The Emerson Avenger

The Emerson Avenger is a "memory hole" free blog where censorship is scorned. This blog will "guard the right to know" about any injustices and abuses that corrupt Unitarian Universalism. Posters may speak and argue freely, according to conscience, about any injustices and abuses, or indeed hypocrisy, that they may know about so that the Avenger, in the form of justice and redress, may come surely and swiftly. . . "Slowly, slowly the Avenger comes, but comes surely." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In 1992 I underwent a profound revelatory experience of God which revealed that the total solar eclipse "Eye of God" is a "Sign in the Heavens" that symbolizes God's divine omniscience. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal contemptuously dismissed as my "psychotic experience" here: http://revelationisnotsealed.homestead.com - This revelatory religious experience inspired me to propose an inter-religious celebration of Creation that would take place whenever a total solar eclipse took place over our planet. You may read about what Rev. Ray Drennan and other leading members of the Unitarian Church of Montreal falsely and maliciously labeled as a "cult" here: http://creationday.homestead.com - I am now an excommunicated Unitarian whose "alternative spiritual practice" includes publicly exposing and denouncing Unitarian*Universalist injustices, abuses, and hypocrisy. The Emerson Avenger blog will serve that purpose for me and hopefully others will share their concerns here. Dee Miller's term DIM Thinking is used frequently and appropriately on this blog. You may read more about what DIM Thinking is here - http://www.takecourage.org/defining.htm

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Christian Oriented GBLT People Find Themselves Far From Genuinely Welcome In U*U "Welcoming Congregations"

This letter to the editors of the U*U World propaganda organ eloquently state what I have said here before. U*Us make a big public show of being oh so tolerant and welcoming towards homosexuals, bisexuals and transexuals etc. etc. but Christian oriented GBLT people find that they are considerably less than welcome in so-called U*U "Welcoming Congregations". . .

Coming Out

Unitarian Universalism helped free me from Christian churches and theologies that persecuted me as a gay man. It helped teach me the value of my own experience. It also helped me discover the heart of a Christian journey that is so right for me.

When I "came out" as a Christian, many although not all Unitarian Universalists rejected me. The "we don't talk about God here" attitude pointed to by Rosemary Bray McNatt was normative for me in many UU contexts.

The abhorrence of all things Christian that I have witnessed among many Unitarian Universalists reveals a depth of misunderstanding not dissimilar to the fears that support the hatred of gay people in my Southern homeland. In a word, I call it prejudice. At best such prejudice is unbecoming of a Unitarian Universalist; at worst it is deadly. I believe that people — like my gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender sisters and brothers — are literally dying for want of the saving messages of Unitarian Universalism, and such prejudice closes doors that so desperately need to be opened.

Powell Bland
Denver, Colorado

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