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About the Organization of Our Society

The Democratic Church A congregational vote

The organizational structure and philosophy of First Unitarian Society reflect the American Revolutionary roots of our church. Historically, Unitarian and Universalist churches have been the forefront of many of the human rights struggles of modern American history. Universalists and Unitarians were active in the the writing of the constitution, the underground railroad, the opposition of slavery, prohibition, women's suffrage, civil rights, gay and lesbian rights, immigrant rights and many more issues. We are passionate about democracy, and that is how our church is organized: from the ground-up rather than from the top-down. Local first. 

At the heart of our congregation is membership. Members of the congregation ratify the annual budget, may change the bylaws, and elect our leaders, including our ministers. The rights and power of our members are real and make a difference.

Ministry Teams: The Society in Action

Ministry Teams are the boots on the ground of the Society. Ministry teams are under the direct supervision of the staff and have defined roles and terms. They are really geared to specific tasks or needs of the Society. Have a great idea that furthers the Society mission? There is a clear and direct path to getting a mission team created and in place. 

  1. Come up with a concept or mission
  2. Find a staff sponsor - any staff member can become your advocate.
  3. Fill in a simple set of forms that describe the mission, term, job descriptions and other details of the team.
  4. The team proposal is reviewed by the staff as a whole at their biweekly meetings. 
  5. The team is either approved or sent for further review.

Our Mission: 

First Unitarian Society is a community where curious seekers gather to explore spiritual, ethical and social issues in an accepting and nurturing environment. Unitarian Universalism supports the freedom of conscience of each individual as together we seek to be a force for good in the world.