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Unitarian Universalist president resigns amid diversity controversy

The Rev. Peter Morales at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly in 2009. Photo courtesy of UUA/Nancy Pierce

(RNS) The president of the Unitarian Universalist Association has resigned three months short of the end of his second term, declaring that someone else needed to address the religious movement’s diversity problems.

The Rev. Peter Morales, the first Latino president of the liberal and theologically diverse association, resigned effective Saturday (April 1) as criticism mounted over hiring practices.

“It is clear to me that I am not the right person to lead our Association as we work together to create the processes and structures that will address our shortcomings and build the diverse staff we all want,” he wrote in his Thursday resignation letter to the UUA’s trustee board.

The controversy came to a head when a white male was chosen to lead the group’s Southern region, replacing another white man who was retiring. Christina Rivera, a Latina laywoman who has served on the UUA’s board of trustees since 2014, revealed that she was a finalist for the position.

“(H)ow do we hold the UUA accountable for racial discrimination and upholding white supremacy if no one stands up in the public square and says ‘me, it was me, you did this to me and it is not ok, I demand you make this right!’” she asked in a Monday blog post.

Later that day, Morales sent a letter to UUA staffers saying the people of color among the staff have increased from 14 percent in 2008 to 20 percent today; managers of color have increased from 5 to 9 percent. He also noted that UUA members, numbering about 200,000, continue “to be overwhelmingly white and of European origin” — as much as 98 percent.

Morales, who succeeded the movement’s first African-American president, added that no one is above criticism.

“However, I wish I were seeing more humility and less self righteousness, more thoughtfulness and less hysteria,” he wrote.

As he resigned, he apologized for his letter, saying it “made matters worse.”

The UUA’s Leadership Council, which includes top staffers, also apologized in a separate statement.

“We take very seriously the question of how our policies, practices, leadership and culture systematically center and advantage white people within Unitarian Universalism,” they said.

“We acknowledge that it is past time for us to examine more deeply than we ever have the patterns of institutional racism that are embedded in our practices of leadership, including hiring.”

Members of more than 1,000 Unitarian Universalist congregations embrace seven principles, including justice, acceptance of one another, and the belief in the dignity of every person. They include people from a variety of beliefs, from atheists and humanists to Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists.

The Rev. Harlan Limpert, the UUA’s chief operating officer, has been named the senior staffer until the trustees determine who can be acting president. A new president will be elected at the General Assembly in June.

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Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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  • Okay somebody, say something around here.
    I’m not a UU, but I have visited the local UU church a few times. Generally nice people. Their sermons tend to be interesting (from a skeptic’s perspective, that is!). And they like “social justice” gigs.

    But really, their stuff seems so sterile, trying so hard not to offend anybody, and especially avoiding affirmation of dangerous Bible texts like, say, John 3:16.

    Even their hymnbooks seem neutered or spayed or something. Don’t wanna offend any Atheist or Buddhist members.

    But something has obviously gone wrong with America’s premier ” liberal religion” these days. This is a shocker, really. So, for all you Non-Fundies out there, please explain why this is happening?

  • It’d be helpful if RNS would provide more context for what’s going on because I sincerely doubt the UUA is promoting “white supremacy” and I don’t think it’s helpful to bandy this word around when actual radical racism is still a major problem in the U.S. If there’s evidence of actual white supremacy going on in UUA, that’s very shocking. White privilege is a serious issue that needs to be addressed but we shouldn’t risk watering down the meaning of white supremacy by conflating definitions.

  • Ms. Rivera does her case little good by adopting the posture of a victim “entitled” to the position primarily as a function of her gender and race. If I were in a position to appoint an individual to the post in question, spiritual and professional qualifications would be the criteria I would use.

  • Yes, it’s that thing people who have never experienced racism before have in society. Get a clue.

