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

Saturday, January 31, 2009

General Douglas MacArthur Returns To The U*U Jihad Army And, Somewhat Belatedly. . . Gives UUA President Bill Sinkford Some Valuable Advice

"The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself."

General Douglas MacArthur

The Emerson Avenger aka The Dagger Of Sweet Reason would like to counter*point out that conversely -

The worst luck of all is the luck U*Us make for themselves. . .

It is "less than fortunate" that UUA President Bill Sinkford and the UUA Board of Trustees were "feeling lucky" over the last few weeks, to say nothing of the last "less than lucky" 7 years or so. . .

A little bit of honest attribution aka credit where credit is not *really* due is hereby bestowed upon Unitarian*Universalist seminarian and U*U militarian Sean Honea thanks to the bottom of his 'Army Boards 101' post on his U*Urific Stone Soup Unitarian*Universalism blog.

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Can You Burn Your Bridges When There Are No Bridges To Burn?

Good old Unitarian Reason tells me that I did not burn my bridges with the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations aka the UUA yesterday for the simple reason that the UUA never allowed any bridges to exist in the first place. . . OTOH I may well have burned the U*U of that leaky boat known as the "U*U Ship Of Fools" a little bit. . .

And yesterday was as good a day as any to ritually "kill" a "King".

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Friday, January 30, 2009

UUA President Bill Sinkford's Alleged Clergy Sexual Misconduct - The Veiled InU*Uendo And The Readily Verifiable Facts. . .

The inU*Uendo. . .

"Current clergy guidelines and attitudes protect sleezy (but non-criminal) clergy with a veil of silence and fog of frustration."

"There seems to also be a double standard: the more conspicuous or famous a minister, the more “liberty” is given."

Courtesy of "Christian" U*U minister Rev. Scott Wells from his so-called, self-titled 'Clergy Sexual Misconduct Roll Call' blog post that is anything but a true roll call. . .

"Are ya kidding me? How about the good ole ministers (see, I’m not even saying what GENDER they are!) who commit serial adultery and still get the plummiest pulpits?

Of course all is forgiven if you marry your fling, no matter how you met. That’s what I’ve been told, anyway. And I mean verbatim."

Courtesy of Peacebang aka Rev. Victoria Weinstein

"All I have heard is rumors, mostly. That, of course, doesn’t mean these rumors aren’t true! Some, in fact, are well substanitated. (sic)"

Courtesy of Rev. Adam Tierney-Eliot

"Roman Catholic bishops are not alone in sweeping sexual misconduct under the rug."

Courtesy of Derek (no family name provided)

"I just read over these comments, and I cannot BELIEVE it. Well, I guess I can believe the part about sexual inappropriateness, but I can´t believe no one would say anything? What, exactly, is the problem?"

Courtesy of Hafidha Sophia

"I’d say the *rules* — which are broad and vague — and the political power and influence some more prominent ministers wield are a problem."

Rev. Scott Well's response to Hafidha Sophia's comment above.

"All of the creepy ministers I have known of are baby-boomers."

Courtesy of Hank (no family name provided)

"Misconducting ministers that I know of have three qualities in addition to their tendency to sexually misconduct themselves: they are highly charismatic, they know how to manipulate people/congregations to their advantage, and they give off the impression (to those they fool) that they (the ministers) are THE church. I think that all three of these are tied to the reasons that our democratic churches sometimes let misconductors stay in their positions after ethical boundaries have clearly been crossed. Congregants think, “Oh, if we lose Rev. X, our church just won’t be our church anymore!” People have *a lot* invested in their image of church. And you can bet Rev. X uses that to his (or her but usually his) advantage. He’s got a manipulative personality. That’s how he managed to cross the lines in the first place and that’s how he intends to stay in his position when his misconduct comes to light. He wines and dines the board, explains “his side” of the story, maybe cries a little in public, and does his work to discredit those who dare to call him on his actions. He does sermons – without any specific reference to himself – about how we are all “only human” and how we “must forgive.” Oh, and yes, as peacebang (sic) pointed out if he “makes right” by getting married much of the congregation is all too eager to forgive him."

Courtesy of Sarah (no family name provided)


The readily verifiable facts -

Calling Maria Sinkford to the stage of the 2005 UUA GA in Fort Worth, Texas, UUA President William G. Sinkford announced that he had married Maria Sinkford on April 23, 2005, in Boston. Interestingly enough President Bill Sinkford most ironically went on to say, "(We) know where we come from, but we will need to discover where we are going. . ."

According to his official UUA biography, which was last updated on Thursday, September 18, 2008, and makes no mention whatsoever of any previous marriage, UUA President Bill Sinkford is the father of two children: Billy, 26 and Danielle, 23. It seems highly improbable that these two children of Rev. William G. Sinkford are the product of a relationship with Mrs. Maria Sinkford doesn't it?

UUA President Bill Sinkford aka the Rev. William G. Sinkford was born in San Francisco early in the post-World War II "Baby Boom" and thus qualifies as a "Baby Boomer" U*U minister. I leave it up to U*Us to decide whether or not UUA President Bill Sinkford is a "sleezy" (sic) and/or "creepy" "Baby Boomer" Unitarian*Universalist minister.

I cordially invite U*Us U*U World-wide to enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning of how well the inU*Uendo posted publicly on the so-called, self-titled 'Clergy Sexual Misconduct Roll Call' blog post on Rev. Scott Wells' 'Boy In The Bands' blog aligns with these and other readily verifiable facts about UUA President Bill Sinkford.

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UUA President Bill Sinkford aka Rev. Dr. William G. Sinkford Will Find The Following "Electronic Communication" In His Email InBox When He Checks It

Re: When Will *You* And Other UUA Leaders Stand On The Side Of Love For ALL Victims Of Clergy Misconduct

Friday, January 30, 2009 6:10 PM
From: "Robin Edgar" robinedgar59@yahoo.ca
To: "William Sinkford" wsinkford@uua.org, "Bill Sinkford" bsinkford@uua.org
Cc: bmiller@uua.org, congservices@uua.org, "Tracey Robinson-Harris" trobinson@uua.org

You asked for it. You got it. . .

http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2009/01/is-uua-president-bill-sinkford-refusing.html

The next time I send you an important "electronic communication" please be so kind as to provide an acknowledgment of receipt at minimum. . .

