Monday, January 25, 2010

The Pluperfect Storm -- Commission on Appraisal

There's a pluperfect storm of ministerial review on the horizon. tells us that one definition of "pluperfect" is "more than perfect."

Wikipedia says a "perfect storm" is:
The confluence of three different weather-related phenomena that combined to create what Case referred to as the "perfect situation" to generate such a storm:

* warm air from a low-pressure system coming from one direction,
* a flow of cool and dry air generated by a high-pressure from another direction, and
* tropical moisture provided by Hurricane Grace.
We now have a pluperfect storm for ministerial review:
  • In October, the UUA President announced a comprehensive review of UU ministry;
  • In December, the Ministerial Fellowshipping Committee created a process review subgroup;
  • This month, the UUA Board appointed a workgroup on credentialing that will report to the Panel on Theological Education; and
  • This weekend the Commission on Appraisal decided to review UU ministry.
As Bob Dylan said, "you don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing." May the winds of change bless the imperiled climate of this planet.


  1. Sorry, Bill, please tell me more about where I lost you. The short version is that there are 4 different reviews being undertaken, a pluperfect storm.

  2. Sausage-making comes to Boston... If they are serious about democracy, they will take the time to coordinate all of this into a simple proposal that Denominational Affairs Committees can pick apart point by point.

    But I wouldn't hold my breath for that. Bill, you're not the only one who's lost, or at least, many will soon join you.