2011-07-18 NWuuJN Minutes

December 30, 2011, 2:18 pm
Content Cover Image

Tonight’s meeting focused on: Organizational Development; Goals, Planning & Implementation for the Summit.

Reading:  Tonight’s reading provided by Dick Jacke was based on the passage here by Tolstoy (also included at the end of these minutes).

Check-in News:

·         Summit Sponsorships!

o   Douglas Mackey(OUUC)reported that Olympia is interested in sponsorship and is seeking more details.  Meanwhile, they can pick up the costs of the international phone call for the pre-summit early morning program with Afghani youth.

o   Dick Jacke (ESUC) reported that East Shore has agreed to be a sponsor for the Summit.  Including Olympia and East Shore, the Summit now has 8 sponsors.

o   Post meeting note:  Shortly after the meeting, Dick Burkhart reported that the Church of the Larger Fellowship was pleased to sponsor the event, and had committed to forwarding notifications to its members.

Sponsors now include











Regional Organizations







Church of the Larger Fellowship


Dick Burkhart



Northwest UU Justice Network


D. D. Hilke



UU Voices for Justice – Washington


Dick Burkhart



Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community


Dick Burkhart














East Shore Unitarian Church


Dick Jacke



Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church


Barbara Powers



Olympia Unitarian Universalist Church


Douglas Mackey



Unitarian Universalist Church of Whidbey Island


Libby Roberts



Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church


John Hilke



Other News:

o   Dick Burkhart (CLF) reported on local participation in MoveOn.org’s national program, Contract for the American Dream, that is working towards identifying a national progressive platform.

o   Barbara Powers (EUUC) reported participation by herself and other northern Puget Sound UUs in a witness action last Saturday.  Barbara reported that northern Washington area UUs have been less “active” in this way, and she was encouraged by the participation.



The Minutes from the July 11, 2011 meeting were approved.



Organizational Development: The meeting turned to discussion around the topic of “How do we want to grow the Network?”   Consensus emerged around the following points:

·         Regarding the Network and it’s service to congregations and individual UUs it was decided:

o   Active recruitment of network participants will begin locally, in the greater Puget Sound area, and then expand throughout Washington and Northern, Oregon, ultimately progressing to the rest of the PNWD region, prioritizing future growth to match emerging interests in the Network throughout the region.

o   The Network expects to serve all interested UU congregations or individuals in our region, even as we recognize that at least one of our programs, the Summit, is likely to be located in the Puget Sound area, at least for 2011 and 2012.

o   We are committed to both quality service and long-term sustainability; we see managing our growth as a strategy to support both of these commitments.

·         Regarding Network governance we recognized:

o   Our current Board would benefit from a few more individuals and more diversity (e.g., age, UU roles, skills).  We are interested in finding/recruiting such folk.

o   Ideally, the Board’s composition would reflect both the composition of Network participants and the intended diversity of its participants.

o   Face-to-face interactions at least once a year are essential to a well-functioning board/team.  Conference call meetings can be effective for many meeting agendas.

o   We are flexible regarding the ultimate structure of the Network’s governance.  At one extreme, there might be one Board that becomes progressively more diverse geographically as the Network grows.  At the other extreme, several sub-networks might develop, each with its own managing Boards, with perhaps an overarching executive board for decisions addressing the entire Network of networks. 



Program Development: Next, discussion turned to “What outcomes do we want to achieve via the upcoming Summit program?”   Consensus emerged around the following outcomes for the Summit:

    During the Summit, participants will:

·         Learn what other UUs in the region are doing in their justice work, and how collaboration has supported that work.

·         Connect with other UUs who have similar justice passions, and do so in ways that increase understanding, program- and issue- expertise, and intentions to take action.

·         Become excited by the possibility that they and other UUs can achieve more in their justice work by connecting with each other and working together.  Initiate such connections and work while at the Summit.

·         Contribute their ideas and feedback regarding the developing Justice Network and its proposed programs. 

·         Become interested in participating in the network through their congregations and individually, with many folks joining the network and/or offering to help build the network and/or its programs. 



Summit Planning: During the remaining time, the Board reviewed the Summit schedule, adjusting the Summit program plan as needed to support the agreed upon Summit outcomes.  See the Summit Program Plan for a preliminary overview of the Summit program.  This file has been updated to include: identification of MRPs (most responsible person) for each Summit program, schedule information, and preliminary (and not yet approved) descriptions of each Summit program.   This plan is attached for email recipients.

·         ACTION ITEM: Before the next NWuuJN Board meeting to be held August 1, anyone who is an MRP (most responsible person) for a part of the Summit is to submit to DD Hilke (w/ cc to the rest of the group) a fully updated version of the information related to their program in the attached Summit Program Plan.



Next Meeting:  the next meeting of NWuuJN Board is scheduled for Monday, August 1, 2011 from 6:45 to 8:45 pm at East Shore Unitarian Church.

·         ACTION ITEM: John Hilke will bring a reading to share with the Board.



The meeting was adjourned.



Submitted by:  D. D. Hilke on behalf of John Hilke, Secretary

Meeting Date:  Monday, July 18, 2011

Location:  East Shore Unitarian Church

Attending:  Dick Burkhart (CLF), DD Hilke (WUUC), John Hilke (WUUC), Dick Jacke (ESUC), Douglas Mackey (OUUC), Barbara Powers (EUUC).




Hilke, D. (2011). 2011-07-18 NWuuJN Minutes. Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/news/168368


To add a comment, please Log In.