Bylaws of Georgia Mountains Unitarian Universalist Church

(Effective May 22, 2011)

Following congregational polity, the Georgia Mountain Unitarian Universalist Church is a self-governing congregation, choosing our own ministers and lay leadership, handling our own finances, and choosing our own delegates to the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). We are associated with the UUA, but we govern ourselves. We are guided by the fifth principle of our faith, which calls for “the use of the democratic process within our congregations.”

The congregation elects a President-Elect who serves one term and then succeeds to the office of President. The congregation also elects the members of the Board of Trustees who serve for staggered two-year terms. The Board of Trustees selects a Secretary and Treasurer from their number at the first meeting each year.

The Annual Meeting of the membership takes place each year during the month of May on a date selected by the Board of Trustees. The business of the meeting includes the election of the President-Elect and the Trustees; a report from the President; a report on the ministry of the church; and the adoption of the church budget for the next fiscal year.

The Board holds business meetings on the second Sunday of the month. These meetings are open to the membership.