|Why I Love the UUMA Board - UUMA Secretary|
I have been deeply moved by the commitment of my fellow board members to our mission, to the work of improving our individual and collective cultural competency, and to good governance. As a learning and governing body, the Board works diligently and with devotion to leadership for our faith. We work hard, we play well, we welcome new colleagues, and we mourn colleagues whose lives have ended. (The Board holds a memorial service twice a year for all of our colleagues who have died in the past six months.) And yes, we seek to hold our staff and members accountable to our mission and to one another.
As Secretary, it’s been my primary charge to pay attention and record the essence of our deliberations and the details of our decisions and to keep track of future agenda items. The required attention to detail, discernment in listening, and clarity of communication play well to my skills and personality type. I feel useful and appreciated. That’s all well and good, but what I will miss most when my term ends next June is the collaboration with colleagues on the Board and staff who are devoted to common cause, fond of one another, and engaged in the work.
If you have the opportunity to serve in UUMA leadership, please give serious consideration to the radical “yes.” It may be a cliche, but indeed, it has been a privilege and a most satisfying experience.
The Rev. Duane Fickeisen, Secretary