“Congregational Polity: What Does it Mean? What does it Matter?”

Unitarian Universalist congregations are voluntary associations. We
come together of our own free choice to create religious community. There is a history and a theology underlying this form of church organization as well as a set of assumptions about the nature of religious community. In our practice of congregational polity, we find our distinctive strengths as well as our most challenging weaknesses. I’ll offer some thoughts about why this is.   

Bruce Marshall is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Michigan, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Maryland. He is retired from parish ministry and now serves as a chaplain at Riderwood Village, a continuing care retirement community in Silver Spring. He is also a writer. His fifth book, “In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging,” has been published by Skinner House Books. Bruce is married to Amy Dibner, an architect. They live near downtown Silver Spring.