Reprint: An Open Letter from White UU Ministers

The following open letter was published and signed by nearly 500 white Unitarian Universalist ministers after the Rev. Todd Eklof, minister of the Spokane UU Church, distributed a self-published treatise that included vitriolic rhetoric about several marginalized groups within Unitarian Universalism. Several hundred copies of the treatise were distributed by Rev. Eklof and members of the Spokane congregation during General Assembly in Spokane.

As attendees began to understand what was happening, many groups convened to talk about how to respond. Many people sought in-person conversations with Rev. Eklof and/or members of the congregation; others to offer healing to their constituencies experiencing grief, anger, and trauma. Several groups also chose to craft public responses affirming that the contents of the publication do not reflect the beliefs or the aspirations of the vast majority of Unitarian Universalists. We encourage you to read the powerful responses from DRUUMM (Diverse & Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries, our national group for UUs of color and Indigenous UUs), the newly formed People of Color & Indigenous chapter of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association, and ARE (Allies for Racial Equity). Rev. Ashley Horan, MUUSJA Executive Director, has agreed to host the letter from white UU ministers on this blog. 

 June 22, 2019

With sadness and anger, we, the undersigned, join our voices with the chorus of Unitarian Universalists speaking up to name the harm caused by yesterday’s release of The Gadfly Papers: Three Inconvenient Essays by One Pesky Minister, written and self-published by our colleague the Rev. Todd F. Eklof and distributed at the 2019 General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.  As white ministers, we write today to make clear that this treatise does not represent us or our values, nor does it represent our vision for the ministry or for Unitarian Universalism.  We deeply regret the harm this publication has already caused, and we know that this is another (intentionally provocative) incident that comes on the heels of months, years, generations of harm toward our colleagues of color. (We also acknowledge the harm in the treatise directed toward LGBTQ+ people, religious educators, people with disabilities, and others–many of whom are also people of color at the intersections of multiple identities.)

Rev. Eklof names the “sadness, fear, and anger I sometimes feel about what’s going on in my religion” (p. 126) as one of his primary motivations for writing.  We, too, have sadness, fear, and anger: sadness at the pervasiveness of harm being done to our members, religious professionals, and colleagues of color; our fear that the explosive resistance to facing white supremacy culture within our faith will cause even more harm; and our anger that the brilliance, compassion, power, and moral imagination of our people have yet again been channeled into responding to harm, rather than nurturing a truly liberatory Unitarian Universalism.  

What, we wonder, would be possible if the creative energy of our leaders were freed up from reacting to instances of resistance and harm, and instead were channeled into imagining, building, and experimenting with practices that embodied the kind of liberation and wholeness that is the core yearning of our faith?

We recognize that a zealous commitment to “logic” and “reason” over all other forms of knowing is one of the foundational stones of White Supremacy Culture.  Instead of accepting the frame of Rev. Eklof’s arguments and debunking them, we instead affirm the following:

  • White Supremacy Culture (WSC)  is alive and well within Unitarian Universalism.  The impacts of WSC are pervasive and harmful, and while all of us are spiritually harmed within such a dehumanizing system, the primary impacts fall upon people of color and Indigenous people (POCI).  This treatise, itself, is a manifestation of WSC, and is causing harm to our siblings of color, as well as to the integrity of our ministry.
  • We believe our siblings of color as the experts in their own life experiences.  They have done the emotional labor of testifying, again and again, to the consistent marginalization, aggression, and traumatization that they experience in UUism, and are pleading with us to face and dismantle the systems and structures that enable such harm to continue.  We are grateful for this painful truth-telling, which comes at great personal and professional risk, and affirm that we witness and believe their experiences, and commit to addressing harm. All politics are identity politics, and when the default is white supremacist patriarchy, we must trust the experience of those who are targeted.
  • When unjust power structures–and those who benefit from them–are exposed and critiqued, backlash is predictable.  We often conflate critiques of our behavior with condemnations of our personhood.  Here, however, we affirm that Unitarian Universalist ministers must act in solidarity with those harmed by the power structures, while also unequivocally declaring that although all people have inherent worth and dignity, all behaviors and ideas do not.  Ideas and language can indeed be forms of violence, and can cause real harm.  It is disingenuous at best, and malicious at worst, to argue that those who have been targeted by systemic violence have an obligation to bear witness to “ideas and words” that demean and diminish their personhood and discount their lived experience.  The predictable “freedom of speech” arguments are commonly weaponized to perpetuate oppression and inflict further harm.
  • Neither the perspectives espoused in this publication, nor the harmful process by which it was distributed, represent our understanding of competent, compassionate, courageous UU ministry. As we continue the painful but necessary process of confronting WSC in Unitarian Universalism, white ministers are being asked to take a hard look at ourselves — individually, congregationally, denominationally — and to practice new and more liberatory ways of embodying our faith.  A deep commitment to racial justice and dismantling white supremacy is a core competency of our calling as ministers, and those who cannot or will not commit to developing the musculature of resiliency, humility, and lifelong learning required may indeed find that UUism is no longer the appropriate home for their ministries.  We plead with our white colleagues who are struggling to acknowledge the realities of WSC in our faith to remain at the table and lean into this work with us, with an open heart to transformation and repair.

We yearn for the day when Unitarian Universalism fully embodies the liberated and liberating promises of our theology, and we are committed to listening to the deep wisdom of those who have been pushed to the margins as they call us toward such a faithful future.  And as we work toward that day, we, the undersigned white ministers, recognize that it is our responsibility to not only speak out against this particular harm and support processes of reparation and healing in its wake, but to actively recommit to the holy work of racial justice and dismantling all forms of oppression as a central spiritual discipline and praxis of our ministries.  

In faith and solidarity,

Ariel Aaronson-Eves, Ministerial Aspirant, Seattle, WA

Rev. Ann Marie Alderman, First Unitarian, Plainfield, NJ

Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, Affiliated Community Minister, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, FL

Rev. Margaret H Allen, UU Fellowship at Stonybrook, NY

Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson, Affiliated Community Minister, UU Fellowship at Stony Brook, NY

Rev. Neal Anderson, Pleasant Hill, CA

Rev. Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone, Community Minister & Peace Educator, Rosendale, NY

Rev. Karen Armina, Minister, James Reeb UU Congregation, Madison, WI

Rev. Wayne B. Arnason, Retired, Charlottesville, VA

Rev. Charlotte Arsenault, Minister, Georgia Mountains UU Church, Dahlonega, GA.

