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 -

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rev. Meg Riley Calls For A Morally Grounded Time Of Lament And Repentance Of Unitarian*Universalist Clergy Misconduct Of ALL Kinds

Well not quite. . .

What Rev. Meg Riley, Senior Minister of the UUA's Church of the Larger Fellowship, *actually* called for was "a morally grounded time of lament and repentance" for the U.S. senate's recent passing of tax cuts for America's richest citizen's in 'An open letter to Sen. Al Franken on the tax bill' which was published today on the Minneapolis Post website. The Emerson Avenger thus decided to put Rev. Meg Riley on his U*U World Famous "Eat Your Words Diet" by suggesting that Rev. Meg Riley, and her Unitarian*Universalist minister peers, might be very well advised to engage in "a morally grounded time of lament and repentance" for their own sins of commission and sins of ommission. . .

Here is the follow-up comment that I just submitted in response to Rev. Meg Riley's 'Open Letter' To Senator Al Franken'. She and other U*U ministers can consider my comment to be a kind of 'Open Letter' addressed to them, and part of what *one* UU minister recently called my "prophetic work" and another quite insightful UU minister, who is very well acquainted with the UUA's genuinely *lamentable* aka deplorable mis*handling of clergy misconduct complaints, long ago referred to as my "alternative spiritual practice" -

"Why wasn't there an organized resistance to extending and increasing the wealth of our richest citizens, where religious people and poor people and unions and the rest of the American majority stood up and spoke with moral voices?"

Good question Rev. Riley and. . . since you acknowledge that this question is addressed to you and to your peers (presumably other "religious professionals") what, if anything, did you and other Unitarian*Universalist ministers do to *organize* resistance to these tax cuts for America's richest citizens? Why did you and other Unitarian*Universalists fail to stand up and speak with moral voices about these tax cuts well *before* the House and Senate votes took place? Could it possibly be because you were all falling over each other organizing somewhat questionable resistance to Arizona's recent attempts to curb *illegal* immigration?

Were you all so busy "standing on the side of love" for *illegal* immigrants that you were unready, unwilling, and apparently quite unable to "stand on the side of love" for those perfectly legal American citizens who are "suffering from joblessness, lack of health care and other increasingly common problems"? Come to think of it Meg isn't *illegal* immigration an increasingly common problem in the U.S.A.? Why are you "grieving" that this vote happened on your watch as a religious leader? Could it be because you know that you and your Unitarian*Universalist peers dropped the ball on this particular issue?

I dare say that you and other Unitarian*Universalist ministers might be very well advised to engage in "a morally grounded time of lament and repentance" for your own sins of commission and sins of ommission, not the least of these sins being the Unitarian*Universalist religious community's past and onging genuinely *lamentable* mishandling of clergy misconduct complaints of ALL kinds including, but by no means limited to, some quite egregious clergy sexual misconduct. When will you and other U*U ministers get around to lamenting and repenting your peers' negligent and complicit mishandling of clergy misconduct in The U*U Movement and then providing some long overdue restorative justice to ALL victims of U*U clergy misconduct?

Have U*U clergy no shame?

Perhaps I should not have asked *that* question considering just how hubris filled U*U clergy and UUA leaders seem to be. . .

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