Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Around the UU blogs, with G.A. dining news!
(Special General Assembly bonus at the end!) Several Unitarian Universalist bloggers this week are trying to help their readers understand the basics of their religion. CK, at Language Games and Miscellaneous Arbitrary Marks, offers a UU FAQ. The Happy Feminist calls her version Unitarian Universalism 101. And Peter Bowden, the small-group ministry guru, has launched an entire website focused entirely on what newbies need — and calls it, naturally, Frequently Asked Questions about Unitarian Universalism. They join several other recent projects, including Jess Cullinan's Best of UU directory. (My own quirky contributions to this genre are Do Unitarian Universalists have morals?, A handful of liberal religious definitions, and (at great length) Unitarian Universalism: In search of a definition. But I don't think I've ever bothered to write my own definition. Hmm.)
By the way, I'm eager to meet CK at the General Assembly in St Louis next month. She's hard at work on a process-theology thesis, which interests me a great deal because Alfred North Whitehead is in the upper ranks of my personal pantheon. (True story: At my first job out of college, I was in the habit of reading one of his books at lunch each day, making my slow way through Adventures of Ideas and Modes of Thought. Because the Free Press editions I owned all featured the same photo of Whitehead on the back cover, I and my coworkers started calling it "the daily showing of Whitehead." A kind of darshan, you might say. Also true: Mrs Philocrites has forbidden me to name a son Alfred. That's okay: North will do.)
A brief note of thanks to several new contributors to the UU Blogs advertising campaign: We're funded for several more weeks. Thank you very much! On a related note, I've noticed that Beacon Press is now advertising some of its books via Google's AdSense network. I suspect that over time other UU-related groups will also begin advertising this way, making the ads that show up here and on other UU sites increasingly relevant.
It's practically impossible to keep up with all the good UU blogging, much less with all the various religion blogs and other interesting writing on the Web, so I hope you'll promote great conversations you've come across or unjustly neglected posts you've seen (or written!). I scan the UUpdates aggregator a couple times a day, but I confess I don't have time to click through to even a fraction of them. I'm trying to keep my guide to UU blogs current, though, so if you have started writing a UU-themed blog (or even a very occasionally UU-themed blog), please let me know.
And now for the General Assembly bonus: It looks like we're going to have a great turnout of bloggers at the UUA General Assembly in June. Peacebang is organizing a Friday evening dinner for bloggers between the last afternoon workshop session and the "prime time" plenary session. If the company isn't enough to draw you to dinner, consider the menu: Tapas! Folks, please RSVP for this. Let Peacebang or me know you plan to attend so we can let the restaurant plan for us.
I have started looking through the G.A. program book [5M pdf!] to see when else we might propose a blogger Q & A session. If dinner on Friday isn't good for you but you want to be sure to talk with other UU bloggers, please leave a comment expressing interest. Last year we ended up with a late-night session that was impossible for people with family obligations or early-bird tendencies. There may be enough of us this year to set up a few meeting times that could accommodate different groups. See you in St Louis!
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 17 May 2006 at 10:38 PM