It has been about two weeks since it was announced here that Beverly Seese and Rebecca Mattis have been placed on the ballot for UUA Trustee positions at this year’s Portland / Virtual General Assembly. We ask that you visit Beverly’s and Rebecca’s campaign websites to learn more of their campaigns.
We have a few updates.
Meet the Candidate Townhall Meetings
There is only one more Meet the Candidate Townhall meeting. These are interactive Zoom sessions designed so you can directly ask questions, share your comments, and interact with Beverly and Rebecca. We encourage you to attend this last townhall meeting. Pre-registration is needed to receive the Zoom link. All are invited.
June 2, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Mountain, 5:00 PM Pacific, Register
UUA Debate Forum
We encourage everyone to attend the UUA sponsored Candidate Forum. Pre-registration is needed to receive the Zoom link.
June 8, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central, 6:00 PM Mountain, 5:00 PM Pacific, to register, follow the Take a moment to register now.
The Perils of Being a Candidate
Unfortunately, there is a sub-culture in the denomination that is hostile to the democratic process. Published below is a recent attack against Rebecca for the simple act of asking that an announcement be placed in a congregational newsletter to inform congregants that there is an election at General Assembly and inviting UUs to attend a Meet the Candidate Townhall meeting.
The name of the minister and the congregation have been withheld for privacy purposes.
You recently contacted the office administrator at my congregation, <congregation name withheld> with a request to put your ad in our newsletter. I want you to know that our congregation supports the marginalized in our community and fully believes in the direction our UUA is leading us towards a world that is more just, equitable, and compassionate.
We do not believe in your fake and thinly veiled platform of hate and exclusion.
I will say this directly, do not contact my congregation again for this or for any other reason.
To Rev. Beverly, this same minister wrote.
So, you want to make our faith one that consists only of cis (SIC) het able bodied white folks? You do realize that is basically the premise of the KKK, correct?
I am ashamed that you were ever a minister in this living tradition.
We at the Fifth Principle Project consider the language used as inappropriate and not becoming of a minister. We hope that by shining light on such communications UUs will take a stand and demand that we reaffirm a belief that once permeated UUism as expressed in an article entitled “Who We Are” in the 2016 UU World Seeker edition.
Our faith is a belief that we can embrace the common good through how we interact with one another by holding fast to our precepts of inclusion, participation, and nonjudgement disagreement.
We have been very impressed with the generosity of UUs who have contributed through the Fifth Principle Project or made personal donations.
We ask one more time that you consider making a Campaign Donation to support Beverly and Rebecca. This is the last time we will make such a request for this year’s General Assembly election.
General Assembly Demonstration
Planning is currently underway to have a physical presence outside the Oregon Convention Center in the Free Speech Zone.
If you wish to support or participate in this demonstration, contact UUsForFreedom@gmail.com
We understand that no single demonstration or candidacy will alter the path of the UUA that is determined, per the Spring 2022 issue of UU World, to complete an “unprecedented, widespread cultural transformation” of the Association and Unitarian Universalism. For the health of the denomination, General Assembly delegates, and UUs in general, must cease being passive and become active policymakers.
The Press Release for the demonstration reads, in part.
PORTLAND, OR – For the first time in its 61-year history, the national meeting of America’s most liberal religious body – the UUA – will face demonstrations from some of its own members and clergy. They are alarmed at the radical, authoritarian, and anti-liberal turn of the Association’s leadership in recent years. In particular:
- Rejection of reason, tolerance, and open dialogue in matters of controversy, in favor of the declaration of jargon-filled social dogmas. Exclusion of even the mildest variation from the new dogma in Association communications such as the national UU World magazine.
- Declaring that the liberal UUA is awash in “white supremacy” and beginning a radical process of “dismantling” it, which includes transferring power from congregations to the UUA.
- Personally attacking and silencing dissenters rather than engaging their ideas – openly rejecting the need to even read their words before publicly condemning them. Condemning disagreement as “harm” to people of marginalized identities. Officially censuring and disfellowshipping ministers for expressing dissent. By-passing due process.
- Subverting the democratic process by making it very difficult for anyone not hand-picked by the current leaders to run for elected leadership positions in the UUA.
Two Important Things
Join the Fifth Principle Project. It’s free. The Fifth Principle Project is an organic grassroots initiative to gather into community Unitarian Universalists who want to reinvigorate the right of conscience and renew the democratic process in the governing of our denomination.
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