Adios my friends,

Robin Edgar

aka

The Emerson Avenger

--- On Thu, 1/15/09, Robin Edgar robinedgar59@yahoo.ca wrote:

From: Robin Edgar robinedgar59@yahoo.ca
Subject: When Will *You* And Other UUA Leaders Stand On The Side Of Love For ALL Victims Of Clergy Misconduct
To: "William Sinkford" wsinkford@uua.org, "Bill Sinkford" bsinkford@uua.org
Cc: bmiller@uua.org, congservices@uua.org, "Tracey Robinson-Harris" trobinson@uua.org
Received: Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:16 PM

Dear President Sinkford,

Please forgive me for being "less than diplomatic" in the following "electronic communication". I asked a good number of U*Us to help me draft a more diplomatic version of this communication both indirectly in a public blog post -

http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2009/01/open-letter-to-uua-president-bill.html

and directly via email and other messaging methods. Apparently nobody wants me to be more diplomatic than the original 'Open Letter' as it is posted on the internet so I will let it stand on the side of love for any and all victims of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers and perpetuated by the UUA, its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, implicated "Less Than Safe" U*U congregations and, often by other individual U*Us. Herewith the "rough draft" of my open letter to you as published on The Emerson Avenger blog on Woden's Day January 7th, 2009. I will be sharing it, along with a good number of my other "obviously deep concerns", as widely as possible within the U*U World and real world.

Dear President Sinkford,

I read with interest your 2008 Holiday message pastoral letter titled 'Choosing Love This Holiday Season'. In it you say that now, as much as ever, it is critical that we affirm the primacy of love and hope. It is my hope that you will affirm the primacy of love and provide some tangible hope for any and all victims of U*U clergy misconduct by taking steps to ensure that the UUA actually lives up to its apparently forgotten pledge to bend towards justice for victims of clergy misconduct.

You know as well as I do that there are a number of people whose complaints about clergy misconduct, including complaints about clergy sexual misconduct, have never been satisfactorily redressed by the UUA and/or its Ministerial Fellowship Committee. There are a number of victims of clergy misconduct, such as myself just for one, whose clergy misconduct complaints have never been redressed in the slightest manner by the UUA because they were quite arbitrarily dismissed and rejected by UUA administrators and/or the MFC at the outset. Other victims complaints have been addressed by the UUA but in a manner that did not provide satisfactory redress to the victims. On the one hand the UUA talks about providing restorative justice for *all* victims/survivors of clergy misconduct but on the other hand there is documentary evidence suggesting that the UUA has done little or nothing to provide any restorative justice to victims/survivors and has even backed away from, or failed to implement, recommended measures for providing various forms of restorative justice.

How can you go all the way to South Africa, to ostensibly learn about its rather questionable model of truth and reconciliation that allowed serious crimes to go unpunished and created impunity for serious human rights abusers, yet be apparently unready, unwilling, and possibly even unable to move towards responsibly acknowledging the truth about U*U clergy misconduct and seeking genuine reconciliation with all victims of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers by providing some real and tangible restorative justice to them? How can you say "we create warm sanctuaries" knowing full well that the UUA allows some unsafe U*U congregations to coldly turn their backs on victims/survivors of clergy misconduct?

You, the UUA, the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and implicated unsafe U*U congregations, have an opportunity to shine the light of truth on U*U clergy misconduct of all kinds, and shine the light of compassion on all victims of all forms of clergy misconduct. When will you and the UUA actually take this opportunity to serve the long term larger good of the U*U religious community? I call upon you, the UUA, and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee to not only find ways to choose love for all victims of clergy misconduct but to tangibly show love and compassion for all victims/survivors of U*U clergy misconduct before this year's UUA GA in Salt Lake City.

February 14th, 2009, will mark the thirteenth anniversary of my initial clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal which was unjustly, inequitably, and far from compassionately rejected by the UUA and MFC in the spring of 2006. I, the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and the greater U*U religious community are still dealing with the consequences of the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit response to my legitimate grievances, serious grievances that you yourself once described as my "obviously deep concerns". You and the UUA dropped the ball when I gave you opportunities to correct the UUA's past mistakes. I am still waiting for you and the UUA to respond to my deep concerns in a manner that actually lives up to U*U principles that affirm justice, equity and compassion in human relations. You have yet to live up to your own personal religious rhetoric about "waging peace" and "standing on the side of love" in your less than right relations with me. I have given you several opportunities to put into practice what you preach and you have done nothing. Need I remind you what Edmund Burke is reputed to have said about good people who do nothing? Allow me to use disillusioned U*U deacon David G. Markham's words instead -

"As I learned in the 60s, a person is either a part of the solution or a part of the problem. People who "cop out" are often part of the problem in that it leaves the status quo intact."

You, the UUA, and its all too aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee have repeatedly chosen to "cop out" and have thus left the status quo, to say nothing of the evil. . . intact. Worse than that, as a result of your negligence the conflict not only remains unresolved but has been escalated and aggravated. The status quo today is actually worse that the status quo when I invited you to wage peace with me following your 2007 Holiday Message calling upon U*Us to engage in waging peace in 2008, this is in turn worse than the status quo in 2006 when I invited you to examine your conscience and bend towards justice. Where might the U*U World be today if you had taken steps to ensure that my obviously deep concerns were responsibly addressed and redressed back in 2002 when I first officially shared my concerns with you? How much longer will you and the UUA continue to choose "love" as in choosing to do absolutely nothing to responsibly redress my serious grievances in accordance with U*U principles and ideals President Sinkford?

I think that February 14th of this year is an appropriate symbolic deadline for me to set for you to actually choose love as in "concern for the well-being of others" and to begin waging peace with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct. If by February 14th I come to the regrettable final conclusion that you are still unready, unwilling, or indeed somehow unable to sincerely "choose love" and begin genuinely "waging peace" with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct I will share my obviously deep concerns with UUA Presidential candidates Rev. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales and see if they are any better at living up to U*U principles and your religious rhetoric than you are.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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Is UUA President Bill Sinkford Refusing To Stand On The Side Of Love For Any And All Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct Because That Might Mean. . .

having to stand on the side of love for his ex-wife?

Just asking.

For now. . .

The "sermon" will come later.

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Is UUA President Bill Sinkord Refusing To Stand On The Side Of Love For Any And All Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct Because That Might Mean. . .

having to stand on the side of love for his ex-wife?

Just asking.

For now. . .

The "sermon" will come later.



U*Us will be U*Us. . .

And typos will be typos.

I will let this one stand on the side of love for any and all victims of U*U clergy misconduct, clergy sexual misconduct, or otherwise.

After all this is a "memory hole" free blog.

