Unitarian Universalist congregations are self-governing. Each church calls its own ministers, creates its own policy and budgets, owns its building and property, and voluntarily elects to become a part of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
At Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist, congregational meetings are the most important element of the way we govern ourselves. At these meeting we elect our Board of Trustees, decide on our budget, and vote on our stand on key local and national issues, and make other decisions critical for our church and congregation.
Congregants may vote in congregational meeting if they have signed the membership book at least one month prior to the meeting. Other congregants are urged to attend and make their opinions know, but their votes may not be counted.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 12:30 November 12, 2017
At the Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, November 12, we voted to update our bylaws to reflect the changes in our governance structure approved by the congregation on June 4, 2017.
In addition, Board President Adam Slate presented an overview of the report presented to the board by stewardship consultant, Mark Ewert, and of the board priorities for the next year created on the basis of this report. Adam’s presentation in pdf.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 11:15 June 4, 2017
All members of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church community are invited to attend a Congregational Meeting at 11:15 on Sunday, June 4, 2017 in the church Sanctuary after the 10:00 (summer time) service. The agenda for this meeting will include:
- approve the minutes from the March 26, 2017 Congregational Meeting
- financial statement report
- affirm Board appointments made since the last Congregational Meeting
- affirm slate of candidates for 2017-18 year
- approve the 2017-2018 Budget
- affirm proposed Governance updates
Please take the time to review the meeting materials, which include the minutes from our last meeting, slate of candidates for election, a info sheet on the Governance Updates proposal, and the 2017-18 proposed Budget.
The TJMC-UU Board has spent a great deal of time these past three years analyzing our revenue patterns, expenses, and programming. The result of that analysis is this budget which we believe speaks to both the TJMC that we are and the one that we are led to embody in the world. A TJMC that is a powerhouse for Justice in Charlottesville; a congregation which holds Justice as one of the core tenets of how we operate both internally and externally. This budget contains a deficit that allows us to move beyond the current stalemate of cutting programs via cutting staffing into an expanded vision of TJMC. A TJMC with sufficient staffing to help move us into the next phase of a program church model.
We absolutely know you will have questions about this budget and the church that we become with this resourcing. We have created two opportunities for you to meet with Board members to discuss not just the numbers but the church that we embody. Please join us:
Sunday May 21st 10:30a.m. Lower Hall 2
Sunday May 28th 11:15a.m. Lower Hall 2
As stated in our Bylaws, only members who have formalized their membership by 05/05/2017 will be able to vote in the Congregational Meeting, but all should feel welcome to participate. Our democratic process is part of what gives our faith its identity. Your participation is a way of living our principles.
Child care will be available during this congregational meeting. A light lunch will be available for purchase from our awesome Youth! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Board of Trustees.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING March 26, 2017
All members of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church community are invited to attend a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in the church Sanctuary after the second service. The agenda for this meeting will include:
- Confirm Board appointments made since the last Congregational Meeting
- Approve the minutes from the October 2, 2016 Congregational Meeting, financial statement report
- Approve the Ordination request from Pam Philips
- Presentation of proposed Governance updates
Please take the time to review the letter to the Board from Pam Philips requesting that TJMC-UU ordain her as a Unitarian Universalist minister. As part of the Unitarian Universalist Association polity, the ordination of ministers is a right and responsibility of member congregations and as such can only be conferred by congregations.
As stated in our Bylaws, only members who have formalized their membership by 2/24/2017 will be able to vote in the Congregational Meeting, but all should feel welcome to participate. Our democratic process is part of what gives our faith its identity. Your participation is a way of living our principles.
Child care will be available during this brief congregational meeting. A light lunch will be available for purchase from our awesome Youth! As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Board of Trustees.
12 October 2016
Dear TJMC UU Board of Trustees,
I write to formally request that the congregation of Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist ordain me into Unitarian Universalist ministry. Having completed the requirements of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and been granted Preliminary Fellowship, I am eligible for ordination. This congregation has nurtured and supported my call to ministry. Therefore, I can think of no greater honor than to be ordained by the congregation that has loved me into ministry.
An ordination also provides the opportunity for educating the congregation about our heritage of congregational polity and for fostering ties to the larger denomination. We hope to invite congregants from my teaching congregations in Glen Allen and Richmond to join us. Likewise, clergy, religious professionals, and seminarians from around the region will be invited to participate in the ceremony.
With joy and gratitude,
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING October 2nd, 2016
The congregation voted voted to approve the public witness statement proposed by the Racial Justice Steering Committee. 94 percent of members attending the meeting voted in favor of the proposal while 6 percent opposed it.