Why I Won’t Be At The “Justice” GA In Phoenix

Maybe it’s the deacon’s daughter in me. Maybe it’s the preacher’s niece in me. Maybe it’s the traditionalist in me. Maybe it’s the ministerial intern in me.

In all of the talk of how GA2012 can be transforming and transformative experience, I have yet to hear any talk of the importance of worship in helping people transform and be transforming agents.

And as someone who thought it was a no-brainer that we would have a Service of a Living Tradition at GA2012, only to be told that it was “business as usual”…I can’t fathom how a religious group can get together for its annual gathering and NOT have a service that honors its religious leaders or its dead.

For all of the big social justice activities and civil actions of the Civil Rights Movement, there were at least 2 worship services to go along with them.

So what is the place of worship in a “Justice” GA? From what I’m hearing from the loudest voices, there is no place for worship—only all protest, all the time.

That is why I won’t be at the “Justice” GA in Phoenix.

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13 thoughts on “Why I Won’t Be At The “Justice” GA In Phoenix

  1. I won’t be there as GA is expensive – even for those of us who cut financial corners. However it looks like it may be better than some folks are suggesting ( http://www.uua.org/ga/2012/index.shtml ) . I would guess that there still would be some chance for those who want to be arrested – let’s hope nobody acts out just for the rush of being arrested.
    Note that they do say “Worship will be an integral part of GA 2012—more rather than less. Worship services each day will be important for inspiration, reflection, and for spreading our messages of love and unity.”

    • I know who wrote the brochure. And I believe that if that person were being truly listened too….then there would be more worships and not less. However, I’m concerned that the loudest voices don’t want to hear that we need more worships and not less.

      And I’m really concerned that we’re cutting our nose to spite our face by the loud voices saying that having a Service of the Living Tradition is somehow going against the GA2010 Business Resolution.

  2. “I can’t fathom how a religious group can get together for its annual gathering and NOT have a service that honors its religious leaders or its dead.”

    Forgive me for being just a tad waggish and cynical here Kim but *maybe* it’s because The U*U Movement doesn’t have any religious leaders, alive or corpse-cold Unitarian, that *deserve* being publicly honored. . .

    I can’t help but wonder if the UUA will finally get around to providing some real and tangible restorative justice to victims of U*U clergy misconduct at the 2012 “Justice GA”. Somehow I have a feeling that it probably won’t. . .

  3. “I would guess that there still would be some chance for those who want to be arrested – let’s hope nobody acts out just for the rush of being arrested.”

    ROTFLMU*UO!

    Tell that to UUA Presidents Peter Morales and Bill Sinkford and other U*U “religious professionals” who act out just for the media attention derived from being arrested on low end criminal charges in ersatz U*U “civil disobedience”. . .

  4. Now Robin…I didn’t say that all civil actions are bad….or that, if asked, that UUs not participate in a civil action.

    As I remember it….Peter Morales was arrested, along with many others (UU and non-UU) on July 29, 2010–which was a day of civil disobedience. And Bill Sinkford was arrested at a Dafur protest–again another day of civil disobedience where both UUs and non-UUs were arrested. Neither one of them “rushed” to be arrested; they did, however, know that being arrested was a possibility and were ready for it.

    My concern probably mirrors Steven’s….that people who aren’t trained in peaceful civil disobedience will rush in where angels fear to tread and get themselves arrested and hurt. That doesn’t do anybody any good and sets the cause that you are protesting for/against back several steps.

    • There’s a reason that I brought up the SLT. This is not the first time I’ve heard someone say this. And if it had been someone who wasn’t a loud voice, I could have ignored it. But this was a loud voice, so I can’t ignore it. Especially on something that seemed like such a no-brainer to me.

  5. “Neither one of them “rushed” to be arrested; they did, however, know that being arrested was a possibility and were ready for it.”

    You are quite mistaken on this Kim. Both of President Sinkford and President Morales deliberately sought to be arrested to reap media attention for their respective “cause du jour”. . . *Both* UUA Presidents deliberately blocked entrances to buildings in order to be charged with trespassing, or some similar minor criminal charge or misdemeanor. Both UUA Presidents were warned beforehand by the police that they would be arrested if they did not cease and desist from their quite deliberate and *calculated* (dare I say it?) “disruptive behavior” but chose to continue to block entrance to the buildings because they *wanted* to be arrested for the “photo-op” and media attention. They are by no means the only U*U “religious professionals” to engage in such ersatz aka *fake* “civil disobedience”.

    *Real* civil disobedience means deliberating breaking a law that you believe to be unjust in order to challenge it. I do not think that either President Bill Sinkford or President Peter Morales were challenging laws against trespassing and blocking entrance to government buildings because they consider these laws to be unjust. Right?

  6. BTW If UUA President Morales wanted to engage in something approaching *real* civil disobedience he would go to Arizona without any identification papers and try to get himself arrested on SB1070 charges. Of course even doing that would be a low risk publicity stunt in that Rev. Morales is a U.S. citizen and could later produce the papers needed to establish that.

  7. One more thing Kim,

    I never said that UUA Presidents Bill Sinkford and Peter Morales “rushed” to be arrested.

    In fact it was you who used the word “rush” in a rather different sense.

    You said –

    “let’s hope nobody acts out just for the rush of being arrested.”

    Most ironically that is a very apt description of what UUA Presidents Bill Sinkford and Peter Morales, and other U*U clergy who engage in ersatz U*U “civil disobedience” do. . . They “act out” by deliberately blocking building entrances, or engaging in other minor crimes and misdemeanors, just for the *rush* of being arrested, or at least the *rush* of the photo-op and media attention that is garnered by the arrest that they deliberately and, I repeat, *calculatedly* seek out.

    How much would you like to bet that UUA President Peter Morales didn’t get a bit of a *rush* from getting this U*U propaganda published in The Huffington Post?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-peter-morales/handcuffs-hangman-and-jes_b_673432.html

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