Discerning the Call to Leadership
Dear Ones All,
This coming Sunday we will gather for a congregational meeting to discuss several items. One of them is especially close to my heart. I, along with Linda Russell, the Board of Trustees and the Social Justice Committee have been working for over a year to develop a Public Witness Policy that will allow this congregation and its elected representatives to take public stands on human rights issues that are consistent with our Unitarian Universalist principles.
The former policy does not encourage the minister, board, or other elected representatives to take such positions on behalf of the congregation without a congregational vote. In a world that has changed dramatically in the last year, the congregation’s elected representatives are not able to speak to time sensitive issues on behalf of the congregation. What is needed is a policy, practice and trust in one another that allows elected SUUS representatives to respond to human rights issues nimbly.
The draft Public Witness Policy we present now allows for a variety of elected representatives to speak to urgent matters while also encouraging education of the congregation on complex issues. It is a multi-faceted policy responding to a variety of issues and needs. Will the process always go perfectly? No. Will everyone always agree? No. But, in these times, I believe with conviction that it is more important to respond to issues with compassion, than to not respond at all.
Now it’s your turn. We look forward to members’ input. We recognize that the proposed policy may need some adjustment. Click here to read the draft: Public Witness Policy
If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, or representatives of the Board of Trustees or the Social Justice Committee.