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By Victor Urbanowicz
One doesn’t research Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) very far before an impressive picture begins to form. His 1952 acceptance speech for the presidential nomination, for instance, would seem odd today because of the speaker’s ambivalence, but it plainly comes from an extraordinary mind:
I would not seek your nomination for the Presidency, because the burdens of that office stagger the imagination. Its potential for good or evil, now and in the years of our lives, smothers exultation and converts vanity to prayer.
In 1956 Stevenson failed to unseat the popular Dwight Eisenhower, and in 1960 he lost his party’s nomination to John F. Kennedy. There is far more to Stevenson, though, than these electoral losses. His speeches were often compared to Winston Churchill’s. His long record of public service includes working for the Secretary of the Navy in the Roosevelt administration and later helping to draw up the documents that created the United Nations.
|“Congratulations on your election as president. I know from hearsay how satisfying that can be.” Stevenson to Dana McLean Greeley in 1961 on the latter’s election to presidency of the UUA.|
President Truman appointed him delegate to the UN General Assembly in 1946 and 1947. In one term as governor of Illinois — an office which he held when offered the nomination and which he was reluctant to leave — he was effective at eliminating government corruption. Under the Kennedy administration he returned to the UN as US Ambassador. There he “served as president of the Security Council and advocated arms control and improved relations with the new nations of Africa” (Harvard Square Library). During the controversy over the Bay of Pigs invasion, Stevenson unwittingly issued false denials of CIA involvement because the administration had concealed the truth from him. On learning the truth, he came close to resigning his ambassadorship. In 1965, however, he died in London while holding that office.
Richard Henry readably describes Stevenson’s Unitarian connections in the Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography:
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News and information:
The MidAmerica Region announces that it is suspending its hiring of a new Regional Administrator. We will advise through our newsletter when we reopen the search.
There has been important discussion over the past weeks about hiring processes in the UUA, and how the UUA may be following white supremacy thinking in how we view candidates (consciously or unconsciously) through the racist lens and thinking that is endemic in our society. In response to this, we in MidAmerica are encouraging our UUA to undertake a thorough review of its hiring practices and policies, and working to improve the policies and procedures so they are more inline with the intention to be an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural organization.
We look forward to reopening our search guided by what we all learn about this.
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March 21, 2017
As you know, our UU religious movement, like other mainline denominations, faces financial challenges. There are important new challenges and opportunities to serve, but those sit within a context of increasing costs and flat to declining membership and income. As part of the Association’s larger effort to move strategically toward ways of working that are more sustainable and agile, the national Unitarian Universalist Association is making budget cuts broadly across the Association. We in MidAmerica Region have been asked to reduce our staffing by one Congregational Life Consultant position. Therefore, it is with deep sadness that we announce that Dori Davenport Thexton has offered her resignation, effective May 15th, 2017. Our staff team, the MidAmerica Board, and Congregational Life Staff Director Scott Tayler, deeply regret the necessity of this decision, and thank Dori for her nineteen years of service, first to the Central MidWest District and then to the MidAmerica Region.
Dori has made many wonderful and enduring contributions. She has been a source of wisdom and support for leaders across the region. She has been a beloved colleague to the MidAmerica Staff team and a valued coach to the many district and regional board members and volunteers with whom she has worked. Some of her many contributions include: