The UUA Board Of Trustees And Its Very Aptly Named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee Have Failed Victims Of UU Clergy Sexual Misconduct
Given how disrespectful, unsafe and complicated the policies remain, it’s clear the MFC has either failed to consult with former complainants or has completely disregarded their feedback.
Moreover, the Board is complicit. Ultimately the policies of the UUA are the Board’s responsibility. And they too have had over 10 years to fix these problems.
Thus both the MFC and the Board have failed victims of UU clergy sexual misconduct. In so doing they have failed to ensure safety in congregations. In other words, the senior leaders of the UUA have failed all Unitarian Universalists throughout our country.
In failing to provide a fair system to adjudicate cases of UU clergy sexual misconduct, they have not only failed complainants, they have failed to live up to UU principles. There is not one scrap of justice, equity or compassion for victims in the MFC policies.
In fact it is my understanding that the UUA's ever so aptly named Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee is actually a sub-committee of the UUA Board of Trustees and thus should be directly answerable to the UUA Board. Indeed Section 7.1 of Article VII of the UUA Governance & Management Bylaws lists six Committees of the Board of Trustees with the Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee being the second Board Committee listed after the Executive Committee. So the UUA Board of Trustees is *very* complicit in the past and ongoing failure, indeed the apparent obstinate refusal. . . of its Ministerial *Fellowship* Committee to genuinely honour and uphold the First and Second Principles of Unitarian Universalism which "affirm and promote" the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
That's all for now. . .