  • My sense of the conflict is, UUA is “all-in” on the pervasiveness of anti-black attitudes throughout the US and even our own churches. It is silly. No one is less racist than UUs. UUA though has concentrated on making race a central tenet of our social justice work, regardless of its necessity or efficacy. The irony of all of this is Rev Morales is Hispanic.

  • I am a UU who is disheartened to see self-flagellation and political correctness overtake our beautiful, saving, religion. Our political liberal bent has gone over the top. I hope we can grow up and live into the promise of our religion. I do despair if that is possible…

  • As a Unitarian Universalist who is disheartened to see self-flagellation and political
    correctness overtake your not so beautiful, less than saving, “religion”, you should Google – UUA President Peter Morales and “blasphemous libel” to see how the UUA’s “political
    liberal bent” has *really* gone over the top. . .

  • I have news for you. My church was and still is an extension of various country clubs. If you do not live in an approved suburb you are not wanted. Especially if you choose to live in the inner city you are defiantly NOT WELCOME. Also if you do not have a master’s degree or a PhD you are ignored. When we were members we were thought of as the token poor people. Excuse but my budget does not allow me to spend $100.00 for a chair at a dinner so that everyone on the arts committee could show support for the church. You never supported us, in any way. You are nothing more then high class Puritans. I applaud Mr. Morales on his stand and hope, some day you will also welcome regular people, but I doubt that you will.

  • My post was in response to David Cousins’ rather tone deaf one. His post was denigrating people concerned about racial equality issues.

    Actually I am in full agreement with your sentiment both about your church and of those denigrating it. I did not actually make any comment about it and I think you imputed far more into my statement than I expected. If you read it as some kind of insult to your church, it was entirely unintentional. For that I apologize.

  • “(H)ow do we hold the UUA accountable for racial discrimination and
    upholding white supremacy if no one stands up in the public square and
    says ‘me, it was me, you did this to me and it is not ok, I demand you
    make this right!’” she asked in a Monday blog post.”

    It’s no surprise that the mostly-white, upper-middle-class and highly educated group like the Unitarian Universalists, still harbor a sense of own superiority in directing the affairs of their church! Such a bias allows them to “play like” they’re allowing minorities to lead their organization and fill important positions like being the leader of the UU’s Southern region! Such decisions most likely spring from the embedded sense that “we smart, wealthy white people truly know best!” It’s amazing to me that Rev. Morales was able to lead this group as long as he did!

    To be completely fair, I believe a case could be made that a white man is an EXCELLENT choise to lead their Southern region! Who better to speak to “their own kind” than a more enlightened man who is one of them! I once spent some time in the South, so I can tell you that when minority leaders preach at prejudiced Southerners, those prejudiced individuals just shut down, and neither hear nor heed the message!

  • As a Unitarian for the past 65 years I find Morales’s resignation incomprehensible. UU congregations have long been open to people of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I wish RNS had dug more deeply into what actually happened. – Edd Doerr

  • Good reply. Water seeks its own level . . . all of the UUs that I know are white, highly educated and generally quite affluent. When a faith group is 98% white, those who are of a different ‘hue’ will naturally feel somewhat uneasy about joining. Perhaps the UUs need more churches (and possibly even schools) in less affluent communities if they hope to grow their numbers among non-white populations.

  • I’d like to know more background about what happened in the UUA too, but I will observe the following: if a woman is complaining about how she was treated, and you respond by calling her complaints “hysteria,” you definitely will be “ma[king] matters worse”!!

  • Unfortunately, this is entirely believable having been affiliated with this group as an attendee a while back. But still, it strikes me as bizarre that hiring a white male caused such an outburst of hysteria against a liberal Latino president. Accusations of “white supremacy” show how far the racialist extremism and rhetoric of politically-tinged racism inside this little Leftist group has gone.

  • This seems incredibly plausible, sadly. White men have been vilified to such an extent in the UUA that this is the natural, albeit hysterical, result.

