Thursday, February 7, 2008
UUA trustee from New York boycotts General Assembly.
Rosemary Bray McNatt, the UUA trustee from the Metro New York District, announced that she will not attend the General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale. The site of the June convention has generated some alarm because it's located inside the port of Fort Lauderdale, which requires photo ID as a security precaution. Rosemary contends: "This means that, for better or for worse, it will be the United States government that decides who can or cannot be with us — in worship, in community, and in our plenary sessions, as we attempt to exercise the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process. This situation exemplifies our Fifth Principle writ large, and I am consumed by the idea that we have given the US government the capacity to dictate to our General Assembly who might and might not join us."
(She writes about her decision from Kenya, where she is meeting with African Unitarians on a trip sponsored by the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists. She also visited Kenya last month as a UUA representative on a fact-finding trip with the UU Service Committee.)
For more on the General Assembly controversy, about which I can't work up a lather, read "UUA leaders respond to General Assembly security concerns" (uuworld.org 12.14.07), "Frequently asked questions about security in Fort Lauderdale" (UUA.org 12.07), and "UUA board reaffirms Florida General Assembly" (uuworld.org 2.1.08). I express my skepticism about clerical indignation here: "Next year's General Assembly brouhaha today!" (Philocrites 12.6.07).
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 7 February 2008 at 7:52 AM