As requested by the UUA Board, the Presidential Search Committee met with members of the Election Campaign Practices Commission and a member of the most recent Moderator Search Committee.

The charge by the UUA Board is to present recommendations for bylaw and policy amendments to implement our joint recommendations for how to conduct elections in general, and elections for the President of the UUA in particular. Part of this charge includes a request to present to the Board a few questions for a study guide to be distributed to congregations, regional assemblies, and others.

Task Force members:
Matthew Johnson
Liz Jones
Michael Tino
Wayne Arnason
Joanna Fontaine Crawford
Elandria Williams
Jacqui C. Williams
Beth McGregor
K.C. Slack
Manish Mishra
Chip Roush

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While waiting on budget approval, we are making preliminary plans for an in-person meeting in February/March.

The Moderator Search Committee requested information about our process. We sent them links to our blog and survey.

Interviews are to be completed by the end of November. The survey is live, posted on our Facebook page, and shared with interested parties.  Survey: http://goo.gl/xiQkCT

We will send a brief report to the UUA September Board meeting, with a proposed budget request for an in-person PSC meeting to draft our final report, to be delivered at General Assembly 2018.

The PSC will be interviewing former candidates and others about the search committee process used for the 2017 election. Interviews, as much as possible, will be on the record and interviewees will be able to approve quotes before they appear in our report. A survey will also be sent out to all UUs.  A historical record of the process will be compiled and part of the report.

The Presidential Search Committee met May 12, 2017, via Zoom. Our term runs through 2019; we discussed future work to be completed. We scheduled a time to meet in-person at GA 2017 to finalize our process to receive feedback on this first ever presidential search process, and to craft a final report.

It is with great enthusiasm that the Presidential Search Committee submits for the nomination process the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray for President of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  We unanimously endorse her candidacy equally to that of the Rev. Alison Miller.

The Reverend Susan Frederick-Gray has served as Lead Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix since 2008.  She previously served as minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, Ohio, where she was a local and state-wide leader in congregational based community organizing efforts. Additionally, she was the Intern and Sabbatical Minister at the First UU Church of Nashville, TN. After leading the Unitarian Universalist response to Arizona’s anti-immigrant laws in 2010, she became the Lead Organizer for the Arizona Immigration Ministry, holding primary responsibility for both the vision and local political relationships, as well as the service and witness events of the 2012 Justice General Assembly.  Susan came of age at Eliot Unitarian Chapel near St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Molecular Biology and from Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Brian Frederick-Gray, and their nine-year-old son Henry.  www.susanfrederickgray.com

A few words about our committee’s process:  In making our initial nominations, we came to a consensus decision. From a group of highly-qualified, dynamic candidates, we chose two individuals we knew would be tremendous leaders for our association of congregations. Continuing to believe that a two-candidate race offers a deeper and clearer conversation, we present to you now these two strong, visionary, and spiritually-grounded leaders.

We previously presented for nomination the Reverend Alison Miller. Alison has served as Senior Minister of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship since 2005.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Church of the Larger Fellowship, and on the Boards of the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of NJ and United Way of Northern New Jersey. Alison also served as Assistant Minister at All Souls New York City, and as Intern Minister at All Souls in Tulsa, OK. She lead the Mind the Gap Campaign, the largest stewardship campaign for Youth and Young Adult Ministries to date, which included fundraising, education, support and resourcing over 300 congregations’ participation in the UUA’s Capital Campaign and led to the expansion of youth and young adult programs locally and nationally.  She is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist from an interfaith family who felt called to serve our faith from a young age. Alison graduated from Bryn Mawr College and from Harvard Divinity School. She lives with her husband, David Snedden, and their four-year-old son Asher. www.alisonforuuapresident.org

We feel confident that the election of either Rev. Frederick-Gray or Rev. Miller will ensure a strong future for our Association, and we look forward to Unitarian Universalists getting to know them and their visions.