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: - 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: - 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 -

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist "Memory Hole". . .

The following blog post was originally posted as a comment to this thread titled The right thing to do on Rev. Dan Harper's Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist blog. I archived it as a draft post here just in case Rev. Dan Harper decided in his wisdom to relegate my post to the burgeoning "memory hole" of the U*U World.

He did. . .

I have corrected a minor typo or two, and I have added some pertinent hyperlinks here and there that were not in the original text only comment -

"Of course you welcome any all visitors to your church, treating them like honored guests;"

If only that were true. I need not remind you how Montreal Unitarian U*Us "welcomed" and "honored" me but the fact of the matter is that a great many other people feel far from welcome and considerably less than honored in many U*U "Welcoming Congregations". This is precisely why I and other people are not impressed by the UUA's new national marketing campaign which puts the marketing cart before the welcoming horse. . .

My own experience of U*Uism, and that of many other people, is that much U*U "church marketing" is highly misleading publicity and even outright false advertising. AFAIAC the UUA may well be flushing a few million dollars worth of national "church marketing" down the proverbial toilet. Worse than that the UUA's national marketing campaign could very well have an overall negative effect if it does attract a large number of new people to visit and even join U*U "churches" only to find that they are less than welcome and far from honored as guests or "church" members. The resulting fallout in terms of negative word of mouth publicity could potentially outweigh any gains made by the UUA's multi-million dollar national advertising campaign.

IMNSHO The millions would have been much better spent in any number of other ways, not the least of them being an internal educational campaign encouraging U*Us to be genuinely welcoming towards visitors to your church, and treating them like honored guests. I have heard so many stories about people getting the cold shoulder when visiting U*U "Welcoming Congregations" and experienced it myself last summer when I visited the Unitarian Church in San Francisco. I actually said hello to U*Us who simply ignored me. . . No I have no reason whatsoever to believe that my reputation preceded me and they did not know who I was in any case. The "church" did have an official "greeter" whose main function seemed to be to "market" the "church" by encouraging people to join it, but pretty much everyone else pretended that I was not even there. It was like being the invisible man or something. . . Most ironically, the few people who did introduce themselves to me were all non-members, albeit apparently regular "visitors" of the Unitarian "Church" of San Francisco.


Blogger Rev. T. Monkey said...

The Pirates of the Unitarians experienced a truly welcoming congregation when we visited the local Mennonite congregation last Sunday. We openly indicated that we were UUs visiting other churches to build bridges and to learn about how our friends and neighbors believed and worshipped. There was absolutely no proselytizing in their welcomes and they seemed genuinely interested in us and in our UU church. Maybe more UUs need to take Field Trip Sundays to see how other folks do this church thing. It couldn't hurt.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 3:09:00 pm  

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