Rev. John Dorhauer

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President of the United Church of Christ

Susan is a remarkable leader. She brings a combination of gifts that equip her well to lead this Association. She has a compassionate heart which derives from a spiritual connection to her community, to her Sacred, to the Earth. She walks gently in the world because she recognizes the value of all living things. She is a deep thinker with the intellectual capacity to see complexity, to analyze nuance, to anticipate consequence, and to envision outcome. She inspires others to bring their best for the sake of a cause or a movement worth showing up for. She is present with voice, courage and conviction on the margins, speaking truth to power in love in order to destabilize systems founded by injustice and feeding on the poor and marginalized. She creates safe spaces for others to enter with their whole self – not just the parts that the powerful want and expect. She knows what an association like the UUA brings in partnership to a larger movement of change-makers called to create a new kind of human community where all are valued and the common good is served; and she will do everything in her power to realize the full capacity and potential of this remarkable denomination as an agent for social transformation. It would be an honor for me to serve alongside this gifted, this visionary, and this spiritual leader as we do all that we can to bring peace, justice, and spiritual health and vitality to a world and a country so much in need of these very things.
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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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