  • Political correctness, liberal “bent” and a general obsession with all things race-related have been the cornerstone of the denomination (at least its leadership) for decades. But yes, I also despair that the founding intention of the denomination has been so warped that it barely resembles the faith of Channing, Jefferson, Priestley and others. Hope it can be salvaged from the heap of race-fueled rage it’s become.

  • There is more to this than reported here. I am saddened and disappointed by Morales action, but through his letter, and some other statements, he made the situation worse. Part of the issue, not reported here and not addressed by Morales in his resignation, is the extreme favoring of clergy over laity for non ministerial positions.

  • Unfortunately, this article provides little context or reliable information about the resignation of Peter Morales. Nor do many of the comments. Blogs in general, and this one specifically, often don’t add much to the quality of discussion. I’m sure that by the time of the General Assembly, there will be more information available, and there will be a lot of discussion at the GA.

  • Since making my post above, I have read all the links indicated in the article which have provided additional helpful information. Clearly, we as UU’s have a real challenge in making more rapid strides in increasing the diversity of our professional staff. During Peter’s time as President, much progress has been made, but that progress serves to highlight how much further we have to go. I think that is common to many efforts at reform regardless of the type of institution, whether it be government, business, education, or religious organizations.

    I am confident that the attention Peter’s resignation has brought to the issue will ultimately be helpful, although not without stress and pain for many. We will still need patience, empathy, improved listening skills, and a careful selection of the words we use to go along with a greater sense of urgency. That’s a tough balance to achieve.

    For example, using the term “white supremacy” in the context of the UU organization is difficult for many people, including myself. After all, UU’s have historically been involved in so many reform movements such as antislavery and civil rights , women’s and LBBTQ rights, and many other social and economic justice efforts. These words mean different things to different people. Assuming good intentions, being kind to each other, really listening before speaking or writing. This is a good time to dust off your Covenant of Right Relations.

    This can be a great opportunity to build on the start that Peter Morales has created.

  • UUism is guilty of being comfortable with itself. Being shocked by yet another white person being placed in a position of leadership at the UU is rather like being surprised by orange45 having few women and particularly people of color in his cabinet when neither of those groups have a strong presence in the republican party. The UU today, is filled with beautiful caring people that happen also to be overwhelmingly white, highly educated, affluent humanists and they are comfortable with being just that. Peter Morales I believe understood the deeper problem within the UU and that is the rejection of spirituality to the point of quiet condensation of those who are spiritual. As a former UU, the two things I found that I could not be in this “liberal” faith was being both spiritual and socialist. Entirely too uncomfortable. I needed to be better educated and affluent for starters. I need to be a humanist democrat. And that’s sad because I also believe at it’s heart UUism is a beautiful faith one that can and does save lives. it’s just too comfortable with itself to do so.

  • There is much context missing from this story. That the Association would hire a non Southerner, who will not even take up residence in the South did not sit well. There is a demographic history of privileging cis-gender white men in hiring. This is just the latest situation.

    Second we Southern UUs were not included in the hiring process. As another UU said, “Historically, Unitarians, and then Unitarian Universalists, have had a condescending attitude toward the South, repeatedly refusing to send money to the “hopeless cause”, and sending Northern missionaries to the South instead of recruiting Southerners, because Southerners can’t be trusted with the true gospel, and we need supervision to make sure we don’t muck it up. . . . people who aren’t from the South think that Southerners are way behind people from other regions when it comes to anti-racism work. Well, guess what. We’re working very hard indeed. Yes, it’s messy. Yes, it’s tough. No, we don’t always get it right. But we are working as hard as anyone, and making a lot of progress. And no – we didn’t have further to go than everyone else. Another misleading stereotype of Southerners.”

    I can remember situations where decisions have been made in Boston without consulting local people, a habit that goes back to decisions made during the civil rights struggle where Boston made decisions without consulting, or even giving advance notice to, local UUs, who were vulnerable to serious consequences of those decisions.

