Tuesday, November 29, 2005
What to read this week.
A quick tour of Unitarian Universalist blogs:
- Clyde Grubbs argues that UU political thought isn't as homogenous as some of us think, although he suggests that "Unitarian Universalism has been closing ranks politically in direct response to the rise of the political right." I think that's true — but doesn't redeem us from criticism that UU politics are often shallow, ineffective, and dogmatic.
- Will Shetterly reflects on things he hates about Unitarian Universalism.
- Scott Wells is brainstorming systemic improvements for the UUA.
- In a wonderful personal essay, Michelle Murrain shares a story that other UU Christians especially will recognize: "I tossed the baby out with the bathwater, but the baby grew up anyway, and came back." (Blog post and comments here.)
- And Indrax, noting that many great religious symbols can be drawn with only a few strokes, decides the flaming chalice needs simplification.
Incidentally, I happened to be in Times Square on Friday and, naturally, I kept my eye on the NBC superwhatchamavision to see if the UUA's new video ad might come on. It didn't — but the United Church of Christ's latest ad did!
Thoughts about the UUA ad: The screen is relatively low in Times Square, but it's smack dab in the center, exactly where people look as they're heading downtown. The screen basically shows whatever is on NBC with ads like the UUA and UCC spots interspersed with regular TV advertising. Contextually, the screen doesn't look like other advertising in Times Square; it's a bit more like the ticker screens from the various news organizations.
I had seen the UCC ad before — it's the "All the People" ad — but without the soundtrack, its storyline can be hard to follow. One advantage of the UUA ad is that it was designed without sound and presents its entire message as brief, bold text phrases. Another advantage, which I didn't appreciate until I was in New York, is that the graphic starkness of the ad would help it stand out in the visual chaos of Times Square. Unfortunately, the phrase "Unitarian Universalists" and especially the URL "www.uua.org" shows up so briefly that the message of the ad isn't bound to the advertiser. Blink and you'll miss the sponsor.
Postscript: Speaking of missing the sponsor, I dragged my wife, brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, and niece up Fifth Avenue looking for the famous Christmas windows. I remembered "Fifth Avenue," but where? What's the name of that store? Luckily, we stumbled onto them across from Rockefeller Center, stood in line, oohed and ahed, and crossed the street without knowing which store's windows they were. And then, looking back: Saks Fifth Avenue. Of course. It's amazing how easily you can forget something you know.
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 29 November 2005 at 8:56 PM