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, January 04, 2012

Unitarian Universalism Is Narcissism In Institutional Form

But don't take *my* word for it U*Us. . .

Take the word of The Reverend Peter C. Boullata, minister of First Parish Lexington Unitarian Universalist church, as posted in Peter's 'The Liberal Church Finding Its Mission: It’s Not About You' blog post on his 'Held In The Light' blog -

"Oh dear God, it’s true. We have institutionalized narcissism. Here was a person that was not involved in a Unitarian Universalist church, and yet knew something about us. As an outsider, the message he received about what we stand for is: It’s about whatever you want it to be about. It’s all about you."

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As if *that* was not enough Rev. Boullata goes on to say -

"The ever-present narcissism enshrined in our congregations spawns entitlement and complaint rather than engagement and curiosity because, well, you’re not giving me what I want!"

Not that the "ever-present narcissism" that is "enshrined" in Unitarian Universalist congregations is the only thing that spawns complaint. I mean there *are* some perfectly legitimate reasons to complain about Unitarian Universalist "churches", not the least of these things being the "ever-present narcissism" itself.

Rev. Peter Boullata goes on to write -

Inasmuch as Unitarian Universalist communities continue to neglect discernment, theology, discipline, spiritual practice, faith formation, vocation and engagement with our historic testimonies and tradition, we will never be a missional religious movement.

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Needless to say the glaringly obvious subtext of that quote is that, at least in Rev. Peter Boullata's opinion, Unitarian Universalist "churches" do in fact neglect discernment, theology, discipline, spiritual practice, faith formation, vocation and engagement with the historic testimonies and tradition of Unitarianism and Universalism, not that I couldn't add a few things to that list of Unitarian Universalist negligence. . .

It seems that Rev. Boullata's blog post has some resonance with Unitarian Universalists in general, and Unitarian Universalist clergy in particular, in light of the fact that, so far, it has had well over 80 comments posted in response to it.

More later. . .

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