The Rev. Daniel O’Connell has reprised his UUA Politics blog with a coy intimation of who he thinks is “only one serious person seriously interested in the UUA President slot” as decided by a coterie of the likely suspects. You can take out the cigars and bring in “the Old Girls” but it doesn’t cure the anti-democratic and anti-transparent toxin of an Old Boy’s Club and backroom politics. (Next to that, who cares about the Annual Program Fund?) We don’t do coronations.
Dancing around the candidate’s identity so maddening. If you don’t already know, he is obviously talking about the Rev. Laurel Hallman, the senior minister of First Unitarian, Dallas. (Don’t expect to find anything on the site; it’s a mess.)
I have great respect for her, and she could well be a great president. But there’s no way I’m giving her a pass. I want to know more about her leadership during the Pathways church start fiasco. New church development is critical for the future health of the UUA, but what had been a low-functioning — but functioning! — arm of the Association has gone moribund in the last few years.Â We can’t afford, literally or morally, more of the same or bad ideas buried under platitudes.