Monday, May 08, 2006

Where are the UUs?

Our UUA has an outpost office in Washington, DC, that's supposed to be, like, all official 'n' stuff. Costs mucho dinero to maintain, too, which gets paid out of our congregational dues.

So why don't we appear on this list? Shouldn't that be a no-brainer, in a city where we try to maintain an extraordinary presence, in order to represent ourselves to the wider world?

InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington

5 Comments:

At May 8, 2006 at 10:50:00 AM EDT, Blogger Paul Wilczynski said...

I don't know anything about the organization, but I did note that the home page is copyright 1998.

 
At May 8, 2006 at 11:03:00 AM EDT, Blogger fausto said...

They don't seem particularly adept at maintaining an up-to-the-minute website, but they are a current, active organization. Here's a page that is clearly from this year, for example.

Even if the list were from 1998 rather than 2006, why isn't the UUA on it?

 
At May 8, 2006 at 11:48:00 AM EDT, Blogger boyinthebands said...

Because the Washington Office is a national denominational branch, and the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington is made up of local entities. Look at whose actually a member; those are local congregations or associations.

The question you should be asking is "Why isn't the Greater Washington Association of Unitarian Universalist Congregations (http://users.erols.com/carlson2/gwa/) a member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington?"

That's an easy answer, if many-sided. First, the GWA is moribund.

 
At May 8, 2006 at 2:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger fausto said...

Could ask the same question of the GWA or the Priestley District.

In any case, "moribund"? In our denom's most visible/audible satellite location? The answer itself begs more questions.

 
At May 8, 2006 at 6:21:00 PM EDT, Blogger boyinthebands said...

Really, the presence of the UUA Washington Office has nothing to do with local interfaith matters. Why should it? Its focus is national.

Local matters should have local representatives. That said, the GWA would be a good choice to join, if it were a going concern. But from what I understand how it (didn't) work I'm not crying over its moribund status.

The Joseph Priestley District is too large to be divided out into the three or four metropolitan areas which would rightly local representatives, if it join the Washington Interfaith Conference.

Heck: maybe someone did look into it and found it wanting. It isn't the only interfaith game in town.

 

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