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Just got the skinny on why the local UU congregation down here had a schism a couple of years ago. They weren't that big to begin with, so I was curious as to what would cause them to split into two congregations. I thought it might have had to do with calling a minister, but it turns out an overbearing retired pastor and his wife decided to make the place their own, to the point of having to be asked not to attend services anymore, which caused the split. (Of course, where are they now? They decided they didn't like either group, so they're no longer involved! Alas, the damage was already done.)

Whodathunk the UUs of all people would have a schism? MASS HYSTERIA!

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igosm
Dec. 14th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
We've split 3 times here in Fort Lauderdale (over the last 50 years) on the positive side we now have 3 choices for folk in Broward County. UUCFL is very healthy now in my opinion. We have lots of positive energy right now and we are getting good vibes from Religious Education. The thing is with UU, because we are so individual and congregational, we can have people with very strong ideas about how things must be done. Beware the control freak! They look just like me. I consciously work on not having everything go my way. It takes effort because I don't want to be the cause of the problem. We think as UUs that we are Holier than everyone else but we have our own kind of sinning(falling short). We can be fairly righteous at times and it makes it difficult to run an organization that way.
esprix
Dec. 14th, 2009 10:51 pm (UTC)
It seems evident that this split was really caused by one couple who came in, decided to change things to suit themselves, and caused a rift. I mean, to go so far as to censure someone in a UU church? Heavens, you have to go pretty damned far for it to get to that point. And now they're long gone, leaving chaos in their wake. I mean, I could see if it was over something big, like calling a minister, or some congregational policy, but just because two people decided they didn't like the way things were done and tried to run roughshod over an established congregation? That's pretty shitty, and I feel bad for them - they weren't that big to begin with (I think they said it was around 120 members). It sounds like it was a very toxic situation.

Otherwise, yes, I think diversity and healthy disagreeing is a good thing! :) DC has like 4 or 5 different congregations around the beltway, and each one is refreshingly different from the next. Hooray for choices! :D
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bigbearok
Dec. 15th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest that half wanted regular and half wanted de-caf. :)
esprix
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I think the old group got the coffee pot, but the new group got visitation. :)
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esprix
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Indeed. :)
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