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What I See Going On in the UUA

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There is a national popular movement going on. Trump precipitated it, but it is widening and deepening to challenge many linked oppressive systems. It is not a shallow, or narrow, movement. It is not fly-by-night, or a flash in the pan.

Unitarian Universalists are in this movement in many ways. Congregations are answering the call to take to the streets in demonstrations, rallies, and in civil disobedience. For the most part, and of course, there are going to be exceptions, UU's are participating appropriately, following leadership from others more qualified, and staying in their proverbial lane. 
Our denominational leaders encourage participation. They, too, are acting appropriately for their role. They communicate frequently, and with clarity and precision. They rally UU's and they provide a broad, value-driven, analysis that grounds itself in our pluralistic religious tradition. Our leaders are now no longer Baby Boomers, so they bring a more up-to-date understanding of pu…

Congregational Accountability and White Supremacy Culture

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The subject of Congregational Accountability came up again at the UU Ministers Association Meeting, again. It always comes up, because the problem never changes and is never solved. What is meant by the phrase is that congregations are never asked to justify to the wider UU movement why and how they sent a settled minister on their way. It's the murkiest decision in congregational life. Why did a minister leave, was it voluntary, or were they fired? What were the grounds? What does it say about the minister? What does it say about the congregation, its leadership, and its processes. Should  a minister in search be forewarned about that congregation? Should a congregation be forewarned about that minister? Has anybody, anywhere learned anything from this experience?

Compare the process of calling a minister with the process of ending a ministry. When a minister is called, there was a democratically elected search committee, who tried to communicate everything they can to the congr…