All of the Letters to the Editor in the Current issue of UU World reflect a thoughtfulness on the issue, and a willingness to see different sides, that seems lost in the pronouncements that come out of Boston. Perhaps we're losing members because our preaching too shrill and fails to see nuances the average American can readily see. Leaders and preachers too wrapped up in their advocacy rather than thoughtfulness. A sample, (follow the link above for the rest.)
When UU writers or ministers discuss immigration, they often start or close with a disclaimer against “anything-goes immigration policy.” However, seldom do they advocate or even discuss any specific proposals. It just feels like vague “red meat,” for firing up an already radicalized “base.” I hunger for tangible, concrete, pragmatic information that I can use when fleshing out my own ideas and when reaching out with a straight face to non-UUs who raise legitimate questions. Kimberly French splits hairs over the definition of “criminal” vs. “civil” laws. I understand the spirit of what the author is trying to say, but this just comes across as disingenuous. I liked the spotlight on nafta, because I do believe that subsidized American corn is a root cause of increased immigration since the 1990s. However, I could have used more substance to back up the hyperbole. I hope that this discussion will grow more tangible, concrete, and specific as it develops in the UUA and local congregations. More brain to go with the heart!More Brain to go with the heart: a comment I bet one could say to him or herself many times when listening to a UU Preacher? It used to be a lot of brain when I first started attending a UU Church, but as I read the UUism coming over blogs and facebook the past few years I fear the liberal/progressive heart has driven the brains out. That's a formulae for losing, and these letters tell me I'm not alone.