Leader How To
JUC Leaders Want to Know …
Reserve meeting space
Meeting rooms can be reserved for any church sponsored activities by clicking on the Calendar tab and selecting the Calendar & Meeting Room Request Form.
Reserve an information table for Sunday
A limited number of tables are available for use by activity leaders. Send an email to Beth Leyba, Congregation Connections Coordinator, stating the name of your activity and the dates a table is needed. Some Sundays, you may be able to get more than one table, if you ask. If you need to be near an electrical outlet or have other needs, please include this in your request. Tables will be assigned by the windows until that area is full. Once full, social justice-related tables will be assigned to the tables in front of the Justice Council bulletin board. Please do not add additional furniture or accessories that add to the footprint of your information table.
JUC Communication Channels
The Ignite (newsletter), member2member, Facebook, Weekly Connection (every Wednesday), the calendar screens throughout the campus, and Sunday projected slides are communication channels available to all church sponsored activities. See the Communications Guide on the Policies and Procedures page for details.
What social media resources are there for UUs?
Formal leaders of the church are nominated by the Leadership Nominating Committee. Leaders of the Board of Trustees, Leadership Nominating Committee (LNC) and the Endowment and Memorial Gift Trust (EMGT) are elected by the congregation at one of our two congregational meetings . Other leaders are recruited in a variety of ways depending on the team. Varying lengths of membership tenure are required for LNC-nominated leaders.
Leaders for other activities are determined from within their committees.
Programming funds are coordinated by the staff in conjunction with our program ministries. The budget process begins early in the calendar year with budget proposals generally due in March.
Submitting a Fundraising Request
Applying for a Grant
JUC’s endowments often provide grants for special projects and groups within the church. The Endowment & Memorial Gift Trust (EMGT) has a regular annual cycle for applications and they are typically due in February for the next church year (July-June).
Policy and Procedure Changes
Make a change in the Bylaws
Changes to the Bylaws of the congregation must be submitted to the Board of Trustees and approved by the congregation. See Article XIX – Amendment of Bylaws in the Bylaws for the specific process to follow.
Make a change in our Procedures
Changes to policies and procedures within an activity happen throughout the year. We are all best served when these changes are discussed with the committee, group or task force proposing the change or setting the procedure and then submit it to the staff member responsible for the respective program area. Full disclosure of changes, additions and deletions to our procedures allow for open discussion. Through this, we discover redundancy or conflict in our current policies that might not be readily apparent.
There are a few different ways that new activities can be started.
Social justice activities are coordinated within the Justice Council, made up of task forces initiated by passionate JUC members. To create a task force, interested members must complete and submit a task force application, available on the Justice Council page, to Rev. Eric Banner at any time. Requirements for task forces and the process for submitting the application are included in the Justice Council Policies.
Programming that is not social justice related falls within our Program Ministry. Most activities within our Program Ministries are initiated within one the staff-led programming teams. It is best to work within a program team to develop new activity ideas. If you are not sure which team might be the best fit for the type of activity you are interested in, contact the church office.
There are several volunteer-led affinity groups at JUC.
You can also find out more ways to get involved in all the various groups within the church by looking at our Getting Involved brochure for a more concise way to navigate all the options.
To learn more about our relationship with Unitarian Universalism beyond our walls, visit our Denominational Connections page.
Annual District Meeting
Jefferson Unitarian Church is a member congregation of the Mountain Desert District and eligible to send delegates to the annual meeting each spring. Any JUC member in good standing is eligible to serve as a delegate. If you are interested in nominating yourself to serve at the meeting, contact Carol Wilsey, who manages communication on behalf of the Board of Trustees, who make delegate appointments. You will be notified by email whether your nomination has been approved.
The event registration form will be available on the Mountain Desert District page.
Delegates are responsible for submitting their individual registration materials and paying any costs associated with attending the event. One does not have to serve as a delegate to attend this event.
Contact: Carol Wilsey, Administrator