Church Governance

5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism: We affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregation and in society at large.

The congregation of All Souls Church Unitarian is, like all Unitarian Universalist congregations, self-governing. We elect representatives to our Board of Trustees and officers to perform specific duties; vote to approve our budget and call our ministers; decide the content of our bylaws and other governing documents; etc. You can read about the various aspects of our governance below.

Eleven trustees (including a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and seven trustees) serve three-year terms on the church’s board; each year, some cycle off and others are elected in their place. The trustees represent the congregation. Read more here.

Six officers are elected each year to fill functions necessary to smooth operation of the church: a moderator, a treasurer and assistant treasurer, a secretary and assistant secretary, and a membership secretary. Read more here.

The Church Council is the collection of all lay leaders of the church, including representatives from all of the church’s ministries and groups. The Council meets twice each year to check in, learn from each other, and explore aspects of church governance. Learn more about the Council here.

The LDNC comprises 15 members (five cycling on and off each year) who identify and recruit lay leaders to serve as trustees and officers. The LDNC also runs the church’s Leadership Development class, which trains future leaders. Read more here.

The CRR, using the church’s Covenant of Right Relations as its foundational document, deals with conflicts with the congregation and between congregation and staff. Read about Right Relations here.

The Board of Trustees Security Committee is looking for your feedback. The Committee is in the initial phases of developing a security policy that will encompass the physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being of the All Souls community. This survey, which is only the first of many ways the Security Committee will engage the congregation over the next few months, gathers information on where we are now and identifies people who want to be involved in this very important effort. We fully expect that our individual and collective views will evolve through this process of information gathering, and your voice is very important to the creation of a policy that will support a safe and welcoming space for everyone when we gather again. Learn more about the Security Committee.

Once each year, the congregation gathers to hear a report on the state of the church, elect new trustees and officers, and approve next year’s budget. They may also vote on bylaws changes and other matters concerning the governance of the church. 

2020 Congregational Meeting

2019 Congregational Meeting

All Souls Church Committee Chairs: All Souls is setting its sights on 2021, and it is officially budget planning season! As you may recall, the congregation voted to change the church fiscal year to begin July 1 and end on June 30. This means that the Executive Team (Executive Director Traci Hughes-Trotter and Interim Minister Kathleen Rolenz) need your budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. The upcoming budget for FY 2021-2022 will serve as the foundation for the fiscal health of All Souls as we prepare for some significant events: (1) post-COVID 19 re-entry into the building and (2) the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of All Souls. As you keep these two milestones in mind, please consider your budget needs and fundraising events for the next fiscal year while completing the Budget Request Form. Please submit the form to Executive Director Traci Hughes-Trotter by January 4, 2021, by emailing your form to