The following follow-up email was just sent to UUA President Peter Morales.
He totally ignored the previous emails that this follow-up email forwards to him so it will be interesting to see if President Morales continues to turn a blind eye to the UUA's past and ongoing mishandling of clergy misconduct complaints -
An Ash Wednesday Reminder About UUA Repentance For UU Clergy Misconduct
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:09 PM
From: "Robin Edgar"
Ash Wednesday March 9, 2011
Dear President Morales,
The emails copied below were sent to you over a year ago now, but I see no evidence whatsoever of you responding to those emails in a manner that even comes close to genuinely honoring and upholding the claimed principles and purposes of the Unitarian Universalist religious community. Since you apparently disregarded and ignored the serious concerns that I shared with you in these emails, perhaps you should read them again (assuming that you even bothered to read them when they were originally sent to you) and respond to them in a rather more responsible manner than you have to date.
You know what they say President Morales -
"If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem."
Be assured that in light of your own personal negligence in response to my sharing of my legitimate concerns about UU clergy misconduct of various kinds, including but by no means limited to your recent failure to respond in responsibility to my February 14th, 2011 email in which I filed a formal clergy misconduct complaint about Rev. Cynthia P. Cain's anti-Republican bigotry with you, as well as the past and apparently ongoing negligent mishandling of diverse clergy misconduct complaints by the UUA and its very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee, I have little choice but to consider you to be a part of the problem of the UUA's ongoing mishandling of clergy misconduct complaints.
Maybe you should give up turning a blind eye to the UUA's past and ongoing mishandling of my own and other people's clergy misconduct complaints for Lent, and respond in genuine responsibility to the letter and the Spirit of my previous emails to you in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds UU principles that call for respect for the inherent worth and dignity of *every* person, as well as justice, equity and compassion in human relations, rather than behaving in a manner that I believe most people will agree not only disregards, but outright flaunts, those purported principles of Unitarian Universalism.
--- On Wed, 2/17/10, Robin Edgar wrote:
From: Robin Edgar
Subject: Ash Wednesday And UUA Repntance For UU Clergy Misconduct
Received: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 11:05 PM
Ash Wednesday February 17, 2010
Dear President Morales,
As you are no doubt aware today is Ash Wednesday, a day dedicated to repentance of sins of commission and sins of omission. I am going to forgive your sin of omission of apparently failing, if not refusing, to stand on the side of love of victims of UU clergy misconduct during the first observance of 'National Standing on the Side of Love Day' last Sunday, and I will also forgive you for failing to provide the acknowledgement of receipt of the email that I sent to you over two weeks ago now asking you to take steps to ensure that the UUA repents of its sins of commission and sins of omission in its past, if not present and ongoing, dismissive and negligent responses to all kinds of clergy misconduct complaints. I will none-the-less take this opportunity to remind you that only yesterday Pope Benedict XVI called upon Roman Catholic bishops to give priority to "restoring the Church's spiritual and moral credibility" with respect to clergy sexual misconduct on the part of Roman Catholic clergy and will ask you when you will begin the process of restoring the spiritual and moral credibility of the Unitarian*Universalist religious community with respect to ALL forms of clergy misconduct, both clergy sexual misconduct and non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct?
I believe that the suggestions that I made in my email of Tuesday February 2nd are quite reasonable, and fully compatible with the purported principles and claimed ideals of the Unitarian Universalist religious community. I see no valid reason why you should not respond positively to my requests, or indeed my reasonable demands, for the UUA to stand on the side of love for ALL victims of ALL forms of UU clergy misconduct and to finally begin to provide some genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of clergy misconduct that has been directly perpetrated by UU ministers and indirectly perpetuated for years (and even decades) by the unjust, unfair, and uncompassionate dismissive and negligent responses to numerous clergy misconduct complaints by past and current UUA administrators.
