It is clear, based on much anecdotal evidence, that there are any number of Unitarian Universalists who are feeling disenfranchised by the christification of their organization. What is not so clear is what they are doing about it. This Web site has received a number of clues that might help to answer that question, but we will need many more before we can begin to get a clear picture.
We have heard from UU members who have left the organization entirely, as have many of the fellows of the UUHS. That is, of course, one answer, and one form of protest. Perhaps it is not the most helpful, in some ways, but each of us reaches a point where we just can’t take any more. That point is different in different people.
We have also heard from UU Members who have stayed. Those intrepid souls have stayed behind to face the changes in their church. I, for one, salute them for their bravery. It cannot be easy to see a place you love deteriorate around you. It certainly was not for me.
Some members have been fighting back. There are those who have taken the podium to express their feelings of marginalization. Others have formed formal Humanist or Unbeliever groups within the larger congregation in order to leverage the power of numbers so that they may be heard. The success of these attempts varies, of course, mainly according to the response of the congregation.
Some have formed their own congregations, most famously the Wiccans of Kansas City, who moved themselves physically from increasingly christian UU congregations to a new fellowship of their own in the Kansas City area. That may sound extreme to some, but is would seem to me to be a logical response to their situation.
My question for you is, “What should a UU do?”
And we would really appreciate it if you would answer that question for us. Tell us, using the “Contact Us” or “Share Your Story” links in the menu, what you have already done, what you feel you might yet do, and what you have seen others do. All of us are finding our way through this maze that the UUA has built for us. Help us learn what works and what does not.
Please, take a moment, and tell us what you think a disenfranchised UU should do.