The AUUA Board would like to share this letter from Rev. Sarah Lammert, the Executive Secretary of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, regarding the removal of Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof from fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. This action occurs in the wake of actions he took at the 2019 General Assembly.
In alignment with the UUA, the AUUA Board views administrators as religious professionals. We encourage congregations to view them that way also and to extend the same support and expectations of senior administrative staff that they do for all other religious professionals, including policies related to compensation & benefits, professional development expenses, and sabbatical leave.
We, the Board of Directors serving the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators, regret the harm caused by the recent distribution at General Assembly of a publication by Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof. When he was invited to be the keynote speaker for our AUUA Professional Days, we were not aware of the book or his intentions regarding its release. His keynote speech was on a topic completely unrelated to the subject matter of his book. Rev. Eklof’s role as our keynote speaker, was, by no means, intended to serve as an endorsement by the AUUA of his book or his subsequent actions related to it.
The AUUA remains dedicated to working against racism and oppression in all its forms.
–The AUUA Board of Directors
From the AUUA Board
March 8, 2019
As a professional organization within the UUA, we, the Board, on behalf of the members of the Association of Unitarian Universalist Administrators (AUUA), are called to seek the best in our fellow religious professionals, to work to uphold the Unitarian Universalist Principles and to ensure that our colleagues within the organization, those serving as other religious professionals, our congregants, and indeed the world at large, are treated with dignity and respect. Our own Code of Professional Practices calls us to strive to be models of ethical leadership and to honor our liberal religious imperative to work for social justice.
The events of the past week surrounding the After L, G, and B article in the Spring issue of UU World have raised many challenges for each of our congregations, our denomination and for many of our own administrative professionals. It is not our place to judge the intentions of the article, but rather to recognize the impact on our peers and on many in our congregations.
Members of the transgender and genderqueer community, including those within the AUUA, are feeling pain, anger and betrayal. A community that is already marginalized feels excluded, unseen and unheard. We want our transgender and genderqueer colleagues to know that we have heard them. We will commit to follow their lead by encouraging members of AUUA to read the TRUUsT (Transgender Religious professional Unitarian Universalists Together) response and their suggestions for how to be better allies. We recognize the inequalities endured by our transgender and non-binary gender colleagues. We pledge to do better at recognizing and naming these inequalities and truly working to ensure the inherent worth and dignity of all.
March 7, 2018
Dear AUUA members,
Last week, our colleague Christina Rivera, Director of Administration and Finance at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church in Charlottesville, VA, was the target of a racist note received in her mailbox. Once again, we are reminded that we have a great deal of work to do within ourselves and our congregations to address individual and systemic racism. Continue reading “From Your Board”