Board of Trustees

From the Board: Safe Congregations

FUUSN needs to be safe. For many of us, probably most of us, it feels like a sanctuary from the pressures of daily life, where we feel accepted, where we can express ourselves freely, where we feel sure that our children will be protected and nurtured. But we have long neglected some concrete tasks needed … Continued

Newton Refugee Immigration Ministry

At Sunday’s Special Congregational Meeting, Lynn Holbein and Richard Bail presented an invitation to FUSN from the Newton Refugee Immigration Ministry to join a cluster of churches and synagogues assisting asylum seekers. The Board is happy to announce that Lynn has received 35 signatures from FUSN volunteers, including four people who have offered housing. This … Continued

Board of Trustees

Welcome Back. As we come together this week, we are sobered by the suffering of so many from Harvey’s hurricane waters and by new threats to immigrant Americans. We bring to these challenges our resilience, strong values, and ever growing and learning faith community. Our minister, Erin, is back with us after her months of … Continued

Warrant for Annual Meeting, June 4

Notice is hereby given to all members of the First Unitarian Society in Newton that the Annual Meeting of the Society will be held in the Parish Hall at 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, Massachusetts, on Sunday June 4, 2017. Lunch will be served immediately following the service, and the Annual Meeting will follow at … Continued

Thanks For The Memories

As I complete my three-year term as a member of FUSN’s Board of Trustees, along with Lesley Sneddon, next month, I’d like to acknowledge those members I came to know during my tenure. Thank you Bobbie Sproat (Board Chair ’15-’16) for your tutelage and patience with me in my first year. I’ll not forget your … Continued

Facing FUSN Budget Cuts

The Finance Committee is struggling to complete next year’s budget to be approved by the congregation at our June annual meeting. The results from the annual budget drive have fallen short of our goal by a significant amount. As a result, we have cancelled all discretionary building projects (painting, new water fountain, etc.) this month … Continued

Board of Trustees Minutes January 2017

Highlights: 1. The Annual Budget Drive Plans for FY18, 2. A Proposal from the Financial Oversight Committee on Uses of Endowment Funds, and 3.Discussion of FY18 Budget Forecast.

Elected Leadership and the 2017 Nominating Committee

Since January, the Nominating Committee, comprised of Sheila Ardery (Chair), George Batchelor, Jim Emerson, Andrew Morse, and Ann Woodbury, has met regularly and worked diligently, conducting outreach via the FUSN business list and Newsletter and providing information during Coffee Hour to recruit qualified candidates for elected leadership at FUSN. We appreciate the committee’s willingness to … Continued

Sign Up for a Pledge Party

  Showing their leadership and commitment to FUSN, our entire Board of Trustees has already made their financial pledges. Now you, too, can do your part, but instead of doing it at a board meeting, you get to do it at a party! Sign up for a pledge party at coffee hour or online. Find … Continued

What Is FUSN’s Core Purpose?

In this tumultuous time in our country, it’s important to know and say who we are as a congregation and where we are going. John Nichols, in our February Board meeting used the metaphor of a wheel to define “core purpose” or “mission.” The spokes are our vibrant committees and activities, while the hub, which … Continued