Unitarian Universalism is a religion that uses “congregational polity,” which means that each church is self-governed.  One of the Unitarian Universalist principles is “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”  Each church elects its own board members, vote to call its minister, and owns and manages its buildings.  UUCEL holds an annual meeting in the spring where we vote on the budget, the new board members, and other business of the church, in keeping with our bylaws.