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

Monday, November 21, 2011

Is UU Clergy Sexual Misconduct And UUA & MFC Complicity Therein Responsible For Unitarian Universalism Becoming A Tiny Declining Fringe Religion?

The First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville Tennessee and its church sub-group that is "working to effect much-needed change in the policies, procedures and attitudes surrounding clergy sexual misconduct" UU Safety Net seem to think so. . .

Here is a telling excerpt from the sermon of a recent Sunday service that the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville devoted to the subject of UU clergy sexual misconduct and the UUA's shameful legacy of negligence towards & complicity therein -

"We can be proud of our congregation -- time and again willing to break the silence surrounding clergy sexual misconduct. While we have less power than the UUA and it’s difficult to move the process along, we also see that many UU congregations suffer from a history similar to ours. And we see that at a time when logically UUism should flourish, in fact our numbers are falling. Although there are other factors, we doubt this is a coincidence."

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So *many* UU congregations *suffer* from a history similar to that of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville Tennessee, and the current leaders of FUUCN doubt that it is a coincidence that membership in what UUA President Rev. Peter Morales himself has acknowledged is a "tiny, declining, fringe religion" is falling. I have heard from other sources that as many as 50% of UU congregations *suffer* from a history that includes UU clergy sexual misconduct of one kind or another, to say nothing of non-sexual forms of UU clergy misconduct that can be very damaging to UU congregations as well.

I have long believed that the anti-religious intolerance and bigotry that is found throughout the so-called UU World is a major contributing factor to the stagnation and decline of Unitarian Universalist membership levels but, if the UUA's past and ongoing negligent and complicit response to UU clergy sexual misconduct is as bad as some UUs say that it is, there can be little doubt that this too is a significant contributing factor to Unitarian Universalist decline.

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