UU Church of Akron, Ohio
What is your suggestion or idea?
In Section C-2.1, delete the last sentence, ““The purpose of the Unitarian Universalist Association is to actively engage its members in the transformation of the world through liberating love.””
What is the reason for your amendment idea?
First, this provision is essentially meaningless blather. No one knows what the term ““transformation of the world thorough liberating love”” actually means. It may have a positive meaning, but it may also be a cover for for the highly autocratic imposition of particular narrow views of transformation.
Second, this provision transforms the UUA into an actor - ““actively engag[ing] its members.”” I read this provision as another authorization to force the congregations into whatever actions the UUA believes are appropriate. It is a direct affront to congregational independence, as well as congregational polity. The UUA is a service organization for the congregations and other entities, not an action organization in any way.
Have you discussed this idea with your congregation or other UUs?
Not with the congregation as a whole. We have been prevented from having discussion about anything that might undermine or question the proposed revisions to Article II. Yes, I have discussed with these issues with fellow UUs, all of whom are deeply concerned that the UUA has been and continues to centralize control in Boston, with the apparent goal of auditing and otherwise reviewing the congregations to assure they comply with the UUAs new gospel, which many of them do not share.