Congregational delegates at the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., will elect a UUA moderator who will take the place of Gini Courter, who has served as moderator since 2003. In the months before the election, the two candidates—Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex—will be making appearances at district and regional events, as well as speaking to congregations. Information about their campaigns and about the responsibilities of the UUA moderator can be found on their respective websites, keyuumoderator.com and tamarapaynealex.com. Profiles of Payne-Alex and Key appear at uuworld.org.
The moderator, a volunteer position, is the UUA’s chief governance officer. The moderator chairs the UUA board of trustees and the plenary (business) sessions at the annual General Assembly. The moderator also meets regularly with national committees, regional groups, and leaders of Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country.