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Monday, July 17, 2006

This week at Sinkford on worship.

UUA President William G. Sinkford writes about unifying trends in Unitarian Universalist worship. Also this week: an image by UU photographic artist Elaine Croce-Happnie and a news story about the vandalism of a New York church's marriage equality banner, which church members carried in a gay pride parade. And be sure to check out the news blog, where you'll learn this week about a British Unitarian minister who happens to be a Druid as well — and about my friend, the Rev. Sue Spencer, who is leaving parish ministry after 21 years to enter an Episcopal convent.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 17 July 2006 at 10:01 PM

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July 18, 2006 06:23 PM | Permalink for this comment

Sue Spencer wrote to clarify that she is leaving her position at the First Parish in Weston, but she is not "leaving the UU ministry." Intriguingly, she'll be a UU minister testing a vocation in an Episcopal religious order.

Paul Stetler:

July 18, 2006 06:39 PM | Permalink for this comment

Chris - there's an article in this week's New Republic about "Unitarians In The White House", accessible to subscribers only - maybe you can read it.

Paul in Bordentown NJ


July 18, 2006 11:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ah, it's Jeffrey Rosen on the Bush administration's extreme doctrine of the "unitary executive": "Power of One: Bush's Leviathan State" (The New Republic 7.24.06. I love the subhead on the front page of "Dick Cheney, John Yoo, and the frightening rise of unitarians--no, not those Unitarians--in the White House."

We've discussed this perverse theory here before. I'm afraid I may not get a chance to read Rosen's essay until the weekend. But thanks, Paul, for the heads-up!


July 19, 2006 12:30 AM | Permalink for this comment

I agree that many of the interpretations put forth by administration lawyers are extreme. Many have already not survived judicial scutiny. But to insinuate that the very idea of a unitary executive is a recent innnovation is incorrect. It is a well established, albeit oft disputed, principle of constitutional law. Basically it says that the President has powers guaranteed by the Constitution which cannot be taken away by legislation.

In 1876 Congress passed a law saying that the President cannot fire a postmaster without Senate approval. In 1920 President Wilson did just that. The ex-postmaster sued for his wages. In 1926 the Supreme Court upheld the President's right to fire executive branch employees without Congressional approval. The decision was written by Chief Justice Taft. Justice Holmes dissented.

So in contemporary language, Taft was a Unitarian-unitarian, while Holmes was a Unitarian-antiunitarian.

Geralyn Horton:

August 2, 2006 12:39 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thank you for drawing my attention to the article about Sue Spencer. I knew her during the early years of her journey, and reading about her now made me realize that I miss her: I had no idea that she was nearby, in Weston!
My daughter spent a week or so in an Episcopalian convent while she was in high school, and found the sisters' hospitality and comfort quite compatible with her own UU spirituality.
I wish Sue peace and joy in this next stage of her journey.

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