind and generous he art, to claim our diversity as a source of our strength, and relinquish the safety of our unexamined privilege for the freedom to engage in transforming justice.

3. In mutual trust and support, members of this church assert the following principles as bonds of unity in worship, study, and service:

A. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

B. The right to individual freedom of belief;

C. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;

D. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

E. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

F. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within the church, the denomination, and in society at large;

G. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for a ll;

H. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for initiating reviews of the purpose, mission statement and goals of this church, at least every 10 years. The review process shall strive to assure maximum participation of the membership. The vote to retain or amend the purpose, principles and mission or goals shall be at a duly called meeting of the membership. 

Proposed addition (revisions in red):

1. The ultimate authority of this church shall reside in its membership as further set forth in this Constitution.

2. The vision of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus is to transform and heal ourselves and our world through reason and love.

3. The mission of this church is to fulfill its vision by…

Creating community through caring, nurturing, and celebrating

Working for justice through learning, reflecting, and doing

Engaging diversity through welcoming, listening, and empowering

The Board of Trustees shall be responsible for initiating reviews of the Vision and Mission statements of this church at least every 10 years. The review process shall strive to assure maximum participation of the membership. The vote to retain or amend the Vision and Mission statements shall be at a duly called meeting of the membership. The Board of Trustees is charged with developing a strategic plan to achieve the Vision and Mission of the church.

COMMUNICATION

Listening to the concerns of members of First UU about our congregation’s inability to communicate about social justice issues in a timely way, the Board of Trustees proposes a change to First UU’s constitutional requirement of a Congregational Meeting to vote approve any social justice statement. The Board of Trustees proposes the following change that requires a Congregational Meeting to vote only when there will be an impact on financial or physical plant resources, or when there are any legal implications.  

From our current constitution - to be removed:

ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP AND/OR CONGREGATION 

6. Resolutions that commit the corporate entity, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, to a position on any matter of social concern must be approved at a properly called meeting of the membership. This shall not be construed to apply to or limit the normal activities of church committees.

A. Such resolutions may be initiated and brought to the membership for a vote in one of four ways:

1. By action of JAM, Justice Action Ministry, following procedures specified in the Standing Rules;

2. By a resolution of the Board of Trustees, following a favorable vote of two-thirds of its members;

3. By a group equal to the quorum, submitted in writing to the Board of Trustees, as prescribed in Article IV, 5. Above;

4. By a vote of two-thirds of members present and voting at a properly called meeting of the membership.

B. The consideration of a resolution initiated according to A. 1., 2., or 3., immediately above shall follow the notification procedures in Article IV, 4. 

C.  No such resolution shall come before the membership for vote until the Board of Trustees has received an acceptable legal opinion that the passage of such resolution will not jeopardize the church’s tax exempt status.

 

Proposed addition (changes in red, deletions not listed): 

ARTICLE IV - MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP AND/OR CONGREGATION 

6. Resolutions that commit the corporate entity, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, to a position on any matter of social concern that impacts financial resources, physical plant resources, or has any legal implications must be approved at a properly called meeting of the membership. This shall not be construed to apply to or limit the normal activities of church committees, teams, or ministerial staff.

Such resolutions may be initiated and brought to the membership for a vote through a written proposal and rational submitted to the Senior Minister or Board Chair by a member in good standing consistent with UU Principles and the Vision and Mission of First UU Church. Such proposals must be signed by at least five other members in good standing.

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