GroundHog Day And The Shadow Of UUA Clergy Sexual Misconduct - What's The Connection?
So. . .
Taking a cue from the UUA's Standing On The Side of Love campaign, I ever so U*Unilaterally decided that I am going to hereby "re-envision" GroundHog Day as Revealing The Shadow Of Unitarian Universalist Clergy Misconduct Day.
For the first observance of Revealing The Shadow Of Unitarian Universalist Clergy Misconduct Day I thought that it would be a good idea to bring to light just how HUGE that Big Fat U*U Shadow actually is.
As reported publicly in this quite revealing, and apparently somewhat pain-filled... audio recording of a reading by Jeff Schatz, which is available on the Safe Congregation archived section of the website of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston Virginia, according to UUA clergy misconduct expert Rev. Deborah Pope-Lance, there are no less than 400 UUA congregations that have been negatively affected by one form of UU clergy sexual misconduct or another. According to Jeff Schatz,
"A group of interim ministers tried to figure out how many UU churches had experienced such ministerial misconduct. Rev. Pope-Lance said that the group of ministers tired of their efforts after naming 400. Even just in the last year, of the 12 negotiated resignations, where ministers are asked to leave, 9 of them were in congregations who had experienced clergy sexual misconduct."
So a free and responsible search for the Truth and meaning of Jeff Schatz's words here reveals that, at rock bottom minimum... 400 Unitarian Universalist churches have been negatively affected by one form of clergy sexual misconduct or another. This is the minimum number of UU churches in which clergy sexual misconduct has actually been reported, and *presumably* where formal clergy misconduct complaints have been filed against the misconducting UU ministers in question and they have been found guilty of clergy sexual misconduct by the UUA's department of ministry.
(More later this is a work in progress)