Rev. Lindi Ramsden


Acting Dean of Students and Community Life, Starr King School for the Ministry

As a lifelong UU, Susan knows that a spiritual vitality is the essential foundation for our ministries – fostering hope, inspiration and resilience in these uncertain times. As a leader, Susan brings many personal gifts to the role of UUA President. She is visionary and strategic. She listens well, fosters other leaders, welcomes input, and can make decisions. Susan can inspire a crowd and connect one on one with an individual. Compassionate and courageous, enthusiastic and tenacious, she is willing to take some risks and also knows that real change requires significant commitments over the long haul. She even enjoys fundraising and is excited by the opportunity to bring additional resources to empower our faith! Susan’s leadership prioritizes relationships. She builds trust. From trust grows authentic and effective collaboration. When I was serving as Executive Director of the UU Legislative Ministry of California, I asked Susan to be part of my small “justice ministry think tank”. Her spiritual depth, on-the- ground experience, intelligence, insight, imagination, humility and practical ideas were most helpful to me as I worked to establish a statewide ministry that was charting new ground. Susan is an outstanding religious leader with compelling priorities for such a time as this. I wholeheartedly endorse the Rev. Susan Frederick Gray for UUA President.
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As a candidate for UUA President, I have been following the conversations naming the lack of racial diversity at the highest levels of leadership at the UUA. I am also mindful of the pain and hurt and even confusion that arises as we try to live into an anti-oppressive vision.

Moving from our hopes to sustained change is where the real work lives. From my experience in Phoenix, I have learned that we must be explicit in the vision we hope to achieve and set clear and measurable targets for achieving the vision. This provides transparency and accountability for our progress and failures. And when it comes to living into a multiracial, anti-oppressive future, we must develop deep partnerships with those on the front lives of change, and practice collaborative leadership that brings more voices and perspectives to shape the work and strategies.

As UUA President, I will be committed to moving our faith and Association forward as an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, anti-patriarchal, and multicultural institution. Here are specific actions I will take:

1. Place anti-oppression and multiculturalism at the heart of our vision so it may inform not just a part of our Association, but the whole.

2. Model leadership and power structures that are collaborative, transparent and accountable.

3. Strengthen partnerships with DRUUM and BLUU to inform outcomes, strategies and leadership development of people of color across the Association.

4. Develop deeper partnerships beyond our faith as a way to move beyond narrow cultural norms to see our work in the larger work of collective liberation.

5. Create measurable targets for increasing the multi-racial, multicultural, feminist/womanist leadership within Unitarian Universalism, including specific targets for the diversity of senior and management staff, and hiring procedures that require people of color be interviewed in all major hiring.

6. Measure against the targets. Learn from successes and failures. Keep on the path.

None of us alone has the fullness of perspective needed to live into the vision of where our faith calls us. We need practices that deepen relationship and collaboration that we might hear one another, understand the pain we, our institutions and society create, and love our way forward together.
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Juliejohn Wallace Knott#6 is seldom practiced, I look forward to it's implementation. Starting with metrics on the various "slogans" our denomination has issued over the Years: "Nourish Your Spirit, Heal Our World", "Unitarian Universalism the Uncommon Denomination", "A Spiritual Home Beyond Belief"...we're supposed to be a church that values logic as well as spiritual growth and nurturance of community.

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Powerful worship with the vital justice centered First UU Church of New Orleans. One of the hearts I collected reads There are so many injustices. Alone, I would not have any way to fight against them. The UU church provides a framework for social justice work within a thoughtful faith-based community.

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Horllaniyi BorllaLikewise i

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