I was in a conversation recently talking about the fact that Carlton Pearson is going to be up around my way for an installation service at the end of March. After talking about the fact that the service is going to be at a really small, out-of-the-way church, the conversation turned to question why, in heaven’s name, some UU church in one of our major urban centers hasn’t snapped this man up?
For goodness sake, why aren’t we taking advantage of the opportunity that is staring us right in the face?
Carlton Pearson would set us on the national stage. He has a following. He crosses barriers that traditional UUism wouldn’t dream of going over. So why in the hell aren’t we trying to get this man a church?
Why is the church that he’s ministering to Christ Universal Temple (established by the legend Rev. Johnnie Colemon) and not First Unitarian in Schaumburg? (before you comment that there is no Unitarian church in Schaumburg, I know that. Chicago is in my home district. I’m just making a point.) Granted, I know some of the reason he’s at Christ Universal is that he’s being compensated well, but that ain’t all the reason.
This man is more connected with Universalism in the public mind than we are. Why aren’t we taking advantage of the this? Are we really that scared of thinking out of the box?