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Sunday, February 4, 2007

A few noteworthy new Unitarian Universalist blogs.

Chance Hunter is the new welcoming ministries coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. Check out his blog, Open the Doors: The Ministry of Welcome. I can hardly think of a more important topic for our congregations.

Daniel O'Connell, minister of the Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, Missouri, has launched a blog called UUA Politics focused on denominational elections, personalities, and related matters.

UUgrrl is tackling an important and difficult topic at Speaking Truth to Power: "how Unitarian Universalists address clergy misconduct."

I'd also like to highlight two UUs who have launched blogs in particularly public settings: Matt Tittle, minister of the Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, set up his blog, Keep the Faith, on the Houston Chronicle's website, where his is one of three religion blogs. Sam Trumbore, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, New York, also blogs for his local newspaper's community site.

As always, I appreciate hearing of other UU blogs. Please comment here or at my annotated Guide to UU Blogs. And keep up with the interdependent web at UUpdates.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 4 February 2007 at 9:30 PM

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February 5, 2007 10:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks for the nod!

Rev. Matt Tittle:

February 6, 2007 02:56 PM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks, Chris, for the mention! A liberal religious blog in Texas is a necessary and character building ministry! I hope folks will check it out.

Rev. Matt Tittle


August 16, 2007 08:16 AM | Permalink for this comment

After six months, uugrrl is taking down her blog about responding to clergy sexual misconduct. In her final post, she writes:

Dear Friends,

The time has come to take this blog down, and so I will be doing that in the next few days.

When I began it, I had thought that the problems at the UUA were less serious than in fact they are. I had hopes that things were turning a corner — that there was about to be dialog and progress on addressing clergy misconduct.

Unfortunately, almost every month I get more bad news. It puts me in a position where I can only be adversarial, and that was never my intent. I'm glad to help if those who have power want to listen, but I donít want to fight.

If there's one thing I hope you take away from this blog, it's an understanding of how dangerous the current process is for those who have already been hurt by a UU minister. Please spread the word as you are able.

I wish it weren't so, but for the foreseeable future, I would strongly recommend that victims of sexual misconduct not file a complaint with the UUA. Instead, I would suggest contacting the Rev. Marie Fortune's Faith Trust Institute.

Finally, I wanted to say thank you to the many people who have been supportive of this blog, this very difficult work and me. I am grateful beyond words.

My life is a happy one. I'm very lucky and I know it. I pray that some day things will improve for other victims of UU clergy misconduct. And may all of you find wonderful, healthy congregations and ministers, and may your religious lives flourish.

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