The Fifth Principle Project has never posted an email we received via our Contact Us webpage. We are making an exception regarding an email we received on January 8, 2023. The email was in response to the Discussion Forum held with Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof regarding the organizational activities of the North American Unitarian Association (NAUA).
The email (see below) unfortunately is an example of the personal animus that all too frequently is now found in UU correspondence. How does one respond to such an email?
We were inclined to simply ignore the correspondence. However, with the author self-identifying as a “3rd Gen UU religious professional,” we re-evaluated our initial inclination. How has a third-generation UU drifted so far from the Principles that defined a Unitarian Universalist? “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”
We were also concerned that as a “religious professional” a new generation of UUs is being exposed to models of interactions with fellow UUs that erode core values of acceptance of one another and tolerance for differing views.
We concluded that this email could not go unaddressed. Simply “yelling back” did not seem appropriate or even fruitful. How does one open a dialogue?
We solicit your ideas and comments.
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Topic: Do you even understand UU theology or are you just a charlatan?
Todd, You are a joke.
You don’t even understand UU theology, but act like you do. How did you get ordained? I want to see you go toe to toe with someone who grew up UU and knows the faith and theology.
You’re just another old dude trying to make it what you want it to be. So, let’s talk. Livestream it.
I’m estranged from UUism and I’ll still trounce you, because you are a limp balloon filled with nothing but stale air. Sadly trying to lift yourself up while you just slowly deflate.
Seriously, let’s go. I’m always down for a good laugh.
Bart, 3rd Gen UU religious professional
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