Wednesday, July 23, 2008
2009 UUA presidential election resources.
While I was preoccupied with my adorable new son (who's now 13 lbs 2 oz at 9 weeks, thank you very much), there were all sorts of new developments in the 2009 UUA presidential race. The last time I mentioned the race was just after Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales announced in January that they were running to succeed Bill Sinkford, whose second term ends in June 2009. Since then:
UU World has profiled Hallman, senior minister of First Unitarian Church in Dallas, and Morales, senior minister of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colo. (The magazine has also profiled incumbent financial advisor Dan Brody, who has announced that he's running for reelection. Incumbent moderator Gini Courter is eligible to seek a second full term, but has not yet announced her intentions; she had earlier served a partial term after the previous moderator resigned.)
Hallman and Morales responded to questions at a candidates forum at the General Assembly. Video of the debate is available at UUA.org. UU World's expanded web coverage of the forum was published July 21; a greatly abridged version will appear in the Fall issue of the magazine. A member of Morales's congregation, Martin Voelker, has prepared a transcription of the entire forum [pdf].
Bloggers are starting to chime in on the race. Anthony David, the former pastor of the UUA's ambitious Pathways new-church experiment near Dallas, indirectly attacked Morales's prescription for congregational growth. Thom Belote, minister of the UU congregation in Overland Park, Kansas (and a former guest blogger here at Philocrites), mentions but does not elaborate on his support for Hallman. Meanwhile, Jamie (aka Dubhlainn) explains why he's endorsing Morales.
Two bloggers, Martin Voelker of "Juugernaut" and Aaron Sawyer of "DiscoverUU," have launched a forum for debating the merits of the candidates, "A Fact Driven Forum to Compare the UUA Presidential Candidates". Former UUA financial advisor Larry Ladd, who is Hallman's life partner, insists the site can't be fair because Voelker is a Morales supporter. Voelker and Sawyer are looking for an ombudsman to respond to charges of bias on the site.
This Technorati search will help you track election-related blogging.
The candidates' websites are evolving and adding new material. For example, Hallman's site features a series of questions and responses and an Issues page. Morales's site includes a blog with comments and a campaign platform.
Video endorsements are cropping up at YouTube, with videos supporting Hallman and Morales. Both campaigns have also established a presence on Facebook: LaurelHallman4UUAPrez and Peter Morales for UUA President.
The UUA has set up an Elections section of UUA.org; the Presidency page will collect official materials as the campaigns continue.
P.S. I had speculated back in 2006 on how new Web technologies might play out in the 2009 race. How fun it is finally to find out!
Disclosure: As a UUA employee, I will not be expressing any personal opinions about the race or about individual candidates on this site or elsewhere, nor will this site accept paid advertisements related to the elections. You, however, are very welcome to discuss the race.
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 23 July 2008 at 9:56 PM