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Forgiveness as a New Beginning:
A Service in the Spirit of Yom Kippur

Sunday Service live-streamed from our Sanctuary
Sunday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m.

Service Leaders
Jay Leach, minister; Ann Doss Helms, Lay Service Leader
Musicians John Herrick and John Burns and the Adult Choir

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:

Ben Baxter, his wife Gillian and daughters Anna and Connolly have been UUCC members since 2011.  Ben served on and chaired the Stewardship Committee (2017-20) and has been a member of the Safety Patrol team since its inception. Board Term 2021-2024

Susan Cox has been a member of the UUCC since 1994. She has served two previous terms on the Board and now will complete a one-year term following a resignation by a Board member. Joining on her second visit to the UUCC, Susan immediately became engaged in various activities, volunteering for multiple roles with Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Racial and Environmental Justice, CYRE, community building and ushering. The UUCC and her connections with the people and values of this community enrich her life and make her a better person. Board Term 2021-2022

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 (Board Co-Chair) 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

Susan McClelland has been a member of UUCC since 2018 and very active in the music program, singing in the Adult Choir, Chamber Choir, and the UUCC House Band, as well as serving on the Music Team. She participated in an Economic Justice Core Group, an Undoing Racism workshop, and most recently the Transgender Inclusion Workshop. Susan lives with her husband, Franklin, their daughter, Eliza, three cats, and one dog. Board Term 2021 – 2024

Kurt Merkle joined the UUCC in spring of 1996. He met his wife, Catherine O’Grady, in Freeman Hall about a year later.  Kurt and Catherine were married at the UUCC three years later and have been fortunate to raise three young men in a wonderful CYRE program. Kurt has enjoyed being involved teaching CYRE, chaperoning Habitat trips to Hartsville, hamming it up in the Follies, mentoring in the Coming of Age program, teaching in the OWL program, and other activities. Kurt says, “The UUCC has been so important to me and my family and I’m honored to be a board candidate.” Board Term 2021-2024

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Samantha Visco. Board Term 2020-2022

Paul Wilson (Board Co-Chair) 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.