Governance

Parish Committee

The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years.  The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.

2019-2020 Parish Committee

Sue Twombly, Chair
Kristin Bray
Nick Haddad
Jean Merkl
Kelly Morton
Dia Warren

News from Parish Committee

Warrant for 2020 Annual Meeting

The First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist Warrant for 389th Annual Meeting April 11, 2020 To: Michael Collins, Clerk of the First Parish of Watertown, Greetings: You are hereby requested to notify and warn the legal members of the First Parish of Watertown...

From the Parish Committee – March 27, 2020

During this trying time, we are remaining optimistic and thinking ahead to better times.  At our last meeting we planned for a process to nominate our Ministerial Search Committee.  Our plan is to focus on this during the month of May.  The Parish Committee and the...

Coronavirus Response

Due to a growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus in our area, First Parish Watertown will cancel worship services, religious education classes, and after-church activities for the next two Sundays, March 15th and March 22nd.

Officers

Elected members of the congregation fill the offices of Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Historian, and Moderator of meetings.

Trustees

The Trustees of First Parish Watertown meet quarterly to monitor and review the stability of three endowment funds which support the church and its work in the community. Income from the Perpetuity Fund and the Ministerial Fund supports the operation of the church and the salary of the minister, while the Helen Robinson Wright Charitable Fund is used for charitable purposes in the Watertown community.

Parish Council

The Parish Council is an advisory body, comprised of the chairs of the church committees and chaired by the minister.  The Parish Council works to form a shared vision and goals for the church and coordinates the work of program committees.

Congregational Meetings

In line with our fifth principle – “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large” – the members of First Parish elect officers, Trustees, and members of Parish Committee at the Annual Meeting each April.  Members of First Parish also vote to approve an annual budget and extraordinary expenses, amend the bylaws, and call a minister.