Though I have hinted at it several times, I have not specifically mentioned on this blog the current turbulence occurring at my seminary, the Meadville Lombard Theological School. I have not done so for several reasons, not the least of which being that I love my school. I chose to attend Meadville Lombard for wonderful reasons, most of which have not changed. I do not want to do anything that would harm my school. Though I may not agree with the procedures and decisions of the administration, I do believe they are acting from the best of intentions.
In all honesty though, I have also not spoken of this directly for fear that doing so could jeopardize some decisions currently before the administration that will determine whether or not I can graduate next spring. I am also aware that my posting this will be considered, in the words of one staff member “airing the school’s dirty laundry”. My intent is not to air laundry, but to model transparency, and to allow the voices of our student leadership to be heard in the wider UU community. One of the things we of liberal faith need to model is how we deal with the imperfections of our institutions, which arise from the imperfections of our own human natures. I believe that we do this in part through transparency.
After reading the prophetic voices of my fellow students, and receiving requests that I use this blog to give those voices a wider access (including from Dr. Tim Barger, the editor of “The Stairwell Wall”), I have agreed to post the most recent edition of “The Stairwell Wall” and to call attention to it among those who read Celestial Lands. The stakeholders in this institution of this Liberal Faith are far and wide, and the voices of its current students need to be heard. I love my school so much that giving voice to truth on its behalf is a risk I have to take.
It has also been hard, on this blog which is my public practice of reflection, to not mention a controversy that has been weighing so heavily upon my spirit these past few weeks.