The Communications Committee is s standing committee of the Board of Trustees. (4.10.3 GP, Article VII, Section 1 (a) (2) B). Its mission is to communicate actions of the Board of Trustees and to facilitate engagement (linkage) among the congregation, the Board, and the Church’s Executive Team. Specific duties include:

• Maintain church website pages and other public communications (e.g. bulletin boards) pertaining to the Board

• Conduct Cafe Conversations, Listening Projects, and other Board forums

• Maintain the Board’s FAQ page (forthcoming).

2017-2018 Communications Committee Membership:

  • Ameena Amdahl-Mason
  • Alan Comnes-Chair
  • Theo Harper
  • Kathy Ludlow
  • Evie Zaic

Meetings of the Communications Committee are open to all. The committee meets regularly, typically the first Tuesday after the regular Board of Trustee meeting. Meetings are generally held in the evening at the Church. Check out the Church’s calendar for upcoming committee meetings. Agendas for the meetings may be requested (or ideas for agenda items submitted) in advance by writing to Minutes from Communications Committee meetings are included in the Board of Trustee meeting agenda packets.

Congregational Forums Facilitated by the Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Board, the Communications Committee organizes periodic forums to engage in dialog with congregants on the Church’s mission and goals as well as to hear concerns.  This is important work for the Board and provides linkage between the congregation and its leadership.  The Board greatly values the perspective provided at these forums and the opportunity to engage with a diverse set of congregants.  Remaing forums for the 2017-2018 year are tentatively scheduled for the following Sundays:

  • February 25, 2018
  • April 29, 2018

Please look for announcements in the Church’s e-news and calendar for specific information on upcoming forums.

November 5, 2017 Forum: What We’ve Done and Where We Are Going: A Forum on Our Church’s 5-year Goals

On November 5, 2017, the Board of Trustees sponsored “What We’ve Done and Where We Are Going; A Forum on Our Church’s 5-year Goals.” The forum was held after second service in the Eliot Chapel.  A major responsibility of the church’s Board is to work with congregants to establish our vision and, then, to set goals that will inform the work of our church’s Executive Team.  The Board’s current 5-year goals were adopted in May 2016 (may be seen in the presentation below or here).  At the forum, Board members provided updates on progress being made toward these goals and received feedback on congregants on what successful achievement of each goal looks like.  

Board Presntation: Review and Update on its of 5-Year Goals.

Notes on the Discussions held during at the November 5 Forum, including Breakout Sessions.

June 4, 2017  Facilitated Conversations: Listening Toward Resolution

The forum held on June 4, 2017 was a important follow up to the Congregational Concerns Forum held on February 5, 2017.  At that February forum, the need for additional listening and dialog with congregants was identified as a needed follow up. On June 4, 2017, the Board hosted facilitated conversations with congregants. The event provided a way for congregants to be heard and to generate ideas on how to move forward and prepare for the 2017-18 church year. Highlights from that forum may be found <here>.

February 5, 2017 Forum on  Congregational Concerns

During 2016 and 2017, congregants  expressed concerns on several topics including: our church’s policy and decision-making processes, Dr. Keyes’ consultant report recommendations, Kate Lore’s departure, and our commitment to social justice.  With the facilitation assistance of Fr. Jim Galluzzo of Portland’s Urban Spirituality Center, Board members and First U’s Executive Team addressed these important issues and follow up questions at a congregational forum held on February 5. Minutes from that forum are posted <here>.

November 13, 2016 Forum on First Unitarian’s 5-Year  Goals 

This forum, attended by almost 200 congregants, had two parts: gathering input on the four 5-Year Church Goals adopted by the Board last spring; and a time for ‘open mic’ to listen to congregant concerns.  A summary of all comments received are  <here>.


Additional Resources:


Guidelines for how to organize various communication forums.