Polity

Ours is a congregational church in the sense that governance is all at the local level. This is a free church which governs itself. Our by-laws require the election of officers (President, President-Elect, Clerk, Treasurer, and Treasurer-Elect) and five Trustees who together form a ten member Board of Trustees.   Major decisions such as the calling or dismissal of the minister, or the expenditure of dollars not in the present budget, occur only at congregational meetings. The annual budget is determined mostly by the annual canvass. The church realizes some other revenue, such as space rental, but mostly we operate from year to year on what members are willing and able to contribute. The minister serves in an advisory role on the Board, but has no vote.

Hence, it can be said that a UU congregation is whatever its membership decides it will be. We profess no exclusive domain on Truth. We are non-creedal, non-dogmatic, and non-doctrinal. We believe individual human beings have both the right and the responsibility to live their own lives and to find meaning where they perceive and discover it. Ours is a difficult and demanding faith where doubt is affirmed and celebrated. In this church, Christians, Jews, Humanists, Neo-Pagans and Buddhists sit in the same pew and worship together, learn from one another and are enriched by the religious diversity which unites us rather than separates us. If you are comfortable with this way of being religious in the world, you are invited to discuss membership with our minister.

Ours is a human institution. We make no claim to having the only true path to a meaningful understanding of the holy. Ours is not the One True Church. We struggle together and we are proud of our heritage. We celebrate our unique process and welcome all seekers as fellow travelers on the path in pursuit of the good.