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Peter Bowden's "Making The Invisible Visible" Sermon Is Somewhat Different Than The Emerson Avengah's "Making The Invisible Visible" Sermon. . .

U*U propagandist Peter Bowden's 'Making the Invisible Visible' sermon, that he delivered this past Sunday at Channing Church in Newport, Rhode Island, which is the congregation that his wife, the Rev. Amy Freedman serves, was about the following topics -

Peter Bowden's overcoming of extreme shyness, which is quite evidently not a problem that The Emerson Avengah aka *The* Rev. Dr. Eric Cartman III suffers from, at least not these days. Au contraire. . .

Realizing our inner potential and dreams, again something that The Emerson Avenger has few problem with, especially when it comes to the latter category. . .

Welcoming Congregation - Everybody knows The Emerson Avenger's take on ever so welcoming U*U "Welcoming Congregations" by now. No?

President Obama and the inauguration - The Emerson Avengah's "Making The Invisible Visible" "sermon" will deal primarily with President Sinkford and the conflagration* caused by his well-documented negligence and effective complicity, if not actual activity. . . in clergy misconduct, and his own personal hypocrisy. . . Who knows? It might even lead to his abdication, not that the current King of the U*U World, UUA President Rev. William G. Sinkford, is not well on his way out the door of 25 Beacon Street anyway. . .

Getting serious as UUs - Isn't that what *all* of The Emerson Avenger's "sermons" are about?

Yes, in case anyone is wondering, The Emerson Avenger's so-called, self-described (not to mention self-termed) U*Unilateral cease-fire aka cessation of hostilities is about to end quite prematurely and abruptly as a result of the fact that UUA President Bill Sinkford and pretty much everybody else that The Emerson Avenger sent this "electronic communication" to over two weeks ago now appear to be "choosing love" and/or "standing on the side of love" by choosing to do absolutely nothing to respond in an even remotely responsible manner to either the letter or the spirit of that "electronic communication" which calls upon UUA President Bill Sinkford, and the UUA as an institution, to provide genuine restorative justice to any and all victims of any and all forms of U*U clergy misconduct on or before the 2009 UUA GA in Salt Lake City.

I have a little theory about why it is that the UUA in general and UUA President Bill Sinkford in particular seem to be so chronically unready, obstinately unwilling, and pathologically unable to provide even the slightest restorative justice to me and many other victims of clergy misconduct, including clergy sexual misconduct, and will be airing it publicly here in my usual "less than shy" manner in the coming days. If not later today. Certainly if by Groundhog Day I look out of my little virtual hole up here in Soviet Canuckistan and see that the shadow of the cloud of suspicion and slander that intolerant and abusive Unitarian*Universalist U*Us are responsible for is still hanging over me, and can only look forward to several more months of corpse-cold U*Unitarian "winter", to say nothing of UUA President Bill Sinkford's "blustering wind" and even "snow". . . I will yet again be "Making The Invisible Visible" by telling some "less than well known" and "less than pleasant" truths about some of the corpse-cold Unitarian*Universalist U*Us at 25 Beacon Street in Boston.

* figuratively speaking of course.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist Jihad aka U*U Jihad Propaganda Video. . . Marlene Dietrich Singing - I Get A Kick Out Of U*Us



Looks like Frank Sinatra gets a kick out of U*Us too. . . :-)



My story is much to sad to be told
But practically everything leaves me totally cold
The only exception I know is the case
When I'm out on a quiet spree,
fighting vainly the old ennui
And I suddenly turn and see
Your fabulous face

I get no kick from champagne
Mere alcohol doesn't thrill me at all
So tell me why should it be true
That I get a kick out of U*U

Some they may go for cocaine
I'm sure that if, I took even one sniff
It would bore me terrifically too
But I get a kick out of U*U

I get a kick every time I see U*U standing there before me
I get a kick though its clear to see,
U*Us obviously do not adore me

I get no kick in a plane
Flying too high with some gal in the sky
Is my idea of nothing to do
But I get a kick, U*U give me a boot,
I get a kick out of U*U. . .

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Deafening Silence Of The U*Us Continues. . .

This is just to let everyone know that I have yet to receive so much as an acknowledgment of receipt of this "electronic communication" that was sent to UUA President Bill Sinkford, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, all UUA Trustees, all other UUA Board members listed on this official UUA list of Board members, as well as UUA Congregational Services Director Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and UUA Director of Ministry and Professional Leadership Rev. Beth Miller over ten days ago on Thursday January 15th, 2009. The silence of these U*Us is indeed quite deafening and, as far as I am concerned aka AFAIAC, it is also effectively complicit in the U*U clergy misconduct of all kinds that I am demanding that the UUA finally get around to providing some genuine and tangible restorative justice to all the good people who are the victims of. In that I have successfully posted this "electronic communication" to Pacific Southwest UUA Trustee Tom Loughrey's blog and have also submitted it to the third Governance As Holy Work post of Pacific Central UUA Trustee Ms. Linda Laskowski's "moderated" UUA View From Berkeley blog I have little reason to believe that most if not all of the people that I sent it to did not actually receive it.

These top level UUA leaders would all be very well advised to clearly indicate to me their intentions as to just how they wish to proceed in this matter within the next few days otherwise I will yet again come to the conclusion that the UUA is yet again "choosing love" as in zero, nada, nothing, by choosing to do absolutely nothing to visibly and tangibly stand on the side of love for any and *all* victims of any and *all* forms of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers and subsequently perpetuated by the negligent and effectively complicit responses of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, its Department of Congregational Services, its very aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee, and various implicated "less than safe" U*U congregations to my own and other people's legitimate grievances and serious formal complaints arising from diverse cases of U*U clergy misconduct.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

It's Like That U*Us... Run DMC Rap Music Provides The Soundtrack For A U*U Jihad Army Propaganda Video Demonstrating Its Foot To U*U Combat Techniques



This somewhat dated U*U Jihad Army propaganda video shows U*U Jihad StU*Urm Troopers demonstrating various foot to U*U combat techniques. We will spare U*Us The Emerson Avenger's habitual hyperlink embedded lyrics to Run DMC's classic old school rap song 'It's Like That' while our U*Unilateral ceasefire remains in effect.

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Will The UU World Be Thunderstruck By The AC/DC Attack Hellicopters Of The U*U Jihad Air Force And U*U Jihad Army Air Corps?



Just asking. . .


