The CUC Board met on May 16, 2013 in Calgary, on the day preceding the Annual General Meeting. All the Board members were present, as well as John Marsh, Observer from the UU Ministers of Canada, Micaela Corcoran, Youth Observer, and incoming Board member Fiona Heath and incoming Youth Observer Elena Basford. Staff members present were Vyda Ng, Interim Executive Director, Linda Thomson, Kelly McDowell, Antonia Won, Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, April Hope, and Vidya Sudama. Several members of congregations attended during the day.
A good deal of time was spent discussing a major presentation from Vyda Ng, interpreting the Ends that the Board has established as priorities. To put this in context, Ends describe the outcomes that the CUC exists to create; what the CUC is for, rather than what it does. The CUC exists so that current and emerging [congregations] have the resources and recognition they need in order to thrive spiritually, socially and economically. (This is a slightly edited quote from our current Policy Manual.) The Board has identified the following four Ends as priorities in the near future:
- Resources for religious education and spiritual growth
- Resources to nurture leadership
- Resources for social sustainability
- Resources for generational appeal and relevant life-stage ministries.
The Staff had added a fifth priority, which was affirmed by the Board:
- Resources for Effective Communication.
Vyda had been asked to present her interpretations (strategies that she believes will further the Ends). There was extensive discussion on these strategies. On the basis of the discussion, Vyda will be bringing a final document to the June Board meeting for acceptance.
The Board approved the following Sharing Our Faith awards:
- UU Estrie (North Hatley) for partial salary for ministry
- First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo for administrative costs to support a part-time minister
- First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto for ministerial internship
- UU Church of Saint John for ministerial services
- Comox Valley Unitarian Fellowship for part-time ministry
It was noted that all the applications this year related to ministry support of one kind or another.
The Board reviewed the agenda for the Annual General Meeting and firmed up the various roles for both the pre-meeting plenary and the meeting itself. Kristina Stevens, the Treasurer, Vyda Ng, and Vidya Sudama, Financial Administrator, presented the financial statements and the budget. It was noted that the Annual Deficit Allowance which had been authorized in 2010 for the period until 2014 had been used much more quickly than anticipated. The 2014 budget, which was presented at the Annual General Meeting, is very tight. Full financial statements are available from the CUC office on request.
There was also extensive discussion by the Board about how our reduced resources might impact achievement of our Mission, and how congregations might be involved in discussions of future directions.
After the Annual General Meeting, the Board announced its officers for 2013-2014:
President: Gary Groot (Western Region)
Vice-President: Glenda Butt (Eastern Region)
Secretary: Ellen Campbell (Central Region)
Treasurer: Kristina Stevens (BC Region)
Social Responsibility Liason: Leslie Kemp (BC Region)
Roger Rochester (Western Region)
Curtis Murphy (Eastern Region)
Rev. Fiona Heath (Central Region)
Minister Observer: Rev. John Marsh (Ottawa)
Youth Observer: Elena Basford (Winnipeg)
All Board members and Observers can be reached at email@example.com.