Gini Courter, Moderator
Board of Trustees
Unitarian Universalist Association
January 16, 2008
Dear Gini and Members of the UUA Board of Trustees:
I write on behalf of the Board of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) to express our concern about this June’s General Assembly and the controversies surrounding the requirement for formal government identification for admittance to convention center events. We have been following the information flowing from the UUA as well as the many conversations around this issue. We know that you, as well as we, have been distressed by these circumstances themselves, as well as by their potential impact on attendance and the important work, education, and conversation that happens when we gather. The current situation is regrettable on many fronts and we are not writing to express blame or simply to complain.
However, we do wish you to know that as a religious professional organization we will need to make some difficult decisions in the weeks to come about if and how we will participate. Those decisions may be impacted by a number of decisions and actions still to be decided:
In case there are no other options possible:
We expect to be writing our membership after the completion of your meeting to give them the fullest possible picture of the situation and to find out who will come to GA to participate under what circumstances.
We know that your plate is full, with the GA dilemma as well as with other important business of our Association, but we look forward to receiving your input.
Many thanks for the work you do on behalf of the faith. We know it is not always easy.
(on behalf the entire LREDA Board: Lori Allen, Anne Bancroft, Cindy Leitner, Ginger Luke, Cathy Seggel, Kathy Silver, Patti Withers)