|The Rev. Sue Phillips (Left) and the Rev. Alison Miller (Right)|
I only know Allison Miller enough to embarrass myself by confusing her and her name with other UU ministers who have the same first name. Would she make a great UU President? Probably. After all, nearly everyone you would think of (and many you would not) was recommended to the Search Committee, given a chance to step forward and given careful consideration if they were interested. After a judicious process these are the two they chose. So I have to assume the best.
I urge my friends to take it easy on endorsements too early. I am not criticizing anyone who has made one, but I think there is little value in them at this point. I suspect that they mostly reflect the networks of affection and experience that are already in place.
We have a long time to decide, and a long campaign in which the candidates, and ourselves, have a chance to talk about the future of Unitarian Universalism. I hope that all of us will grow through the discussion.
How are we to respond to the inevitable divisions that will occur in our congregations as the social movements of the day: Movement for Black Lives, Climate Justice, Reproductive Justice, Immigrant Justice, GLBTQIA rights and recognition (especially the T), Minimum Wage etc. call us forth?
What's the UUA supposed to be doing? What do the candidates think about the possibility of the UUA providing more practical services to congregations?
How do they define the job? Inspirational leader? Administrative Supervisor? CEO?
What's economic and financial strategy for liberal religion given that our understanding of congregational polity has created structures that cannot produce the income we need for expansion and growth?
You know that there are more issues than this. And this election is a time when we will discuss them all, I hope.
I'm slowing my roll. I'm not choosing until real and substantive differences between the candidates become clear.
Let this season of discernment begin.....
And Good Luck and Good Will to both Rev. Phillips and Rev. Miller !