    President Morales’ response was not always helpful; however, that a person of color should take on the burden of white supremacy in this incident is also very wrong.

  • There is a lot of emotion on this issue, and it is clear that you are unhappy with the UUA organization in Boston. UUA has a very well thought-out approach to assisting our congregations in finding new ministers that encourages maximum applicants and an exchange of comprehensive information between the congregation and the applicant. It would seem that the process for hiring senior staff positions could use some of the same rigor used in hiring ministers.

    I can’t comment on the specifics of your post. Unlike other denominations, the UUA organization has little control over the individual congregations. They do provide a lot of support resources if the congregations choose to use them. We are a small denomination with a very small staff in Boston compared with other denominations. Personnel decisions are very challenging, and I suspect we don’t have the skills and experience to handle these decisions uniformly well.

    We have historically been a largely white, liberal denomination. Blacks have historically been identified with Evangelical Christian churches, and Hispanics with Catholicism. It is very challenging to grow our base with these groups, particularly in the early efforts to do so. But it is possible, and we shouldn’t get discouraged in our quest .

  • I completely agree with Rev. Morales. The UU is trying hard, in many ways, to create more diversity. No one needs to run around screaming prejudice every single time a white man gets a job. That is just patently ridiculous. And now, a very intelligent, caring minister feels forced to resign for no reason whatsoever. What is our religion coming to.

  • I believe that Brooks was not indicating lack of awareness of the term. Just a question as to why! it was being used in this case.

  • And yet another solution looking for a problem. Let’s all lash one another till we bleed.

  • Was she complaining about how she was treated or because she did not get the job. I have not read her curriculum vitae. Is she due the job simply on the color of her skin?

  • Ah, knowledge and advice from someone who ONCE spent some time in the south. Thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing your words of wisdom with ‘little ol’ me.’

  • God damn it Is there anything white people CAN do these days without being branded something horrific? Should I just lock my kind, loving,caring, empathetic self up in a closet and just not come out? Your loss.

  • Please DON’T use our Lord’s name in vane in your responses to us Christian readers and responders, OK? (I’m sure our Jewish and Muslim readers/responders are extremely offended as well!)

    I didn’t just SPEND time in the South–I GREW UP in the South, with two parents who–though they were quite intelligent, couldn’t rise beyond the culture of the region to openly oppose the prejudices of their red-neck friends and neighbors. My parents were sorely disappointed that their middle son out of five children, “went over to the dark side,” to both embrace racial integration and join up with a mainstream church!

    Ms. Lewis, I definitely know whereof I speak!

  • There are in fact several problems that are closer to out-in-the-open than prior to the hiring controversy and resignations. Favoring white cis-gendered males over other qualified candidates, favoring clergy over laity in roles that do not require clergy credentials, hiring practices that do not value geographical proximity in roles that actually require it. Add to that the inappropriate and insulting statements made in an attempt to improve the situation which had the exact opposite effect. If we are to be who we say we are, we need to clean this up.

  • UUA support in our congregation’s ministerial searches has been helpful, appreciated and paid for. My response referred to the process that did not include input from the South and selected a candidate who is qualified but will not live among us.
    I have read extensively on the issue and am concerned that it points to the ongoing need for UUs to commit more strongly to identifying and reducing systemic bias in our organization.

  • I hope that every human being, at least in the US, cares about the prejudice and pain our black sisters and brothers have suffered, and still suffer, due to how “white people” judge them according to the color of their skin. From the time their ancestors were
    kidnapped in Africa, through the time that their great grandparents suffered subhuman treatment as slaves, then after the “emancipation” were arrested by the 1000’s in the south, for “crimes” like vagrancy, for walking down the street, so they could work as prisoner-slaves for southern businesses, and build the south into an economic powerhouse. Voting discrimination; housing, educational, and job discrimination; the
    war on drugs that sends many youth of color to prison for years, while comparatively few youth with light skin, are caught and sent to prison for doing drugs – wreck havoc for and destroy families of people of color all across our country. The economics of racism in this country, the stereotypes that black people are lazy or violent, the school to prison pipeline, and many more thoughts, feelings, actions and polices, have poisoned our culture, and all of us suffer from the prisons in our cities and in our hearts and minds in countless and incalculable ways.

