Saturday, October 08, 2011

An item of concern « Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

Via Dan Harper, An item of concern « Yet Another Unitarian Universalist:

An excellant post by Dan (please link and read) and a comment on this:
But recently I have become increasingly concerned about the spiritual health of liberal religion in general, and Unitarian Universalism in particular. We religious liberals spend so much time on social justice — and there is indeed an overwhelming amount of social justice work to be done — and we spend so much time on the health of our institutions — and again, there is indeed an overwhelming amount of institutional work to be done — that it has come to seem to me that we are slighting our spiritual well-being.
I suggested a few years back to my SJ committee when working on our mission statement for the year that we include a statement that our work contributed to our own spiritual growth. That was perhaps the most important thing about it.

I was told that didn't fit. If I got any good vibes out of what we did, I should write a testimonial. SJ clearly had nothing to do with spiritual life and whatever I got was tangential. (At least that's how I read the reactions.)

We shouldn't be the spiritual arm of Moveon.org. We shouldn't piggy-back onto Occupy Wall Street in a misguided belief it will grow our Churches.

The SJ work can truely be spiritual work, Work that brings understanding of ourselves and our solidarity with others.

It's not politics.

1 comment:

Robin Edgar said...

"We shouldn't piggy-back onto Occupy Wall Street in a misguided belief it will grow our Churches."

U*Us will apparently "piggy-back" onto all kinds of things if they think that doing so will increase membership in the "Church Of the Far Left" aka The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™.

*Also* If U*Us "spend so much time on the health of (U*U) institutions" why are UUA & MFC policies and procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct still seriously flawed and even rarely enforced when complaints are lodged against "less than perfect" U*U clergy? Do UUA administrators and UUA Trustees spend a whole lot of time on doing little or nothing to improve matters?

Could be.

Or maybe U*Us don't *really* spend nearly as much time on the health of U*U institutions as they should...

Does the UUA have a reasomnable explanation for why they have repeatedly failed to responsibly implement the recommendations of those U*U leaders like Rev. Fred Muir and Rev. Debra Haffner (to name just two) who were commissioned to study and evaluate UUA clergy misconduct policies and procedures and recommend reforms?