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Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring

Our Church Governance

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring (UUCSS) is governed by "congregational polity," which means that our congregation makes all its own decisions through the democratic process. Our Church is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The UUA provides helpful member benefits but does not fund us; nor does it direct any of our affairs.

The UUCSS Board of Trustees is elected by the Congregation and oversees the operation of our Church in accordance with the UUCSS Constitution. The Board guides the implementation of long-term goals and policy and is legally responsible for the fiscal operations of the church.

Our Parish Minister is called by a vote of the congregation after an elected Search Committee selects a candidate. The Parish Minister of the Church serves as Chief-of-Staff.

The Program Council through its volunteer committees provides structure for church members to operate all the programs of the Church in conjunction with our professional leaders. The Council is led by the Board Vice President for Program and includes the Chairs of all standing committees.

In 2007 the Church created a Strategic Plan to identify areas of focus and provide a plan for acheiving our goals.

Here is a link to our Constitution (pdf, updated 2016).