It never hurts to show off a propaganda video or two during a U*Unilateral ceasefire to show off the military might that is at one's disposal if the ceasefire proves to be a waste of time aka frU*Uitless.
I have been having so much fun with the U*U Jihad Navy lately that I haven't even brought the U*U Jihad Air Force or U*U Jihad ground forces into *play* yet. . . Or at least not recently. It would almost be a *shame* if I didn't have to put them to good U*Use. Look forward to a few more U*U Jihad propaganda videos in the coming days while the U*Unilateral ceasefire still remains in effect. It may be called off prematurely if the UUA continues to fail to show signs of willingness to try "waging peace" with me.

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Manfred Mann Questions The Roaring Silence Of The U*Us aka The Complicit Silence Of The U*Us aka The Embarrassed Silence Of The U*Us. . .



Manfred Mann 'Questions' The Silence Of The U*Us
from the Manfred Mann's Earth Band album 'The Roaring Silence'. . .

In a dream it would seem
I went to those who close the open door
And turning the key I sat and spoke to those inside of me

They answered my questions with questions
And pointed me into the night
Where the moon was a star painted dancer
And the world was just a spectrum of light

They reached to my centre of reason
And pulled on the touchstone that's there
The shock of that light had me reeling
And I fell into the depths of despair

Turning the key I sat and spoke to those inside of me
They answered my questions with questions
And set me to stand on the brink
Where the sun and the moon were as brothers
And all that was left was to think

They answered my questions with questions
And they pointed me into the night
And the power that bore me had left me alone
To figure out which way was right

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Foreigner And I Want To Know What U*U Love Is. *Really*. . . So Do All Other Victims Of U*U Clergy Misconduct I Expect. . .

In light of my most recent "electronic communication" to UUA President Bill Sinkford, and all other UUA Board of Trustees members named on this official list of UUA Board Members, and their across the board failure to so much as acknowledge receipt of it. . . *I* think that this classic *Foreigner* song, 'I Want To Know What Love Is' is most appropriate U*U church music. Thanks go out to exemplary Universalist as in *catholic* U*U David G. Markham for selecting it for his excellent 'UU A Way of Life' blog earlier today. I will spare U*Us the very pertinent hyperlinks from these *Foreigner* song lyrics while my U*Unilateral ceasefire is still in effect.



I gotta take a little time
A little time to think things over. . .
I better read between the lines
In case I need it when I'm older

Now this mountain I must climb
Feels like a world upon my shoulders
I through the clouds I see love shine
It keeps me warm as life grows colder

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
Can't stop now, I've traveled so far
To change this lonely life

I wanna know what love is
I want U*U to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know U*U can show me

I'm gonna take a little time
A little time to look around me
I've got nowhere left to hide
It looks like love has finally found me?!!

In my life there's been heartache and pain
I don't know if I can face it again
I can't stop now, I've traveled so far
To change this lonely life

I wanna know what love is
I want U*U to show me
I wanna feel what love is
I know U*U can show me

I wanna know what love is
I want U*U to show me
And I wanna feel, I want to feel what love is
And I know, I know U*U can show me

Let's talk about love
I wanna know what love is, the love that U*Us feel inside
I want U*U to show me, and I'm feeling so much love
I wanna feel what love is, no, U*U just cannot hide. . .
I know U*U can show me, yeah

I wanna know what love is, let's talk about love
I want U*U to show me, I wanna feel it too
I wanna feel what love is, I want to feel it too
And I know and I know, I know U*U can show me
Show me love is real, yeah
I wanna know what love is. . .

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Annotating The Madness Of Will Shetterly, "Less Than Famous" U*U Science Fiction Writer And U*U Blogger

My semi-declared U*Unilateral cease-fire aka cessation of hostilities applies only to the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations aka the UUA in the interests of opening the way for some dialogue and diplomacy with UUA leaders towards the end of bringing a genuinely just and equitable, if not compassionate, conclusion to the War of The U*U World aka World War U*U. It does not apply to U*Us outside the purview of the UUA in the greater U*U World. It does not apply to the Montreal Unitarian U*Us at the Unitarian Church of Montreal or any other U*Us who are not very much under the umbrella of the UUA. It does not apply to other individual U*Us or U*U groups elsewhere in the U*U World. For example, and just one example, my U*Unilateral ceasefire does not apply to German Unitarian U*Us who are or were leaders of the Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft e.V. (DUR) and have been publicly accused of being former SS officers, some allegedly convicted of war crimes, and post WWII neo-Nazi ideologues by German anti-fascist and anti-racist groups. I will post the details of the basic terms of my U*Unilateral ceasefire so that U*Us can better understand them a bit later in a brand-spanking new The Emerson Avenger blog post but, for now, I just want to make it clear that my U*Unilateral ceasefire does not apply to individual U*U lay people who give me good reason to rake them over coals of their own making a little bit. More specifically it does not apply to "less than famous" U*Unitarian science fiction writer and blogger Will Shetterly.

Here are the legitimate critical comments that he "memory holed" this morning around 8:15 am WSM time -


Robin Edgar said...

:Maybe I should say nothing. Engage with the mad, and you look mad.

Oh be a sport Will. What is wrong with looking a bit mad when engaging with the mad? I do it all the time, especially in light of having been repeatedly slandered as "mad", as in "crazy" "psychotic" "nutcase", by foolish people who are mad in pretty much every sense of the word. . . Go ahead and "engage" Will. Trust me. It can be boatloads of fun! :-)

:But the whole thing is bizarrely dishonest: Micole ([info]coffeeandink) has taken random posts and comments out of context to distort my meaning.

If so she sounds like some of the *mad* U*Us I know.

:It's kind of flattering, I suppose, but it's also dancing at the edge of slander and may be crossing it.

Needless to say Will I feel your pain here. Almost literally. . .

:I can't correct the record at that site, because she banned me.

Say no more. Say no more. Nudge. nudge. Wink. Wink. . . It's just a tad annoying not being able to respond to slander and defamation or other forms of character assassination because those who *engage* in it ALSO have the power to prevent you from clearing your name by censoring and suppressing your defense isn't it Will?

Speaking of which I seem to recall you recently closing comment on a post where you appear to have slandered me. . . I am by no means a lover of real honest to God bullets and bombs war and conquest Will even if I do have a bit of fun engaging in some satirical broadsides etc.


R Hayes said...

A big problem with the notion that a person's experience can only be understood from the inside is that it leaves no hope. Or does that limitation only apply to "race"?

A separate question is, who can tell the story? Part of the mechanism of oppression is to suppress the story of the oppressed; but who can tell that story?


Robin Edgar said...

