UUA candidates for board and moderator: Open a national conversation on clergy misconduct

Reasons for signing

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Caren Spencer-Smith
9 years ago
The abuse of privilege should not be tolerated. As a person whose classmates were victims of abuse within the Catholic church, and as a member of GNUUC, I endorse the petition put forth by First UU Nashville for focused attention on clergy misconduct and the establishment of policy to aid in its prevention.

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Ahmie Yeung
9 years ago
ALL forms of misconduct, not just sexual, and ALL who are in official leadership roles, not just official clergy. Just as there are more ways to abuse a child other than sexual molestation, there are MANY ways that persons in positions of power in a church can abuse the less powerful, and this severely undermines our shared mission in the world. I hope that through consciousness-raising and training, we can be in trusting community with each other after (more minor) incidents without driving a wedge into our communities as has happened so many times in the past. Pushing "problem" individuals (too often these are the victims instead of the perpetrators) out of the community and covering everything up just makes the problem worse and makes us failures at our 2nd principle within our own walls. If we can't have justice and compassion with each other within our communities, how can we practice to be agents of that in the greater world?

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Alice Carnes
9 years ago
I witnessed a person being abused by a minister.

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Ann Marie Alderman
9 years ago
Never should have happened, but since it did, let's make sure it never happens again

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Jeff Rivard
9 years ago
I believe in Clericalism as a religious principle. I need a minister. If we are going to ordain others and offer them educational and spiritual honorific titles and privileges, they must be held to account more so when they fall from grace. I'll not protect those who are above me in this or any sense. I'll add that petty infractions or repeated personality, behavioral, or mental/emotional flaws are unbecoming but exempt when disability status is legitimately assumed and accepted by the church in accordance with legal definitions of disability or furthermore when Ministerial Ordination, Experience, Unique Role or Presidency is not fully achieved. In no way does this mean that a person may engage in misconduct. Serious and repeated misconduct must be neutralized. I'm saying we must forgive human errors unless they are reasonably repugnant from and unbecoming of our Ministers.

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John Van Brunt
9 years ago
I served as board president of NSUUS when we had a failed ministry following Katrina. A nondisclosure confidentiality agreement brokered by the good officer assigned to negotiate a settlement, severely compromised our rights as a congregation and significantly slowed our recovery.

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Kelly Thome
9 years ago
Misconduct by a (now-defrocked) minister at my first UU church led to my leaving that congregation and to a legacy of mistrusting ALL religious professionals.

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Judith Campbell
9 years ago
Its time we took THIS out of the closet!

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Wayne Arnason
9 years ago
I welcome this initiative to have a wider conversation in the Association about the long term consequences for victims, congregations, and ministers of clergy sexual misconduct. The enduring damage and pain created by clergy boundary violations has been a consistent preoccupation and challenge throughout my years and roles of denominational service. The opportunity to give reasons for signing the petition reveals the damage but also demonstrates the quality of conversation we can have when we seek to understand exactly what has happened since the Muir report, and what has not happened and why. I sign this petition as an individual. However, as as Chair of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee I intend to encourage full cooperation and leadership from the MFC in any study or conversation the Board decides to create. The MFC has always been fully accountable to the Board, has followed through on every recommendation from the Muir report sent our way, and has taken its own initiative to recommend reforms that had not received Board or Administration attention. We will continue to be active and proactive in this conversation and study.

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Rev. Catherine Cullen
9 years ago
Pastoral counseling experience with a victim of misconduct by a UU colleague has shown me the depth of injury and pain that results from this experience. This matter is a justice issue for me.