How Follen Works
The Follen Church Society is a self-governing member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA). While Follen’s volunteer leaders may seek guidance from the UUA, ultimately Follen’s own members are in charge of Follen’s policies and practices.
This form of church governance is known as congregational polity. There are no bishops or elders overseeing Follen. The congregation, in collaboration with the Parish Minister and staff, makes all decisions about Follen’s operations and mission.
Read Follen’s Bylaws.
Follen has two governing bodies: the Parish Board and the Program Council.
The Parish Board reviews policy and procedural questions, oversees the church’s property and finances, and conducts long-range planning.
The Parish Minister sits on both the Parish Board and the Program Council. A small team helps the Parish Board and Program Council coordinate their actions. That team consists of the Parish Minister, the Chair of the Parish Board, the President of the Program Council, and the Church Administrator.
Follen’s governance structure is also illustrated in this diagram of Follen governance (updated March 2015).
Follen Annual Report
Each spring Follen issues an annual report, with essays from the minister and other staff, the annual budget and financial information, and summaries of activities by volunteer groups. View the Annual Report 2017.
Stewardship: How Follen Is Funded
Every year, Follen members and friends pledge annual contributions during Follen’s Stewardship Campaign. Most of our programming is provided by staffers, so most of our operational budget goes to staff salaries. To learn more about how Stewardship works watch this video.