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 -

Sunday, January 12, 2014

UUA Moderator Jim Key Has An Inter-National Conversation On UU Clergy Misconduct With The Emerson Avenger

UUA Moderator Jim Key signed UU Safety Net's petition calling for to start a National Conversation On Clergy Misconduct in the UUA, i.e. a national conversation about the UUA shameful legacy of decades worth of negligence towards, and complicity in, ALL manner of clergy misconduct including, but by NO means limited to what Stikeman Elliott Barristers & Solicitors litigation lawyer Maitre Marc-André Coulombe would characterize as "such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape."

The three U*UTube videos posted below document my side of what could be properly described as an InterNational Conversation on UUA Clergy Misconduct that I had with
UUA Moderator Jim Key over four months ago now in early September of 2013. As much as I appreciate Jim Key agreeing to engage in this conversation with me, I have to report that I am "less than impressed" with the subsequent FAILure of the Jim Key and the UUA Board of Trustees to respond in responsibility to the spirit of our Conversation on UUA Clergy Misconduct and the previous and subsequent "electronic communications" aka emails that I sent to Jim Key and the UUA Board of Trustees. I am posting these videos publicy in the hope that they will be a significant contribution to the National Conversation on UUA Clergy Misconduct that Jim Key and various other UUA leaders agreed to engage in in 2014.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh oh, with your camo slip cover you are instantly characterized as a threat by the U^U! You need a deer head mounted behind you! You must be a Duck Dynasty fan. ;) Cheers, JO

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Robin, have you posted at some point what exactly you would like to see as a resolution (let us set aside financial settlement etc)? Just curious if there is anything now that the U^U can actually do that would resolve or at least settle the issue? Would an apology and admission of not meeting their principles in your case and reversal of membership standing suffice? I know some of the key players are no longer active (Drennan..right?).
I doubt you want fellowship with your former Montreal church. Are there any other U^U congregations locally to consider?

Thanks, JO

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:01:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

I have on numerous occasions stated very clearly what would be required for a resolution of this conflict. As you suggest in your comment, it is primarily a question of the Unitarian Church of Montreal and the UUA responsibly confessing to their now quite numerous sins of commission, and sins of omission, and formally overturning any and all wrongful rulings they have made, including my unjust expulsion from the Unitarian Church of Montreal. This is very much a question of clearing my name of the now numerous slanderous and libelous lies that Montreal Unitarians, UUA leaders, certain Unitarian Universalist ministers, and various non-clergy UUs have spread about me for almost 2 decades now. And yes, it is important that Montreal Unitarians and UUA leaders officially acknowledge how their various sins of commission and sins of omission were and still are TOTALLY out of alignment with the claimed principles and ideals of Unitarian Universalism. As far as "inactive" players go, such as Rev. Ray Drennan and recently "retired" UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen 'Kay Montgomery, there are ways in which they can and I believe should face accountability for their sins. In fact, Kay Montgomery seems to have a LONG and shameful history of negligence towards and complicity in all manner of UUA clergy misconduct. At minimum the Truth must be made known.

Besides justice for myself I am seeking restorative justice for other UU clergy misconduct victims and significant reform of not only the UUA's policies and procedures for handling clergy misconduct complaints, but an end to the "culture" of DIM Thinking denial, ignorance and minimization of all manner of clergy misconduct which leads to policies not being enforced when they should be. I filed a formal UUA Ethics Point Whistleblower complaint against Kay Montgomery in April of last year, the day before she announced her "retirement", there is ZERO evidence that it was properly handled by the UUA and I have reasonable grounds to believe that it was swept under the proverbial carpet just as SO many other complaints against UU clergy and UUA staff guilty of various forms of misconduct have been in the past.

As a matter of principle I am demanding that the Unitarian Church of Montreal must overturn its unjust decision to permanently terminate my membership. I would then decide if i wanted to attend services at the UCM or not, but that and other unjust, unfair, and uncompassionate decisions made by UUUs MUST be overturned if UUs want to work towards peace, liberty and justice in the UU World as per the 6th Principle of UUism.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:33:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

BTW The video was shot in a friend's apartment. I was cat sitting for him at the time while he was out of town shooting a documentary video. The camo blanket is not mine. Oh dear, it seems that I just used a four letter word that will have deeply insecure, if not outright paranoid, UUA leaders falsely accusing me of uttering threats against them. LOL!

I would have thought that my 15+ year track record of non-violence, at least the physical kind, would speak for itself.

But no...

Paranoid, or just plain perjurious, Montreal Unitarians have actually tried to portray me as a Jim Adkisson kind of guy in the past.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:42:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

BTW If Blogger had a "like" function I would definitely "like" your first comment. :-)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you really want to freak them out start wearing paintball armor -

I am sure that would get a police call to investigate.

Or, discreetly use a "fart spray" discreetly when the next bull attack is heading your way....

Just having some fun, I know this is a serious issue but you have to laugh as well. JO

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:35:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Absolutely. In fact you have to have some fun precisely *because* the issues are quite serious. Otherwise U*U stonewalling and denial of clergy misconduct and other injustices and abuses would be awfully depressing...

I would not do anything to unnecessarily provoke the police. The last thing I want is the police to be worried that I might physically harm U*Us, but I have NO qualms about creating an imaginary U*U Jihad Navy that has refitted Iowa Class battleships to fire devastating *broadsides* at abusive UU clergy, and their complicit UUA enablers at 25 Beacon street in Boston. :-)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 6:48:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the end of the day, the U^U is a small and declining denomination that will essentially disappear in a few generations.

Personally, I left it years ago and have not the slightest regret. It went even further away from what I considered at least tolerable.

I do wish a "real" Unitarian church would take off on grow. One that honors its historic roots and can articulate them for the modern day.

There are some various start up groups, for example the I don't claim to be a "Christian Unitarian", though I would comfortably fit in with them most days...if they did not become another U^U.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 7:08:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

I am not sure what the American Unitarian Conference is up to these days, but you might want to contact them.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a long history with the AUC - which is today merely a web forum.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:49:00 pm  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Do feel free to elaborate if you wish. I was invited to join, and even granted a membership by an AUC member, but for various reasons kept my distance. Mainly because I did not want the AUC to "catch flack" or suffer any "collateral damage" arising from my conflict from the UUA, but also because I could not agree with *some* of the things the AUC said and did.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 7:26:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, at this point the AUC is just a Facebook group. There really is no active official AUC presence from those who actually hold title to the name tax status.

We try to focus on Unitarian, Unitarian Christian or religion related topics for discussion. We have had attempts at hijacking by various they Muslim or political. JO

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:19:00 am  
Blogger Robin Edgar said...

Thanks for the update.

DO feel free to bring up the fact that American UUA leaders, almost certainly of the Atheist U*U variety (i.e. "retired" UUA Executive Vice President Kathleen 'Kay Montgomery & UUA President Peter Morales) are accusing me of the archaic crime of blasphemous libel for blogging about a few UU rapists. It might make for an interesting discussion of contemporary "Unitarian" history. :-)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 1:22:00 pm  

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