Oct 07 2014

Next Steps Task Force Report

It is exciting to be involved in a congregation that is described as having a strong sense of community, rich and innovative in worship and programing, committed to social justice, and good financial stewards.  That’s the findings of UU consultant Barry Finkelstein who visited us in April.  We are using Barry’s report, as well as the work of several First Parish task forces and committees over the years, to think about our future capital  needs and to plan how we might address them.  At the State of the Society meeting on September 28, I provided an update on the work of the Next Steps Task Force.  Please let me know if you have any questions and we’ll keep you posted on the work of the Next Steps Task Force online, through social media, during coffee hour, and informational briefings to the congregation throughout the year.   Questions?  — see John Schneider at [email protected].

Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.