Come to think of it Will. Your thinly veiled suggestion that I am someone who loves "conquest and slaughter" on your today's Israel thought blog post of less than a week ago comes across as an ad hominem attack on me that makes false accusations about me, to say nothing of weird personal assumptions about someone who disagreed with you on some points. Like many of the U*Us I know you do shift ground when cornered and do not respond to logic at times. I can't say that I have seen you say anything that sounds like it came from a "total racist" but maybe that is because I only pay attention to what you say here. Far from being "bizarrely dishonest" Micole (coffeeandink) seems to have hit the nail on the head a few times. Personally I don't have any qualms about engaging with you because, as I just pointed out, it can be boatloads of fun engaging with the *mad*. :-)


Robin Edgar said...

"Part of the mechanism of oppression is to suppress the story of the oppressed; but who can tell that story?"

Very well said R. Hayes.

I tell that story quite regularly because, try as they might to suppress my story in forums they have control over, Unitarian*Universalists so far have been unable to prevent me from telling my story of Unitarian*Universalist oppression of me and other people in areas that they have little or no control over. I hope you don't mind if I plagU*Urize your excellent quote and put it to good U*Use with the U*U oppressors I know. I will of course provide credit where credit is due unlike U*U plagU*Urists. . .


Robin Edgar said...

Honestly R. Hayes. That apparently quite unique and original quote of yours is worthy of being included in Bartelby's and other books of quotations. Allow me to help you along with that. ;-)


Robin Edgar said...

Needless to say I look forward to seeing whether or not Will Shetterly will attempt to suppress the story of the oppressed as he and other U*U bloggers have done so many times in the past. . .


Needless to say. . . Will Shetterly did in fact attempt to suppress the story of the oppressed as he and other U*U bloggers have done so many times in the past.
Here is the follow-up comment that I was in the process of writing when Will Shetterly dumped everything I wrote above into his big fat U*U "memory hole".

Robin Edgar said...

:ABW claims "Blacks and other minorities cannot be racist because they do not have insitutional, systemic power." I disagreed then and now.

As do I Will. We are very much on agreement on this particular point. In fact *I* believe that you do not need to have "institutional, systemic power" to be something of an oppressor either for that matter. . .

And here is Will Shetterly's all too typically U*U lame excuse for "memory holing" my legitimate critical comments that were very much on-topic to the subject matter and overall theme of his 'Annotating Madness' blog post -
Will Shetterly said...

Robin Edgar, the Emerson Avenger, is the house troll. I've deleted seven of his comments and will delete any more that he posts in this thread. Use the link in the trackback to learn more about his concerns.

Anyone wondering just what alleged "madness" U*U blogger Will Shetterly is "whining" about on his 'Annotating Madness' blog post should read what LiveJournal blogger Micole ([info]coffeeandink) said in her Will Shetterly: DO NOT ENGAGE blog post. I cannot accuse Will Shetterly of being a "total racist" based on my own reading of his blog posts but I can certainly affirm that, like too many of the other U*Unitarians I have the misfortune to know, and not just U*U bloggers by any means, "less than famous" U*Unitarian Will Shetterly does make ad hominem attacks, does make false accusations, does make straw-man arguments, does make weird personal assumptions about people who disagree with him, does shift ground (or just plain "memory hole" comments) when cornered, and does not respond to logic aka "good old Unitarian Reason". . .

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Part Of The Mechanism Of Oppression Is To Suppress The Story Of The Oppressed; But Who Can Tell That Story?

Needless to say The Emerson Avenger can tell that story in areas that the Unitarian*Universalist Association of Congregations aka the UUA, the self-titled self-described Unitarian Church of Montreal, various other U*U institutions or groups and/or individual Unitarian*Universalists are simply unable to suppress his story about Unitarian*Universalist oppression of himself and other people.

Full credit where credit is due, aka a little honest attribution, for that freshly minted, unique and original, Bartelby's Quotations worthy saying goes to someone going by the handle R. Hayes who posted it as part of a comment to the 'Annotating Madness' post on Will Shetterly's It's All One Thing blog at 6:18 WSM time earlier this morning.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Peacemaking: A Draft Unitarian*Universalist Statement of Conscience - The Sub*Versive Version Courtesy Of The Emerson Peacemaker. . .

Peacemaking: A Draft Unitarian*Universalist Statement of Conscience

War is abhorrent. Violence is reprehensible. Human history has been marked by both. Religion has been a catalyst for war and for peace, sanctioning behaviors individual and international. What is our religious response as Unitarian Universalists to the historic habits of war and the timeless challenges of peace? Should we reject the use of any and all kinds of violence and war and affirm a commitment to seek just peace through non-violent means? Should we continue with the more conventional practice of seeking peace through application of "just war" criteria? Are these our only options as we seek to promote "a world community of peace, liberty, and justice for all?" This Statement of Conscience results from widespread deliberation and presents an approach arising out of U*U history, theology, and U*Understanding of human nature for building a peaceful, just, and sustainable global future.

Theology and History

Our theology affirms the holy as that which demonstrates love, compassion, and *inclusiveness*. Peace is an extension of this affirmation; war is abhorrent to it; violence is in conflict with it. Our principles and purposes are consonant with this understanding and have emerged from a long history of prophetic discernment, but they have not led to agreement on issues of war and peace. It is community in covenant that sustains us across these differences.

Covenant lies at the core of our religious belief and aspiration and is grounded in a commitment to persuasion over coercion. This commitment to persuasion is evident in our promotion of "a world community of peace, liberty, and justice for all," which is closely aligned with the covenantal charter of the United Nations.

Persuasion doesn't always work, as 20th century Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams witnessed while residing in Germany during the early years of the Third Reich. The Nazis chose violence as the tool of state, with the aim of world domination. Adams advocated U.S. military action to meet this demonic threat, a position counter to the pacifist stances of 19th century Universalist Adin Ballou and 20th century Unitarian John Haynes Holmes. Holmes, affirmed by his congregation in New York City, maintained his pacifist stance over against the American Unitarian Association's threat to withdraw support from congregations not committed to the war effort of World War I. A half century later, the Unitarian Universalist Association witnessed widespread congregational discord over the Vietnam War, with so many Unitarian Universalists being against the war. Amid the harsh realities of war and peace, there are no easy answers.

