cage match: Laurel v. Peter
First, "Morales" buttons and literature appeared, then "Hallman" paraphernalia, on a table in the church entrance. Lay leaders read one of Peter's sermons, two Sundays ago (including a very gracious letter from Peter); other lay leaders will present one of Laurel's sermons, two Sundays from now. People have been asking "how do we vote?" "what other positions will be elected?" "how can we participate?"
For a congregation that sent *one* non-staff-member to our district annual assembly last year, and will send no non-staffers this year, and whose GA attendance has been largely staff-only the last few years, this election is creating excitement. The buzz after hearing Peter's "A Religion for Our Time" sermon was wonderful to see--people were talking about taking UUism not only outside our walls, but outside our town. All of a sudden, there is interest in becoming a delegate, if only to mail it in, in absentia. I expect Laurel's sermon to further energize these discussions.
For myself, I expect to vote for the Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman, three months from now. And I am most grateful to the Rev. Mr. Peter Morales, for stepping into the ring, and creating interest and debate and energy in our movement. Whoever wins, may we harness that energy and use it well.