In addition to NTUUC, our member congregations are also affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association.
How are we organized?
Our churches are "congregational" in that each of the almost 1100 congregations in the United States, Canada, and overseas is autonomous. Each congregation has a unique personality, owns its own property, is democratic in polity and operation, and is governed entirely by its members.
The congregations unite in the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) to provide services that individual congregations cannot as easily provide for themselves. The UUA, an association of free churches, provides resources including religious education materials and ministerial training and accreditation. The larger body also gives us a national and international presence.
Until very recently in the United States, each congregation was associated with one of nineteen different UUA Districts. Currently, these Districts are being dissolved into five Regions. All congregations in NTUUC are part of the Southern Region - which extends from the Big Bend area of Texas all the way to Virginia, and also includes one congregation in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The Southern Region has a variety of staff scattered across the Southern United States, and they primarily conduct their business via phone, email and webinars. Region staff can render direct service to UUA congregations, including consultations on a wide variety of congregational issues such as long-range planning and organizational development, ministerial transitions, leadership training, and conflict management.
At this time (June 2015), while all its member congregations are part of the Southern Region, NTUUC itself doesn't have any formal ties with the Region, or the UUA. This, it should be stressed, is a work in progress, as the process of reorganizing from a district to a region is still actively in process.
In the 1960's, members of the North Texas churches joined together to form NTAUUS, the area 'cluster' of congregations. The purpose was to cooperate in using a short-lived federal program to build a low-income housing apartment complex. With parenting and health classes on-site, ours was the very ideal of what HUD intended. When Raible Place was sold in 2003, the proceeds were used to form an endowment to be used in helping build our congregations, and possibly for another housing project.
Encouraged by the success of Raible Place, NTAUUS (now NTUUC) has continued as a way of coordinating the efforts of our congregations in North Texas. These local connections are vital, since our district is so large and gatherings are often far away. We present workshops and trainings, give grants for growth at our annual luncheon, provide financial assistance for attending the General Assembly and other UUA programs, and connecting congregations' officers through luncheon or dinner meetings. Past projects have included a pulpit exchange program, purchasing large quantities of grocery gift cards for fund-raising, sponsoring advertising campaigns, and even a minister for the cluster. We also helped in the formation of our congregation in Southlake, Pathways Unitarian Universalist Church.
NTUUC is governed by a Board of Directors made up of a representative appointed by each congregation and an additional for each five hundred members, for a maximum of three directors.