Governance of UUSO

UUSO practices congregational polity, a form of governance for communities of faith.
Congregational polity gives the members of the congregation the authority to govern, support, and fund the congregation, independent of a hierarchical structure. With this type of self-governance comes deep responsibility and accountability to care for and sustain this religious community.

To this end, the members of the congregation elect members to facilitate the various aspects of congregational life at the Annual Meeting(s) of the Society. In late spring, the congregation elects members for the Board of Trustees, Nominating Committee, and Committee on Ministries. The congregation also votes on the annual budget for the following year, based on the financial pledges and commitments of the members and friends. It is the practice of UUSO to hold a second, or part two, of the annual meeting in the fall, where reports from the minister and committees are heard.

The congregation’s bylaws, policies, covenants, and mission guide the choices the Society makes in regards to operation, programs, and ministries.

Each congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association self-governs and is a separate religious community joined together in a formal association or relationship through our covenant to affirm and promote the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.


Bylaws, Policies, and Other Governing Documents

The following documents are available for members, friends, visitors, and all others:

UUSO Bylaws accepted October 17, 2021

UUSO Organizational Chart

UUSO Policies

UUSO Channels of Communication Guide, January 2022

UUSO Employee Handbook and Sexual Harassment Policy, January 2023

Annual Report, 2020 – 2021

Long Range Plan, adopted 2014


Members of UUSO have access to additional documents, including monthly minutes of the Board of Trustees meetings and reports to the Board by the minister, staff, committees, and teams. Click here to access the Online Documents.