Pacifism and Just War

Pacifism and just war are multi-dimensional strategies and stances in opposition to war. Pacifism can be absolute, conditional, or selective. Just war is a centuries-old framework for taking a moral stance on a particular war. Common just war criteria include: just cause, legitimate authority, right intention, last resort, proportionality, and probability of success. The last resort criterion, for example, is a judgment regarding the exhaustion of all non-violent means for preventing war. Proportionality is a consideration of the ratio of good presumably achieved over the suffering unleashed. "Just war" itself is a misnomer. No war is just. The operant term is "justifiable." Just war criteria are invoked to determine whether a particular war is justifiable in re-establishing peace and justice. Conscientious objectors span pacifist and just war positions.

Pacifism and just war are both stances of conscience and reason. Both acknowledge our human inclinations toward competition and cooperation.
Human Biology

Human violence reflects our evolutionary history. From distant times, the stronger and more violent have often prevailed. Anger and violence leap full flower in each of us from an early age. Physically and mentally we have an evolved capacity for violence that can result in physical, emotional, economic, or environmental injury. Violence occurs across all levels of human interaction. By adulthood most of us have learned to restrain our use of physical violence. Yet violence among nations occurs with regularity and commonly achieves desired ends unless circumscribed by law or mores.

Humans also have an evolved capacity for cooperative behavior, resulting in our development of morals, laws and institutions to minimize the use of violence. Cooperative behavior is the foundation of nonviolence and peace. It is the basis of trust. Intentional nonviolence paired with cooperative behavior encourages compassionate communication and peaceful resolution of conflict.

Just Peacemaking

Building a culture of peace at all levels of human interaction requires a transformation of consciousness, individual lifestyles, and public policies. At the heart of this transformation is the will to understand the truths voiced on all sides from a stance of empathy and love.

We are called to stand on the side of love. We are also called to stand on the side of justice and against the violence of oppression in all its manifestations. When a conflict or the threat of a conflict emerges in our world, we as Unitarian Universalists draw on our history as champions of both nonviolence and justice, informed by a diversity of views. As a faith holding covenant over creed, we eschew claims of absolute truth, so we need an approach to conflict—including the horrific conflict that is war—which transcends the dichotomy of pacifism vs. just war. We need an approach that honors affirmations common to both pacifist and just war traditions, affirmations of "the inherent worth and dignity of every person" and of "justice, equity, and compassion in human relations."

Just Peacemaking is this approach. Just Peacemaking calls us to understand peace as normative and violence as aberrant, while evaluating the prospect of violent conflict by balancing the goal of peace preservation with the desire for war prevention. The former just war criteria become Just Peacemaking guidelines. With each guideline, we must ask not what justifies war, but what justifies the humanitarian preservation or restoration of peace. If force is ever to be used, it must be in the service of ending violence of much greater magnitude. We support our military personnel who have made the decision to engage in such service.

Our Unitarian Universalist values commit us to work toward a culture of peace that makes war and all other forms of violence avoidable and universally recognized as reprehensible and ineffective for honoring human rights and human dignity. Just Peacemaking melds love and justice in moving us toward a culture of peace at all levels of human interaction.

Calls to Action

Just Peacemaking calls for action at all levels of human interaction. To be effective, our actions must be incorporated into existing structures and institutions and new systems must be created.
International Peacemaking

We covenant as an Association, as congregations, and as individuals to advocate vigorously for policies that move the United States toward collaborative leadership in building a peaceful, just, and sustainable world. These include:

* Supporting the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in advancing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the Earth Charter, the International Criminal Court, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

* Supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in ending the use of torture and addressing structural violence in all its forms;

* Supporting interfaith groups such as the Center on Conscience and War in advocating for the right of conscientious objection, including education and resources on the availability of this option; and

* Supporting the establishment of a national network or working group among Unitarian Universalists to identify and disseminate information on peacemaking programs and resources.

Societal Peacemaking

We covenant to act in the wider community in reducing the causes of structural violence. We do this through:

* Supporting the socially responsible investment of our Association and congregational assets;

* Supporting Association and congregational initiatives aimed at eradicating racism, classism, and other forms of cultural and economic oppression; and

* Supporting Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth in adopting life styles and polices that promote harmony with our natural environment.

Congregational Peacemaking

We covenant to take up peacemaking as part of our mission through worship, religious education, and social action by:

* Developing Peace Teams to provide training in compassionate communication and conflict resolution and engage the congregation in multi-level action toward a culture of peace;

* Working through congregational governing bodies to develop and honor behavioral covenants in all aspects of congregational life;

* Working through our lifespan religious education structures to provide workshops on conflict resolution and compassionate communication, to encourage understanding and participation in social justice ventures, and to utilize Unitarian Universalist resources such as "Peacemaking in Congregations: A Guide to Learning Opportunities for All Ages;" and

* Becoming a peacemaking resource within our communities in cooperation with other faith traditions.

Interpersonal Peacemaking

As individuals we covenant to:

* Learn and practice the skills of compassionate communication;

* Honor the behavioral covenants of our congregations; and

* Adopt lifestyle changes that reflect reverence for the interdependent web of all existence.

Inner Peacemaking

We covenant to develop spiritual practices that impart internal peace.

In reverence for all life, we covenant to practice peace by minimizing violence at all levels of human interaction.

Last updated on Friday, October 31, 2008.

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UUA Presidential Candidate Rev. Peter Morales Talks The Talk About Peace Making, Time Will Tell If He Walks The Walk Of His Peace Making Talk. . .

Over on his Pfarrer Streccius blog Chicago Unitarian*Universalist Bill Baar blogs about receiving a response to his UUA's Peace Making draft and an American "umbrella" against a nuclear-armed Iran post from UUA Presidential Candidate Rev. Peter Morales in a post titled - Rev Peter Morales on Peace Making

Here is what Rev. Peter Morales has to say on the subject of Peace Making aka PeaceMaking. Like Bill Baar I very much agree with what Rev. Morales says in principle. Like Bill Baar I have some concerns with, "The scalability of any statement from the personal to the social." (and vice versa). I too think that more discussion would result in a better understanding of Peace Making than any statement drawn up by a UUA committee. I too offer a big thank you to Rev. Peter Morales for publicly articulating his own personal beliefs and insights about Peace Making. I take note of the fact that Rev. Morales wisely began his public response to Bill Baar by doing some Peace-Making of his own by apologizing to Bill for the delay in his response. Herewith, verbatim, is what possible future UUA President Rev. Peter Morales has to say about Peace Making -

I have not had time to give the statement careful study. I have read through it quickly.

My initial reaction (and it is nothing more than this) is that the statement is not likely to have much effect. I am sympathetic to the general idea of peacemaking as involving levels that go from the personal to the international.

