Kim Hampton

Kim Hampton

Lay Leader, East of Midnight Blog; Candidate for UU Ministry, St. Louis, MO

Susan and I both grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis. This is the shallowest reason that I think Susan should be the next UUA President. And while there are times where I can be both shallow and provincial, this is not one of them. In a lot of ways, the UUA is like St. Louis. White supremacy is ever-present, seldom talked about or acknowledged, vociferously denied or rationalized when brought up, and has a tendency to historical amnesia or willful ignorance. And it is highly provincial.
St. Louis will never be the same after the killing of Michael Brown and the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, although there are plenty of forces that would love to see it return to the way it was. (just look at the fight and vote over an MLS stadium that happened last month as an example) Hopefully, the UUA will never be the same after this current crisis. Although, given UUA history, we must fight hard against the forces of inertia. What does this have to do with me believing that Susan is the President the UUA needs in this time?
In one word: trust. I trust Susan.
Susan gets it in a way that only somebody who grew up in provincial waters can get it. Susan understands the power dynamics of provincialism better than most. (just listen to her talk about her power analysis of UUism in any of the Presidential forums that are online) There is one place that can rival St. Louis in its provincial-ness, and that place is Boston and the UUA. Susan knows what it’s like to be in an area that is in the midst of a major upheaval. Susan knows churches and believes in them. Susan is not afraid to say the word “theology”. She also understands that liberal theology needs to speak to the world in need of liberation theology through partnership. Susan has a “make a way out of no way” kind of spirit.
I know all three candidates for President. I respect and like all three. But I believe we have one chance to not repeat the mistakes of the past. For that reason I believe the best person for the job is the one who has the “make a way out of no way” spirit.
I’m with her…as long as “her” is Susan Frederick-Gray.
 

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So grateful to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix for their support in this journey.

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Excited for lunch tomorrow at 12pm after General session! Food is on us - just bring your questions and your stories. All are welcome to come and eat.
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June 23, 2017, 12:00pm

Come have lunch with Susan Frederick-Gray, Candidate for UUA President, from 12-2pm on Friday, June 23rd. The lunch will take place in the General Assembly convention center in the Rivergate Room. Sus...

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New Hearts are filling up the Campaign Booth! Stop by the #SFG4UUA Booth to fill one out...or respond below and well fill one out for you: What do you love about being a UU? What are your dreams for the UUA?

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Gail LockwoodWhat I love about being UU is Social Justice. What I hope for the future is complete inclusion.

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Becky BowmanI love UU because it challenges me to be a better person. I hope that UU will embrace teens more by providing more support to individuals churches.

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Rev. Susan Frederick-GrayThank you, Becky!

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Come meet Susan Frederick-Gray at the GA Booth this afternoon! Shell be here from 1:30 to 3:00 and wants to hear from you about what you love about your local congregation and be able to answer your questions. #sfg4uua #uuaga

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June 22, 2017, 1:30pm

Visit with Susan Frederick-Gray, Candidate for UUA President, in the General Assembly Exhibit Hall at Booth #307. Susan will be at the booth on Thursday, June 22nd, from 1:30-3pm and on Saturday, June...

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Limited Edition Tie-Dyed SFG4UUA T-Shirts available in the booth today. First come, first serve!

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Tiffany Lipkeman Mendezlove the tie die!!! I'm too far to come visit your booth but the Mendez family sends their love!!!

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Thank you to everyone who came out for tonights event at NOSH! It was great to be with you all and talk about the future of Unitarian Universalism -- Love, Justice, Vitality! #sfg4uua #uuaga