I read the final report to the UUA Board of Trustees on the Pathways situation, (PDF format) and I was plainly disgusted by the sheer avoidable wastefulness of it all. (Thanks to Steve Caldwell for the first mention of the links.) The tone of the report is “we learned some lessons — and it is inappropriate to criticize” — this translated to “don’t complain and we’re not going to hold anyone accountable” for spending a million dollars and getting so little in return. And, yes, a UUA funded mission is fair game; it isn’t a Pathways “internal matter.”
I was going to tease the report apart and analyze it, considering what should have been known and avoided. I was going to ask people to talk openly about the plans, the lack of talent pool for new church growth, the new culture of spending, and the embarrasment this ordeal will cause for UUA development.
In short, I wanted to talk about trust. But why bother? I doubt anything can or will change, and I have more important work to do. Really, which of us can’t find something more compelling and useful than tilting at 25’s windmills? If there is some UU saving message — much discussed, never described — I still don’t trust the administration to see it implemented.