Thursday 17 October 2013
It is this committee's responsibility to review the by-laws of the UU Fellowship at Stony Brook on even numbered years and make changes that will bring these by-laws into line with current practice. We seek input from the Fellowship and the Board for possible changes and updates to include in our final report, which is then presented to the congregation and voted upon at the Annual Meeting. If approved, these by-laws replace the previous ones and become the new version of our by-laws.
In general, we subscribe to the quote from the UUA website on the nature of by-laws.
“By-laws are important in laying the groundwork for any organization. Although written in legal language to satisfy governmental requirements, by-laws also tell the story of a congregation. They encapsulate the vision, hopes and dreams of the congregation and are also a last resort in cases of disagreement on legal matters. They help the congregation govern day-to-day functions such as committees and Board structure, as well as deal with infrequent situations such as the calling of a minister and the purchasing of real estate. For all members, by-laws provide a roadmap for getting involved in key decision making.”
- UUA Leader's Library - Congregational By-Laws
Larry Mazza, Mae Tierney, Linda Volkersz