Rev. Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson, First Parish Church in Beverly, MA

Rev. Sue Ayer, Retired, Portland, OR

Elizabeth Assenza, Affiliated Community Minister, First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, Boston, MA

Rev. Rachel Allen Baker, Minister, UU Congregation of Las Vegas, NV

Rev. Beth Banks, Senior Minister, UU Church of Davis, CA

Rev. Anne Barker, Minister, Westwood Unitarian Society, Edmonton, AB

Rev. Dr. Lee Barker, President, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Rev. Erica Baron, UU Catskills, Kingston, NY

Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes, Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plymouth, NH

Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, Texas

Rev. Tracie Barrett, parish minister

Rev. Wendy Bartel and Rev. Lynn Gardner, Co-ministers UU Society of Schenectady, NY

Rev. Darcy Baxter, Minister, UU Fellowship of Stanislaus County, Modesto, CA

Rev. Mandy Beal, Senior Minister, Birmingham Unitarian Church, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Rev. Margaret L. Beard, Fort Myers, Florida

Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, Minister Emeritus, First UU Church, Columbus, OH

Rev. Amy Beltaine, Minister of Spiritual Direction, Portland, OR

Rev. Jade D. Benson, Interim Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore, CA

Rev. Roger Bertschausen, Minister Emeritus, Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton, WI

Rev. Emily DeTar Birt,  Consulting Minister of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island

Rev, Emilie Boggis, Beacon Unitarian Church, Summit NJ

Rev. Laura Bogle, Minister, Foothills UU Fellowship, TN

Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen, Interim Senior Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, TX

Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Minister, Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Greenville, SC

Jamie Elaine Boyce, Congregational Life Director, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ

Rev. Lora Brandis, Minister, Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, Carrollton, TX

Rev. Dr. David Breeden, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Carin Bringelson, candidate for UU ministry, Madison, WI

Rev. Julie Brock, Minister, Community UUs in Brighton, MI

Holly Brown, M. Div., Candidate for ministry, Delaware, OH

Rev. Sue Browning, UU Fellowship at Easton (MD) and UUs of the Chester River (MD)

Emily Bruce, Candidate for UU Ministry, New Haven, CT

Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi, Minister, UU Church of Farmington, MI

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey, Minister, First Church in Jamaica Plain, UU, Boston, MA

Rev Lucy A. Bunch, Minister Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento

Rev. Ashley Burczak, Affiliated Community Minister at the UU Church of Silver Spring, MD

Rev. Terri Burnor, Interim Ministry Team, UU Church of Minnetonka, MN, and community minister based in St. Paul, MN

Rev. Laurie Bushbaum, Retired

Katie Byron, Candidate for UU Ministry, Boston, MA

Rev. Nic Cable, Minister, UU Congregation of Columbus, IN

Rev. Sarah Caine, Assistant Minister, UU Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton, VA

Isabel Call, outgoing Intern Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, WA

Rev. Lyn Stangland Cameron, minister emerita, UU Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho Falls, ID 

Rev. Lane Campbell, Lead Minister, First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY

Rev. Lara K-J Campbell, Minister, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, ME

Rev. Madelyn E. Campbell, Interim Minister, Channing Memorial Church, Ellicott City, MD

Rev. Dr. Rita Capezzi, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, MN

cristy cardinal, Aspirant to Unitarian Universalist Ministry, Ypsilanti, MI

Stevie K Carmody, Emerging Adult Ministry Associate, UUA

Rev. Tom Capo. Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami FL

Rev. Erik David Carlson, Bradford Community Church UU, Kenosha, WI

Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson,  Candidate for UU Ministry, Director of Religious Education First Unitarian Society, Milwaukee, WI

Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie

Rev. Seth Carrier-Ladd, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie

Rachel Carter, Intern Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Eau Claire, WI

Julie Cecil, UU Chaplain in Preliminary Fellowship

Rev. Meghan Conrad Cefalu, Del Mar, CA

Pastor Kris Cervantes, UU Fellowship of Waco, TX

Jill Cowie, minister Harvard UU Church  

Rev. Lyn Cox, Interim Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, MD

Rev. Brian Chenowith, Minister, UU Church of Lexington, KY

Rev. Eric Cherry, Minister, First Universalist Society in Franklin, MA

Rev Barbara Child, Nashville, Indiana.

Rev. Beth Chronister, Minister of Justice and Care, University Unitarian, Seattle, WA

Kristina Church, Candidate, Ministerial Intern,Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst, NY

Rev. Catharine Clarenbach, Affiliated Community Minister, UU Congregation of Atlanta, GA

Rev. Amy Williams Clark, Minister, Cedarhurst UUs, Finksburg, MD

Rev. Peggy Clarke, Senior Minister, Community Church of New York

Rev. Frank Clarkson, Minister, UU Church of Haverhill, MA

Abigail Clauhs, Affiliated Community Minister, First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR

Rev. Jessica Clay, Minister, First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist, Brewster, MA

Rev. Kelli Clement, Assistant Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, MN, and Minister, St. Croix Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, St. Croix Falls, WI

Rev. Jim Coakley, Minister, Open Circle UU Fellowship, Fond du Lac, WI

Rev. Jon Coffee, Community Minister, Knoxville, TN

Rev. Jason Cook, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton, CA

Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV

Rev. Kenneth W. Collier, Minister Emeritus, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA

Rev. Heather Concannon, Minister of Faith Formation, Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, MA

Emily Conger, Longmont Unitarian Universalist Presence, Longmont, CO

D. Scott Cooper, Minister and Hospital Chaplain, Dallas, Texas

Joel Courtney, Intern Minister, Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Wenatchee, WA

Rev. Rebecca C. “Beckett” Coppola, Minister, Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, Kingston, ON

Rev. Beth Dana, Minister of Congregational Life, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX

Rev. Christine Dance, Incoming Minister, UU Congregation of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, AZ

Rev. Jennifer S. Dant, BCC Chaplain, Naples, Florida

Rev. Diana Davies, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK

Rev. Amy DeBeck, pastor,  UU Fellowship of Elkhart, Elkhart, IN

Rev. Kimberley Debus, Community Minister of the Arts & Worship, Round Lake, NY

Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, Developmental Minister, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ashland, OR

Rev Nathan Detering, Senior Minister, UU Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, MA

Rev. Frances Deverell, Retired, Nanaimo, BC

Jaimie Dingus, Intern Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA.

