And that thought is good. Or good enough because I wondered what took this realization this long.
The plan sounded half-baked, but — to be honest — I predicted another outcome: Meadville/Lombard’s eventual diminution within the larger school. Not that this option — say, to become intentionally a house of studies within a seminary — would have been so bad, but that’s not what was proposed and would have unlikely earned much support. Nobody likes to be presented with Plan B when a magical Plan A falls apart.
So the outcome is Meadville/Lombard carries on without its historic buildings and less staff. That’s a serious loss, and may or may not have been unavoidable. (Perhaps too the idle talk about moving the UUA offices to Newton is dead, too.) With Bill Baar, I’m troubled by the lack of transparency in the process. But my solution to that is to not send them money or students. At least not until it can make some accounting of what happened and make a go of the new program.
I won’t hold my breath.