History of the Complaint Process
In May of 2000 an Ad Hoc Task Force on Ethics and Congregational Life was convened by Unitarian Universalists Association (UUA) of Congregations Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery to recommend clarifying positive changes in the UUA process for responding to complaints of ministerial misconduct. In March of 2001 the Task Force concluded its work, presenting recommendations for improvements. In July 2002, as a part of the restructuring of UUA staff, those recommendations were used to guide changes in the process for handling complaints of misconduct.
In July 2009, the Religious Institute, with support from the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock and the leadership staff of the UUA, began a systematic review of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s sexuality-related policies, programs, advocacy, and commitments. The resulting report, Toward a Sexually Healthy and Responsible Unitarian Universalist Association (PDF), 45 pages), prompted a review of the complaint process in the fall of 2010. The revised process is described below.