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Thursday, May 25, 2006

UUA announces G.A. reception for bloggers.

General Assembly-bound bloggers, take note: The UUA's Office of Electronic Communications is hosting a reception for Unitarian Universalist bloggers after the opening ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, from 9:45 to 11:15 p.m. in the Benton Room at the Renaissance Grand Hotel. (The reception is cosponsored by the UUA's Information Technology and Electronic Communication Committee.)

There's a catch, however: Please RSVP to Deb Weiner by June 15 so she can order the right number of drinks and munchies.

A reminder: Peacebang is coordinating a dinner for UU bloggers on Friday, June 23, at a St Louis tapas restaurant with help from CK of Arbitrary Marks. You can RSVP for the dinner over at Peacebang's place. [Update 5.26.06: Here's where you really need to sign up: There's only space for 25.] The trick Friday night is going to be that there's a break in the schedule from 5:15 until 6:45, when a "prime-time plenary" starts. The closer to 5:15 we get to the restaurant, the more time we'll have before the doobies have to rush back to make sure they don't miss any business.

I'm at a loss about finding a daytime opportunity for bloggers to talk shop, meet each other, and answer questions from would-be bloggers — unless Thursday lunchtime is a possibility. There's a break Thursday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and if I can figure out how to locate a spot where people could bring a sandwich and congregate, I'll put up a poster advertising it on the message board under "Bloggers."

Any other ideas or wishes for G.A.?

(P.S. Deb Weiner and I will be leading a workshop with Mark Steinwinter, head of the UUA's information technology staff group, and Tom Stites, director of denominational publishing and editor of UU World, Saturday evening from 7:15 to 8:30. We'll be talking about the UUA's new face on the Web, with Deb describing the upcoming transformation of and me talking about Hopefully of interest to bloggers — whose input I'd very much appreciate.)

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 25 May 2006 at 9:10 PM

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May 26, 2006 08:50 AM | Permalink for this comment

Ooh, sorry to be missing GA this year. Say hi to the gang for me.


May 26, 2006 09:13 AM | Permalink for this comment


Come on, Fausto! All the cool kids are going...

More seriously, everyone's work putting together blogging events is mucho appreciated.

I'm bringing a blackberry and laptop and will be blogging as much as humanly possible.

I'm planning to stick up a Chalicechick GA Voter's Guide in the next few days.

I really can't think of anything else we need from you guys. Probably we bloggers should be thinking about putting on a workshop in a year or so. As UUpdater mentions that he's up to well over 150 UU blogs, it seems like UU blogging is getting mainstream enough to be something people have heard about.

Given the social justice types who go to GA, "Blogging back: One way to spread UU morals to the pluralistic society" sounds like a promising theme.

Actually, I kinda like "gUUgling: How to find your faith on the net" or something a little more general.



May 26, 2006 09:29 AM | Permalink for this comment

A steering committee could form at G.A. this year to propose a workshop for 2007. The General Assembly Planning Committee, the elected body that plans each G.A., provides funding for a select number of programs proposed to them, usually by September. (I can't locate an online form for 2007, but we should be able to get info about the application process at G.A. itself.) This is something we should discuss in St Louis.


May 26, 2006 09:40 AM | Permalink for this comment

Sounds good to me.

I was imagining doing this on the cheap with some handouts and maybe a website designed to guide UUs through the process when they got home.

But hey, funding is never a bad thing.


Jeff Wilson:

May 26, 2006 09:54 AM | Permalink for this comment

I think I'm well past tired of Unitarian-Universalist organizations feeling a need to include a cutesy "UU" in their title/acronym. But I'll admit, gUUgling strikes me as inspired, that's a good one.

Y'all have a terrific time at GA, wish I could be there. But I'll still be wrapping up my course on liberal traditions in American religious history. Hopefully I'll be able to lose my "GA virginity" in Portland next year.


May 26, 2006 12:26 PM | Permalink for this comment

For your afternoon meetup, may I recommend the Tap Room?

2100 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103

It's a good place to taste the local brew (no, NOT Budweiser--Schlafly) and they have good pub food.

Whatever you want to do, I suggest (as I always do) using SauceMagazine and searching for location = "downtown city." You can GoogleMap your results compared to the America's Center and where everyone will be.

Hmm. For a non-native, I'm strangely excited about showing off the city to visitors. Never thought it would happen. I used to constantly compare this place to Annapolis. Guess I've finally gotten "settled.'


May 26, 2006 02:10 PM | Permalink for this comment

I throw you all many kisses, but the idea of connecting PeaceBang with UUA official communications on any level is just not my cup of Earl Grey. Too serious, man.

Tapas! Tapas! So, we have to go at 5:15, huh? Which means I should be three or four glasses of sangria to the wind for plenary. whooee!


May 26, 2006 03:12 PM | Permalink for this comment

Jeff, just about the only group I'd join is Unitarian Universalists Against Acronyms, but since we'd promptly become the UUAA, I guess I'll just keep my grumbling to myself. (Here's my explanation of the difference between "General Assembly" and "G.A.") Then again, here's an entire gaggle of UU LiveJournalers complaining about acronyms and the people who complain about them.


May 27, 2006 12:18 PM | Permalink for this comment

Oh, come now, PeaceBang...

It'd be entertaining. Grist for sartorial snark, perhaps.

Dan Harper:

May 28, 2006 11:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Blogging is just another way of putting UU content on the Web -- so bloggers will feel at home at the workshop I'll be leading, "Creating Great Content for Church Websites." I'll talk about Web 2.0, and include blogging as a way to create content for church Web sites. It's at a horrible time -- Sunday at noon, America's Center 265 -- but I'd love to have other bloggers and Web content providers show up to kibbitz -- maybe we can hang out afterwards. (And Peacebang, this is *so* not official UUA communications....)

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