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 -

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Is Rev. Clyde Grubbs *Really* Suggesting That U*U Ministerial Candidates Are Victims Of Abuse Meted Out By The Regional Sub-Committees On Candidacy?!!

As part of her series of blog posts on "excellence in ministry" and ministerial formation Rev. Christine Robinson has posted a "guest post" written by Rev. Clyde Grubbs en*titled 'Ministerial Education; Ideas from Clyde Grubbs' which seems to suggest that Rev. Grubbs believes that U*U ministerial candidates are somehow victims and "survivors" of "abuse" in terms of their screenings by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee's Regional Sub-Committees On Candidacy.

The exact words of Rev. Clyve Grubbs are -

"Like child abuse victims many survivors enter our ministry resentful and regard the good people who serve on the RSCs and MFC as "strangers," "people with their own agendas" and other language indicating alienation rather feeling collegially embraced."

Quite the interesting analogy don't U*Us think?

Or is Rev. Clyde Grubbs just a big fat U*U troll trying to stir up trouble?

Would Rev. Clyde Grubbs care to elaborate on this unusual and somewhat disturbing analogy?

Is Rev. Grubbs suggesting that Unitarian*Universalist ministerial candidates are *really* victims and "survivors" of some form of "abuse" meted out to them by the "good people" who serve on the MFC's Regional Sub-Committees on Candidacy and/or victims of other "abuse" courtesy of the UUA's Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee? Does he believe that the screening process for U*U ministerial candidates itself is inherently abusive? Or is Rev. Clyde Grubbs just yet another Unitarian*Universalist minister suffering from a case of U*U foot-in-mouth disease?

I will have more to say about Rev. Clyde Grubbs' allegations or insinuations later, but first I want to give Rev. Grubbs an opportunity to explain his rather unusual public statement that apparently equates the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee's screening process of brand-spanking new U*U ministerial candidates with "child abuse".

Here is the fuller context of Rev. Clyde Grubbs' somewhat bizarre words for those who want it -

When the Regional SubCommittee(s) on Candidacy was proposed in the early 1990s it was supposed to function as a UU version of an in care system. The advocates talked of retreats and getting to know the students and finding ways to discern who should continue and who should not. By the time the RSCs were actually instituted in the late 1990s the vision had been watered down to a way to discourage unlikely aspirants to the ministry before they acquired to much debt. The RSCs have failed even this more modest goal.

We must conclude that the RSCs have devolved to just another hoop for students to jump over, granting candidate status based on an interview and paper work. They function simply to prescreen aspirants and while that function takes some burden from the MFC it does not change the quality of the ministerial formation process at all. Students are screened rather than nurtured and formed. Like child abuse victims many survivors enter our ministry resentful and regard the good people who serve on the RSCs and MFC as "strangers," "people with their own agendas" and other language indicating alienation rather feeling collegially embraced. For me, the Unitarian Universalist Ministry belongs the community of Unitarian Universalists and we together serve that community. Our process of credentialing must be part of a process of formation for full participation in that Unitarian Universalist Ministry.

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