While I realize that dealing with the UUA's shameful legacy of negligent, and effectively complicit, responses to all kinds of clergy misconduct complaints is an unpleasant task that your predecessors as UUA President could have (and should have) responsibly dealt with years ago, it is an unfortunate fact of life that they have repeatedly failed to do so in a genuinely just, equitable, and compassionate manner that respects the worth and dignity of victims of clergy misconduct and honors and upholds UU principles and ideals. In fact last year I asked one of the UUA's clergy misconduct experts what restorative justice the UUA had provided to victims of clergy misconduct since promising to do so about a decade ago at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville Tennessee and their answer was one single four letter word -
Even if this blunt negative assessment is something of an overstatement, something that I am not convinced is the actually case, there is very little evidence of the UUA providing any restoratve justice to victims of clergy misconduct in the last decade to say nothing of before it. . . If some bona fide restorative justice has in fact been done by the UUA it certainly has not been seen to be done since the UUA's official apology in 2000. So I must once again ask you to make it a very high priority for the UUA to publicly repent of its numerous sins of commission and sins of omission in terms of its past (if not current and ongoing) negligent or inadequate responses to clergy misconduct of all kinds, and to ensure that genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct is not only finally done by the UUA, but is very publicly seen to be done in the first year of your presidency.
Please do not persist in the sin of omission of failing or refusing to respond to my emails in a timely and responsible manner. If I do not receive an adequate response from you within the next week or two at the very latest I will have little choice but to conclude that you not only refuse to stand on the side of love for me and other victims of UU clergy misconduct but are a knowing and willful participant in the egregious marginalizing institutional stonewalling and denial that I and far too many other victims of UU clergy misconduct have been subjected to by the UUA and implicated UU churches for years and even decades.
Although I had not thought of this idea until today, perhaps you could devote an hour or two per day to this important issue for at least the next 40 days as a kind of Unitarian Universalist Lenten practice. The mid-March Ministerial Fellowship Committee meeting, and the upcoming UUA Board of Trustees meeting in April, could be (and I believe should be) largely devoted to a genuinely repentant self-assessment of the UUA's and MFC's sins of commission and sins of omission in terms of their past (if not ongoing) dismissive and/or negligent and/or inadequate responses to ALL kinds of clergy misconduct complaints. An official apology to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct is long overdue and I personally believe that the UUA should deliver such an official apology at the 2010 UUA General Assembly this June.
--- On Wed, 2/10/10, Robin Edgar wrote:
From: Robin Edgar
Subject: Will You Stand On The Side Of Love For Victims Of Clergy Misconduct This Sunday?
Received: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 11:57 AM
Dear President Morales,
I sent you the email copied below on Tuesday February 2nd just over a week ago. I would appreciate it if you could acknowledge receipt of this email and let me know if you intend to stand on the side of love for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct on National Standing On The Side Of Love Day this Sunday February 14th. I can wait another week or so for a more detailed response to this email but want to be sure that you received it and read it.
As I said in my P.S. I will be sending you a follow-up email asking you to take steps to ensure that the UUA conducts a complete review of my clergy misconduct complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein which I believe were handled in a dismissive and negligent manner by the UUA and MFC. Perhaps you can take initial steps as far as that is concerned by ensuring that the whole Ministerial Fellowship Committee, not just its executive, responsibly reviews how my clergy misconduct complaints were handled by Rev. Diane Miller, Rev. Beth Miller and Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris and other UUA administrators at the upcoming Ministerial Fellowship Committee meeting in mid-March. Regardless of whether or not the UUA issues an official apology to all victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct I beluieve that the UUA owes me a long overdue apology for its negligent and effectively complicit responses to my complaints against Rev. Ray Drennan and Rev. Victoria Weinstein.
