Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Murfreesboro


ARTICLE I: Name

The name of this religious society shall be the “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Murfreesboro.”


ARTICLE II: Purpose

It is the purpose of this society to stimulate individual spiritual growth; to further ethical conduct, personal liberty, and freedom of conscience; to promote human values and human rights; to affirm and celebrate the dignity of the individual; and to serve our community.


ARTICLE III: Membership

Participation in UUFM activities is open to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, class, or national origin, who are sympathetic with the purpose and program of the society.

Any person, regardless of race, color, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, class, or national origin, who is at least 18 years of age may become a voting member of this Fellowship by signing in the presence of congregation the membership book, thereby pledging time and financial support as an indication of sympathy with its purposes. Those who meet those conditions will be eligible to vote 30 days after they sign the membership book.

A member who has not participated, nor contributed services and funds during the current and preceding church years shall be placed on the inactive membership roll and shall be ineligible to vote until return to active status.

To return to active membership status, the inactive person must follow the regular membership process to become active and regain voting privileges as stated above.


ARTICLE IV: Denomination Affiliation

This Fellowship shall be a member of the Southern Region UUA and Mid-south District.


ARTICLE V: Meetings

5.1 Regular Meetings. The regular meetings of the Fellowship shall be determined by the Fellowship itself or by any person or persons designated by it.

5.2 Annual Meetings. The Annual Meeting shall be held each year in the month of May at such time and place as shall be fixed by the Executive Committee.

5.3 Special Meetings. The Executive Committee may call special meetings and special meetings shall be called by the Chair at the written request of 20% of voting members; the business to be transacted shall be mentioned in the call to the meeting.

5.4 Quorum. A quorum will be constituted by thirty-five percent (35%) of the voting membership at any meeting.


ARTICLE VI: Leadership Development and Selection of Officers

6.1 Responsibilities of Leadership Development Committee. The Leadership Development Committee will have the following responsibilities: provide/facilitate leadership development for future congregation leaders, recruit and encourage members to be involved in the life and leadership of the Congregation, and shall serve as the nominating committee for elected offices of the congregation.

      6.1.1 Membership of Leadership Development Committee. The Leadership Development Committee shall be composed of five members: two members elected from the membership, the Immediate Past-Chair of the Executive Committee, a member designated by the Membership Committee, and a member designated by the Executive Committee. Terms will be for two years. In the initial election, one elected member and the member designated by the Membership Committee will be set as one year terms, so there will be continuity on the committee every year. After committee members serve two years, they must be off the Leadership Development Committee for at least one year.

      6.1.2 Election of Leadership Development Committee.  The election of this committee will be held in May during the regular election for officers, and the committee will commence work at the beginning of the budget year. The Chair will ask interested members to volunteer to be on the ballot to serve on this committee; UUFM members may also nominate other members to serve on the committee. In cases where a member is nominated by another member to serve on the committee, the Chair will ask the nominee if he/she is willing to be on the ballot.

     6.1.3 Filling a Vacancy on the Leadership Development Committee. If there is a vacancy due to resignation of an elected member of the committee, a special election will be held if the vacancy occurs six months or more before a regular May election. Should a vacancy of an elected member occur less than six months from a regular election, the committee will operate with only one elected member of the committee for the upcoming election and the vacancy will be filled at the next regular election. If a vacancy occurs from appointed members, the committee that makes the appointment will select a new committee member to represent the committee.

6.2 Nomination and Election of Officers. Two months before the election, the Leadership Development Committee will develop a list of candidates for the open positions and will submit these candidates to the membership at least one month before the election.

      6.2.1 At the Annual Meeting (if necessary) there shall be chosen a Secretary and a Treasurer who shall hold their offices for two years or until their successors have been elected. The treasurer and secretary are eligible to serve two terms in this capacity and are eligible to be elected again after being out of the position for one term. The secretary is eligible to serve one term in this capacity. This does not prohibit the secretary from serving in this capacity again after being out of this position for one term. The Chair-elect will be elected the year after the current Chair takes office and will become Chair after serving one year as Chair-elect. All officers shall be chosen from voting members of the Fellowship.

     6.2.2 Should a vacancy occur among elected officers (chair-elect, secretary, or treasurer), the Leadership Development Committee will nominate a replacement for the vacant position and will provide one month’s notice to the membership before a special election is held. In cases of the resignation of a chair, the chair-elect will fill the unexpired term. The person elected will serve out the remaining portion of the two-year term until the next regular election for that position.

     6.2.3 Any partial term served by a member of the executive committee due to a resignation of an officer, will not count toward total terms allowed in that office.