board of trustees


Randy Russell, Moderator; 1st term (2017)
Ameena Amdahl-Mason, 2nd Vice Moderator; 2nd term (2018)
Darin Stewart; Treasurer, 1st term (2018)
Alan Comnes; completing a partial term (2017)
Kathy Ludlow, 
1st term (2017)
Laura Milne;
2nd term (2018)
Andy Parker;
1st term (2017)
Maryann Roulier, 2nd term, (2018)

Matt Swafford; 1st term (2019)
John Thompson;
2nd term (2019)
Leila Wrathall;
1st term (2019)
Evie Zaic; 2nd term (2019)

Rev. Bill Sinkford
(ex officio)
Rev. Tom Disrud 
(ex officio)
Kathryn Estey;
(ex officio)

(Terms are for 3 years, and run from June 1 through May 31 each year; year in parentheses above is the year each Board member’s current term ends)

March Moderator’s Letter

Greetings Fellow Congregants,      The word is out: we have a new Director of Music!  The search committee unanimously recommended that we hire DeReau Ferrar and Reverend Sinkford offered him the position.  DeReau has accepted and we now begin a new musical journey under his leadership. Congratulations to DeReau.  On behalf of the Board, … Continued


Congregational Concerns Forum (Feb. 2017)

In recent months, congregants have 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 … Continued


Communications Committee Review (June 2015-May 2016)

During the 2015-2016 year the Communications Committee accomplished the following: · Cleaned up and updated our webpage to be more current. · Cleaned up and updated Board-related pages on the church’s webpage. Information during the year was more accurate and timely. · Issued the annual Congregant Survey and received one of the highest participation rates … Continued


Congregational Forum: 5-Year Church Goals (Nov. 2016)

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.  All of the comments are here.  The Board will be continuing this work and communication with the congregation.


Cafe Conversations on Transparency (April 2015)

Facilitated by the Board during April 2016 (synthesis posted July 2016) Our two Cafe Conversations held during April 2016 were a great success–thank you to all who attended. Approximately 40 congregants attended and shared their thoughts on transparency and the Church. We have shared all of your ideas with the Board of Trustees and the … Continued


First Unitarian Five Year Goals

At the Board meeting on May 6, the Board adopted five year goals for the church.
From 2016-2021, First Unitarian Church of Portland will:

• Focus on collaborative governance, revising policies for clarity and brevity and creating linkages between the Congregation, the Board, and the Executive Team.
• Increase church funding through enhanced giving, including goal to reduce or retire the Buchan Building mortgage.
• Make a cultural transition from program-focused church to mission-driven church, with priority to building beloved community between generations.
• Develop a long-term plan for development and sustainability of church campus given changing dynamics of West End and downtown Portland.


Board Goals for 2015-16

In order to make policy-based governance more accessible, the Board will continue working on a document describing and delineating norms, roles, and processes.
The Policy Evaluation Committee and the Board will perform a comprehensive review of policies and by-laws, and make recommendations for policy revision.
The Finance Committee and Board will present a meaningful budget, which allows congregants to understand the programmatic results of their giving and cultivate a culture of deeper generosity.
The Board will use the vision statement to develop five year goals.
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