November 2015 Splinters from the Board

At the November 18 meeting, the Board moved to recommend that the congregation sponsor Julica Hermann as a candidate for ministry. A vote would happen during the congregational meeting in late January 2016.

Several people among staff and church leadership were made authorized signers on two accounts that we will open at Dart Bank, which is also the lender for our building renovation loan.

From this point forward, church policies will be consistent in how they are formatted, thanks to a decision to adopt a specific formatting scheme. In addition, Trustees authorized the posting of church policies on the website. Our policy on monetary gifts was amended to include guidance for memorial and honor contributions, along with the original stipulations for unrestricted and restricted gifts.

Preparing for an early December informational meeting for the congregation, the Board reviewed two draft budgets prepared by Chris Clampitt. One budget, the budget we could afford, is a stripped-down model that makes no progress on getting staff pay up to UUA guidelines and would put no money toward restricted accounts used for replacing equipment and making repairs. The second draft budget, the budget we need/deserve, would make headway on the staff compensation issue and would modestly fund some important projects and services of great significance to church life.

A discussion of artwork in the new building rounded out the meeting. The Board voted to accept the donation of Chris Triola’s tapestry to be displayed on a portion of the wall at the back of the stage at 5509 S. Pennsylvania. An art selection team was authorized to recommend, for Board consideration, a hanging sculpture to be donated by Tim Prentiss of Connecticut. If accepted, it would hang in the atrium at the new building.