Chris Walton, the redoubtable Philocrites, is the winner of today’s UU trivia question challenge. He correctly (and quickly) guessed that all seven UUA presidents have been ordained ministers. A UU college student chimed in to note that the “tradition” has been that presidents are ministers and moderators (originally a position with significantly more decision-making power than it now holds) are laypeople.
Of course, this claim of “tradition” raises the question of why exactly presidents are always ministers. What do you think? Would you conceivably ever vote for a layperson over a minister for UUA president? Why or why not? Beyond ministerial experience, what characteristics do you consider necessary or desirable for a UUA president?