I want to emphasize that I’m running for the UUA Board to represent the best interests of our congregations.
The Unitarian Universalist Association is an association of congregations not individual UU members. Congregations, working within their covenanted relationships of members, discern together their sense of the direction and vision of our movement and should charge their delegates to represent that process during our General Assembly. The UUA Board is accountable to that direction and vision of who we are becoming.
This is an ongoing process of evolution that I hope electronic communication and social media that we’ve used so extensively during the pandemic, may assist us in doing it better in the future. I’m very open to creative ways to stimulate greater openness, participation and involvement by our congregations and their members in ways that stimulate their growth, development and commitment to our shared work together.
I’ve done a couple of sermons that deal with themes that have come up in the campaign or controversial issues.
As my opponent in this campaign is a supporter of the Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof, and written a book critiquing both the UUA, the UUMA and different controversies of the last few years, I’ve been learning a lot about these concerns. I offered this sermon at the end of May to present my thoughts about some of those issues.
Every year up until last year we’ve had a special service during the UU Minister’s Association Ministry Days before General Assembly called the 25/50 Service. Traditionally it honored the ministers who had served for 25 years and 50 years. One of each class would give a homily. The UUMA Board decided to stop doing this service which initially upset me. The sermon walks through my personal process of dealing with what has been a bit of a controversy among UU ministers.