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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 -

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Unitarian Universalist Association's "Democratic Practice" Is Nothing But A Meaningless Sham. . .

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

Take the word of UUA Trustee Rev. Sarah Stewart as posted to The Web in her Stereoscope blog post entitled:

'Transforming the UUA Commission on Appraisal'

Why appointed and not elected? Isn’t that undemocratic?

The bylaw amendment would create a Commission which was appointed by the Board rather than elected by the General Assembly. The members of all Board committees are appointed by the Board (some Ministerial Fellowship Committee members are also appointed by the UU Ministers Association). Some have wondered if having an appointed committee instead of an elected committee robs the Commission of some of its independence.

In our practice of democracy as an association, there is not much practical difference between appointment by the Board and election by the General Assembly. Since elections (with the exception of Moderator and President) are almost always uncontested, it is simply a question of which group of dedicated Unitarian Universalists recruits the leaders we elect or appoint. Many people help find members for our committees: the Nominating Committee, the Appointments Committee, and the UUA staff all make recommendations. Leaders are affirmed by uncontested vote at the GA or by vote of the elected trustees. Both election and appointment are legitimate, democratically-grounded ways to serve. In our current practice of uncontested elections, even GA elections do not represent a real choice between leaders for our movement. Appointed positions and elected positions are functionally equivalent.

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So there you have it U*Us. In actual practice within the pseudo-democratic Unitarian Universalist Association, there is little or NO real difference between a UUA leader being appointment by the UUA Board of Trustees, or being ever so democratically "elected" by U*Us, since U*U "elections" are almost always uncontested. The only exception to this not so democratic "democratic practice" of The U*U Movement is the "election" of UUA Moderators and UUA Presidents by the few thousand UU delegates during any given UUA General Assembly, but let's not forget that the UUA has set up a system for pre-screening Presidential candidates if not candidates for the position of UUA Moderator. In fact, prior to the 2008 UUA Presidential election there was an effort by UUA insiders to ensure that the candidacy of Rev. Laurel Hallman would be uncontested by anyone. . .

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