As is the usual case, the reporter (Sonja L. Cohen) posed the problem as one of inclusion vs exclusion. Politically conservative UU's see themselves as "isolated and rejected their overwhelmingly liberal" faith community.
One of the features of political conservativism these days is its sense of victimization, which extends from its sense that there is a "war on Christmas" to the stockpiling of military grade weapons for an anticipated armed resistance to the tyranny of the United States government. Everywhere, liberals oppress conservatives.
None of this is true, in actual fact. What political conservatives view as oppression is the presence of liberals who fail to acknowledge conservativism's hegemony.
Most UU congregations are composed of political liberals. There is a reason for this: the theological, anthropoligical, and philosophical viewpoints that make up religious liberalism lead to political liberalism when applied to this culture and society. For example, our universalist understanding of humanity, which is expressed in the first principle (the inherent worth and dignity of every person), has led to a forthright stand in favor the rights of GLBTQ people. As marriage equality crystallized as the national issue, political liberals have supported it. Political conservatives, and their party, exploit anti-gay fear and bigotry for partisan advantage.
Everybody knows this, but it makes political conservative UU's feel isolated and rejected if somebody at church says it out loud.
What was missing from the Cohen article in the UU World are politically conservative UU's making the argument that the content of religious liberalism expresses itself with integrity as political conservativism, with all of its causes and loyalties, in the United States of today.
I am asking that conservative UU's "show their work." How did they get from liberal religion to political conservativism?
I'll be blunt. I don't think that they can. I think that there are two separate compartments in their minds -- the religious and the political. They don't leak into each other. It's easy to be loyal to both. But there is this discomfort. I am saying that that discomfort will not go away easily. It's a spiritual dilemma for them.