--- On Tue, 2/2/10, Robin Edgar wrote:
From: Robin Edgar
Subject: Peter Morales letter
Received: Tuesday, February 2, 2010, 11:11 AM
Dear President Morales,
I would like to invite you to publicly stand on the side of love for all victims of clergy misconduct committed by Unitarian Universalist ministers on “National Standing on the Side of Love Day" Sunday, February 14th, 2010. Almost a decade ago, at the 2000 UUA GA in Nashville, Tennessee, the UUA officially apologized to victims of clergy sexual misconduct committed by UU ministers. I am not however aware of any official UUA apology ever being delivered to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct committed by UU ministers. I believe that the UUA owes a long overdue official apology to all victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, and that the UUA should also deliver individualized personal apologies to each and every victim of any form of clergy misconduct perpetrated by UU ministers, especially those people whose clergy misconduct complaints were negligently and irresponsibly dismissed, or otherwise handled in an unjust, inequitable, and "less than compassionate" manner, by the UUA and MFC over the last few decades.
You are on record as saying that you are "absolutely committed to doing the right thing" when it comes to taking action on clergy sexual misconduct, and that taking action is a "moral imperative." I put it to you that taking responsible action on non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct is equally a moral imperative or moral obligation, and I call upon you to fully commit yourself to doing the right thing in response to all forms of clergy misconduct committed by UU ministers. The fact of the matter is that some of the more serious cases of non-sexual clergy misconduct can be every bit as harmful and damaging to victims and implicated UU congregations as some cases of clergy sexual misconduct.
The tacit or explicit attitude towards non-sexual clergy misconduct that I have seen displayed by too many UUA administrators, and UU clergy more generally, is that if the clergy misconduct complained about is not sexual misconduct it is not worth worrying about, let alone doing anything to responsibly address it in a manner that genuinely honors and upholds the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or indeed the letter and the spirit of the UUMA Guidelines and Code of Professional Practice. This attitude is not acceptable to me nor do I believe that it should be acceptable to any Unitarian Universalist who genuinely cares about UU principles and ideals.
I will not go into the details of my own complaints about non-sexual clergy misconduct that involve being deeply insulted and defamed, and unjustly demonized and marginalized, by verbally and psychologically abusive UU ministers in this letter, but I feel that it is necessary to point out that it is a regrettable fact of life that victims of any form of clergy misconduct often find themselves ostracized, and even additionally demonized and marginalized, by their fellow congregants and coreligionsists after they have dared to openly complain about clergy misconduct, regardless of what form of clergy misconduct they complain about. This unacceptable treatment of clergy misconduct "whistleblowers" needs to be responsibly acknowledged and addressed by the UUA in any new official apology that it delivers to victims of clergy misconduct.
I also believe that the UUA needs to responsibly acknowledge at the 2010 UUA GA that it has failed to honor its year 2000 "pledge" to "bend towards justice" and remedy its past failures to respond to clergy misconduct in a manner that lives up to UU principles and ideals, to say nothing of clearly stated UUA bylaws and policies. I dare say that the UUA and MFC seem to be more inclined towards bending justice than bending towards justice. This is certainly true of my own case which involves non-sexual forns of clergy misconduct, but I expect that it is true of other cases of clergy misconduct of all kinds which have occurred since that official UUA apology was delivered at Nashville by UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery.
I and other victims of UU clergy misconduct are still being "left lonely, confused, afraid, angry and betrayed" and definitely capital 'U' Un-ministered to by the UUA, its Ministerial Fellowship Committee, and implicated UU congregations, in the aftermath of that apology. This status quo is not acceptable and must be acknowledged and responsibly remedied by the UUA. It is high time that the UUA finally got around to providing some genuine and tangible restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct, both victims of clergy sexual misconduct and victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct.
After publicly "Standing On The Side of Love" for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct on “National Standing on the Side of Love Day" this February 14th, I would ask that you to then take steps to ensure that providing genuine restorative justice for ALL victims of UU clergy misconduct is on the agenda of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee meeting in mid-March 2010 and that this MFC meeting leads towards the goal of a new official UUA apology to be delivered to victims of non-sexual forms of clergy misconduct, or indeed all forms of clergy misconduct, at the 2010 UUA GA in Minneapolis Minnesota.
P.S. I will be asking you to initiate a complete review of my own clergy misconbduct complaints in a follow-up email.
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