Today started our 2-week August intensive. For those of you who’ve read this blog for a while you will probably remember that I am taking a writing class. That’s not what I’m going to write about tonight.
One of the classes offered during this intensive is “Christian Spirituality Through A Swedenborgian Lens”. This has got me to thinking.
Somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 percent of UU ministers do NOT (or did not as the case may be) go to either Starr King or Meadville. Yet there seems to be little acknowledgement or recognition of that fact by people who count. (yes I know they pay attention to those who go to Harvard and Andover Newton) Here at ESR, we UUs are the second largest group (behind the Quakers of course).
So why am I bringing up the Swedenborgians? Simple. They have a small contingent here at ESR, yet people from their national offices have been in contact with ESR for a while now. I haven’t heard of that same kind of contact between ESR and the UUA. (And me sitting at the ESR booth in the exhibit hall during GA does not count.) Other than Harvard and Andover, I’ve heard of little contact with any of the other non-UU schools where there are a number of UUs present. (I’m thinking along the lines of Union, United-Twin Cities, Perkins, Iliff, etc.) Once the number of UU students at a particular school hits a certain number, wouldn’t that show up on somebody’s radar screen???
So the question becomes….do UU ministry students who don’t go to Starr King or Meadville (and to some extent Harvard and Andover Newton) matter to the UUA? If they do, what is the UUA doing to show its concern and care? If not, what should be done?