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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

UUA Board meets in Boston, October 17-19.

Forgive me in advance for the insider-baseball jargon that peppers this post.

It's time once again for the quarterly meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees, October 15-19 in Boston. Although I'm aware that no one has ever attended a board meeting on my prompting, I'd like to reiterate that meetings are open to the public. Insiders' insiders will also notice that the board is attempting to shift more completely into modified Policy Governance mode in this meeting, as Moderator Gini Courter briefly explains in her cover letter to the meeting's 167-page packet of agendas and reports. One crucial thing to notice, if you are inclined to become a dedicated board watcher, is that more and more of the trustees' conversation is taking place in working group meetings rather than in the formal board meetings on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19. This means that, if you're really interested in catching a glimpse of what the trustees are talking about, you'd want to attend the Wednesday working group meetings or the Thursday governance conversation. Showing up for the Saturday afternoon meeting or the Sunday morning meeting only could be a bit confusing — unless you cozy up to the representative of the District Presidents Association, who really pays close attention and can fill you in.

The Friday, October 17, all-day session is dedicated to drafting "ends statements" for the Association. The board will be drawing on the responses it solicited at recent General Assemblies through the Open Space process in 2007 and the Appreciative Inquiry process in 2008. (UU World reported on the Open Space process in 2007; has a report on this year's Appreciative Inquiry process, including a slideshow of collages made by participants.) The board's 33-page packet of "ends" documents is the one you'll want to read most closely.

Also: The board will spend part of its time at the UU New England Fall Conference in Worcester, Mass., October 17-18, where UUA presidential candidates Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales will be speaking about the future of Unitarian Universalism.

Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 30 September 2008 at 9:38 PM

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