    And racism against the first nation people and Asians and Latinos and others who are discriminated against, poisons us, too.

    This is not self flagellation, this is simply the truth, as i see it, of where we are today. And i think becoming aware of just how unfair and and wrong and racist our systems and predominant beliefs are, and correcting them, is the only path to a brighter future for us all. This is a political, economic, educational, and health issue (can’t list them all), and for us as UUs, this is a deeply spiritual issue. As our principles state, we are spiritually connected – to those who are homeless, to those who are working 80 hours/week for minimum wage and still can’t afford to live in dignity as esteemed members of our communities and churches, to those who are living in prisons. We are also spiritually connected to the first nation people who live on reservations in the desert or among us in cities and towns.

    And our skin color will continue to matter a lot, until we all understand how we are all part of the racist system that played a primary role in building our country and still does, and until our systems no longer hold people down or throw them in jail or treat some people as lesser human beings because of the color of their skin. Our skin color will continue to matter a lot until at least most of us are in respectful awe of the extraordinary spiritual strength and courage and kindness and suffering and patience and anger and endurance and sadness and wisdom and humor and fortitude and beauty and love that people of color embody, and that can teach and inspire us all to grow our hearts and liberate our spirits to greater justice and love.

  • Flip the words around, then. The denomination has become fueled by racial rage. It didn’t used to be this way. And it’s pathetic.

  • How much world wide interest will the election of the next UUA president generate?

    Do you see people glued to their TV screens eagerly awaiting the new UUA president, the way they anxiously await the next Archbishop of Canterbury or head of the National Council of Churches?

  • UUism is a denomination that has designated “safe spaces” at its annual assembly from which whites and Asians are banned. Back when I was a member, I attended conferences where those with “privileged” identities were sometimes ordered to leave public areas in which their mere presence could make their “victims” feel uncomfortable. This latest drama comes as no surprise.

  • “Favoring white cis-gendered males over other qualified candidates…” Seriously? It has always been my understanding that if two equally qualified candidates were vying for a position, the one with the less-privileged identity would get preference. UU congregations are hardly in competition to see which one can appear “most white.”

  • UUs are supposed to “listen to People of Color”…unless a “Person of Color” says something that doesn’t fit their radical left-wing social justice narrative.

  • After reading that last sentence, my first thought was that UUs should replace “Great Spirit of Life” with “Great Person of Color.”

  • Not true. But your comment gets at what we are tackling here. No one is trying to appear most white, neither are they trying to appear less white. It is the unconscious, second nature bias that we are looking at now. Additionally, there is a persistent ministry credential bias, in positions that do not require that credential, that helps to favor cis-gendered whites, both male and female.

  • Many (if not most) UU congregations are trying to appear less white. And they are very vocal about doing so, both on their websites and in person. Ministry credential bias should absolutely be addressed, but it would only be racist if designed to exclude certain groups.

  • It isn’t about less white, but truly inclusive and diverse. Who by our actions and practices, who are we excluding? Race is the leading issue right now, but class, academic achievement, ministerial credential/laity are part of what we are examining and working to change. They are not separate issues but interrelated in ways we can all clearly see. What we are hoping to get at are the non obvious ways we exclude and the systemic ways that support the obvious and non-obvious ways we favor white cis-gendered candidates. Appearance is not the issue. Who are we as a faith community? Are we really welcoming/embracing the people we say we do?

  • If the Republican Party looked more like the 1956 iteration, I guess that more UUs would be members of that party. The low numbers at this time are hardly surprising. Though UUs have moved to become more liberal over time, the GOP has raced to become the alt-right at breakneck speed. Current GOP positions and policies not at all congruent with UU principles and values.