Rev. Monica Dobbins, Assistant Minister, First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City

Rev. Donna Dolham, Interim Minister, Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Denton, Texas

Rev. Megan Dowdell, Assistant Professor of Ethics and Society, Starr King School for the Ministry, Los Angeles, CA

Rev. Diane Dowgiert, Interim Minister, Unitarian Universalist Society, Coralville, IA

Rev. Dylan Doyle-Burke, Assistant Minister, First Universalist Church of Denver, Denver, CO

Rev. Jane Dwinell, retired

Charley Earp, preliminary fellowship, Evanston, IL

Rev. Nica Eaton-Guinn, Minister, Chalice UU Fellowship of the Conejo Valley, CA

Rev. Cathey Edwards, Minister, Hope Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK

Dayna Edwards, Ministerial Aspirant, Bowie, MD

Rev. Kathleen Ellis, Spiritual Director, Austin, TX

Rev. Alison Wilbur Eskildsen, UU Fellowship of Athens, GA

Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks, AK

Rev. Allison Farnum, Evanston, IL

Rev. Suzanne Fast, affiliated community minister, UU Church of Fort Myers, FL

Rev Debra Faulk, Minister, Unitarian Church of Calgary, UUMA Collegial Development Team, Calgary, Alberta

Rev. Michelle Favreault, Oakland, CA

Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees, Minister, First UU Church of Berks County, PA

Rev. Brian Ferguson, Minister, Wildflower UU Church, Austin, TX

Rev. James Field, Affiliated Community Minister, Palomar UU Fellowship, CA

Nicholas Filzen, Student Minister, Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, CA

Rev. T. J. FitzGerald, Minister, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, HI

Rev. Megan Foley, Regional Lead, Central East Region, Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Mary Foran, Spiritual Director, Affiliated Community Minister, First Unitarian Church of Oakland, CA

Dr. Jesse Ford, Aspirant, Starr King School for the Ministry, UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR

Rev. Julie Forest, Affiliated First UU San Diego, San Diego, CA

Rev. Dawn Fortune, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shore, Galloway, NJ

Rev. Shawna Foster, Minister, Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, Carbondale, Colorado

Rev. Jim Foti, Assistant Minister, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Rev. Alexa Fraser, Interim, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, VA

Rev. April Frazier, hospice chaplain, Affiliated Community Minister, Shoreline UU Church, WA

Rev. Amy Freedman, Minister of Religious Education, First Parish in Concord, MA

Rev. Valerie Freseman, Minister, First  Universalist Church of Southold, NY

Rev. Peter A. Friedrichs, Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, Media, PA

Sally Fritsche, Ministerial Intern, First Parish in Needham – UU, Needham, MA

Rev. Rebecca Froom, Minister, United First Parish Church, Quincy, MA

Rev. Dr. Stephen Hempstead Furrer, Minister, East Shore Unitarian Church, Bellevue, WA

Rev. Kali Fyre, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, MA

The Rev. Barbara H. Gadon, Lead Minister, Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, MO

Rev. Jack Gaede, Assistant Minister, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi, MN

Rev. Emily Gage, Minister of Faith Development, Unity Temple UU Congregation, Oak Park, IL

The Rev. James Galasinski, Minister, UU Church of Canton, NY

Rev. Jeffrey B. Gamblee, Retired

Rebecca Gant, Candidate for UU Ministry, Lawrence, KS

Rev. Mary McKinnon Ganz, Assistant Minister, Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco and Minister, Faithful Fools Street Ministry, San Francisco

Rev. Debra Garfinkel, Tulsa, OK

Revs. Elaine G. & Axel H. Gehrmann, co-ministers, UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel, CA

Rev. Jude Geiger, Minister, UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY

Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer, Minister Emerita, First Unitarian Universalist Congregation Ann Arbor, MI

Sierra-Marie Gerfao, Candidate for Ministry, New Haven, CT

Rev. Paige Getty, Senior Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, MD

Rev. John Gibbons, Senior Minister, First Parish in Bedford, MA

Joel Gilbertson-White, Interfaith Chaplain, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

Rev. Forrest Gilmore, Community Minister and Executive Director, Bloomington, IN

Rev. Erin Gingrich, Associate Minister, First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA

Rev. Karen Fraser Gitlitz, Parish Minister, Saskatoon Unitarians, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Rev. Mandy Goheen, Director of Prison Ministry Church of the Larger Fellowship, AL, Incoming Minister, UU Church of Chattanooga, TN

Rev. Keith Goheen BCC, Chaplain, Lewes, DE

Rev. Sara Goodman, Assistant Minister, White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church, Mahtomedi MN

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Minister, UU Church of Columbia, Missouri

Rev. Jennifer Gracen, UU Fellowship of DeKalb, Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty

Rev Dee Graham, Affiliated Community Minister, UU Church of Sarasota

Rev. Jo Green, Interim Minister, Mission Peak UU Congregation, Fremont, CA

Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland

Rev. Rob Gregson, Executive Director, UU FaithAction NJ

Rev. Mary Grigolia, contract minister, Oberlin UU Fellowship & Olmsted UU Congregation, OH

Rev. Roger C. Grugel, Director of Chaplain Services, Moorings Park, Naples, Florida

Gemma Guenther, Ministerial Aspirant, Plainfield, IL

Rev. Karen Gustafson, Minister Emerita, Duluth, MN

Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Senior Minister, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA

Rev. Carol S. Haag, retired, Murray Grove Sustainability Committee Chair

Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner, Reston, VA

Alex Haider-Winnett, Campus Minister UU Church of Davis, CA

Cricket Z Hall, seminarian, lay leader for West Fork Unitarian Universalists, Clarksburg, WV

Rev. Michael F. Hall, minister, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, NH

Rev Jennifer Hamlin-Navias, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY

Rev. Fred L Hammond, Developmental Minister, Manatee U U Fellowship, Bradenton, FL

Rev. Allen Harden, Minister, UU Congregation of Rock Valley, Rockton, IL

Rev. Linda A. Hart, Tahoma UU Congregation, Washington

Rev. Elizabeth Harding, affiliated community minister, Second Unitarian Church, Chicago, Il

