Congregational meetings are held three times a year and all major decisions are voted on by the membership. In between congregational meetings, a Church Council, chaired by an elected moderator (lay or clergy) and representatives from various Commissions handle all interim decisions. We give our time and our financial support to make our congregation strong. In the UCC local congregations own their own property, raise their own budgets, call their own ministers and uphold the principle of local autonomy. However, “autonomy” is freedom for, not merely freedom from personal responsibility. It is freedom to listen, evaluate, decide and act for oneself. It is never freedom from accountability.