Board of Trustees & Governance

In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, the ultimate authority in each congregation is the annual congregational meeting because we are a democratic, self-governing, institution. All voting members of the congregation may participate fully and equally in the decision making of the congregational meeting.We elect a Board of Trustees annually (with rotating terms) to manage the overall workings of the Church. Committees and task forces do the day to day work.

We are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) which means that we are part of an International association of churches, fellowships and societies all over the world including: the Philippines, Japan, Kenya and Europe. Many congregations in the United States have partner-church relationships with these international congregations.

We are also part of the Ballou- Channing District which includes the South Coast, Cape Cod and Rhode Island.

Board of Trustees of First Unitarian Church:

Cora Peirce, President
Rochelle Pettenati
Sylvia White
Cecelia Weeks
Jorge Pereira                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sherry Hamel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cynthia Brenner

Edward Lund, Treasurer
Richard Pline, Clerk
David Brownell, Moderator


The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month to carry out the general policies of the annual congregational meeting, and to oversee the month-to-month workings of the church. According to the congregation’s bylaws, the Board designates the Minister as its executive for the day-to-day running of the congregation’s business. All meetings are open to the public unless an executive session is called.


The First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday June 15, 2017

Meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.






Congregational Meeting
The congregational meeting is the final authority in our church. The annual congregational meeting must take place each year in May, according to the church bylaws (special meetings may be called at other times). All active voting members of the congregation are entitled to participate fully in the congregational meeting — indeed, it is a responsibility of membership to participate in the annual meeting.