STATEMENT ON CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE UUA PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE

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.
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