At the August 21, 2019 meeting of the UCUCC Council:
Financial, leadership and ministry reports were reviewed and discussed.
Council acknowledged a very successful Seabeck week and tremendous speaker, Ali Mian. Ali and his family felt very welcomed and integrated with camp activities. He asked if they might attend as campers next year.
Racial Justice Church
We discussed the recent resolution that we are a Racial Justice Church and that additional funding from Council discretionary funds may be needed to support this work.
Bylaws revisions need to be made to reflect our new structure. David Anderson will work on drafting the changes. Each ministry will be asked to write a new Mission statement and submit by November 1. It is suggested that the Ministries use our Covenant as a guide and refer to the document from Kathleen Hosfeld (the consultant for the restructure). This document can be found here (scroll down to other resources): https://www.universityucc.org/church-council-resources/
Council approved changes to Endowment Classifications to comply with Audit recommendations.
And reaffirmed our intent to continue to name, remember and recognize our donors, especially when endowment gifts are no longer individually identifiable.
Council received an update on the Futures Committee work. Our consultant has recommended forming a one-time focus group of past and present leaders of the church to look at our leadership structure options. The committee plans to bring a final report to Council in October. This final report may well include recommendations for further study in some areas.
Tent City 3
A recent press article incorrectly stated that UCUCC “kicked out:” TC3 because of the recent stabbing in the U District. This is not correct. The agreement TC3 made with us was that they would move out on August 17. TC3 feels very strongly about keeping their commitment, so they moved out, even though they did not have an authorized place to stay (plans fell through for two locations). They are currently on city land in the Ravenna neighborhood. Catherine has spoken with the press and David has also positively recommended TC3 to others. Staff will consider an Op Ed piece.
Council discussed David Anderson’s Retirement plans for February 2020
We all acknowledge that he brings a unique blend of financial, administrative and spiritual gifts to UCUCC. We will not likely find someone else like him. Getting someone into his position is probably our highest priority, because UCUCC needs an administrator to run smoothly. We may also need to hire a financial person. Margaret will discuss options further with David and the personnel committee members to come up with a plan to fill this position.
- Council: September 18, 2019
- Leadership Retreat: Saturday October 5, 2019 Dependable Strengths Workshop