Rev. Dr. Cathy Harrington, Interim Minister, UU Fellowship of Gainesville

Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg, Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton, WI

Rev. Kali Fyre, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover, Andover, MA

Rev. Erika Hewitt, Minister, Midcoast UU Fellowship, Damariscotta ME

Rev. Christiane Heyde, Community Minister, affiliated with Mountain Vista UU, Tucson, AZ

Rev. Dr. Jodi Cohen Hayashida, First Universalist Church, Auburn ME

Rev. Christina Hockman, Minister, UU Church of Corpus Christi, TX

Rev. Lara Hoke, Minister, First Church Unitarian, Littleton, MA

Rev. Alex Holt, Accredited Interim Minister, Westside UU Congregation,  West Seattle, WA

Rev. Lynn Hopkins, Minister, UU Fellowship of Montgomery, AL

Rev. Ashley Horan, Executive Director of MUUSJA – The MN UU Social Justice Alliance; Curriculum Developer, Beloved Conversations

Everett Howe, M.Div.,  Candidate for Ministry

Rev. Sylvia L. Howe, Emerita, First Parish in Beverly, MA

Krista Weber Huang, Minister, San Marcos UU Fellowship, TX

Tara K. Humphries, UU Aspirant and seminarian at Yale Divinity School/Andover Newton Seminary, New Haven, CT

Elizabeth M. Ide, Called Minister of First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist, MA

Rev. Lucy M Ijams, VNA & Hospice Spiritual Care Coordinator/Bereavement Counselor, Bennington, VT

Rev. Jennifer Innis, Interim Co-Minister, UU Society of Geneva, IL

Rev. Dr. Susanne Intriligator, Minister, Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, Melrose, MA

Rev. Monica D. Jacobson Tennessen, Minister, First Parish Church of Kingston, MA

Rev. Kevin W. Jagoe, Minister, BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Warrington, PA

Rev. Heather Janules, Winchester Unitarian Society, Winchester, MA

Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst, UU Congregation of Monmouth County, Lincroft NJ

Rev. Jill Jarvis, UU minister in Kansas City, MO

Rev. Bruce R. Russell-Jayne, Retired, Carmel, IN

Rev. Chris Jimmerson, Minister for Program Development, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin

The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson, Senior Minister, The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL

Reverend Karen G. Johnston, Settled Minister, The Unitarian Society, A UU Congregation, East Brunswick, NJ

Rev. Anthony P. Johnson, Minister, Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, PA

Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, Minister, Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Vista CA

Jennifer Beth Johnson, Candidate for UU Ministry, Franklin, MA

The Rev. Dr. Myke Johnson, Minister Emerita, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, ME

Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Developmental Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, Kansas

Rev. Ken Jones, UU Church of Yakima, WA and Kittitas Valley UU Congregation Ellensburg, WA

Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of San Jose, CA

Rev. Jeremiah Lal Shahbaz Kalendae, Minister, Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma, CA

Rev. Eric Kaminetzky, Senior Minister, Edmonds UU Congregation, Edmonds, WA

Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, CO

Rica Kaufel, Candidate, Intern Minister at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, Costa Mesa, CA

Rev. Rob Keithan, Minister of Social Justice, All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC

Rev. Jennifer Kelleher, Lebanon, NJ

Rev. Kellie Kelly, Minister, Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Dayton, OH

Rev. Eleanor P. Kilpatrick, Campbell, CA

Rev. Naomi King, Lovell, Maine

Rev. Cecilia Kingman, Minister for Faith and Justice, Edmonds UU Congregation, Edmonds, WA

Rev. Tera Klein, Pastor, Throop Unitarian Universalist, Pasadena, CA

Rev. Alix Klingenberg, UU Minister living in Medford, MA

Monica Kling-Garcia, Ministerial Aspirant, Milwaukee, WI

Rev. David M Kohlmeier, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, MA

Rev. Kristen Kuriga, Minister, Saltwater UU Church, Des Moines, WA

Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, CA

Lisa Kynvi, Aspirant, Starr King School for the Ministry, First Parish of Framingham, MA

Bridget Laflin, Ministerial Aspirant, Shoreline, WA

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, Stow, MA

Rev. Paul Langston-Daley, Minister, Bell Street Chapel, Providence, RI

Rev. Sadie Lansdale, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, NC

Dr. Michelle Lattanzio, Community Minister, Winfield, IL

Rev. Bob LaVallee, Minister, South Valley UU Society, Cottonwood Heights, UT

Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK

Rev. Beth Lefever, minister, Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church, Cordova, TN

Rev. Charlotte Lehmann, Bull Run Unitarian Universalists, Manassas, VA

Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy, Senior Minister, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton, WI

Rev. Paul Howe L’Herrou, Retired, Member of First UU Church of Columbus, Ohio

Rev. Alice King, Leesburg, VA

Rev. Naomi King, Lovell, ME

Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk, Associate Professor, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL

Rev Kate Landis, minister, Shoreline UU Church, Shoreline WA

Rev. Beth Lefever, minister, Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church, Cordova, TN

Rev. Dr. Rodney Lemery, Minister, Worthy Now Prison Network, Church of the Larger Fellowship, Boston, MA

Rev. Dr. Sarah Lenzi, Minister, Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, NJ

Rev. Julianne Lepp, UU Church of Eau Claire, WI

Jim Lewis, chaplain, San Francisco Bay Area

Becky Leyser, Spiritual Director, Berkeley, CA

Arran Liddel, Ministerial Aspirant and DRE, Victoria, BC

Rev. Jeanne Lloyd, Shoreline UU Society, Madison, CT

Rev. Julie Lombard, Northshore UU Church Danvers, MA 

Rev. Rachel Lonberg, minister, People’s Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rev. Kate Lore, Quimper UU Fellowship, Port Townsend, WA

Rev. Edith A. Love, community minister, streets of Memphis, Tennessee

Rev. Joanna Lubkin, Affiliated Community Minister, Arlington Street Church, Boston, MA

Rev. Christe Lunsford, Gainesville FL

Rev. Suzelle Lynch, Senior Minister, UU Church West, Brookfield, WI

Rev. Shay MacKay, minister at Sanford UU Church and the UU Church of Saco-Biddeford, ME