What is missing is a sense of peace as something much more than the absence of violence. In the Hebrew scriptures, the word "shalom" is translated into English as "peace." However, "shalom" has meanings "peace" does not convey. The ancient concept is about wholeness. To wish someone peace is to wish him or her a whole and healthy life. Our statement needs to emphasize this more, I think. We need to see peace as not merely the opposite of violence, but as a condition of human wholeness and prosperity. When there are conditions of exploitation and injustice, there is no peace even though there may be no violence. What is critical here is that peace is something created and sustained by real conditions and by relationships of compassion, equality, and justice. Western Europe is at peace today because it has come a long way in creating the conditions of peace.

I realize that the statement does address this in part, but I think it gives too much emphasis to peace as merely the absence of violence.

Peter Morales

Here is the comment that I submitted in response to these words of Rev. Peter Morales that Bill Baar felt compelled to "memory hole" because he believed that I was "starting a new thread" -

1 comments:

Robin Edgar said...

That is indeed a very good response, albeit not a timely one. I look forward to Rev. Peter Morales finding the time and inclination to responsibly answer some, if not all, of the questions that I asked him months ago on his apparently moribU*Und 'Along The Campaign Trail' blog, some of which I have reproduced on my brand-spanking new The Emerson Avenger For UUA President blog.

It sure would be nice if UUA President Bill Sinkford, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, all UUA Trustees, and every other UUA Board member that I sent this "electronic communication" to over a week ago paid heed to Rev. Peter Morales' words here and responsibly responded to it in a manner that actually honors and upholds U*U principles, instead of flagrantly disregarding them and outright flaunting them as has been their wont so far. . . If these UUA leaders continue to fail or refuse to take responsible steps to clean up the unsightly mess that the UUA abjectly failed to clean up on President Bill Sinkford's watch, either Rev. Peter Morales or Rev. Laurel Hallman is going to have to deal with it when they are elected President of the UUA, unless of course a "Dark Horse" candidate enters the UUA Presidential elections "race" at the last minute and somehow manages to win it, which seems like a highly unlikely scenario to me. I will be running for UUA President Reject myself. :-)

I may have more to add to this later in this thread, or may simply start a brand-spanking new The Emerson Avenger blog post to respond point-by-point to Rev. Peter Morales' talk about Peace Making

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

UUA Trustee Tom Loughrey Gets Yet Another Unitarian*Universalist Warning Message aka U*U Heads Up From The Emerson Avenger

At traditional English "Tea Time" TEA time today it will be exactly one week since I sent my most recent "electronic communication" aka email to the UUA Board of Trustees, UUA President Bill Sinkford, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, and several UUA administrators such as the UUA’s Ministry and Professional Leadership Director Rev. Beth Miller and UUA Congregational Services Director Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris. I have yet to see or "hear" the slightest response to that important email from a single one of the "thirty something" members of the UUA Board of Trustees that I sent it to a week ago. . .

PSWD Trustee to the UUA Board Tom Loughrey, who became the PSWD Trustee to the UUA Board of Trustees in June of 2006 when U*U minister Rev. Ned Wight, "resigned to take a position in New York" (specifically Executive Director of the Unitarian*Universalist Veatch Program at the Shelter Rock Unitarian*Universalist Congregation in Manhasset, New York) posted a report about UUA Board Votes at January Meeting on his Tom Loughrey UUA Trustee blog on Woden's Day January 21, 2009 that I only just noticed this morning. I took the opportunity to post yet another Unitarian*Universalist warning message aka U*U Heads Up aka reasonably diplomatic U*U Jihad Navy warning shot across the bow of what I sometimes rather "less than diplomatically" refer to as the "U*U Ship of Fools" at 6:07 UUA PSWD time this morning which corresponds to about 9:07 TEA time here in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I look forward to seeing how Pacific South West District UUA Trustee Tom Loughrey responds to my comment, if he responds to it at all. I will also be keeping an eye on his blog to see whether or not his chosen bad faith aka chosen fate is to delete my comment and relegate it to the burgeoning "memory hole" of the U*U World. . .


Tom,

Do you mind if I ask if this particular "electronic communication" aka email that I sent to you, all other UUA Trustees, UUA President Bill Sinkford, UUA Moderator Gini Courter, and several appropriate UUA administrators such as Ministerial Fellowship Committee Executive Secretary Rev. Beth Miller and UUA Congregational Services Director Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris, on Thursday January 15th, was brought up at the UUA Board of Trustees meeting and its truth and meaning freely and responsibly discussed?

If not.

May I ask, "Why not?"

If so.

May I ask, "What was the upshot?"

Because it has been almost a week since I sent that important "electronic communication" to you and other UUA leaders and I have not yet seen the slightest response to. From where I stand it seems to me that you and other UUA leaders, most notably UUA President Bill Sinkford, are yet again standing on the side of "love" as in nothing, nada, zero, absolument rien and even l'oeuf. . .


Fw: When Will *You* And Other UUA Leaders Stand On The Side Of Love For ALL Victims Of Clergy Misconduct

Thursday, January 15, 2009 4:30 PM
From: "Robin Edgar" robinedgar59@yahoo.ca

To: wsaunders@uua.org, rcomstock@uua.org, psolomon@uua.org
Cc: llaskowski@uua.org, egreene@uua.org, tloughrey@uua.org

Dear Any and All UUA Trustees,

May I direct your attention and *action* to the following "electronic communications"?

http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2009/01/tea-time-out.html

Adios My Friends,

Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger

--- On Thu, 1/15/09, Robin Edgar robinedgar59@yahoo.ca wrote:

From: Robin Edgar robinedgar59@yahoo.ca
Subject: When Will *You* And Other UUA Leaders Stand On The Side Of Love For ALL Victims Of Clergy Misconduct
To: "William Sinkford" wsinkford@uua.org, "Bill Sinkford" bsinkford@uua.org
Cc: bmiller@uua.org, congservices@uua.org, "Tracey Robinson-Harris" trobinson@uua.org

Received: Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:16 PM

Dear President Sinkford,

Please forgive me for being "less than diplomatic" in the following "electronic communication". I asked a good number of U*Us to help me draft a more diplomatic version of this communication both indirectly in a public blog post -

http://emersonavenger.blogspot.com/2009/01/open-letter-to-uua-president-bill.html

and directly via email and other messaging methods. Apparently nobody wants me to be more diplomatic than the original 'Open Letter' as it is posted on the internet so I will let it stand on the side of love for any and all victims of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers and perpetuated by the UUA, its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, implicated "Less Than Safe" U*U congregations and, often by other individual U*Us. Herewith the "rough draft" of my open letter to you as published on The Emerson Avenger blog on Woden's Day January 7th, 2009. I will be sharing it, along with a good number of my other "obviously deep concerns", as widely as possible within the U*U World and real world.

