UUA moderator candidate forum June 6 online

Delegates to this year’s General Assembly in Louisville, Ky., will be electing a new UUA moderator to serve a six-year term as the Association’s chief governance officer. The two candidates are Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex. So that UUs can learn more about the candidates and the issues, the UUA is sponsoring an online moderator candidates’ forum on Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The forum will be moderated by the Rev. Ken Sawyer, minister emeritus of First Parish in Wayland, Mass., and chair of the UUA’s Election Campaign Practices Committee.

You are invited to view the forum at forum2013.uua.org. Each candidate will present an opening statement and then respond to questions presented by Sawyer. If you would like to submit questions to be considered for use in the forum, please send them to forum2013@uua.org. The deadline for submitting proposed questions is 12 p.m. EST on Monday, June 3.

Following the live forum, the video will be posted as soon as possible on UUA.org.

February 1 petition deadline for UUA office-seekers

The Nominating Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association has adopted a slate of candidates for positions ranging from Board of Trustees to the Commission on Social Witness. The slate can be found here.

Beyond those nominees, applications are being taken until February 1 from people who wish to run by petition for any of these positions, plus those of moderator and president of the UUA. To run by petition a candidate must:

  • Be a voting member of a UU congregation
  • Secure signatures of at least 50 members of certified UU congregations with no more than 10 from any single congregation
  • File the requisite papers with the UUA board secretary by February 1. Contact Nancy Lawrence with questions: administration@uua.org or 617-948-4303.

UUA moderator candidates begin campaigning

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.