How We Govern Ourselves

CUC’s Charitable Purposes

The Statement of Purpose of the CUC is to promote Unitarian Universalism, Unitarianism and Universalism, in Canada and internationally, by:

  • Affirming and promoting the principles, practices, and traditions of the Unitarian Universalist, Unitarian and Universalist faiths;
  • Supporting the development and growth of Unitarian Universalist, Unitarian and Universalist religious communities;
  • Nurturing, supporting and enhancing religious communities and other groups to work together on mutual concerns for the benefit of the community; and
  • Providing basic necessities of life, including food, clean water, clothing, medical and dental care and supplies, shelter, and education, tuition and school supplies to those in need.

Structure of the Council

The Canadian Unitarian Council consists of member congregations, who have chosen to participate in a national faith organization together. The Council is accountable to these member congregations who are the “legal owners” of the organization; there is only one category of members – the member congregations – and the previous category of individual members has been eliminated.

As well, the CUC has relationships with UU communities, considered “moral owners,” which include UU youth, young adults, ministers, religious educators, lay chaplains, social responsibility groups, and Associate Members.

Affiliate Relationships

Affiliates are organizations which have principles or beliefs comparable to those of the CUC, and which engage in similar goals and activities. The CUC and each Affiliate enter into a mutual relationship guided by a covenant.

Board of Trustees

The Council, represented by delegates from member congregations, elects regional representative to a Board of Trustees at the Annual General Meeting each May.

CUC Staff

The CUC Board appoints an Executive Director (ED) who is Chief Executive Officer of the organization. The Executive Director hires staff and recruits volunteers in order to undertake the tasks of the CUC.

Nominating Committee

The CUC’s Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying and nominating prospective members of the CUC Board.

Task Forces, Study Groups, and Committees

From time to time, the Board may establish a task force or an ad hoc or on-going committee to help it do its job. The Council, by vote of the delegates at an AGM, may also establish a Task Force or Study Group to examine a particular subject.

Governance Process

The Board is accountable to the member congregations of the CUC and uses the model of policy governance created by John Carver. This model enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control the Executive Director’s job without micro-managing, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the CUC, and to truly lead the organization.