FUUSN Operates with Democratic Principles and Congregational Polity

This congregation is wholly owned by its members and governed using a representative process with regular elections of officers, a set of bylaws, an annual meeting of the full society, and the power to call the minister or ministers of its choice.

FUUSN is organized according to the principles of congregational polity–ultimate authority resides with the members and the most important decisions are made by vote at a duly constituted Annual Meeting of the members each spring. Daily operational authority resides with a democratically elected Board of Trustees and Operations Council and all funds are held and invested by a democratically elected Board of Investment.


By-laws of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton.

Policies and Information Issuances

Policies approved by the Board and Operations Council.

Board of Trustees

A seven-person Board of Trustees has overall authority over church finances, staffing, and high-level policy-making. The Board is responsible for seeing that all evaluations of ministers, programs, and operations are performed. Six trustees are elected by the members of the society and each serves a three-year term, with two new members elected at each Annual Meeting of the Society. In addition, one youth member is elected to the Board for a one-year term. The Board members elect a chair and vice chair from among their members.

Minutes from Board of Trustees meetings are online.

Operations Council

The Operations Council is responsible for daily operations of the society and has six members who oversee six general areas: Worship, Education, Fellowship, Stewardship, Outreach, Fundamentals/Administration. The treasurer is also a member of the council.

Minutes from Operations Council meetings are online.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of the Board Chair, the Minister, Assistant Minister, DLRE, and Operations Council chair. It helps route decisions and problems to the appropriate entity, but makes no decisions. It can also inform people of precedent when known.