Rev. Dr. Sue Magidson, Affiliated Community Minister, UU Church of Berkeley, CA

Rev. Jim Magaw, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills, Pittsburgh, PA

Rev. Kristin Maier, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northfield, Northfield, MN

Rev. Anthony Makar, Senior Minister, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Rocky River, OH

Rev. Marcia Marino, retired, Franklin, WI

Rev. Anne Marsh, Minister Emerita, UU Church of Canton, NY

Karyn Marsh, Seminaria, Starr King School for the Ministry

Rev. Lyn Marshall, Minister of Lifespan Faith Development, Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, NH

Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx, Community Minister for Liberation Leadership, Affiliated with West Hills UU Fellowship, Portland, OR

Rev. Anne Mason, Minister, First Parish in Lexington, MA

Kim Mason, Minister, First Unitarian Church of St. Louis, MO

Rev. Megan Mathieson, Minister, SouthWest UU Church, North Royalton, OH

Rev. Jill McAllister, Senior Minister, UU Fellowship of Corvallis, OR

Rev. Dennis McCarty, Minister Emeritus Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, IN

Rev. Doug McCusker, Minister Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg, VA

Justin M McCreary, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson, MS

Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister, River Road Unitarian Universalist Cong., Bethesda, MD

Rev. Julia McKay, Minister, High Plains Church UU, Colorado Springs, CO

Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Manchester, NH

Rev. Diana K. McLean, Minister, Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, NH

Rev. Morgan R. McLean, Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, CA

Rev. Wendy McNiven, retired, Courtenay, BC, Canada

Emily Melcher, Minister, UUCongregation of Whidbey Island, Freeland, WA

Rev. Barbara Meyers, Affiliated Community Minister, Mission Peak UU Congregation, Fremont, California

Rev. Mira Mickiewicz, First Unitarian Church of Portland, OR

Rev. Alison B. Miller, Minister, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, NJ

Rev. Beth Miller, pre-interim Sr. Minister, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, LA

Rev. David A. Miller, Senior Minister, UU Congregation of Fairfax, Oakton, VA

Rev. Joel Miller, Interim Senior Minister, AIM, PTS, First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY

Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken, Parish Minister, First Parish in Bedford, MA

Rev. Susan Milnor, Interim Senior Minister, First UU Society of Burlington, VT

Rev. Andrée Mol, Called Minister, Central Unitarian Church, Paramus NJ

Rev. Mary M. Moore, Interim Senior Minister, UU Church of Bloomington-Normal, IL

Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, Parish Minister, UU Church of Palo Alto, CA

Rev. Makanah Morriss, retired, Forest, VA

Rev. Robert Morriss, retired, Forest, VA

Rosemary Morrison, Interim Minister, UU Church of Tippecanoe County, West Lafayette, IN

Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Rev. Amy Moses-Lagos, minister, Free Church Unitarian, Blaine, Washington

Elizabeth Mount, UU Minister from Denver, Colorado

Dr. Scott Theodore Mulder, Intern Minister, UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, FL

Rev. Bill Neely, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, NJ

The Rev Rosemarie Newberry, UU Congregation of Queens, NY

Rev. Janet Newton, Minister, First Parish Church of Berlin, MA

Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, WI

Rev. Katie Norris, Community Minister, Richmond, CA

Rev. Theresa Novak, Minister Emerita UU Church Ogden, UT, Affiliated Minister, UU Congregation of Marin, San Rafael, CA

Rev. Otto O’Connor, Minister, First Parish in Malden, MA

Rev. Paul Oakley, Minister, UU Fellowship of Waynesboro, VA

Rev. Samaya Oakley, Minister, South Fraser Unitarians, Surrey, BC, Canada

Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, Minister, UU Fellowship of Topeka, Topeka KS

Rev. Dara Olandt, Assistant Minister, UUCongregation, Santa Rosa, CA, Chaplain/Director of Spiritual & Religious Life, Oakland, CA

Rev. David Carl Olson, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Baltimore (Universalist  & Unitarian), MD

Rev. Sasha Ostrom, Assistant Minister, UU Fellowship of Raleigh, NC

Rev. Carolyn Owen-Towle, San Diego, CA

Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, San Diego, CA

Rev. Kathleen Owens, Lead Minister, First UU Church of San Diego, CA

Rev. Jane Page, UUs of Coastal Georgia (Brunswick) and UU Fellowship of Statesboro, GA

Rev. Shelley Page, Interim Minister, Anchorage UU Fellowship, AK

Dr. Tovis Page, Ministerial Aspirant and Program Coordinator for the Faith Leaders Solidarity Cohort in San Mateo County, CA

Terri Pahucki, Candidate for UU Ministry, Wappingers Falls, NYRev. Allison Palm, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, NH

Rev. Kayla Parker, Minister of Congregational Life, All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis, IN

Lauren Pasco, Candidate for the ministry, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Epiphany Paris, Ministerial Aspirant and Seminarian, Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL

Rev Jim Parrish, Minister, UU Fayetteville, AR.

Rev. Janet Parsons, Minister, Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, Gloucester, MA

Rev. Carolyn Patierno, Minister, All Souls UU Congregation, New London, CT

Rev. Jenny Peek, Pocatello UU Fellowship, Pocatello, ID

Rev. Lisa Perry-Wood, Senior Minister, First Parish in Brookline, Brookline, MA

Rev. Sarah Person, Minister, First UU Society of Middleborough, MA

Rev. Barbara Pescan, Retired

Rev. Clare L. Petersberger, The Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, Lutherville, MD

Emma Peterson, pastor of Cedar Valley Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Falls, IA

Heather Petit, Aspirant, Newark, DE

Eleanor Piez, incoming Chaplain Resident/Community Minister, Alexandria, VA

Rev. Pam Philips, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA

Rev. Amanda Poppei, Senior Leader, Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC

Lora Powell-Haney, Ministerial Intern, Towson Unitarian Universalist Church

Rev. Sarah Prickett, Developmental Minister, Northwoods UU Church, The Woodland, TX

Rev. Steven Protzman, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Kent, OH

Kristen Psaki, Assistant Minister for Beloved Community, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, CO

Rev. Jean Pupke, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church, Richmond VA

Jen Raffensperger, Candidate for UU ministry, Bowie, MD

Rev. Dr. Susan Veronica Rak, Retired , Asbury Park NJ

Rev. Lindi Ramsden, Director of Partnerships and Emerging Programs, Visiting Assistant Professor of Faith and Public Life, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA

