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Policies and Bylaws

The policies and bylaws of Eliot Unitarian Chapel can be found on the Policies and Bylaws page here.

Interested in attending an Eliot Chapel Board of Trustees meeting?  Click here to review Board meeting visitor information.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing, amending, interpreting, and enforcing Chapel policies in accordance with the by-laws. The Board also delegates responsibility, authority, and accountability to the minister and board committees. The Board is composed of seven members who are elected by the congregation for staggered three-year terms. The Lead Minister is an ex officio, non-voting member of the board. 

The Board meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Meetings are open to anyone in the Eliot community. 

Contact the Board of Trustees

 

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2021-2022 Eliot Chapel Board of Trustees: (from left) Sara Fleming (Treasurer), Chuck Schuder, Rev. Barbara Gadon, Dr. Toni Sauders, Dr. Steve Harvey (Board Chair), Claire Wyneken (Chair Elect), Kalen Ponche (Secretary), and Steve Swift (Ombudsman or, as we like to say, Ombuds-buddy), and virtually, Paula Fulks. 

 

Eliot Chapel End Statements 
(adopted June 15, 2021)

We the people of Eliot Unitarian Chapel:

  1. Explore our Unitarian Universalist faith with each other and our children.
  2. Ground ourselves in individual and communal practice to deepen our spiritual lives.
  3. Engage in anti-racism and all justice work as a spiritual practice.
  4. Grow a community of joyous and radical belonging, engaged in courageous dialogue.
  5. Generously give and receive care in times of joy, transition, and sorrow.
  6. Sustain and steward our church financially and spiritually toward a joyous and dynamic future.

 

Rationale and background on the Mission and Vision can be found in the following white paper

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Click here to read the  2015 Values Discovery Report

 

Policy Governance
Article V of the By-Laws of Eliot Unitarian Chapel directs the the Board of Trustees to use a policy governance model to provide general direction. Policy Governance defines and guides appropriate relationships between an organization's owners, its Board of Trustees, and its Chief Executive Officer (in our case, Lead Minister).  It provides a clear differentiation between means and ends responsibilities.


The board exists to properly empower others, which means to define the results to be achieved by the organization (ends), and define what would be considered unacceptable in terms of ethics and prudence (executive limitations). The board delegates the job of achieving its ends within the parameters defined in policy to the Lead Minister. To complete the delegation, the board regularly monitors performance to uphold accountability of the Lead Minister.

Click here to read questions and answers about policy governance.