Why Susan

This is a pivotal moment. We are in a time of great change for our nation and our planet. This is also a time of opportunity. More than ever, Unitarian Universalism is called to be a bold and vital voice for love and justice.

To be effective in this moment, we need spiritually vital communities, strong relationships, and an Association that is mission-focused and organized for impact.

We need a President capable of providing strategic, spiritually grounded leadership, in the midst of uncertainty. For the last eight years, I have served a vibrant, growing congregation in Phoenix, Arizona. Living in a border state, I have come to see that ours is a border faith, and this is a border time. A border community is a unique place. It is not defined by either/or thinking, but by a both/and way of life. It is a place of change, growth, and opportunity. We need a leader who can help us grow as a border faith, reaching more deeply within and beyond. We need a compelling voice to remind our communities that what we do matters, that how we live and share our border faith matters and how we witness and work for our values matters. This is desperately needed in this world.

As President, I would be focused on unlocking the power, the opportunity and the calling of our faith in this moment.

To the Presidency…

  • I bring a breadth and depth of relationships.
  • I bring the experience of revitalizing congregations for greater health and vitality.
  • I bring the capacity to articulate a compelling vision for our faith and the skills to move that vision forward.
  • I bring an abiding love and respect for our faith and tradition and the unwavering commitment to see it grow and thrive.
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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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