Dear President Sinkford,

I read with interest your 2008 Holiday message pastoral letter titled 'Choosing Love This Holiday Season'. In it you say that now, as much as ever, it is critical that we affirm the primacy of love and hope. It is my hope that you will affirm the primacy of love and provide some tangible hope for any and all victims of U*U clergy misconduct by taking steps to ensure that the UUA actually lives up to its apparently forgotten pledge to bend towards justice for victims of clergy misconduct.

You know as well as I do that there are a number of people whose complaints about clergy misconduct, including complaints about clergy sexual misconduct, have never been satisfactorily redressed by the UUA and/or its Ministerial Fellowship Committee. There are a number of victims of clergy misconduct, such as myself just for one, whose clergy misconduct complaints have never been redressed in the slightest manner by the UUA because they were quite arbitrarily dismissed and rejected by UUA administrators and/or the MFC at the outset. Other victims complaints have been addressed by the UUA but in a manner that did not provide satisfactory redress to the victims. On the one hand the UUA talks about providing restorative justice for *all* victims/survivors of clergy misconduct but on the other hand there is documentary evidence suggesting that the UUA has done little or nothing to provide any restorative justice to victims/survivors and has even backed away from, or failed to implement, recommended measures for providing various forms of restorative justice.

How can you go all the way to South Africa, to ostensibly learn about its rather questionable model of truth and reconciliation that allowed serious crimes to go unpunished and created impunity for serious human rights abusers, yet be apparently unready, unwilling, and possibly even unable to move towards responsibly acknowledging the truth about U*U clergy misconduct and seeking genuine reconciliation with all victims of clergy misconduct perpetrated by U*U ministers by providing some real and tangible restorative justice to them? How can you say "we create warm sanctuaries" knowing full well that the UUA allows some unsafe U*U congregations to coldly turn their backs on victims/survivors of clergy misconduct?

You, the UUA, the Ministerial Fellowship Committee and implicated unsafe U*U congregations, have an opportunity to shine the light of truth on U*U clergy misconduct of all kinds, and shine the light of compassion on all victims of all forms of clergy misconduct. When will you and the UUA actually take this opportunity to serve the long term larger good of the U*U religious community? I call upon you, the UUA, and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee to not only find ways to choose love for all victims of clergy misconduct but to tangibly show love and compassion for all victims/survivors of U*U clergy misconduct before this year's UUA GA in Salt Lake City.

February 14th, 2009, will mark the thirteenth anniversary of my initial clergy misconduct complaint against Rev. Ray Drennan of the Unitarian Church of Montreal which was unjustly, inequitably, and far from compassionately rejected by the UUA and MFC in the spring of 2006. I, the Unitarian Church of Montreal, the UUA, and the greater U*U religious community are still dealing with the consequences of the UUA's negligent and effectively complicit response to my legitimate grievances, serious grievances that you yourself once described as my "obviously deep concerns". You and the UUA dropped the ball when I gave you opportunities to correct the UUA's past mistakes. I am still waiting for you and the UUA to respond to my deep concerns in a manner that actually lives up to U*U principles that affirm justice, equity and compassion in human relations. You have yet to live up to your own personal religious rhetoric about "waging peace" and "standing on the side of love" in your less than right relations with me. I have given you several opportunities to put into practice what you preach and you have done nothing. Need I remind you what Edmund Burke is reputed to have said about good people who do nothing? Allow me to use disillusioned U*U deacon David G. Markham's words instead -

"As I learned in the 60s, a person is either a part of the solution or a part of the problem. People who "cop out" are often part of the problem in that it leaves the status quo intact."

You, the UUA, and its all too aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee have repeatedly chosen to "cop out" and have thus left the status quo, to say nothing of the evil. . . intact. Worse than that, as a result of your negligence the conflict not only remains unresolved but has been escalated and aggravated. The status quo today is actually worse that the status quo when I invited you to wage peace with me following your 2007 Holiday Message calling upon U*Us to engage in waging peace in 2008, this is in turn worse than the status quo in 2006 when I invited you to examine your conscience and bend towards justice. Where might the U*U World be today if you had taken steps to ensure that my obviously deep concerns were responsibly addressed and redressed back in 2002 when I first officially shared my concerns with you? How much longer will you and the UUA continue to choose "love" as in choosing to do absolutely nothing to responsibly redress my serious grievances in accordance with U*U principles and ideals President Sinkford?

I think that February 14th of this year is an appropriate symbolic deadline for me to set for you to actually choose love as in "concern for the well-being of others" and to begin waging peace with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct. If by February 14th I come to the regrettable final conclusion that you are still unready, unwilling, or indeed somehow unable to sincerely "choose love" and begin genuinely "waging peace" with me and other victims of U*U clergy misconduct I will share my obviously deep concerns with UUA Presidential candidates Rev. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales and see if they are any better at living up to U*U principles and your religious rhetoric than you are.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

Update 8:37 am TEA Time Friday January 23, 2009

Here is the follow-up comment that I just successfully submitted to PSWD District UUA Trustee Tom Loughrey on the 'UUA Board Votes at January Meeting' post on his Tom Loughrey UUA Trustee blog minutes ago -


Tom,

If for some reason you did not receive that email which I sent to you and all other UUA Trustees over a week ago now I would appreciate it if you could take steps to ensure that all other UUA Trustees, and possibly even, UUA Moderator Gini Courter are made aware of it. You need not bother to pass it on to outgoing UUA President Bill Sinkford. If he yet again willfully chooses to remain in the dark he is most welcome to his chosen fate.

If you and most if not all UUA Trustees did in fact receive that "electronic communication" when it was sent to you on Thursday January 15th I would appreciate a formal confirmation of receipt from an appropriate representative of UUA Trustees if not the full UUA Board via a responding email. I do understand that you and others may be "under instructions" from top level UUA leaders, and even UUA legal counsel, not to respond to my email(s) or other forms of "electronic communication" such as this one, in any way shape or form. If this is the case I will simply ask you and all other UUA Trustees to freely and responsibly exercise your right of *conscience*, to say nothing of the "democratic process" in the fullest sense of the phrase, that the fifth principle of U*Uism ostensibly calls for.

Sincerely,

Robin Edgar

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