Dan Harper’s year-end blog post —
The year in review: Unitarian Universalism — has coaxed me to do what I thought I would not do again: write about Unitarian Universalism, and particularly that part filled by the Unitarian Universalist Association.
I’ve been nursing a post-COVID cough and so a long-form post will not do; I’ll take this a bit at a time, and hope to be more candid than usual.
I’ll start with a question that’s followed me for decades,
Why don’t you just leave? It’s rarely that direct and usually followed by some nostrum about how much happier I’d be elsewhere. I’ve looked, and haven’t found that Brigadoon. Besides, there’s all the signs of a bad-faith question; clearly the questioner would be more comfortable if I left. This was usually because I’m a Christian and that seems to bring out the worst fears. Wasn’t
the UU past all that? My low opinion and subsequent non-membership in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association also raises the alarm, except in that case I’m more likely to be talked about. Shameful business, but not a shame I bear.
But to answer the question and set the stage:
- I don’t let bullies win, or soothe their agita. Particularly those who have just arrived and have no idea about our history or traditions,
religious professionalsincluded. Unless there’s an overwhelming reason, I’ll stay where I’m planted.
- Many of my dearest and oldest friends are
- My lovely Universalist Christian church is a member of the UUA.
- The UU Christians were always the fun, thoughtful ones and that hasn’t changed.
- Pulling up stakes takes a lot of time and effort, likely without making deep connections
thereor returning to the parish. (The future of parish ministry being its own big thing.)
- Unitarians, Universalists and Unitarian Universalists are notoriously fickle and this is not new. Ask John Murray and Andrews Norton. I’ve long said there’s room
for one idea, at most(to crib the old joke) and the current idea is beginning to show wear and tear. Some of the most problematic people have vanished or gone quiet. I can wait for what comes next — save a real crisis of ethics in the UUA — even if all that’s next is silence.
I work better in silence anyway.