Linda Laskowski, UUA Trustee
You want to talk to WHO?
Forgive the grammar. We want to talk to our vision of Beloved Community. And the heritage, tradition, and ideals of Unitarian Universalism. And current and future generations of Unitarian Universalists, as well as the Spirit of life, love, and the holy.
When the UUA Board first identified four groups we were accountable to in addition to our member congregations, reactions from outside the Board varied from thinking only member congregations counted, to appreciating the poetry, to averring that we should be accountable only to our mission. We called the five groups “sources of authority and accountability” (Sources), avoiding the Carver term “moral owners” because of its historical connotation with slavery. I suspect almost no one expected us to actually be in some sort of dialogue with these Sources.
With significant guidance from Unity Consulting, a small team from the Board has been identifying methodologies to do just that. The Board approved working definitions of these Sources (what are their voices? how do they speak?) at this past meeting. We anticipate using these working definitions to get valuable feedback from all of our Sources on the draft ends from next January’s meeting.