The overall governance of the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Augusta is found in the Bylaws and various policies, procedures and forms for implementing the activities of the congregation. These are included in the publication How Our Church Works.
The related UUCC Personnel Policy Manual applies to all employees of the UUCC, both full-time and part-time.
The ongoing working governance functions are reported in the Flaming Chalice, and on various bulletin boards. The activities for the year are included in the Annual Reports at the Annual Meeting in June.
Discernment Team, From The Flaming Chalice, September 2018
The Discernment Team of our church began its work on August 27, 2018. The Team will function for 2 or 3 years and in that time will develop and facilitate a process for congregational discernment. The process of the Discernment Team’s work develops in engagement with the congregation. There is no imagined outcome except the adaptations for the continued vitality of the UUCC of Augusta, Maine well into the 21st century.
The word discernment has evolved from the French “to sift” and from the Greek “to judge.” The current definition is to grasp and comprehend the obscure.
The Discernment Team will observe, pose questions, and enter into dialog with intention to listen for the heartbeat of the church; to learn what is essential and what adaptations will bring us vibrantly into the future. From our observations, dialog, and listening we will prompt the congregation to:
- ·Sift—examine the elements and underlying assumptions that create church as we know it;
- ·Judge—weigh the value of each element as the assumptions are exposed;
- ·And comprehend the obscure—propose the adaptations that will serve us in the future.
The Team is reading two books to inspire us: The Divergent Church: The Bright Promise of Alternative Faith Communities by Tim Shapiro and Upcycle Your Congregation: Creative Ideas for Transforming Faith Communities, edited by Sara Lammert. The church owns several copies of these books if you are interested in reading them, too.