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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Is Every Member Of The UUA Board Of Trustees *Really* Doing Everything Possible To Make The UUA Stronger And Further The U*U Movement™

I think not. . .

I fact I *know* from bitter personal experience that both collectively and individually UUA Trustees are by no means doing everything possible to make the UUA stronger and further The U*U Movement™, unless of course doing little or nothing to deal responsibly with U*U clergy misconduct of all kinds, and obstinately refusing to provide any *real* restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct, is *their* deeply misguided way of "doing everything possible to make our association stronger and further the movement" as per Mountain Desert District UUA Trustee Lew Phinney's "play-by-play" of his first Board meeting as a UUA Trustee entitled -

First Board Meeting


Here is the "rant" that I just submitted as a comment to UUA Trustee Lew Phinney's "moderated" aka censored UUA Trustee Lew blog -

"The most impressive part was working closely with an outstanding group of truly dedicated UUs – everyone doing everything possible to make our association stronger and further the movement."

I am far from impressed with past incarnations of the UUA Board of Trustees Lew. I have reasonable grounds to believe that many if not most other victims of U*U clergy misconduct of various kinds are also "less than impressed" with UUA Trustees, both individually and collectively. If the UUA Board of Trustees truly was an "outstanding group of truly dedicated UUs" with "everyone doing everything possible to make our association stronger and further the movement" *all* UUA Trustees would have done a lot more to ensure that ANY and ALL clergy misconduct complaints were responsibly handled by the UUA and its regrettably all too appropriately named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee in a manner that genuinely upholds U*U principles and purposes rather than flagrantly disregarding them and outright flaunting them. AFAIAC If *everyone* on the UUA Board of Trustees was genuinely doing *everything* possible to make the Unitarian Universalist Association stronger, and further The U*U Movement™ more generally, the UUA Board of Trustees would not have repeatedly ignored my emails demanding some genuine and tangible restorative justice for myself and ALL other victims of any and all forms of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers and perpetuated by both the UUA and individual U*U congregations who obstinately refuse to subject transgressive U*U clergy to any real *accountability* for their damaging words and actions that harm individual people, whole UUA congregations, and The U*U Movement™ in general. In most cases I never even received the courtesy of a reply to my emails demanding some genuine justice and equity, if not a little compassion, for myself and other victims of clergy misconduct. On one occasion the UUA Board of Trustees informed me that they had referred my complaint to the Board right back to the very same "less than excellent" (to say nothing of "less than competent") UUA administrators whose obviously negligent and effectively complicit mishandling of my clergy misconduct complaints (and no doubt others) I was asking the Board to responsibly review and correct.

What, if anything. . . has the UUA Board of Trustees done to address the issue of clergy misconduct in general and move towards providing genuine restorative justice for ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct since UUA GA 2009 Lew?

What, if anything. . . has Rev. Peter Morales said or done about responsibly reforming the UUA's handling of clergy misconduct complaints, and finally getting around to providing the restoerative justice the UUA promised victims of clergy misconduct the better part of a decade ago now. . . since being elected as President of the UUA at the 2009 UUA GA?

If you were to answer *nothing* I would not be the least bit surprised Lew, nor would other victims of U*U clergy misconduct and well informed advocates for victims of U*U clergy misconduct, but please do answer my serious questions here as best you can Lew.

The UUA Board of Trustees will be receiving some new emails from me in the coming weeks once again demanding some genuine and tangible restorative justice for myself and every single other victim of ANY and ALL forms of clergy misconduct committed by U*U ministers who has yet to receive any real restorative justice for the harm and damage that they have suffered not only as a result of "less than excellent" U*U clergy behaving badly in various ways, but as a result of the negligent and effectively complicit responses to their clergy misconduct complaints by the UUA and its ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee.

So, stay tuned. . .

Quite frankly Lew, the UUA Board of Trustees should be ashamed of how they have willfully ignored my previous electronic communications with them, or lamely passed the proverbial buck right back to the same incompetent UUA officials whose well-documented negligent and effective complicit responses to clergy misconduct caused me to share my concerns with the UUA Board of Trustees in the first place, but I long ago learned that rather too many U*Us have no shame. Indeed it would appear that some U*Us are so utterly shameless that they would respond to being accused of having no shame by taking it as a compliment. . .

I expect better from U*Us in general and the UUA Board of Trustees and UUA administrators in particular. So I hereby formally call upon you and every single other UUA Trustee to say and do absolutely *everything* that you possibly can say and do to ensure that I and ALL other victims of clergy misconduct committed by U*U ministers receive some long overdue restorative justice before the next UUA GA. I call upon you and all other UUA Trustees not to let me and other victims of clergy misconduct committed by U*U ministers down yet again. You can start by doing *everything* in your power to ensure that every single one of us receives a personal apology from the UUA for the obviously negligent and effectively complicit manner that the UUA responded to our legitimate complaints about the harmful and damaging words and actions of "less than excellent" Unitarian*Universalist clergy.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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