The Board of Trustees, made up of nine members, serves in trust for the congregation for staggered three-year terms. Staying in close touch with the congregation, the board promotes the accomplishment of the church’s mission and prevents unacceptable activities and conditions in the church by monitoring the work of the executive team. When the trustees first meet as a collective Board, they agree to a covenant:
• Keep our church mission as our focus
• Serve with integrity and live our UU principles
• Support the Executive Team
• Celebrate diversity of thoughts
• Communicate clearly and honestly with each other and the congregation
• Implement our governance model
• Celebrate our accomplishments
• Represent the Board and our Church with one voice
The board adopts governing policies to give direction to the work of our church. They set forth our mission, values, and the ends we reach for. They describe the board’s relationship with the congregation, with the executive team, and within itself. The policies also list what must not be done, as limitations.
Each trustee is expected to serve on one of three standing committees of the board. The standing committees help the board carry out its responsibilities, are chartered with a purpose, and assigned one or more trustees as the chair. The standing committees are:
In addition, the board may establish additional committees as needed.
Each trustee is expected to be an active member of the church to understand the church’s work and aspirations of the congregation and to have real time connection with our members and friends. But the four “jobs” of the trustees are to be faithful stewards of the resources of the church, to stay in touch with the congregation, to articulate its vision and mission as described in the ends, and to monitor the work of the executive team.
Contact the Board
For matters concerning church policy, long-term vision and goals, contact one of the board members shown below. You can also print a board directory, here or email firstname.lastname@example.org . We want to hear from you! For concerns or ideas on matters related to church programming or operations, contact the Executive Team.
Become a Member of the Board of Trustees
Trustees serve three-year terms. Three new trustees are elected to the board each year in May. In the winter, the Nominating Committee collects applications and interviews interested board candidates to select a slate for election by the congregation. Click here to view a job description.
Board of Trustees Meeting Time & Board Minutes
The Board of Trustees meets in the Room 25 of First Unitarian Church on the third Monday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Board meetings are open to congregation members. Minutes of each board meeting are posted here.
By Laws and Other Important Information
To read the Amended and Restated Bylaws of First U, please click here. To read the Board Policies, click here. For official church statements on Social Justice Issues, click here. For issues concerning the denomination, JPD District or Delmarva Cluster related to the board of trustees, click here.
The UUA and First Unitarian
Our Board of Trustees supports our church’s membership in the Unitarian Universalist Association and the importance of our financial support for our national organization. Learn more about the UUA and our obligation to provide financial support, here.
The annual congregational meeting is held in May. Congregational Meeting minutes are available here.
Board of Trustees for 2020-2021:
Cinda has been a member of First Unitarian for 30 years. She was drawn to this congregation because of its acceptance and encouragement of personal, religious exploration using many sources...
Tracy has been a member of First Unitarian for about four years. Since joining, she has been active throughout the church, including singing in the choir, participating in and leading...
Mike McCabe has been an environmental and energy policy consultant for more than 40 years. He has served in top leadership positions for the EPA, congressional staffs and nonprofit organizations....
Jacquee is a member of the Children’s Youth and Religious Education committee at First Unitarian. During the day, Jacquee works at the University of Delaware. Jacquee and her husband Jonathan...
Ed has been a member of First Unitarian Church since the fall of 2014. He spent decades active in Presbyterian congregations, but felt something was missing. Finding Unitarian Universalism has...
Kate (Sroog) Cowperthwait has been a member of First Unitarian since the late 1960’s; through wonderful years of “Sunday School,” the unruly LRY and the meaningful sermons by Rev. Bob...