President’s Perspective – summer tasks and summer beauty

By Mindy McPherson, 2019-20 President

As part of the business conducted at the Annual Congregational Meeting in May, our congregation voted to elect three new board members. In July, their three-year terms began, and we welcomed Jeremy Duke, Rebecca Graves and Michela Skelton Birk to the Board of Trustees. I’m most thankful for their service to our community and look forward to working together. At our most recent board meeting, Jeremy was elected Treasurer, and Michela was elected President-Elect. Sam Buffaloe, whose term expires in June 2020, was re-elected Secretary.

During the summer transition period, the board members spend time learning about or reflecting on our policy governance model and our board member job description. While policy governance is certainly not new to UUCC, having been adopted in 2010-2011, it may be a new or unfamiliar governance model to some. It is important that we all have a clear understanding of how our church functions, so that together we can best carry out our mission. Policy governance emphasizes the mission and values of our church, as discerned by the congregation. In our work, a policy is an expression of the board’s vision. The board leads the church by focusing on ends statements and large issues. The board delegates to the minister, staff and volunteers the job of effectively determining and executing the means by which to accomplish the ends, within the bounds of the policies. The board is continually evaluating whether the means and ends are being accomplished and, in so doing, assessing the ministry of our church.

I encourage you to learn more about our church governance here. There you can also find board meeting agendas and minutes, which will help you stay informed and up-to-date on board activity. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to the work of our church. We embrace and strive to represent the diversity of our beloved community. With that in mind, please reach out to your elected board members. We’d enjoy hearing from you and want to ensure that we are best representing our congregation.

As the hot summer days give way to hot fall days, I hope that you’ve found this summer to be a time of renewal and growth. August, for me, marks the temporary return of the monarch butterflies to our garden. Each year, I wait in eager anticipation of the first sighting, as their migratory route brings them through Missouri on their way to Mexico. I’m in awe of their beauty and inspired by their tenacity. I’m reminded that the garden is not my garden, but a space that I can cultivate to help my fellow travelers on their journey.