Values and Bylaws - Bylaws Review Team

The Board of Trustees, through a Bylaws Review Team, is currently preparing a comprehensive set of amendments to All Souls’ bylaws to bring them into alignment with current church practices and best practices recommended by the UUA and other experts. In addition to thinking about a variety of technical edits, we’re considering several big questions, such as what the expectations are for members of the church and what the role of the Church Council should be.

During the fall of 2022, we held congregational feedback sessions and used that feedback to prepare a draft update to our bylaws. We’re now circulating an interim report and our draft update, which we hope you will read:

Interim Report (February 2023)

Draft recommended bylaws (February 2023)

Current Bylaws (last amended June 2022)

As we did in the fall, we’re hosting feedback sessions to get your comments on the draft update. You can attend those:

  • Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm on Zoom
  • Sunday, February 19, after service in the Church Library

You can also provide feedback by emailing Maya Hermann (, who will send your comments to the rest of the team. 

And, as a reminder, you can read the three handouts we previously sent out in the fall, which go into detail about several of the big questions we’re looking into:

The members of the team are Brenda Barbour, Chuck Dulaney, Gretta Goodwin, Maya Hermann, and Neil Manzullo. The Board created the team in June 2022, and the team’s work plan is available here. We’re so very thankful for the congregants and staff who have participated in this process.