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In our published Values Statement, the Presidential Search Committee has said:

“We are committed to a process that is as open and transparent as possible, given the demands of confidentiality required for a personnel matter.”

This statement is intended to unpack these demands of confidentiality. The minutes and blog statements of the PSC are reviewed and approved by all members. The PSC speaks with one voice, and individual members do not make public or private statements on behalf of the Committee without authorization.

The members of the PSC will share with each other the information gathered in private and individual conversations with potential Presidential candidates and their references.
We promise that:

  • We will not release outside the PSC membership any transcripts, notes, or recordings of conversations with individuals we contact about a possible candidacy.
  • We will not release outside the PSC membership any transcripts, notes, or recordings of conversations with any references we are asked by potential candidates to contact, or any individuals we decide to contact for discussion about any possible candidates.
  • We will ask for and expect that people we talk to about potential candidates will hold our conversations with them confidential. For members of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, we will request in advance the same standard of confidentiality that ministers observe in counseling situations. In conversations with people who are not UUMA members, we will ask that our conversations remain confidential.

The Presidential Search Committee (PSC) met August 15, 2014 via Conference Call.

Confidentiality: We discussed the confidentiality statement, previously drafted. There was consensus on adopting it. This will be posted separately on the blog for easy dissemination via social media. It was agreed that we will not discuss with people outside of the committee who has and has not been suggested or who has and has not applied for consideration. We will begin reference checks with one agreed-upon statement around expectations both of us, and of the person providing the reference.

General Assembly 2015: MJ will confirm that the PSC is on the agenda. At our meeting in October, we will discuss details such as the need for a workshop, booth or suite, etc.

Resolution on President as Spiritual Leader: Someone outside the committee informed us that there was a resolution in the 1970s that was passed by the General Assembly, saying that the President was not the spiritual leader of the Association. We are further researching this, but have not yet found any substantiating documents.

Future meetings:
September 12: phone. Viewing draft of nominating process.
October 24-25: in person, Atlanta. Main agenda: Finalizing job description and process.
Spring: San Diego