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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Help me update my Guide to UU blogs.

Okay, it's that time again: My annotated guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs is almost six months out of date, and I need your help updating it. If you have a UU-related blog, please check to see if you're on the list — and if I've listed you properly. Since the last update, seminarians have hatched into ministers; blogs have switched names or URLs; new blogs have burst onto the scene. Other blogs have faded away. Now would be a good time to send me corrections, point out newbies, alert me to broken links and lapsed blogs, and otherwise chime in.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 1 May 2007 at 5:07 PM

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Ms. Theologian:

May 1, 2007 06:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hey, Chris,

"Surviving the Workday" changed web addresses to

Thanks for updating! I like your list.

Steve Caldwell:

May 1, 2007 08:15 PM | Permalink for this comment


I'm curious about how the blogs are divided into categories and how you decide what category is most appropriate.

Rev. Debra Haffner is an ordained UU minister who is doing sexuality education advocacy as a community ministry.

Your guide has her blog in the "UU advocacy" instead of the "Ministers" category.

Since Debra is an ordained minister, it would make sense for her blog describing her community ministry work to be in the Ministers" category.



May 1, 2007 08:53 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hi Steve! Good question. I've listed Debra's blog as an advocacy blog because it's clearly part of her advocacy organization's public communications work and is more narrowly focused than most ministers' blogs. But I suppose I should list her in both places!

The reason I set up the categories in the first place was to help readers locate different sorts of content; I didn't really want to divide people into castes. Obviously that's tricky -- some ministers blog almost exclusively about politics, and some of the best religious writing pops up on blogs I'd be tempted to class as "personal diaries" -- and I'm not sure my categories really work anymore. I'd welcome suggestions of other organizational models.

Transparent Eye:

May 1, 2007 10:40 PM | Permalink for this comment


Transparent Eye —Rick Heller [Movable Type: sporadic]

I've converted my blog to Wordpress, and am updating it more regularly, focusing more on Buddhist and humanist perspectives, with an occasional UU reference.

Eric Posa:

May 2, 2007 01:23 AM | Permalink for this comment

Chris, my former blog (An Ant in the Granary) is no more; I've replaced it w/ an eponymous blog, linked above w/ my name.


May 2, 2007 07:36 AM | Permalink for this comment

I haven't had anything to do with beliefnet in years, though I haven't become the doyenne of anything else.


Scott Wells:

May 2, 2007 08:38 AM | Permalink for this comment

Yeah, Philo, I think you might have the last Movable Type install in UU-dom.


May 2, 2007 10:35 AM | Permalink for this comment

Scott, I have so completely customized what my Movable Type blog does that I haven't seen the value of learning how to make Word Press do the same set of things. (Ssh! I am very secretly trying to migrate to the new Movable Type, but that's a slow process, too, and may take several months. Or I may never get around to it and just keep on keeping on. MT 2.661 rules!)

Daniel OConnell:

May 2, 2007 12:14 PM | Permalink for this comment

A while back, I stumbled on your blog and became inspired. I now have your blog appearing on my yahoo page, and started several blogs, although I really have just the barest hint of how all this works:


1) The first one is about UU politics. Originally, I was going to do interviews, but nobody, it seems, wants to "go on record." I think things will heat up after GA.

2) I was just elected president of the Central Midwest District of the UUA.

3) This one is primarly for people interested in the goings-on of Eliot Unitarian Chapel in St Louis, MO, where I'm the Lead Minister.

Keep up the good work!


Ron Robinson:

May 2, 2007 06:38 PM | Permalink for this comment

Chris, I've branched out a bit at Planting God Communities but I am fine under congregational development though being under ministerial too will do also.

You might find a place, I don't know where in the categories, for and We will continue to be adding to them in coming days.

Steve Caldwell:

May 2, 2007 11:50 PM | Permalink for this comment

Scott Wells wrote to Chris:
" ... I think you might have the last Movable Type install in UU-dom"

Ahem ... our UU congregation uses Movable Type as a content management system (CMS). It was provided as free software provided through our website hosting vendor:

Since it came free and was supported by our hosting vendor, it was an easy choice when we upgraded from hand-coded pages to a CMS back in December 2005.


May 3, 2007 07:39 AM | Permalink for this comment

Steve, Movable Type is increasingly a platform for institutional blogs and low-grade content-management, so I wouldn't be surprised that congregations use it. But a church website isn't a blog, and Scott's right that I'm pretty much the only individual still using it in the UU blogosphere.


May 4, 2007 01:06 PM | Permalink for this comment

I just started a blog. It has all of three posts.


May 6, 2007 05:08 AM | Permalink for this comment

The French Unitarians have created several blogs recently on Unitarian theology, history, and news. They are written mostly in French:

Assemblée Fraternelle des Chrétiens Unitariens (Fraternal Assembly of Christian Unitarians):

Actualités Unitariennes
(Unitarian News):

La Besace des Unitariens (Unitarian Saddlebag) (History):

At least one Transylvanian minister also keeps a blog with news (in English). I am using tinyURL because it is a Yahoo blog and the URL is too long and confusing:


May 6, 2007 08:22 PM | Permalink for this comment

PeaceBang launches anew at her own domain using Word Press!


May 6, 2007 09:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

Moved to Blogspot: UUpdater: Blogging about the UUpdates RSS aggregator and other UU projects. —UUpdater [Blogger: current]

Shelby Meyerhoff:

May 6, 2007 09:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

Dear Chris,

Please include Looking for Faith. The description I use on the site is: "Are you looking for faith? This is a website to guide those seeking a fresh start in their spiritual journey."

Thank you for being so supportive of UU blogs and bloggers!


May 7, 2007 10:52 AM | Permalink for this comment

Beauty Tips for Ministers moves over to Word Press, too — although you can also find it at

Tina Simson:

May 8, 2007 08:41 AM | Permalink for this comment

Hi Chris,
We are the 'new kids on the blog'. We've been working on our blog for a little over a month but it goes live today. We have a distinct UU Spiritual bent.

We will also be at GA conducting a seminar on Wellspring. check us out at

Hope to see you in Portland,

Freeman Wicklund:

May 10, 2007 02:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

Hi There! I've created a new blog called Take Action for a Better World with frequent posts on UU-related material. Please check it out and add it to the list. Thanks!

[Link added. —Philo]


May 11, 2007 11:32 AM | Permalink for this comment

Dr Rieux's athest-UU blog "Infidelity" has gone off the air and been transformed into a spam blog.


May 21, 2007 01:02 PM | Permalink for this comment

Ruminations of the Soul: Seminarian planning to move to South Africa. —Qiyamah A. Rahman (Blogger: current)


May 21, 2007 03:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

Another (post-)seminarian: Secretly, Between the Shadow and the Soul: "Liberally (progressively?) quoting Pablo Neruda, Martin Luther and the Gospel of John, I create a space for reflection and, perhaps, illumination." —WomynRev (Blogger: current)


July 26, 2007 11:58 AM | Permalink for this comment

Dr Rieux's athe[i]st-UU blog "Infidelity" has gone off the air and been transformed into a spam blog.

Indeed--that comes from my friend not paying the web-hosting bill. Oh, well.

I've been trying to reconstitute Infidelity on my LiveJournal-- .

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