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

From the Parish Committee – May 2019

We are in the process of cleaning up and preparing to say goodbye and getting ready for a new journey!  The Parish Committee has been very busy lately.  We are pleased and excited that we have made an offer to Rev. Wendy Bell to be our Interim Minister starting in...

From the Parish Committee – April 2019

Ministerial Transition The Parish Committee is getting ready to begin the hiring process for the Interim Minister.  We have completedthe UUA Interim Minister application and posted it to the UUA Jobs Board.  On Monday, April 29, we will receive the names of interested...

The First Parish Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 28 right after church.   Please see the warrant on the door of the sanctuary for details of the business to be considered.  This year, the Parish Committee is proposing some changes to our by-laws as a way to bring into line our practices with our governing rules. We are making available a summary of changes and a copy of the current by-laws with proposed changes marked in red so that you can read them in advance. 

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.