Organization

 
Vision Statement

UULMNJ is the courageous, compassionate voice for truth, justice and equality in New Jersey public policy on behalf of and alongside fellow Unitarian Universalists and our supporters.

Board of Trustees

UULMNJ’s Board of Trustees consists of at least eight persons. Trustees may be members of affiliated congregations, religious professionals serving affiliated congregations, and members of Unitarian Universalist congregations who have denominational, organizational, legal, financial management, human resources, political, or fundraising expertise.  At least two Trustees shall be ministers, and we shall strive to include at least one young adult member, age 18 – 23. No more than two persons from any one affiliated congregation may serve as Trustees at any one time. All Trustees are limited to serving no more than four consecutive years.

Rob headshot (2)Executive Director

The Rev. Rob Gregson was hired in July 2106, replacing retiring Executive Director the Rev. Craig Hirshberg.

A 1990 political science 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. From 2011 to 2015 he help to form and manage 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, SimpleGifts 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

Alongside 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 UULMNJ liaisons and congregations. It develops, maintains and enhances the relationship between the UULMNJ and NJ congregations to support UULMNJ’s advocacy efforts through 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.

Human Resources Committee

Drafts policies and procedures necessary for good governance, staff, compliance and the administrative operation of the organization.

Nominating Committee

Recommends 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 two or more members, at least one of whom will be a member of the Board of Trustees.

Annual Meeting

An annual meeting (also called “Plenary”) is held once per year.  Attendance is mandatory for the Board of Trustees, Executive Director and relevant staff, Task Force and Committee chairs, and congregational delegates.  Attendance is encouraged for any interested UUs and members of the general public sympathetic to our agenda and mission.

The purpose of this annual meeting is:

(1) ) To review the year’s activities, (2) elect Trustees and the Nominating Committee, (3) Adopt a budget for the coming fiscal year, (4) Set broad priorities for the coming year, (5) Update appropriate levels of support for congregational affiliation (6) and conduct 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 delegates equal to the number established by UUA policy for that year’s UUA General Assembly.

Membership

Legislative Ministry membership is composed of any UU congregation within the state New Jersey which has completed the Affiliation Agreement and is considered a member in good standing by the Board.

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 may include UUs within or outside the state as well as any member of the general public who supports and upholds the mission, vision and principles 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 UULMNJ  All Souls NYC  president@uulmnj.org
Rev. Alison Miller, President PPNUULMNJ Morristown
Katrina Homel, Vice President Princeton  vp@uulmnj.org
Bill Slezak, Treasurer Essex  treasurer@uulmnj.org
Lessie Culmer-Nier Beacon (Summit)
Amy Tiedemann Hunterdon Co.
William Van Wyke Lincroft
Andrea Lerner Central Region East UUA  alerner@uua.org
Rev. David Horst Paramus

 

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