  • No doubt certain GOP positions are in conflict with UU principles. However, there is plenty of bullying and harassment inflicted on UUs who are left-of-center but not quite radical enough. I’ve experienced it myself, both in person and online.

  • Sounds like something a privileged, white, heteronormative, temporarily able-bodied, cisgendered male would say! lol

  • 98% of all UU members are white. Yet Christina Rivera envisions a church stacked with minorities as leaders. It sounds more like the Symbionese Liberation Army.

  • Straight men are underrepresented among church organists in UU congregations. Is that a symptom of heterophobic misandry?

  • Wasn’t Morales’ predecessor black?

    Doesn’t anybody on the left ever say no to SJWs?

    Then again, if you clutch your man purse tightly when a black man comes near you, I won’t be surprised.

  • Dear JA, I think you are engaging a projection when you suggest that Rev. Morales shares your discomfort with UU intellectualism. I hear your discomfort with the congregation you attended and share some of it. But may I suggest you stick with your thoughts that the UU churches/congregations are filled with beautiful caring people and look for another UU group to connect to. They vary considerably in tone and character.

  • Might I share these words of Rev. Morales from 2011: “The issue of religious hospitality is ultimately a moral and spiritual issue-and how we respond to this spiritual challenge will determine the future of each one of our congregations and the future of the Unitarian Universalist movement.” These are the words of a man that understands the connection between spirituality and any future that the UU hopes to have.

  • There’s nothing wrong with having a religious organization that caters to rich leftists, mainly Jews who think Reformed is too conservative. Just be honest. Be what you are. You’re NOT going to attract lots of blacks, because blacks are actual Christians.

  • This guy resigned because of his race and his cucked followers. What a “religion”! Can I join this awesome association? I’m only 1/2 white so that should fill your quotas quite nicely, and maybe this will qualify me to lead you.

  • If the members are 98% “of European origin”, why would it be inappropriate for the clergy and staff to reflect the ‘diversity’ of the membership? Ya’ think maybe the reason there are not more minorities in the congregations is that they see the Church as patronizing Leftist hypocrites who want to shoulder the White Man’s Burden of uplifting the poor downtrodden Black Folks?

  • “Peter Morales I believe understood the deeper problem within the UU and
    that is the rejection of spirituality to the point of quiet
    condensation (sic) of those who are spiritual.”

    ICYMI Rev. Peter Morales was-is an anti-religious Atheist U*U who trashed Judaism, Christianity, Islam and any number of other “old religions” as “obsolete religions created for another time” in his sermon cum stump speech that announced his candidacy for President of the UUA in 2008.

    Just Google “Peter Morales” and “obsolete religions” for more info about Rev. Peter Morales’ anti-religious rhetoric.

    BTW The rejection of spirituality by intolerant Atheist U*Us goes well beyond just “quiet
    condensation” (presumably you meant “condescension”), it can be and is often manifested as hostile anti-religious bigotry and even bullying. I have personally experienced such bigotry and bullying myself, and I have seen plenty of evidence of other God believing people being subjected to bigotry and bullying as well.

  • Might I share these words of Rev. Morales from 2008?

    “The old religions lead to tribalism, violence, suspicion, hatred, and oppression.”

    “We
    live in dark times, filled with hatred, injustice, prejudice,
    ignorance. Sadly, obsolete religions created for another time contribute
    to the darkness.”

    These quotes are from Rev. Peter Morales sermon cum stump speech titled ‘Religion For A New America’ which you will have a hard time find any trace of on the internet because he took steps to “memory hole” it in the wake of my public criticism of his trashing of “the old religions” to promote his delusional notion that Unitarian Universalism can be “THE religion for our time.”

  • I wish RNS had dug more deeply into what actually happened too. . .