Rev. Laura Randall, Community Minister, Boston, MA

Rev. Kären Rasmussen, Director, No Child Goes Hungry, Annandale, VA

Rev. Nancy Reid-McKee, minister, Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA

Rev. Donna Renfro, Minister, UU Church Brazos Valley, Bryan/College Station, TX

Rev. Dennis Reynolds, retired, Eugene, OR

Rev. Mark S. Richards, Hospice Chaplain, Egg Harbor, WI

Rev. Sarah C. Richards, Minister, Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, Carbondale IL

Rev. Erica Richmond, Community Minister, Hartford, CT

Rev Ian W. Riddell, Minister of Music and Worship Arts, First UU Church of San Deigo

Rev. Kimi Riegel, Minister, Northwest UU of Southfield, MI

Rev. Meg Riley, Senior Minister, Church of the Larger Fellowship

Rev. Ruth Rinehart, JUUST Living, Lakewood, CO

Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, Co-Minister, Unitarian Society of Hartford, CT

Rev. Heather Rion Starr, Co-Minister, Unitarian Society of Hartford, Consulting Minister, UU Cong. of Danbury, CT

The Reverend Meghann Robern, minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris, Interim Minister, First Parish in Framingham, Framingham, MA

Rev. Millie Rochester, retired

Rev. Jonathan Rogers, Interim Minister, Northwest UU Congregation, Sandy Springs, GA

Theresa Rohlck, M.Div., Candidate for the UU Ministry, Ann Arbor, MI

Rev. Kathleen C. Rolenz, Interim Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, MD

Rev. Carol Rosine, Minister Emerita, First Universalist Society, Franklin, MA

Rev. Dr. Nori J. Rost, All Souls, Colorado Springs, CO

Rev. Chris Rothbauer, Minister, Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Auburn, AL

The Rev. Mr. Chip Roush, First Unitarian Church, South Bend, IN

Rev. Scott Rudolph, settled minister, UU Fellowship of Central Oregon, Bend, OR

Leslie Runnels, Aspirant, First UU Church of New Orleans

Rev. Bethany Russell-Lowe, Settled Minister, UU Church of Tucson, AZ

Rev. Nathan Ryan, Associate Minister, Unitarian Church Baton Rouge, LA

Rev. Victoria Safford, Lead Minister, White Bear UU Church, Mahtomedi, MN

Rev. ReBecca Sala, Affiliated Community Minister, UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, Mt. Kisco, NY

Rev. Kent Saleska, Hopkins, MN

Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister, UU Congregation at Montclair, NJ

Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-Minister, UU Congregation at Montclair, NJ

Rev. Misha Sanders, Minister, Northwest UU Congregation, Sandy Springs, GA

Tiffany Sapp, Chaplain Resident, Johnson City, TN

Rev. Christian Schmidt, Senior Co-Minister, UU Church of Berkeley, in Kensington, CA

Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, Senior Co-Minister, UU Church of Berkeley, in Kensington, CA

Jill Schwendeman, ministerial aspirant, Stillwater, MN

Rev. Karen Lee Scrivo, community minister in Maryland

Rev. Catie Scudera, Minister, First Parish in Needham (MA), Unitarian Universalist

Greta Jo Seidohl, Candidate for Ministry, M.Div., Forest Hills, NY

Rev. Catherine Senghas, Hospice Chaplain, Boston, MA

Rev. Misty-Dawn Shelly, Minister, Fort Wayne, IN

Rev. Laura Shennum, Minister, Cascade UU Fellowship, Wenatchee, WA

Rev. Lise Adams Sherry, Minister, First Parish of Norwell – UU, Norwell, MA

Rev. Cyndi Simpson, Minister, Second Unitarian Church of Omaha, NE

Rev. McKinley Sims, Minister, UU Church of the Restoration, Philadelphia, PA

Sarah Skochko, Intern Minister at the UU Church in Eugene, OR

Rev. Laura Smidzik, Minister, Michael Servetus Unitarian Society, Fridley, MN

Rev. Jane B. Smith, Called Minister of Channing Memorial Church, UU in Ellicott City, MD

Rev. Susan M. Smith, UU Congregation of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rev. KC Slack, Minister, UU Church of the Verdugo Hills, La Crescenta, CA

Sara Smalley, Community Minister, Minneapolis, MN

Rev. D. Michael Smith, Lewes, DE

Rev. Diana Smith, Interim Minister, Woodinville UU Church, Woodinville, WA

Rev. Dr. Joshua Snyder, Minister, First UU Church, San Antonio, TX

Laura Solomon, Psy.D., Seminarian, Ministerial Aspirant, incoming intern Washington Ethical Society, Washington, DC

Rev. Suzi Spangenberg, Associate Minister, Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, San Francisco, CA

Rev. Ellen Spero, Minister, First Parish of Chelmsford, MA

Rev. Erin Splaine, Minister, The First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton, Newton, MA

Rev. Kristina Spaude, Staff Chaplain, Northumberland, PA

Rev. Colleen Squires, Minister, All Souls Community Church of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI

Rev. Marcia Stanard, minister, UU Congregation at Willamette Falls, Oregon City, OR

Rev. Pallas Stanford, Retired, Colorado Springs, CO

Rev. Jessica Star Rockers, Minister, Kitsap UU Fellowship, Bremerton, WA

Lincoln William Statler, MASC, UUSCM Board of Directors, Hospice Chaplain in Oakland, CA

Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church, Rochester, MN

Robin Stillwater, Intern Minister, UU Community Church of Santa Monica, CA

Juniper Stinnett, ministerial aspirant and Youth Programs Coordinator, Tennessee Valley UU Church, Oak Ridge, TN

Rev. Aaron Stockwell, Interim Minister, UU Congregation of Lawrence, KS

Rev. Julie Stoneberg, Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario

Rev. Taryn Strauss, Acting Senior Minister, UU Congregation of Atlanta, GA

Rev. Yvonne Schumacher Strejcek, retired, Walnut Creek, CA

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth M. Strong, Emerita, First Parish UU Church, Ashby, MA

Kristy Stuart, Candidate for UU Ministry, Perry, MI

Rev. Justine Sullivan, Interim Minister, Coastal Virginia UUs, Virginia Beach, VA

Nadine Swahnberg, community minister affiliated, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO

Rev. Jan Taddeo, Minister, UU Congregation of Gwinnett, Lawrenceville, GA

Rev. Dr. Robin Tanner, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Summit, NJ

Rev. Kevin Tarsa, Minister, UU Community of the Mountains, Grass Valley, CA

Rev. Douglas Taylor, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Binghamton, NY

Rev. Julie Taylor, Chicago, IL

Rev. Krista Taves UU Fellowship of La Crosse WI, Unitarian Church of Quincy IL

Rev. Sam Teitel, Minister, The Church of the River, Memphis, TN.

