Voting at our annual congregational meeting

The information on this page pertains to governance of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem. This congregation operates as a 501c3 organization under laws of the State of Oregon and its own bylaws. The documentation provided here is for congregant review and governance transparency in conformance with the Oregon Sunshine Laws pertaining to non-profit organizations.

The UUCS Board of Directors is the governing body of the congregation. It represents and acts for the congregation in setting policy and conducting business. The Board ensures that the operations of UUCS are managed effectively in collaboration with the Ministers and Staff and volunteer teams and committees, in accordance with the bylaws.

UUCS Bylaws

UUCS is governed by its current bylaws, as approved by the congregation in the May 5, 2013 Annual Meeting.

Congregational Meetings


According to our bylaws we hold an annual congregational meeting in May of each year. At the meeting, the congregation elects officers and board members,and a member of the nominating committee, approves the budget for the coming year, and receives reports from officers, the minister, the Director of Religious Exploration, and various committees.

UUCS Covenants

Policies are adopted by the UUCS Board to define how UUCS effectively, efficiently and respectfully implements the UUCS Mission and Vision under the Bylaws of the congregation. We have entered into several Covenants within our Congregation, and with others:

Covenant of Good Relations
Simenfalva Partner Church Covenant
RE Family Covenant and Responsibilities

UUCS Policies of the Board

For policies of teams and committees, see the list on the policies page.

Alcohol Policy

Congregational Meeting Voting Policy and Procedure 2017-05-11

Criminal Background Check Policy 2017-06-01

Policy on Policies 2018-08-09

Prohibition of Weapons on UUCS Property 2021-04-12

Safer Congregations Policy 2017-07-01

UUCS Procedures

UUCS Personnel Manual

Strategic Plans

5 Year Strategic Plan, adopted November, 2018

Strategic Plan Implementation Expectations  2019-05-01