    It’s not impossible that Rev. Dr. Peter Morales resigned for reasons other than those that he officially and publicly claimed to be resigning for. This happens a lot in Unitarian Universalism. . .

  • It’s not just Christina Rivera who envisions a U*U “church” stacked with minorities as leaders. Recently resigned UUA Moderator Jim Key, and the UUA Board of Trustees, happily appointed three “People of Color” to be interim co-presidents of the UUA until the next president of the UUA is elected in late June. One of those interim presidents has been credibly accused of clergy sexual misconduct himself and responded in a negligent manner to clergy misconduct complaints while he was UUA President. I will let you guess which of the three it is. . .

    http://www.uuworld.org/articles/interim-copresidents-describe-roles

  • Exactly. Christina Rivera was probably not “a good fit” not because she is a Latino-Hispanic woman, but because she is not an ordained UUA minister. This UUA fiasco has as much to do with the classism and elitism that Unitarian Universalism is increasingly becoming known for than any actual racism.

  • I long ago pointed out to Unitarian Universalists that the anti-Christian, and more broadly anti-religious, intolerance and bigotry that is found in FAR too many U*U “churches” is a BIG turn off to African Americans and other “People of Color”.

  • 2008 would have been just when began attending my local UU, so I’m not familiar with that sermon/speech. But thanks for sharing I’ll see if I can track it down. I no longer attend but still consider many members friends. And as an aside I am still asked to speak there and at other nearby UU’s. As a spiritual person and one who believes that spirit is as important as any other aspect of life I always give a “sermon” when I speak and that’s why I believe I’m asked back. Thanks again peace

  • The old religions deserve trashing. At least as they are traditionally practiced. I’m sure he wasn’t referring to UUs who came from those churches, but rather the fundamentalists and traditionalists who still adhere to those ancient doctrines. Context is everything. Those ancient, obsolete religions DO contribute to the hatred, ignorance, and everything else he mentioned. And if you don’t think UU is a better way to worship then why are you a UU? Certainly, in my book, compared to those old religions, UU is the religion of our time.

  • I have been away from regular services for a while, but I still know people who are close to the church. And I still call myself a UU. It saddens me and makes me sick this type of nonsense is going on among such enlightened people.

  • Morales was clearly referring to “old religions” as a whole. They certainly can be criticized for all manner of flaws, but so can Unitarian Universalism as actually practiced by Unitarian Universalists aka U*Us. Recently resigned UUA President Rev. Dr. Peter Morales was, and probably still is. . . an outrageously hypocritical blowhard. Did you know that the Rev. Morales led UUA had the unmitigated gall to accuse me of the “obsolete” criminal act of “blasphemous libel” for allegedly making “unfounded and vicious allegations to the effect that ministers of the (Unitarian Universalist) Association engage in such despicable crimes as pedophilia and rape” when I had done no such thing? I had just told the readily verifiable Truth about “certain Unitarian Universalist ministers” who have actually been charged, tried, and convicted of committing such despicable crimes.

    Feel free to practice U*Uism’s 4th Principle by Googling:

    UUA + “blasphemous libel”

  • There was a Latino gentleman who was president of the organization, yet you’re crying “white supremacy.”

    Is this some kind of a joke?

    This seems like it’s satire.

  • You think that Unitarians preach one thing but live completely different lives from people of color and that most people of color who do make it into the Unitarian/Universalist Association are atypical in terms of their education?
    I’m shocked!!
    Next thing you’ll be telling me is that most Quakers are white/middle class!

  • But a religion based on the money accumulated by wealthy, highly privileged White people and absolutely impossible without their current presence and political and social support will somehow save the world?
    Please.

  • You mean it’s highly self-segregated and indulges in wishful thinking?
    You’re right-it’s got about as much right to congratulate itself on that score as the Fundiegelicals.

  • Unitarianism is a religion for “questioning minds,” they say. This is one example (of many) of why I brought my “questioning mind” into the UUA several years ago, and a few years later brought it right back out again.

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