The Bylaws of First Universalist Parish of Pasadena
Article VIII - Ministry
Section 1 - Procedure for Calling a New Minister:
In the case of a vacancy, a special meeting of the congregation shall be called to determine a course of action. A Search Committee consisting of not fewer than five nor more than seven members will be elected at a special meeting of the congregation. Alternates may be elected. Any candidate for minister of this church must be in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. When a minister is to be called the Search Committee, working with the Department of Congregational Services of the Unitarian Universalist Association, shall coordinate arrangements and negotiations with the Board of Trustees. A special meeting of the membership of the church shall be called for the purpose of deciding whether the Search Committee's
proposed candidate is to be called. A 90% majority of those present and voting shall be required to call a new minister.
Section 2 - Term:
The minister shall be called to serve for an indefinite period of time. Should the minister resign, he or she shall give at least ninety (90) days notice of intent to leave.
Section 3 - Dismissal:
Unless the minister voluntarily retires or resigns, the minister shall not be dismissed except by the approval of a majority vote of the active members of the church present at any meeting legally called for the purpose: quorum for such a meeting to be constituted by 40% of the voting members. Should the minister be dismissed by the congregation, the minister shall continue to receive his or her regular salary for at least ninety days from dismissal.
Section 4 - Duties:
The minister shall be responsible for the conduct of worship within the church and the church's spiritual interests and affairs. The minister shall be responsible for supervising other staff members, and shall hire and release staff as necessary. Such actions must be accordance with Board policy and within the budget. The minister shall have freedom of the pulpit as well as freedom to express his or her opinion outside of the pulpit as long as it is represented as such and not as the opinion of the membership. The minister shall conduct a ministry in accordance with the Guidelines and the Professional Code of Practice of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association. The minister shall be a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees, the standing committees, and any other committee active in the church.
Section 5 - Committee on Ministry:
The minister and the Board of Trustees shall ensure the existence and meeting of the
Committee on Ministry. Appointment of the Committee on Ministry and its operation shall be in accordance with the Congregational Handbook and the Guidelines of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers' Association.