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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Keeping up with our friends, the former UUs.

I'm not fond of sharp lines marking the borders of that nebulous circle called "Unitarian Universalism." But distinctions are useful, and it makes sense to me that John Cooley limits the feeds he features on UUpdates, the amazingly useful aggregator for UU blogs and websites, to people who identify as Unitarian Universalists. But what happens when a dedicated Unitarian Universalist decides that they no longer feel at home in the UUA, and you've grown used to following their online writing using an aggregator?

I miss reading Shawn Anthony's Lo-Fi Tribe in my frequent visits to UUpdates, just as I miss reading Michelle's Metacentricities (formerly Pearlbear's Blog) — and very much as I will miss the eventual departure of Scott Wells's Boy in the Bands and James Estes' Peregrinato. So I've created another Kinja digest called Former UUs. I think of it as an aggregator of friends who have moved on or are moving on to other communities. (And because of the catholicity of my Unitarian Universalism, they're all still featured in the UU Blogs Kinja digest I also maintain, even as they've headed for the United Church of Christ.)

Feel free to recommend other blogs by former UUs in the comments. This is not, however, an invitation to recommend anti-UUs sites.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 15 October 2006 at 10:11 AM

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October 15, 2006 05:05 PM | Permalink for this comment

This is, I think, one of the reasons I continue to lump all of the religion-related blogs I read into a single category in my aggregator, which I've labeled "godblogs." (It's not an entirely accurate term -- some of the bloggers I read are Buddhists, for instance, who would presumably resist the term -- but it works for me.)



October 15, 2006 05:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

That brings me to mention the ideal aggregator I'd like: one that allows me to identify wider and narrower filters, like a camera's zoom lens, depending on how busy I am or how broadly I'd like to read. I could tag each blog, and then zoom in or out based on the criteria I've set.

Does anyone know of an aggregator (preferably online and sharable) that does this?

Rachel's Big Dunk:

October 17, 2006 03:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

I wasn't in any UU blog collection that I know of, but I have remained a member of the UU Christian Fellowship. As a (former) lifelong UU, it felt important to stay involved, even just a little.


October 18, 2006 12:28 AM | Permalink for this comment

I just wanted to point out that the decision is based more on my not wanting to mislead or misrepresent visitors to UUpdates, as opposed no longer being welcoming of the opinions expressed on the sites themselves. So thanks for setting up the kinja aggregator, I will check it occasionally myself. I would also worry about scope creep, if you include "former UUs" why not "considering UUs", and "of interest to UUs", and "friends with UUs" and ...

The closest thing to a custom tracking mechanism I came up with after the major site revision was the Rainbow view which I have now added into the site navigation. You can check it out at

Just click the "Customize this page" link to define which sites will show up in which corresponding "color" column. Then you can click on "More Updates" at the bottom of a particular column and selections will be limited to just those sites. Grey has no corresponding column, so moving a site to the grey column drops them from the page.

Ron Robinson:

October 19, 2006 07:44 PM | Permalink for this comment

Philo, Rachel, all, this reminds me of something we have recently been discussing and planning in the UUCF, which is more outreach to those who have left UUism. We often at our events have "how to be a Christian in a non-Christian UU church" workshops and conversations, but we need to, and are looking for ways to do it, have conversations for those who might not be called "UUs in Christian Churches" but something like that. They might be Christians who left UU churches for other churches, or they might include non-Christian UUs who worship a lot and participate in Christian churches. I think this is a rising demographic of sorts that we need to have some support for. Sounds like the making of a new UUCF pamphlet and web pamphlet. Anyway, thanks for the prompting of the thought.


October 29, 2006 06:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

It appears you won't be able to track Shawn anymore. At least according to his latest site update:

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