About Us

Next Service

“ . . . dance while you can”

Sunday, December 6, 2020

11:15 a.m. via Live Stream

Service Leaders

Jay Leach, minister; the UUCC House Band and John Herrick, musicians
Kathryn, Jake and Ally Whitfield
with a special reflection by dance instructor and UUCC member Yasmiin Tarlton

UUCC Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is made up of nine members elected by the membership who serve staggered three-year terms. Staying in close touch with the congregation, the board articulates the UUCC vision through our Mission Statement, Ends Statements and Governing Policies and, referring to those policies, monitors the work of the Coordinating Team and other professional staff.

The Coordinating Team is the leadership group responsible for day-to-day operations. It includes Minister Jay Leach, Minister Eve Stevens and Director of Administration Alesia Hutto.

The Board speaks primarily through its written policies, which are decided by discussion and voting. Each trustee is involved in other activities at the church, out of personal interest and as one way to connect with other members.

Policy Governance

The UUCC has been operating under a form of Policy Governance since 2004. Under Policy Governance the Board of Trustees focuses on the congregation’s vision and goals rather than the details of managing the organization. The Board sets broad policies and then gives staff the freedom and authority to make day-to-day decisions as long as they are operating within the constraints set by those policies. Scroll down the page to see minutes of Board meetings.

Meet Our Board of Trustees

Our board is made up of long-time members of the congregation who have a history of deep involvement with and support for the UUCC. Current members of our nine-member Board of Trustees:

Catherine Barnes has been an active member of the UUCC for many years serving on multiple committees. Catherine provided tireless leadership for Social Justice Auctions which helped finance programs providing housing for formerly homeless neighbors. She and her family have also been faithful volunteers for Room in the Inn.  Board Term 2018-2021

Lisa Hagen has been coming to UUCC since 2008. She says, “My first ever service was Mardi Gras, and I remember leaving thinking, these are my people. I’m finally at my spiritual home. The UUCC has been invaluable to me, my husband, and our daughters. It is truly our second home.” Board Term 2020-2023

Ann Doss Helms has been a member of UUCC for about 25 years. She has been a CYRE teacher and team member, a Coming of Age mentor, a former chair of the Stewardship team, a volunteer in several programs related to our homelessness and affordable housing effort and a participant and workshop leader with Luna Rising. Ann has led a study session on Henry Louis Gates’ “Many Rivers to Cross,” attended the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond anti-racism training and a discussion series on classism in our congregation and is currently a member of the Intersectional Justice Team. She has also been a member of the Board of Trustees’ nominating team. Outside of church she reports on education for WFAE. She and her husband Kerry live in Gaston County and have an adult son, Daniel.  Board Term 2019-2022

Rocky Hendrick, a Charlotte native, retired as a Realtor after 25 years where he observed firsthand the disparities in housing in our city. Rocky and his wife, MaryAnn, have been members of the UUCC for eight years. They attended two years prior to joining. Referring to the close spaces reserved for visitors, Rocky says, “It was hard to give up the good parking space, but we did.” He has served as coordinator and volunteer for Room in the Inn. Rocky and MaryAnn also serve as ushers for Sunday services. They are volunteers at Urban Ministry Center, and Rocky is currently an advisor on the CMS automotive shop advisory board. He considers it an honor to serve the congregation on the UUCC Board of Trustees. Board Term 2019-2022

Cindy Hostetler (Co-chair) has been an active participant in our music program, singing in the choir and playing the handbells. She and her partner are strong advocates for environmental justice as well as advocates for seniors’ healthcare and housing. She has helped facilitate our End of Life series.  Board Term 2018-2021

David Reynolds (Co-chair) quickly got involved in the life of the UUCC upon joining a few years ago. Most of you have seen him serving coffee in Freeman Hall on Sundays, but some of you also may have seen him participating in our Readers’ Theatre production or spent time with him at his home for our Summer Suppers group.  Board Term 2018-2021

Paul Wilson and his wife, Jean, have been members of UUCC for eight years, during which time Paul has been deeply involved with the Music Program (Adult Choir, Chamber Choir, Handbell Ensemble) and has served with Room in the Inn as a volunteer (two years, plus a year as deputy coordinator with Rocky Hendrick) and as the coordinator (three years). Paul says, “UUCC is my spiritual home, and I hope to serve it faithfully during my years on the Board.”  Board Term 2020-2023

Tawana Wilson-Allen is a native of Mecklenburg County and is married to Emmanuel “Manny” Allen. They have three children and eight grandchildren. Tawana has been a community and political organizer for over 35 years. She has been involved in many campaigns on the national, state and local levels. Her primary career was with the Office of US Congressman Melvin L. Watt, 12th District North Carolina, for 22 years. She has served on numerous boards and commissions. Tawana retired from the Federal Government in 2014, but is still active with “Community Based Campaigns” as a Political Consultant, Leadership Development Facilitator and Intergovernmental Relations Liaison. Her work with the UUCC includes acting as a regularly scheduled greeter and member of the Racial Justice Engagement Group.  Board Term 2019-2022

Minutes of Board Meetings

Our Board meets monthly, usually on the third Tuesday, to conduct congregational business. Minutes of meetings conducted during the current congregational year are accessible below. For minutes of meetings going further back in time, please contact the UUCC office. To reach a member of our Board of Trustees please email board@uuccharlotte.org.

Exploration & Discovery: An Inspiring UUCC for the 21st Century

Over the past ten years, our Board has led the congregation through several rounds of “envisioning our future,” each one an effort to discern what this spiritual community is collectively called to be as we pursue our Mission and Ends in the greater Charlotte area. In June of 2016, we adopted our new Vision. Click here to view the document.