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First Universalist Church of Essex  a Unitarian Universalist Church 





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Board of Trustees

The officers of the church are elected annually at the church meeting (first Sunday in May).

The Board meets monthly, usually at the church on the third Wednesday with the meeting starting at 7:00 PM. Board meetings are open to the congregation. Prior to attending, check with a Board member to confirm date and location.  All meeting are on on the church Zoom unless otherwise noted on the Calendar.

Ken Swanson, Moderator

Neil Bassom, Treasurer

Becky Axelrod, Secretary

Ken Swanson, Moderator

Lyn Towne-Smith

Robin Rogers-Browne

     Liz Raycroft

  Tom Dooley

Alex Marks

Lacey Rose Dysthe

Covenant of the First Universalist Church of Essex, Board of Trustees

Framing Statement: This is a covenant for the Board of Trustees to guide our interactions with each other. We covenanted to join in a fulfilling, safe, loving community with each other while facing outward to do the work of the association.

1. We agree to treat ourselves with the patience and respect we all deserve, remembering that we are human. We will remind ourselves that we are worthy and competent individuals, but also that we can’t do it all. We will communicate when we need help or when something feels like it is beyond our abilities.

2. We agree to treat each other with empathy, integrity, and open heartedness, remembering that we all come from different experiences. Respect for each other’s’ humanity is the foundation upon which we will act. We will take time to welcome each other, check in with each other, and say goodbye to each other in our meetings. We work as a team, and so we will care for each other, recognizing our interdependence.

3. We agree to make room for community building and spiritual care in this virtual space. This is holy ground, where we do the work of our faith. We will show up prepared and focused to the best of our ability and take the time for breaks when we need them.

4. We agree to respect each other’s’ boundaries, including our time and confidentiality. We will make documents available prior to the meetings they will be used in, stick to our set meeting times to the best of our ability, make clear distinguishments between business time and relationship building time, and maintain confidentiality, but not secrecy. We recognize that there are boundaries not included in this list, and we will make our personal boundaries clear to each other.

5. We want our space to be a space for growth. To facilitate that, we agree to check for understanding and encourage questions and discussions.

6. We recognize that we will mess up sometimes. When this happens, we agree to take the time to debrief, clarify what happened, apologize, learn from mistakes, and make changes to our processes. We will use positive and non-blaming language to discuss our mistakes (ex. “I need to give feedback”). We will return to this covenant and to our principles as Unitarian Universalists and use mistakes to grow and change.

Short Version

We light this chalice to remind ourselves that we are human, and we are both lifted and limited by our humanity. May we be kind, compassionate, and make room for growth, both within ourselves and within this group. Here, we practice governance rooted in love.



Adopted from the Covenant of the UUA Board of Trustees

First Universalist Church of Essex

59 Main Street

Essex, MA 01929


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