Northern New England District UUA Dissolved

Meeting virtually on Saturday, September 26, representatives of most of the 70 Maine. New Hampshire, and Vermont churches within the Northern New England District UUA voted to complete the process of dissolution of the District begun in 2013 when the UUA moved to a regional organizational structure. Since that time staff functions, with the exception of one-part time secretary, have been performed by the UUA staff. All other Districts within the NE Region have already completed the dissolution process. There were a number of issues which had to be resolved before NNED could take this step, but these have been completed and the District Board had determined that remaining functions could best be performed by the Regional staff and that the Board role was largely superficial and unnecessary. There was some opposition to this step from several small churches concerned that their interests might be over looked by the UUA. However, a clear majority recognized that the interests of our individual congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association as a whole are better served by the unified
structure and commitment to working together for our mutual goals and interests. Many people have expressed sadness at the passing of a beloved organization, especially in this time of social isolation with no opportunity to celebrate and to mourn its passing. Hopefully there will be a time for us to join together in the not too distant future.

This process will result in finalizing the transition of the locus of governance to the Board of Directors of the UUA and the transfer of funds to the UUA. As part of the agreement, $100,000 will be set aside for each of the state SANS organizations in Maine and NH. These funds will greatly benefit the activities of MUUSAN, our state advocacy group which has an annual budget of about $30,000 a year and employs a part time staff person.

I was a member of the Board of the District which voted to recommend dissolution and the Board of this church voted its support when the decision was announced. During the interim period we have benefitted significantly from the assistance of Regional staff both in processing congregational needs and wishes and in selecting our new minister. Please contact me if you have further questions. Or speak to David Wilcock, who has served as a Trustee and can answer financial questions.

Carol Larson
Social Justice Chair