UUA Contested Election

UUA Contested Election

Our GA delegates this year (appointed by the Board) are Karen Christiansen, Cindi Jorgensen, Claudia Marshall, and Lee Plumb, along with our Minister Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos, Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Carmen Emerson, and Director of Lifespan Religious Education Chris Jarman.  They will each vote individually on this year’s contested election between Sam Trumbore and Jay Kiskel for a position on the UUA Board of Trustees.

Jay Kiskel already held a Zoom forum with interested BBUUC Members on May 19.  We have also reached out to Sam Trumbore to schedule his opportunity to meet with us in early June (stay tuned for more information).

The Candidates Forum at 8PM on Tuesday June 1 is an opportunity for all BBUUC Members, not just our GA delegates, to learn more about the two candidates and their positions on issues relevant to the future direction of the UUA, including their different approaches to anti-racism and anti-oppression.

You must register in advance for the Candidates forum. See details below.


June 1, 2021 Candidates Forum

The UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC) will sponsor a Candidates Forum on June 1st at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm PT. The two candidates for Board Position #8, the Rev. Sam Trumbore, and Jay Kiskel, will appear. The forum will include statements by, questions to, and discussion between the candidates.

ECPC members, the Rev. KC Slack and Beth McGregor, will serve as moderators. Attendees are invited to submit questions for the candidates in advance by emailing elections@uua.org, or during the forum by entering them into the Zoom Q&A panel.

Registration is required. Register now!

Candidates Running for Board of Trustees Position #8

The following two candidates are running for a single position (#8) on the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. The election will take place in June and the results will be announced at General Assembly (GA) 2021.

Jay Kiskel

Candidate Statement

Jay Kiskel has dedicated his time and talent to Unitarian Universalism for many years, including serving on the board of his home congregation, the Mid-South District, The Mountain (Unitarian Universalist [UU] affiliated retreat center in NC), and as president of the Universalist Convocation. He is a member of the UU History & Heritage Society with a specialty in Southern UU history. He also provides technical web support for the UUHHS and Dictionary of UU Biography websites. Jay is keenly interested in reinvigorating democracy in the governance of the Association. He advanced his candidacy by petition for a UUA Board position so that General Assembly delegates will have an opportunity to cast a ballot in the selection of our national leadership team.

Visit Jay’s candidate website for more information.

Sam Trumbore

Candidate Statement

Sam Trumbore is a leader who appreciates the best of our heritage, recognizes and responds to today’s challenges, and builds inclusion by adapting to our differences.

He is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, ordained as a minister in 1992, who has served the Albany UU congregation since 1999. A graduate of Pacific Central District Leadership School and Starr King School for the Ministry in 1989, Sam values a systems approach to organizational development. He has served as President of two UU Minister Association chapters, a Gamaliel three-county congregationally-based community organizing project, the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship, and chaired two UUA Committees.

Major religious traditions are facing strong headwinds. We cannot go back to old ways. This is a time of deep discernment of who we are called to become. This is a time that will demand visionary change. Sam is ready to help guide us to find our new path.

Visit Sam’s candidate website for more information.