What's The Big Fat U*U Acronym For Cronyistic Unitarian Universalist Newbie Trustee(s)?
Just asking, as they say. . .
Conservative UU blogger Bill Baar, just did a blog post *entitled* 'Cronyism in America' on his Pfarrer Streccius blog.
Here is the comment that I just posted in response to it regarding cronyism in the Unitarian Universalist religious community with some additional hyperlinks -
Cronyism was invented long before Chicago was founded, or America was discovered, however I can say with some authority that there is no shortage of cronyism in the UU World, and not just between cronyistic UU clerics. . .
Here is but one *example* of Unitarian Universalist cronyism that came to light recently -
When her friend Eva Marx was nearing the end of her tenure as trustee from the Ballou Channing District, she talked to (Rev. Catherine) Cullen about replacing her. “It was pretty clear that this was what I wanted to do,” said Cullen. “I really believe in the vision of shared ministry.”
Source - Meet a Trustee: Catherine Cullen
UU World website
Now *that's* what *I* call UU "democracy" in action. . .
Rev. Catherine Cullen's "replacing" of Eva Marx as the Ballou-Channing District UUA Trustee may not be cronyism in the purest sense of the word, in that Rev. Cullen may actually possess the qualifications necessary for being a UUA Trustee, but the fact that Eva Marx tagged Rev. Cullen for "replacing" her as the UUA Trustee for Ballou-Channing District and, lo and behold. . . Rev. Catherine Cullen actually did *replace* Eva Marx, calls into question to what extent the Fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism, by which Unitarian Universalists "covenant" to "affirm and promote" -
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
was actually honored and upheld in Rev. Catherine Cullen's apparently rather "less than democratic" *appointment* as the brand-spanking new UUA Trustee for Ballou-Channing District.
Allow me to quote verbatim from the Fifth Principle Task Force Report to the UUA Board of Trustees that was delivered two years ago in December 2009 -
"The future of our UU movement can ill-afford to continue the ways of faux democracy and unaccountable representation that have characterized Associational governance, including the content and process of General Assembly"