Thursday, July 09, 2009
Frank Talk 2
Philocrites in the comments offers the kind of concrete analysis of the powers that are at play within the UUAoC.
I am looking for some frank talk because I see that two stories out there about how the UUAoC is governed. One is the story that says that there is some shadowy group of others who actually run things while the story-teller is not powerful. The other is a Kum-Ba-Yah theory that emphasizes that everyone involved, no matter their position in the structure and their thinking, is a good person trying their very best and deserves our emotional support.
Somewhere in between there is a concrete analysis over who has power over what and why, and who wants some of that power to achieve different purposes and ends.
I would like some frank talk about some of these issues:
1. who controls our public presentation of ourselves as a national religious body? Ministers are frequently not on board with the themes and contents of our advertising campaigns, which pretty much guarantees that they will not coordinated with what people are hearing in the pews. The "standing on the side of love" is better -- how did that come about?
2. who sets the priorities for our growth strategy? I think that one murky issue in the last campaign was the Pathways experiment, which revealed all sorts of rivalries and resentments among churches over money -- national level investment in growth.
Who's got some other issues that need some frank talk and real analysis?