Dear People’s People,

My term as your Board of Trustees president has come to an end, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished this year.  Our new mission and vision has given us renewed purpose and clarity on what and how we want to be in this world and guided our actions.

We passed a budget that is as close to balanced as we have in years, without cutting funding anywhere, AND were able to increase staff pay to fair compensation levels. We have removed our minimum pledge requirement, laying the groundwork for permanently abolishing this requirement and the waiver clause in our constitution and removing the discriminatory separation between membership categories. We have started the process to review and update our constitution, which is long overdue. (If you are interested in participating in this process, please let Barb Davis or Rev. Rachel know! They will be starting this summer.)

Your Board has worked on transforming our mindset and practices. Our church is in such a good place that we’ve been freed from much of the logistical and financial issues that have demanded much of our time in recent years and have been able to devote significant amounts of time to long-term planning and board development. We have investigated and updated policies that were out-of-date or did not live up to our highest ideals. We aimed to view everything through the lens of our important anti-racism work. We’ve spent time on reflection, discussion, and skill-building. We strove for consensus and heart-centered leadership, leaning on our congregation’s mission and vision statements, the values our church holds as dear, to guide our decisions. We have worked to increase our transparency and communication with the congregation, including our monthly newsletter articles and the Town Hall meetings, which we hope to continue on a regular basis. As always, the board welcomes your input and our meetings are open to everyone.

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve our congregation this past year, and I thank all of you for your support. Please join me in welcoming and supporting our 2019-2020 Board of Trustees. Your new executive board is Elizabeth Warner, President, Steve Ferguson, Vice President, and River Artz-Iffland, Secretary. I look forward to supporting them as they guide our church in living out our mission and vision.

Thank you all, for all that you do to help our church be a force for good in the world.

With gratitude,

Zoё Valette

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