TUUC Annual Meeting, December 15
The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2013 at approximately noon. There will be one service that morning at 10:30. The youth group will provide a pancake breakfast before the service. In addition, the Board of Trustees will provide a light lunch for members between the service and the beginning of the Annual Meeting.
The agenda for the meeting will include the following:
- Election of the President and the Board of Trustees
- Election of members to the Nominating Committee
- Election of trustees of the Endowment Fund
- Presentation of the Minister’s Report
- Presentation of the Annual Report
- Presentation and adoption of the Annual Budget
- Other necessary business
At the 2012 Annual Meeting the congregation voted to approve the release of $20,000 from the Building Fund to pay for expenses related to the sale and/or purchase of church properties. That motion specified that funds not spent by the time of the Annual Meeting in December 2013 are to be returned to the Building Fund with the proviso that this motion could be reapproved, extending the time limit for the use of these funds. A motion to extend the time limit for the use of these funds will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
At the Special Meeting of the Congregation on October 14, 2012, the following motion was passed by the required 2/3 of the quorum, “The Board of Trustees is authorized to list and sell at a time deemed to be in the best interest of the congregation the Orchard Street property. This authorization will expire on December 31, 2013, unless extended by Congregational vote.” A motion to extend this deadline will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
The Washington State UU Voices for Justice is asking congregations to endorse the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s efforts to reduce gun violence by supporting Initiative 594 on universal background checks. A motion to endorse this effort will be presented at the meeting.
A motion authorizing the expenditure of funds from our Reserve Fund to pay for unanticipated accounting errors in our payroll system for 2013 will be made at the meeting.
Susan Tusa, TUUC Board President
NEW STAFF POSITION ANNOUNCED AT TUUC
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that our growth as a congregation has created a need for a full time congregational administrator. If you were to spend much time in and around TUUC and involved in the BOT, you would find that a good amount of staff time is spent doing what are administrative tasks. This takes up valuable time for ministry and burns out leaders. Along with this, we have called a full-time minister, not provided the administrative support needed for that shift. Finally, we have communications coming and going from several different places and sources. At times, these communications are not accurate and people are left confused about what is really happening.
All of this led the board to move to a full time administrative position. Read Postion Description and Application Process
The board wants to be very clear. This position is not open to a member of TUUC. This is not a good practice and we are moving away from doing this. As a result members if TUUC will not be considered. However, If you know of someone who would have strong skills in administration, media and web, clerical, and management, please let them know of this position.
Interested persons can be directed to send a letter of interest to Rev. Mike at email@example.com These letters need to be received by no later than FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, 2013. Interested candidates can also request a position description by contacting Rev. Mike at this email address.
UUSC Holiday Cards
On sale now in the TUUC lobby! Support the UU Service Committee in its social justice work around the world. $10 per pack of 10 cards Write checks to “UUSC” and put in the administrator’s door or give cash to Lori. Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays!
Looking Forward Chats Cancelled
The "Moving Forward Chats" scheduled on:
- Wednesday, December 4th, 6:30 - 8:30
- Tuesday, December 10th 11:30 - 1:00
- Tuesday, December 10th, 6:00 - 8:00
are cancelled for the time being. Recent changes in our real estate transactions have precipitated these changes. Please don't loose your enthusiasm for participating in the chats. Stay tuned. Come to the Congregational Meeting on December 15 for more details.
Flowers on Sunday
The Sunday flower project has resumed! Members/friends may contact Joan Bregger if they wish to provide flowers in the sanctuary on a particular Sunday. Persons who volunteer to donate flowers (or plants) may contact Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 253-761-9038. Joan will need to know which Sunday the volunteer will cover and whether the flowers are in honor or memory of anyone or commemorate an event. The name of the volunteer and the person(s) or event honored or remembered will be in the appropriate Order of Service unless arranged otherwise. All the “flower person” needs to do is to notify Joan by Wednesday before the desired Sunday, bring the flowers to the church between 30 and 15 minutes before the first service (9:30 am) on Sunday and arrange to have them removed after the second service (12:15 pm). (An option is for a friend at the second service to take them home.)Tall, ceramic vases, if needed, are in the cabinet next to the book sale cabinet in the sanctuary. If desired, receipts for the purchase of flowers/plants may be submitted to Mike Field, TUUC Administrator, for a tax deductible donation document.
