Is The UUA Board Of Trustees' "New Covenant" Worth The Paper It Is Written On Or The Breath That It Will Be Spoken With?
"Not much has been done by the Board with the covenant since, in spite of adding several new trustees."
Forgive me for saying so U*Us but *that* sounds like "par for the course" for the UUA Board of Trustees. Someone identifies a problem, it is "addressed" by the Board, and then nothing is done to change the problematic or outright unacceptable status quo for years. . .
Linda informs U*Us that during the October 2011 UUA Board meeting, four long years down the road from when she and five other new UUA Trustees first shared their concerns about the old covenant, UUA Trustees managed to draw up a brand spanking new Board covenant "from scratch" and agreed to begin each UUA Board Of Trustees meeting by reading this new covenant together. One can't help but wonder why it took four long years for the UUA Board of Trustees to finally get around to doing something that probably took at most an hour or two to get done.
Just as Linda Laskowski did on her blog post I am reproducing this "New Covenant" of the UUA Board Of Trustees below "in its exact form" aka verbatim -
We promise to:
....listen deeply, speak boldly and keep an open mind, balancing views of self and others authentically
....be humble, prepared and present and focus on governance as the board's essential role, while taking the long view, and maintaining accountability for anti-racism/anti-oppression/multi-culturalism
....have respect and affection for each other, assuming the best of intentions and honest needs and building new bridges and bridges that are broken
....remember our sources and whose we are, giving space for faith
....learn and grow, practice self-care, laugh and sing!
I actually have a few concerns of my own to share about some of the "promises" made in this "New Covenant" but for the time being I will simply reproduce the comment that I submitted in response to this blog post -
I don't think that any of you listened deeply to what I had to say at the April 2010 Board meeting, especially in light of the fact that you ALL totally ignored my follow-up emails. If any of you did listen you promptly and conveniently forgot what I said in the days, weeks and months following that meeting. I see no evidence whatsoever that the UUA Board of Trustees has responded in an even remotely responsible manner to the legitimate concerns about serious flaws and inadequacies in the MFC Rules and other UUA policies and procedures for dealing with clergy misconduct that I shared with the Board during the April 2010 UUA Board meeting. More than a year and a half has gone by since that meeting and I see no changes to the MFC Rules that responsibly correct the serious flaws that I identified during the meeting nor do I see any progress being made on other aspects of the unacceptable status quo which I made abundantly clear is NOT in alignment with the claimed principles & purposes of the Unitarian Universalist religious community. I thought that it was the Board's responsibility to ensure that all UUA bylaws etc. are in alignment with UUA principles and purposes.
Your new covenant is devoid of any sincerity AFA*I*AC. It is nothing but empty words that will be forgotten almost as soon as they are spoken. I recall that UUA Trustee Rev. Jake Morrill delivered a reading that called for similar values, at the beginning of the April 2010 Board of Trustees meeting. What came of that? UUA Trustees quite evidently did not honor and uphold those empty words then so why should anyone believe that Trustees will genuinely honor and uphold your "new" covenant now Linda?