Rev. Carmen TenEyck-McDowell, senior staff support specialist, Seattle Children’s Hospital; community minister affiliated with Shoreline UU Church, Seattle, WA

Rev. Abbey Tennis, Lead Minister, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Jamal Tharp, Affiliated Community Minister, The Humboldt UU Fellowship, Community Vision Healing Ministries

Cindy Thoman-Teralzzo, intern minister, UUs of the Cumberland Valley – Boiling Springs, PA

Rev. Linda Thomson, Canadian Unitarian Council, Toronto, ON

Rev. Laura Thompson, Minister, Minnesota Valley UU Fellowship, Bloomington, MN

Rev. Robert P. Throne; retired – member UU Church of the Restoration, Philadelphia PA

Rev. Dr. Michael Tino, Minister, UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester, Mt. Kisco, NY

Rev. Lois E. Van Leer, Developmental Minister, UU Church in Eugene, OR

AJ van Tine, Minister, Sierra Foothills Unitarians Universalists, Auburn, CA

Evan Towle, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry, Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Sam Trumbore, minister,  First Unitarian Universalist Society, Albany, NY

Chaplain (Major) George Tyger, Fort Bragg, NC

Rev. Karen Van Fossan, Minister, UU Church of Bismarck, ND

Rev. Jim VanderWeele, Interim Minister, Northlake UU Church, Kirkland, WA

Rev. Deanna Vandiver, Affiliate Community Minister, Church of the Larger Fellowship

Rev. Hannah Villnave, Minister, UU Church of Cheyenne, Wyoming

Rev. Schuyler Vogel, Senior Minister, Fourth Universalist Society in the City of NY

Rev. Dr. Wendy von Courter, UU Church of Marblehead, MA

Rev. Jennifer “Jo” VonRue, Minister, May Memorial UU Society, Syracuse, NY

James Gibbons Walker, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown, MD

Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Minister, Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church, Alexandria, VA

Rev Marlene Walker, Interim Minister, Olympia Brown UU Church, Racine,WI

Rev. Dr. Michelle A. Walsh, Affiliate Community Minister, United First Parish Church, Quincy, MA

Rev. Beverly Waring, Interim Minister, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Canton, MA.

Rev. Amy Carol Webb, Minister, River of Grass UU Congregation, Davie, FL

Rev. Ian White Maher, minister, First Parish Church, Ashby, MA

Danielle Webber, Minister, Kelowna Unitarians, Kelowna, B.C. Canada

The Rev.Dave Weissbard, Minister Emeritus, UU Rockford, IL

Rev. Vail Weller, Community Minister, San Mateo, CA

Rev. Kim Wildzewski, Senior Minister, UU Church of Washington Crossing, Titusville, NJ

Rev. Ann Willever, Affiliated Community Minister, First Universalist Society, Franklin, MA

Rev. Eileen Wiviott, Acting Senior Minister, Unitarian Church of Evanston, IL

Rev. Antonia Won, Community Minister, Comox, BC

Rev. Shari Woodbury, Minister, Westside UU Church, Fort Worth, TX

Rev. Emily Wright-Magoon, Minister, UU Church of Midland, TX

Rev. Erin Walter, Community Minister, Austin, TX

Rev. Liz Weber, Community Minister, Arlington Street Church, Boston, MA

Rev. Margaret Weis, Minister, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, NY

Sharon D. Weld, Candidate for the ministry, Berkeley, CA

Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom; Barboursville, Virginia

Rev. Kimberly M. Wootan, Chaplain Havenwood Heritage Heights, Concord, NH

Rev. Christopher Wulff, Vancouver, BC

Rev. Sharon Wylie, Minister, Chalice UU Congregation, Escondido, CA

Rev. Jami A. Yandle, Community Minister, First Unitarian Church of Toledo, OH

Rev. Crystal Zerfoss, Minister, Community Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasco, WA

Rev. Anastassia Zinke, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis, IN


Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister, UU Church of Meadville, PA



Names will continue to be added to the list of signers in the coming days. If you are a white Unitarian Universalist minister and would like to add your name to this list, please email with your name, title, ministry setting, and location.



27 thoughts on “Reprint: An Open Letter from White UU Ministers”

  1. Tom and Carolyn Owen-Towle

    Add our names:

    Rev. Dr. Carolyn Owen-Towle, San Diego, CA
    Rev. Dr. Tom Owen-Towle, San Diego, CA

  2. James Ferguson

    I’m pretty sure this is merited, given the numbers. But it is incongruous with my notion of fairness (as in “I seek knowledge in freedom” which is our Church’s aspiration) that this response of denouncement does not provide any context at all about what provoked it. I don’t know who would disagree with the statements about WSC made here. If so, they’d likely keep it to themselves in our community. But I can’t help the feeling that without knowing what was said this could be a witch burning in progress. I don’t favor groupthink for its own sake. Sorry, I need to hear how offensive, not to offer justification or rebuttal, but to offer my individual thoughtfulness to this issue unguided by mass disapprobation.

  3. Marlin Lavanhar

    Please sign me on to this letter.
    Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar
    Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK.

  4. Curious, How many signatories to this letter have read the Reverend Todd F. Eklof’s “The Gadfly Papers”, self-published within the past two weeks and first made available during the General Assembly in Spokane, WA within the past few days?

    1. Beverley V Baxter

      The hysteria at GA over Todd Eklof’s “The Gadfly Papers” was by word of mouth, not from those who had actually read it. I’ve read it, and this is a book worth discussing. The idea that we can’t have an intelligent discussion about important issues is not part of my Unitarian Universalism.

