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Monday, June 27, 2005

Commission on Appraisal: Monday at 10:15 a.m.

Just a note to others at the UUA General Assembly today: The Commission on Appraisal's workshop session on their new report, Engaging Our Theological Diversity, was not listed in the program book — but it is in fact this morning at 10:15 in room 204B.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 27 June 2005 at 10:02 AM

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June 27, 2005 01:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

What's the matter with this CoA report? I have been looking for it in the GA pages and couldn't find the slightest reference to it. I can buy the book, of course, but I'd love to know the highlights of the report and how it has been received by the assembly.

Dan Check:

June 28, 2005 11:26 AM | Permalink for this comment

There was a brief presentation during one of the plenary sessions. I quite liked it. I thought that it was respectful but very challenging, calling on UUs to be more open to discussing sprituality and spiritual practice. This is, in the words of the Commission, "The elephant in the room."

I think there's a feeling that fleshing out a diverse and vibrant UU theology will help to answer the question "Why am I a UU?", as opposed to an unaffiliated person who holds most of the beliefs that UUs tend to hold. (As someone who grew up in the church, I can tell you that I know a lot of people who grew up in the church, still subscribe to the 7 principles, and yet feel absolutely no connection to the denomination at all.)

Some of the presentation was also about opening ourselves up to the (Judeo-)Christian tradition as a source of wisdom and inspiration, and, at the same time, being more careful about what exactly we are appropriating when we pull from Eastern and Native American traditions.

They were also very careful to say their work was about discovering a common thread, not purging the UUA.

I've highlighted these two strains of thought because they're the ones that speak most deeply to me; others will have different highlights, I'm sure, and it would be a mistake to take what I'm saying here as definitive or accurate, as it is based on a single, truncated plenary presentation.

The long and the short of it is this: Read the report. It'll be interesting. Also, the new song book is great.


June 29, 2005 08:11 PM | Permalink for this comment

The Commission on Appraisal report is the richest thing I've read coming out of a UU study group in a long time. They deserve many kudos.



July 1, 2005 05:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

Do we need to buy the book? The PDF report on the UUA web page is 1 page long... :-(

Neal McBurnett:

July 17, 2005 09:33 PM | Permalink for this comment

I think each congregation got a copy (which ended up in my "uu affairs" mailbox in our case). But I think the whole thing should be made available online, as both a pdf and as a collection of web pages for better availability. Otherwise it won't get much exposure.

I think it is well done, with good chapters movitating the importance of taking this work on, lots of good ideas on current points of agreement and diversity in our theological perspectives, lots of good information on worship practices, good recommendations, etc.

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