In a unanimous decision, the Board of Trustees has nominated the Rev. Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond for election as the next UUA co-moderators. A special election will be held at General Assembly 2020. If elected, their term will run from the conclusion of GA 2020 to the conclusion of GA 2025.
[Update: After the Spring issue went to press, the Board of Trustees confirmed that no candidates filed to run against the nominees for moderator or any of the other elected positions, so the nominees will assume their roles at the end of the General Assembly without a formal election.]
The board and two moderator search committees have worked over the past two years to re-envision the role of the moderator, which is the chief governance officer of the UUA and its highest volunteer position. In June 2017, after the unexpected death of Moderator Jim Key, the board—in a commitment to new forms of UUA leadership—appointed Co-Moderators Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve, who will serve until the election.
Riley, who lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has served the faith in many capacities, with her primary identity throughout many roles as a religious educator. Ordained as a community minister in 1992, she has served ten years as senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and will formally retire from ministry in 2020. Du Mond, who lives in San Mateo, California, joined the UUs of San Mateo in 1993. He has served in many leadership positions and taught religious education.
Riley and Du Mond “between them have a deep understanding of Unitarian Universalism,” the board said in a statement. “They bring experience working as a leadership team, from their time when Rev. Riley served as senior minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF) and Du Mond as a member of the CLF Board.”