This is Peter Morales’ closing statement at the UUA presidential candidate debate. (Coming up on this blog: the GA forum on environmental issues – Beyond Darwin and Lincoln – in which both candidates took part).
This and Laurel Hallman’s closing statement conclude this event. Please visit the earlier segments, listed at bottom.
My full transcript is here uuacandidateforum, and a link to the video segment is here:
Rev. Peter Morales:
I would have us consider, as we look at our association and at this election, at the times in which we live. This is a time where there are hundreds of thousands of people who long for and who need a religious community. We must be the people who feed the spiritually hungry and house the religiously homeless. This is a moral imperative for us. We have to grow our faith.
It is a time, alas, when there are forces of greed and fear and ignorance and hatred all around that lead to violence, exploit people, demonize people, oppress them, and destroy the earth. In such a time we need to be a relentless, powerful, prophetic voice. And our congregations need to be brilliant moral beacons in their community.
We live at a time when a new America is coming into being, an America that is multi-racial and multi-cultural in a way we have never experienced. We need to be intentional about creating a ministry for this new America.
Such a time cries out for leadership. It does not cry out for management. Ironically, if you elect me you’ll elect a president who would bring more breadth and depth of management experience to the office of president than anyone who has ever served. And this is not, my friends, about management. Good management, incremental change, solid management right now for our movement is — and please hear this – a prescription for disaster, because we are a declining part of American religious life.
This is a time that calls for vision, passion, boldness, but a boldness that is practical and tested. I believe I offer such leadership. And I ask you to join with me in transforming our movement. For we can be, we really can be, the religion for our time.
[Rev. Morales read his manuscript]
Previous segments from this event:
Opening speech by Rev. Peter Morales
Opening Speech by Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman
Question 1: What would be your top priorities as you begin your administration, and looking back in four or eight years, what would constitute a successful presidency?
Question 2: What is your strategy for growing Unitarian Universalism, and do you have an elevator speech?
Question 3: Tell us your understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of policy governance and how you understand the relationship between the president and the board of trustees
Question 4: On the topic of anti-racism and anti-oppression, what experiences have you had that help you deeply understand the mindset and values of another culture? Are there practical things you will do to help congregations take authentic steps of transformation?
Question 5: President Sinkford and the Board have taken steps to focus the UUA on congregations, and there has been a simultaneous reduction of the number of independent affiliates. What are your thoughts on those changes?
Question 6: What are your thoughts on youth ministry and young adult ministry? Are there actions you would take regarding these ministries within the UUA?
Question 7: What is the value of international work in the future of Unitarian Universalism?
Question 8: Tell us what is at the center of your personal faith.
Question 9: Tell us about an innovative, high performing team that you have built or been part of. How would you create an environment for innovation within your leadership team?
Question 10: It is evident that the presidency of the UUA is a very stressful position. Do you have the courage to be lonely?