Organization

 
Vision Statement

UULMNJ is the Unitarian Universalist courageous, compassionate voice for truth, justice and equality in New Jersey public policy.

Board of Trustees

UULMNJ’s Board of Trustees consists of eight persons. Trustees are members of a Member congregation, a religious professional serving a Member congregation, or a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation who has denominational, organizational, legal, financial management, human resources, political, or fundraising expertise and has knowledge of the Member congregations. At least two Trustees are ministers, and there is at least one young adult member, aged 18 – 23. No more than two persons from any one Member congregation may serve as Trustees at any one time. All Trustees are limited to serving for no more than four consecutive years.

Rob headshot (2)Executive Director

A 1990 graduate of Amherst College, Rev. Rob Gregson received his Masters of Divinity in 1999 from Harvard Divinity School. He worked for 3 years in the early 1990s in the Dept. of Social Justice/Office of LBGT Concerns at the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston MA, a year as the first full-time interfaith chaplain at the Boston Alzheimer’s Center, and seven years as parish minister at the First UU Fellowship of Baptistown (Hunterdon County, NJ).

Rev. Gregson’s most recent professional experience was to serve as co-founder and first Executive Director of SimpleGifts: Unitarian Centre for Social Action in East London, United Kingdom. This innovative program, located in an area with the highest child poverty rate in the UK and facing intense public scrutiny as a majority Muslim immigrant community, served over 150+ children, parents, elders and recent immigrants each week through innovative after school parent/child clubs, Community Cohesion senior hot lunches, teen service groups, free English as A Second Language (ESL) programs and a Mums and Toddlers social enterprise initiative.

 

Committees

UULMNJ has established a number of committees to help carry out the business of the organization. Please let us know if you are interested in serving on a committee. Your participation would be most welcome.

Executive /Public Policy Committee…

consists of the Executive Director, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Treasurers of UULMNJ and UULMNJ PPN. This committee works to support the organizations operations including both executive and policy functions.

Communications Committee…

with the Executive Director, oversees the various mechanisms for communicating with congregations, the public at large, media, and public officials.

Congregational Relations Committee…

establishes a relationship with the Liaisons and congregations. It develops, maintains and enhances the relationship between the UULMNJ and NJ congregations to support UULMNJ’s advocacy efforts through the Liaisons, Congregation Action Teams and congregations’ local social justice programs

Development Committee…

researches and identifies funding sources; coordinates and implements fundraising campaigns; outreaches to individuals to become Friends of UULMNJ; organizes fund raising events; and maintains the congregational pledging process.

Finance/Budget Committee…

develops annual operating budget and monitors expenditures; develops and maintains financial procedures, records, insurance policies, financial agreements, and files annual IRS 990 forma and NJ incorporation report.

Policies and Procedures Committee…

drafts policies and procedures necessary for governance and operation of organization.

Nominating Committee…

recommend to the Board of Trustees the names of persons to be submitted for election as Trustees. The President, in consultation with the Board of Trustees, appoints a nominating committee of one or more members, at least one of which will be a member of the Board of Trustees.

Annual Meeting

A Plenary meeting is held once per year with the members of the Board of Trustees and Policy Leaders. The purpose of this annual meeting is for (1) ) a review of the year’s activities, (2) the election of Trustees and the Nominating Committee, (3) adoption of a budget for the coming fiscal year, (4) setting of the broad priorities for the coming year, (5) adoption of the levels of support for congregational affiliation,  and (6) conducting any other business that the Board presents, or any other business that may come before it.

Each Affiliated Congregation is entitled to a number of voting representatives, equal to the number allotted for the General Assembly that will follow the annual Plenary.

Membership

Legislative Ministry membership is composed of the UU Congregations of New Jersey who have completed the Affiliation Agreement.

All New Jersey UU congregations are considered participants in the Ministry, and will receive periodic communications, invitations to events, and have the opportunity to affiliate at any time.

Individual participation is strongly encouraged and will include UUs within or outside the state or non-UUs who support the mission of the Ministry.

 

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of New Jersey
Board of Trustees 2016-2017
Name/Position Congregation/Affiliation Contact Information
Rev. Dr. Tracy Sprowls, President Montclair president@uulmnj.org
Katrina Homel, Vice President Princeton vp@uulmnj.org
Bill Slezak, Treasurer Essex treasurer@uulmnj.org
Andrea Lerner Metro District alerner@uua.org
Rev. David Horst Paramus""
Rev. Alison Miller Morristown

 

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