12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Starr King UU Church
22577 Bayview Ave, Hayward, CA, 94541

Governance and Decision Making in the Unitarian Universalist Church at Starr King

The meaning of freedom and tolerance is revealed more clearly by the way people behave than by the generalizations they utter. — Conrad Wright, Unitarian Universalist historian

In our earlier sessions in the fall, we learned from each other about our experiences in a variety of faith traditions.  Just as each of them has a different set of values/traditions/practices and rituals that form the basis for congregational life, so do each of them operate differently when it comes to structure, administration, and governance.

This session will give us a chance to:

  • Hear more about how/why Starr King Unitarian Church was founded;
  • Learn about changes over the years;
  • Discuss what it means to be a “free church;”
  • Learn how our congregational governance structure (congregational polity) differs from those of other faith traditions;
  • Explore the spiritual underpinnings of our structure and what it means to be a covenant church, and
  • Learn how we are part of a larger body and how we are supported by the Unitarian Universalist Associations.

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Future Spring Sessions:

25 February – Membership – “Signing the Book.”  When you “Signed the Book” signifying your joining SKUUC and all UUs across the world, what did it mean to you then?  What’s changed? How we each perceive the rights, responsibilities, and joys of membership at Starr King.

25 MarchUnitarian, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists – Beginning discussion of the American roots of our tradition, how it’s changed over time and its relevance to us and the greater community in the 21st century.