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Many people and congregations participated in the research and development of
this manual. I interviewed a dozen ministers and congregational leaders who have
faced this difficult issue in their congregations. Because many asked for our
conversations to remain confidential, I included no names here but I am grateful
for their honest sharing. I also benefited from the wisdom of several colleagues
during informal consultations at conferences I attended throughout the year I
worked on this manual.
With the support of the Unitarian Universalist Association, we convened a
task force to review an early draft of this manual. Task force representatives
included the Rev. Patricia Tummino, the Rev. Dr. William Stayton, Dr. Steve
Brown, Dr. Steve Thomas, and Joan Tabachnik. We were joined by the Reverends
David Hubner and Pat Hoertdoerfer from the Unitarian Universalist Association
for a day of spirited discussion and debate. This manual is better because of
their contributions, insights, and expertise.
I am grateful for the support of the Reverend Tracy Robinson-Harris and
Claudia Hull from the UUA for their support and commitment to this project, as
well as their encouragement and astute comments.
This has been one of the most difficult assignments I have faced. It surely
may raise some controversy. I hope it will help as you work to balance the needs
for justice, compassion, accountability and safety.
Reverend Debra W. Haffner
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Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.
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