Friday, December 15, 2006
Starring Unitarians as open-minded Christians.
Anderson Cooper's "360 Degrees" program last night asked, "What is a Christian?" And, falling conveniently (for UU publicity) into a stark right-left pattern, the options he presents in the hour-long program include: (a) politically-conservative Evangelical Protestants, (b) environmentally-conscious Evangelical Protestants (including both Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals and Jim Wallis of Sojourners), and (c) Unitarian Universalists. Mrs Philocrites is gnashing her progressive-pilgrim Episcopal teeth, but this is the best press UU Christians have had in ages. Better luck next time, mainline Protestants, Roman Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Mormons, et al.! Maybe you could send Anderson Cooper a Christmas card. ("We're the Episcopal Church. Maybe you've heard of us? We own lots of extremely beautiful churches, including the National Cathedral right here in DC. And we're in the news all the time for pissing off our conservative minority because we ordain women and elected a gay bishop in New Hampshire. Please enjoy this complimentary Book of Common Prayer. A holy Advent and a blessed Christmastide to you and yours!")
The Unitarian Universalists, who are featured in the show's final segment (captured in this YouTube clip), are great representatives of the things I love best about Unitarian Universalism. My friend Rob Hardies, minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington DC, and two of his parishioners, former Baptists Billy and Christy Wynne, talk to reporter Randi Kaye. Rob explains: "We see a lot of people who grew up as Christians and who left the church for whatever reason and who are coming back now to reclaim the core of their faith without — without some of the baggage that came in the more orthodox traditions."
You can see the rest of the program — for now, anyway — courtesy of Faith in Public Life.
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 15 December 2006 at 5:55 PM