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 -

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Restorative Justice For Clergy Sexual Misconduct Is Naïve. . .

And First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville minister Rev. Gail Seavey says that victims aka survivors of UU clergy sexual misconduct aka UU clergy sexual abuse who are involved in UU Safety Net have felt exactly the same way about the Unitarian Universalist Association's so-called "Restorative Justice" approach to UU clergy sexual misconduct.

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

Take the word of UU World magazine senior editor, and member of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, Elaine McArdle, as committed to writing in a very recent UU World article entitled -

Better process for handling cases of clergy sex misconduct - UUA has made strides in giving survivors of clergy sexual misconduct more voice in complaint process

"But several in the audience, including some survivors who reported clergy abuse in the past and felt marginalized or ignored, said they remain skeptical about the new process. One called the restorative justice approach “naïve” in these situations.

Seavey responded to the criticism by saying that survivors involved in Safety Net “have felt exactly like you.” She said Safety Net, which is working with the UUA board and staff in this area, is “not going to believe” that the system is better “until we see major changes.”  She added that it will “take years to change the system and build trust that it has changed.” Key added that the board wants to institutionalize best practices so that they don’t disappear or get watered down in the future."

Funny how guy who "watered down" the extent and seriousness of UU clergy sexual misconduct in the "less than honest" official apology to victims of UU clergy sexual misconduct that he delivered in the middle of his 1st Moderator's Report to a UUA GA in 2014, by inserting some brazen bald faced lies about UU clergy abuse into his botched "apology", is now claiming that the UUA Board of Trustees wants to institutionalize "best practices" for dealing with UU clergy sexual misconduct so that they don’t disappear or get watered down in the future. It seems to me that refraining from unashamedly telling brazen bald-faced lies about UU clergy sexual abuse would be an essential component of "best practices" for dealing with clergy sexual abuse. . .

No U*Us?

More about this ongoing and very justified mistrust of the UUA's self-professed "reform" of its seriously flawed clergy sexual misconduct policies and procedures by victims and survivors of UU clergy sexual abuse later. . .

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