Please contact Joan if you wish to provide Sunday flowers.
Should TUUC Endorse Initiative 594?
At the Annual Meeting we will be asked to endorse Initiative 594 to require universal background checks as a congregation. Leaders from five other UU congregations, the University Unitarian Church and UU Voices for Justice have endorsed 594.
The endorsement form reads:
"We all agree that violent criminals and other threats to society should not possess firearms. That’s why licensed dealers are required to conduct background checks on all their sales. However, there is a hole in our laws that allow criminals and other dangerous people to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the Internet, and elsewhere to buy guns with no background check and no questions asked. Law enforcement agencies and public safety officials agree that this loophole promotes illegal gun trafficking and enables individuals with criminal intent to purchase firearms. This initiative will simply ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase.
"The time to act is now. My faith community stands with the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility."
Even most people who disagree on what the Second Amendment means agree that we need to do what we can to keep guns out of the hands of people have behaved in a dangerous manner. The death toll is mounting alarmingly.
You might ask, however, why is it a religious or spiritual issue. UUs believe with a fervor not matched by most other faith movements in the dignity and preciousness of individual life. We also celebrate our connections with all life. As UU's we have a practice of doing our best to bring heaven into our reality now, not in some unknown hereafter.
If you want to find out more about the initiative, see the sponsor's website at http://wagunresponsibility.org/. There appears not to be an opposition website. The sponsors is still taking signatures on the initiative on the website.
(Submitted by Jolinda Stephens)
UUA Congregational Poll
This year's Congregational Poll (Nov. 15 - Feb. 1) will ask your congregation to choose 5 out of 6 proposed Congregational Study Action Issues (http://uua.org/statements/current/index.shtml). At least 25% of UUA congregations must participate in the poll. And be sure to ask your General Assembly delegates to vote for it in Providence next June.
Please ask your congregation to put "Escalating Inequality" at the top of its list. This is getting widespread support, including UUSC ( & former UUA) president Bill Schulz, who will be the lead off advocate at GA. The wake-up calls just keep getting more insistent: The financial meltdown of 2008, debt servitude, lost homes and jobs, the Occupy Movement, the flood of money into politics, government shutdown, the shrinking middle class, gridlock on climate change, … Yet with the economy, democracy, even the earth itself at risk, the people are beginning to rise up as they did against the injustices of the Gilded Age.
In my home town of Seattle a come-out-of-nowhere socialist candidate is astounding the world by leading in a city council race on a platform of a $15 minimum wage and a millionaire's tax. She is a personable and articulate young woman who is a progressive economist from India. Meanwhile an initiative for a $15 minimum wage is leading in the neighboring city of SeaTac (for airport and hospitality workers). What's
happening in your area?
We Unitarians can help lead the way to a more "sharing and caring" society.
If your congregation does not have an established procedure for the congregational poll, here's a suggestion. First organize a forum where people can discuss the different proposals and priorities, perhaps both in person and online. Then vote by email or paper ballots (or both), where people check off their top 5, or rank their top 5. For the check off procedure, called Approval Voting, each check mark constitutes a tally for that CSAI proposal. Then the 5 CSAI proposals with the most tallies are the ones chosen for the congregation poll. For the ranking procedure, called a Borda Count, mark 5 tallies for the top choice CSAI, 4 tallies for the second choice, 3 tallies for third choice, etc. Again, the sum of the tallies for each CSAI determines its ranking for the congregational poll.
Dick Burkhart, Co-chair, UUs for a Just Economic Community
4802 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118
206-721-5672 (home) 206-851-0027 (cell)
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liberal religious congregation of about 200 members, plus
friends, who share our lives, our values and principles, our
questions, and our faith and spirituality with one another. We
have Sunday services, and we have other activities and
programs all week. We are one of over a thousand
independent congregations that voluntarily belong to the
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