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Monday, July 2, 2007

This week at Fireworks, GA, and affiliates.

How to have a hectic week in publishing a small magazine on the Web: Have two staff members get stuck flying home through Dallas while three of us have to take a sick day, then discover a pesky technical problem with the news blog and run into file compatibility problems with an essay you're preparing for publication. Delays! So, without further ado, a late edition of "This week at":

Meg Barnhouse likes fireworks — during church services! (She and Doug Muder are's two new columnists.) Meanwhile, Barbara Merritt tries to take her nonmaterialist values on vacation. And from the archives for the Fourth of July, Forrest Church asks, "What would Jefferson and Adams do?"

In the news, Tom Stites and I offer a news roundup from the UUA General Assembly in Portland June 20-24. Tom also reports on the UUA Board's decision June 25 to accept only two more independent affiliate organizations. (Tom retired June 30 after ten years with UU World — and spent his last week on the job covering GA and board business. Thanks, Tom!)

The General Assembly story reports on a major presentation by Daniel Ellsberg, former Sen. Mike Gravel, and former UUA President Robert West about Beacon Press's publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Last fall, ran this essay by Allison Trzop, whose Master's thesis initiated plans to bring Ellsberg, Gravel, and West together at GA. See also Doug Muder's front-page essay at DailyKos and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman's essay and video report about their presentation. Goodman moderated the discussion.

As I mentioned, the news blog hit some technical snags this week that we haven't figured out yet. In happier technological news, we're beta-testing our "printer-friendly version" tool; try it out on this week's stories and let me know how things print. Send the link to the article you printed to and mention which operating system and browser you use. Thanks!

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 2 July 2007 at 8:08 PM

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July 3, 2007 09:20 AM | Permalink for this comment

What kind of effectiveness will have the Open Space resolutions in UUA board policy? Are they mere suggestions, or have they any compelling nature as guidelines for future action in "the world"?


July 3, 2007 09:52 AM | Permalink for this comment

I believe they're entirely advisory -- and that the board intends to try something similar to ask people about their goals for the Association at next year's General Assembly. (Last year the moderator tried soliciting input from delegates in periods of open conversation on the plenary floor, but I didn't find it especially illuminating.)


July 8, 2007 10:20 PM | Permalink for this comment

Barbara Merritt's essay was a hit at the social news site Reddit this weekend, rising as high as #11 Sunday afternoon. Here's the comments string about her essay, which at least 134 people have now recommended.

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