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Governance, Committees, and Church Documents

Live Oak UU is a California nonprofit religious organization, established May 29, 2009 (though we began meeting in November, 2008).

The Board of Trustees is the legal representative of the church, and is responsible for finances and for overseeing the work of the church, including operations, programs, and planning. Our Board has 5 members. According to our bylaws, board members will serve 2-year terms and may run for election to the board for a second consecutive term. Current board members are:

  • Jim Freschi (President)
  • Lisa Fry (Vice-President)
  • Roger Hallsten (Treasurer)
  • Judith Heller (Secretary)

The current Nominating Committee members (also elected for 2-year terms) are Judith Heller, Niels Kjellund, and Richard Stromer.

Congregational Polity

The authority of the church rests in the congregation, not in a church or denominational hierarchy. Congregational meetings (minimum of two/year) are defined in our Bylaws. The Board of Trustees or a group of members may call a Special meeting of the Congregation for discussion or decisions on issues of Father and son at holiday service.interest. Members of the congregation in good standing may vote in elections, on the budget, and other decisions that arise. Live Oak voluntarily participates in the Unitarian Universalist Association and in the Pacific Central District of Unitarian Universalist Congregations.

Official documents will be posted below, including minutes of monthly Board meetings. Our Board of Trustees meets regularly on the 1st Thursday of each month (though sometimes December and/or a summer month are skipped). Board meetings are open to all members and friends. Meetings -- and items to be discussed -- will be announced ahead of time. Email info@uuliveoak.org for location of the meeting or other information.

Organizational Structure

Live Oak's organizational structure is based on our mission (We create loving community through worship and service to others.) It is our intent that any project we take on, any committee or task force formed, will help us fulfill our mission, by a) building community, b) providing worship or faith development, or c) serving others outside our fellowship. See how we are doing that.

Current Committees/Teams and Members

  • Caring Committee
    • Nancy Balassi, Sally Kennedy, & Jay Roller
  • Children & Youth Religious Exploration Committee
    • Kathryn Duke, Chair; Sylvia Balding, Lisa Fry, Judith Heller, & Ximena Rossi
    • Brooke Bishara, Religious Educator; Elena Waller, Assistant Teacher
  • Finance Committee
    • Roger Hallsten, Chair; David Fry, Niels Kjellund, & Darlene Pagano
  • Membership Committee
    • Lisa Fry, Chair; Judith Heller, & Roger Hallsten
  • Music Committee
    • Judith Heller & Sally Kennedy, Co-Chairs
    • Adrian Borcea, Pianist & Music Director
  • Nominating Committee
    • Judith Heller, Niels Kjellund, & Richard Stromer
  • Outreach Team
    • Lisa Fry & Darlene Pagano
  • Personnel Committee
    • Kathryn Duke, Eric Fethe, Roger Hallsten, & Jay Roller
  • Worship Team
    • Richard Stromer, Chair
    • Worship Leaders: Kate Hand, Darlene Pagano, & Richard Stromer
    • Pamela Gehrke, Once-a-Month Worship Leader
    • Worship Associates: Kris Arrington, Peter Hand, Mary MacKay, & Jay Roller

Documents (Minutes, Policies, and Other Important Documents)

Note: All the links below are to PDFs.
If you do not have Adobe Reader, you can download it here for free.

Minutes -- Congregational meetings, 2016

January 29, 2017

 

Minutes -- Board of Trustees, 2017

January 12, 2017
February 9, 2017
March 9, 2017
April 13, 2017
May 11, 2017
June 8, 2017
July 13, 2017

Minutes -- Congregational meetings, 2015

January 31, 2016
June 12, 2016

Minutes -- Board of Trustees, 2016

January 14, 2016
February 11, 2016
March 10, 2016 -- no meeting
April 14, 2016
May 12, 2016 -- no meeting
June 9, 2016
July 14, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 8, 2016
October 13, 2016 -- no meeting
November 10, 2016
December 8, 2016 -- no meeting

Live Oak UU Policies

Conflict of Interest Policy (for board members)
Disruptive Behavior Policy
Paying Members or Friends Policy
Pastoral Care Policy (being revised)
Charities Eligible to Receive Collection Policy (being edited)

 

Other Important Documents

Articles of Incorporation
Bylaws (Adopted Aug. 8, 2009; Amended Article VI Jan. 11, 2015)
Brief History of Live Oak
Organizational Structure & Committees

Welcoming Congregation Documents

Action Steps (submitted 1-2014)
Suggested Newsletters to Review

Minutes -- Congregational meetings, 2009-2015

January 11, 2015
May 31, 2015

January 12, 2014
June 8, 2014

January 27, 2013
March 24, 2013

January 29, 2012
March 25, 2012
April 29, 2012
July 29, 2012

March 13, 2011
May 7, 2011
October 23, 2011

Jan. 10, 2010 (First Annual Meeting)
March 28, 2010
June 13, 2010 (Budget, justice prop, emerging status)

Feb. 22, 2009 (Vote to start a new religious organization)
March 22, 2009 (Choosing our name)
April 26, 2009
May 31, 2009
August 2, 2009 (Meeting with District Staff)
August 23, 2009 (Vision)

Minutes -- Board of Trustee, 2009-2015

January 8, 2015
February 12, 2015
March 12, 2015
April 9, 2015
May 15, 2015
June 11, 2015
July 9, 2015
August 13, 2015
September 15, 2015
October 8, 2015
November 12, 2015
No December meeting

January 2, 2014
February 6, 2014
March 6, 2014
April 3, 2014
May 1, 2014
June 5, 2014
July 10, 2014
August 14, 2014
September 11, 2014
October 9, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014

January 17, 2013
February 7, 2013
March 7, 2013
April 4, 2013
May 2, 2013
June 6, 2013
July 11, 2013
August 8, 2013
September 5, 2013
October 3, 2013
November 14, 2013
December 5, 2013

January 19, 2012
February 16, 2012
March 15, 2012
April 19, 2012
May 17, 2012
June 20, 2012
July 16, 2012
August 22, 2012
September 20, 2012
October 25, 2012
No meeting in November or December

February 22, 2011
March 22, 2001
April 25, 2011
May 26, 2011
No meeting in June
July 21, 2011
August 18, 2011
September 15, 2011
October 20, 2011
November 17, 2011
January 26, 2010

February 23, 2010
March 23, 2010
April 27, 2010
May 25, 2010
June 22, 2010
July 22, 2010
September 13, 2010
October 2, 2010 (Special Meeting)
November 30, 2010

June 23, 2009 (First meeting)
July 28, 2009
August 25, 2009
September 22, 2009
October 27, 2009
November 24, 2009
December 29, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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