‘Lay-led congregations’ are ones that lead themselves without a full-time minister. Unitarian Universalism has a proud history of congregational lay leadership that can be traced to the Fellowship Movement that began in 1948. Some congregations still call themselves fellowships as an outcome of this movement.
At the UUFBC, we are proud to be a lay-led congregation. Lay leaders in our Fellowship are responsible for every aspect of our organization. Through volunteer committees and elected congregational boards, lay leaders manage most aspects of our Unitarian Universalist Fellowship life, including:
- Organizing and leading worship services
- Choosing religious education curricula
- Building and maintaining facilities
- Managing finances
- Determining the congregation’s position on social justice issues
- Determining the vision and growth of our Fellowship
As strong believers in the Democratic process, being a lay-led congregation is an important aspect of our UU Fellowship here in Bay County.