2020 Annual Meeting Minutes

Unity Minneapolis
Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2020

Call to Order: President Gregg Peterson called meeting to order at 1:36 pm.

Opening Prayer: Reverend Pat Williamson led members in opening prayer.

Introductions: President Gregg Peterson introduced the current board members; Jim Nepp Judith Kilian, Margie Oleson, Michael Showalter and Teresa Belden.

Agenda Review: President Gregg Peterson provided a brief review of the agenda for today’s meeting.

Approval of Minutes, 2019 Annual Meeting: Gloria Smith motioned to approve 2019 Annual Membership Meeting minutes and Andrea Johnson seconded the motion. Minutes were approved.

Nominating Committee Report: Sheila White, nominating committee chairperson introduced members of the nominating committee; Dianne Hansen, congregant representative; Teresa Belden, board representative and Reverend Pat Williamson. Sheila gave a brief overview of the nominating process. Sheila introduced the four candidates: Sarah Cox, Judith Kilian, Jerry LaBrosse and Nancy Merritt. Sheila outlined the election process; announcing from the platform in August that there will be open positions on the Board, an information meeting in December, and submission of applications/bios. Sheila also informed members of the change in announcing the newly elected board members. The announcement would be made to the congregation during services on Feb. 23.

Board Elections: Nominating committee chairperson, Sheila White instructed members to vote and she would be collecting the ballots.

Minister’s Report: Reverend Pat Williamson expressed his gratitude for the Board, staff and volunteers. He highlighted three of the 10 series in 2019 that were most popular: Oneness & World Religions, Truth Be Told and Fall Book Study: The Gifts of Imperfection. He also highlighted the most far-reaching service in 2019: Pride month with Jendeen Forberg. And other special services such as Interfaith World Day of Prayer and the two intergenerational All Together Now services. He also mentioned 2019 special events, Leadership Development and Transformational Worship & Music. And he gave a shout-out to We Cater to You for their generosity during the year that saved the church over $1000 in expenses. Technology update includes upgrading computers, Zoom video conferencing and livestream equipment upgrades. Marketing & Advertising updates include hiring Ascension Development Group to develop a Strategic Marketing Plan and interviewing for the Digital Marketing Strategist. He welcomed new associate ministers Rev. Toni Fish and Jim Ernstsen and expressed gratitude for Adam Glatzl’s service as Interim Adult Education Coordinator.

President’s Report: President Gregg Peterson highlighted the 100th year anniversary celebrations and thanked all who contributed to these events as well as staff, volunteers and Rev. Pat. The Board will continue to focus on our mission of a transformed world, accessible facility, reaching new audiences, youth, sacred in- and out-reach, small group meetings, and developing key leadership.

Treasurer’s Report: Michael Showalter, Board Treasurer, reported five-year revenue increase of 22% and 11% increase in expenses for the same time period. Staff and ministry here at Unity are good stewards of the money received here. We have a very strong financial condition with 12 full months of cash on hand. The state of the treasury is good!

Development Report: Judith Kilian, Board Member-At-Large, reported that we launched Great Gatherings to provide Conscious Connection – one of our Strategic Initiatives. We had strong Consistent Giving results in May, End-of-Year Giving met our goal and the 100-Year Gala was self-sustaining – meaning the money budgeted to help pay for the event was not needed. Call for volunteer help with Great Gatherings and Development Team.

Facilities Transformation: Rev. Pat recognized the Facilities Transformation Team and the progress made in 2019 resulting in initial designs and civil engineering report being finalized. Invitation to Dream Night where the latest plans will be presented and we will meet Horizons Stewardship, the capital campaign company that has been hired.

Election of Nominating Committee Representative and Alternate:  Board President Gregg Peterson called for nominations for Congregation Representative to the Nominating Committee and alternate positions. Rev. Ray Nelson volunteered to be Congregation Representative to the Nominating Committee next year. Mary Burns Klinger seconded, and the motion passed. Sarah Cox nominated Pam Morford as the alternate Congregation Representative to the Nominating Committee and Jim Nepp seconded and the motion passed.

Closing Prayer: Reverend Pat Williamson led the members in the closing prayer.

Adjourn: Board President Gregg Peterson adjourned the meeting at 2:25 pm

Submitted by Teresa Belden, Board Secretary