Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The "UUA" Vs the UUA

I got another invitation from those calling themselves "The UUA" asking me to fill out a survey (sorry, they don't ask... they invite. Unitarian Universalists never ask each other to do anything.).

My first beef is that the staff of the administrative offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association is NOT the "UUA." The true UUA are the member congregations of the association, not the staff. I would feel a lot less like throwing my coffee mug through the plate glass window if they would refer to themselves as "UUA staff " or "your central office" or even "HQ."

The survey, which is intended to give them a focus for their capital campaign or canvass (some money raising effort, anyway), is typically off-base.

They really misunderstand who's zooming who, and what it means to serve the local congregations. The fact that there's no mention whatsoever of the religious or worship life of our churches, and that one of the items asks whether or not our congregations' purpose is to equip people to debate (yes, I said DEBATE) on the important issues of our time, is just one headache moment.

You can see the rest for yourself:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preach it, sister! I was incredulous that there was no mention of worship or, horrors, spiritual resources.

And no readily apparent way, really, to give feedback.

So I'm going to want to be ready to give to a capital campaign based on providing resources for *debating*?


Blogger fausto said...

There is one tiny little box for 'other topics' or something like that. Fausto managed to squeeze in "Close the Washington Office. Support congregations."


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