Monday, September 3, 2007
This week at uuworld.org: UUism and the working class.
Doug Muder reflects on the scarcity of working-class people, like his father, among Unitarian Universalists.
Unitarian Universalism has a class problem. We rarely discuss it, and when we do, we often focus on the very poor: the homeless, panhandlers, people on welfare. But we also have a problem with the working class, particularly the ones suffering from what Marx called alienation. If you're a skilled craftsperson and like to work with your hands, you might be a UU. But if you make a living by renting your muscles and selling your time — permanently, not just until your novel gets published — you probably aren't.
My UU church is in a Boston suburb, and like all the UU churches I've attended, it has a lot of professionals with advanced degrees — people like me. But most UU congregations don't have a lot of people like Dad. I think that's a problem.
In my From the Editor column, I call attention to the dramatic and unfair postage increase the Post Office has inflicted on small and independent magazines. (I've written about the postage increase here at Philocrites, too.)
In the news, Don Skinner wraps up a series of stories about UU congregations affected by Hurricane Katrina two years ago with an article about the church in Baton Rouge, which quickly became the hub for UU relief and volunteer efforts on the Gulf Coast. Don also reports that the UU Service Committee has now taken over the job of coordinating UU volunteer opportunities in New Orleans. And Sonja Cohen monitors another week of Unitarian Universalists in the media.
(Please note: The news coverage of the only legal same-sex marriage performed in Iowa during Friday morning's brief window of opportunity — the ceremony was performed and the license signed by a UU minister — came out after this week's UUs in the media blog was posted. Watch for more on that story later this week.)
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 3 September 2007 at 9:34 AM