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Monday, November 6, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: William Schulz on torture.

William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA from 1994 to 2006, writes that twelve years of interaction with torture survivors and perpetrators challenged and reaffirmed his Unitarian Universalism. His unnerving essay, "What Torture Has Taught Me," questions the Unitarian Universalist affirmation of each person's inherent worth and dignity. (See also Kimberly French's profile of Schulz.)

In the news, Michelle Bates Deakin reports on the conversation late last month between UUA President William G. Sinkford and United Church of Christ President John Thomas. Celebrating the bicentennial of Andover Newton Theological School, they talked about the division of Massachusetts Congregationalists into their two denominations in the 19th century, and they talked about ways they hope to collaborate in the future — but contrary to rumors in the blogosphere, they are not considering merger.

Meanwhile, Sonja Cohen reports on the October meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees. She also keeps the news blog up to date, monitoring Unitarian Universalists in the media.

The Winter issue of the quarterly UU World magazine is in the mail now; here's a sneak preview of the contents. My inaugural "From the Editor" column appears in this issue. You may also be interested to note that uuworld.org has simplified its long and unwieldy URLs into much shorter ones, which should make the links easier to pass along to friends.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 6 November 2006 at 8:04 AM

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1 comments:

Bill Baar:

November 6, 2006 08:04 PM | Permalink for this comment

In contrast, our American obsession with water torture—most recently in the form of waterboarding, in which a detainee is strapped down and held under water—sounds almost mild.

It is, it works, the guys left unharmed, and not even underwater to begin with.

Unless UUs a willing to commit to just asking name, rank, and serial number, you've got to draw some lines on what exactly can be coerced from a detainee.

I've never read a UU discuss those lines.



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