The Governance Tree Explained:

The work of UUCE is guided by our mission: “Empowered by Love, we Transform  ourselves, and Serve our world.”

The Board of Trustees: Made up of Four Officers and Three Members at Large is elected each year by the congregation to ensure that the church’s work follows our mission. The Board is responsible for: Policy, Personnel, Mission and Vision, Looking Ahead, and Budget. The staff and lay leaders carry out the mission of the church through programming. Three areas of ministry categorize our work. It should be noted that many of the listing under each ministry could easily fit under another ministry.

Ministry of Connection and Engagement:  Exactly what it sounds like! All the ways in which we connect to and engage with the congregation.
This includes: Membership, Sunday Hospitality, Welcome Table, Greeters, Sister Circle, Men’s Group, Birders, Poetry Groups, Faith Forward/Inquirers, Art Gallery, Crafters, Young Adults, Lunch Bunch, Touchstone Tuesdays Potluck.

Ministry and Transformation and Action:  Faith Formation allows us to explore our religious and spiritual selves; if we take this learning seriously we will want to live out our faith in the world; and if we live our faith in the world we will need to be sustained through worship. This ministry has three subcategories: 

  • Faith Formation: Care for Infants and Toddlers, Children’s Programming, Youth Programming, Adult Programming, Small Group Ministry ,Coming of Age, Our Whole Lives 
  • WorshipWorship Associates, Music, Ushers 
  • Justice: Conestoga Huts, Produce Plus, Food for Lane County, Community Court, Earth Justice, Sanctuary/Refugee/Immigration.

Ministry of Sustainability: The nuts and bolts work of the church. Including; IT, Communications, Buildings and Grounds, Safety, Generosity Network (which oversees all fundraising efforts in support of the church).

Board Committees: Endowment, Financial Oversight and Review, Leadership, By-Laws

Minister’s Oversight: Staff, Kindness Team, Lay Pastoral Associates, Worship

Lay Ministry Leads: Each ministry has a lay ministry lead who is in touch with the committee or team leaders on a monthly basis.

The Lay Ministry Council which meets monthly is comprised of the Lay Ministry Leads of each ministry and the staff. These meetings are to strategize about gaps in ministries or to create new programming to meet congregational needs. A monthly report is sent to the Board. The role of the council is communication and creativity.