      1. Finley Campbell

        I agree. Further The closing down of dissent with such a massive response means a schism is coming. To see many acquaintances of mine on this list shows how widespread is the poison ☠️ of neoracism. Thank the goddess for those who refused to sign. More disturbing are the ridiculous notion that logic and reason are forms of white supremacy and that those who oppose neoracism as represented by the druumm /are alliance should be eventually expelled. It is time to revive Michael Servetus Sunday. I will begin by having a wreath laying ceremony at his place of martyrdom next Sunday here in Geneva.

        1. When a friend asked F. Scott Fitzgerald how he had gone broke, he replied, “It happened all of the sudden, and over a long period of time.” From the response to this book, and from so many who could not possibly have read it, it is clear that this is precisely the way in which Unitarianism died.

  5. I have had one foot out the door for a while but now I’m headed completely out the door. Yes, I am white. Yes, I am straight. I guess it’s my white fragility. It’s a catch 22. I tried to be an ally but what it’s seems the UUA is saying is that I need to be punished. I know many UUs feel the way I do, but either keep their mouth shut or face ostracism. I have heard a woman in my congregation talk about being so poor in her childhood that she often went hungry for days and another woman attacked her for not admitting her privilege. I think she left the congregation. White people are shaming white people. The thing I don’t understand is what is the goal of the shaming? Whatever it is, I can’t take it anymore. Maybe I’m fragile but I want to find a denomination or charity where I can actually accomplish something. I don’t go to church seeking to be abused and shamed. I am sad that UU has turned to this self righteous attack culture. I do not feel welcome.

  6. Fred Flintstone

    I really wonder how many of those who signed have read the book. You can get the Kindle version for $2.99 at the link below.

    UUs believe in the “Freedom of the Pew”. That is, when some “authority figure” preaches shit, you can choose to buy that shit or have your own doubts.

    Read the book. Make up your own mind. Do not let bullies control your own thoughts.

  7. Dear colleagues,
    This latest upheaval both saddens and gladdens in equal portions. As an African American who has lived through Jim Crow and all other atrocities levied against my people it makes me so sad to face the enemy within my chosen faith. I’m exhausted, but gladdened by your support. ❤️2❤️

  8. Maryellen J. Dietz

    As a member of the Kitsap UU Fellowship, Bremerton, WA for more than 40 years, I stand firmly with this impressive list of clergy and their statement above.

  9. Marlin Lavanhar

    I’m not sure how to sign on. I left my info here as a comment on Sunday. That didn’t seem to get my support listed. What is the procedure? I’m in support and would like to sign on. Thanks! Rev. Marlin Lavanhar Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa

  10. Pingback: Reviewing “The Gadfly Papers”: part 2 – Rev. Scott Wells

  11. Rev Scott Sammler-Michael

    This is Reverend Scott Sammler-Michael, Senior Co-minister at the Unitarian Universalist congregation at Montclair, in New Jersey.
    Please add me to the list of those white colleagues who sign on to this letter. I have just gotten home from General assembly and have just seen this, though sadly I saw the “essays” while leaving Spokane.
    Blessings and support to our colleagues and lay leaders from historically marginalized communities. Prayers abound

  12. Daniel Sconce

    I’m so proud of all of for speaking boldly to this hate filled fellow minister. My heart breaks for the harm he has done. I pray for healing.

  13. Daniel Sconce

    I’m so proud of all of you for speaking boldly to this hate filled fellow minister. My heart breaks for the harm he has done. I pray for healing.

  14. Rev Scott Sammler-Michael

    Please add my name to the list of signatories

    Reverend Scott Sammler-Michael
    Senior Co-Minister
    Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, New Jersey

  15. as a member of the unitarian universalist church of spokane i have yet to understand the above statement. as i have not read the book….. i am somewhat startled by the statements in the letter. i have known todd for some years…. and understand that he does get off on the wrong foot sometimes. well, i must read this book and see what the ‘fuss’ is about. as is i am somewhat bemused by the mental image of some 300+ ministers individually shoving their left foot into their right ear while complaining about todd’s footing……

  16. Thank you for this clear and reasoned response to The Gadfly Papers. I hope it will appear in The World, perhaps even in the world….
    I have been an active member of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia since April 1966. I am not a minister, but I minister in my own ways withing and outside the congregation which has formed and shaped me as much as did my family of origin.
    Speaking truth, reason, and love, to loud and hurting voices is an important part of living our faith.

    Anne Slater
    June 30, 2019

  17. Dear White Members of the UUMA/MUUSJA,
    As one who is agreement with the sentiments of the Gadfly papers, I am glad to see that I and others who share his sentiments are not alone. The response to Rev. Todd F. Ekloff’s (sic) position by the white ministers who signed this attack on them reflects the on-going attempt to stifle dissent to the disastrous leadership of those presently controlling our so-called anti-oppression/anti-racism work, a work which creates oppression and increases racism. One could imagine that the signers of this neo-racist diatribe would be moved to burn him and those like me who support his views at a collective stake, if we were back in the time of Cousin Mike Servetus. I say let the schism emerge, let those committed to the irrational dogma of whitesupremacyology (the fallacious belief that white supremacy is rife in our Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and that black supremacy is now the key to expanding UUism) move to expel those of us who are unashamedly UU’s and unapologetically committed to multiracial unitarian universalism. Long live the UU gadflies of the world.
    Yours in the struggle against the New Jim Crow in the UUA, Rev. Dr. Finley C. Campbell,
    spokesperson, the Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Unity Action Council, and by the way black.. Note: the ideas expressed in my response do not necessarily reflect the views of all members of the Council.

  18. Although I was at both Ministry Days and GA, I was unaware of this whole situation until I just now saw an email from a non-UU, non-ministry friend, who saw it on FB. I wonder if this was what spurred the long testimonial to this minister given by a Baptist minister of color during GA. I stand with my white ministerial colleagues in opposition to these deeply, deeply troubling actions.

  19. Marian Hennings

    Logic and reason support white supremacy culture? You have lost your minds to make such a statement. Seriously, you need to re-evaluate the direction you would take the Unitarian Universalist community.

  20. I am saddened by seeing the names of UU ministers I know and love signing on to this expression of close-mindedness.
    “Ideas and language can indeed be forms of violence, and can cause real harm.”
    “We recognize that a zealous commitment to “logic” and “reason” over all other forms of knowing is one of the foundational stones of White Supremacy Culture.”
    Are you all really signing up to these words?

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