We need to pass the leadership of our Association to younger leaders.
I do not have extensive experience with either candidate for Moderator. I served on a small task force with Jim Key, and he is a wise and gracious man. Our group did all our work on the phone, so I have never been in his presence. I have known Tamara for a long time; she was on the MFC when I met them.
Most of us do not have a lot of experience with either candidate.
That said, I believe that it is crucial for the leadership of our Association to pass to the next generation of leaders. I don't think that we should do this because it will look good, or make us more attractive. I think that Baby Boomers like myself no longer bring an innovating energy to our work. We bring a perfecting energy to what we do. We want to make our institutions and organizations work better, be more effective, and have better governance. Noble goals and entirely appropriate to our stage of life. And, from afar, they are where much energy is now going at the level of the UUA board.
It is clear to me that Unitarian Universalism is entering into a period of great change and uncertainty. Over the next decade, we will have to radically redefine our message and our ministries to meet the needs of a changing world. We need to change.
We need leaders of a new generation, on the board, in the staff, in the ministry, and in our congregations, to help us to see with fresh eyes, rethink our options and reset our course.
In a time like this, experience, competency and skill are not the most important criteria. In times like this, it is not the most important thing to have harmonious governance, effective alignment, and even laser like focus. Vision, experimentation and an ability to capture the spirit of the times may be more important.
I believe that Tamara Payne-Alex is the leader who can lead us through the process of change and innovation that these next decades will demand of Unitarian Universalism.