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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Universalist circuit rider.

Sorry about this week's delayed update: I've been on vacation and blissfully away from a computer.

Kimberly French tells the story of Quillen Shinn, the Universalist circuit rider whose ministry at the turn of the 20th century brought Universalism to thousands, especially in the South.

(I think of Shinn's story as one of many eddies in the stream of UU history. Shinn was something of an anachronism even in his own time — Universalist leaders were increasingly urban and modernist, while Shinn was dedicated to rural people and biblicism — and it may not be easy for many UUs to recognize their relationship to him. These days, his message is still being preached to doctrinally conservative Protestants — but not by UUs; the Christian doctrine of universal salvation now belongs to people like Carlton Pearson and Philip Gulley and James Mulholland. Still, even the eddies and side currents of our history have things to teach us.)

In the news, Don Skinner reports that the panel appointed three years ago to review Unitarian Universalist youth ministry has completed its report and will be presenting its recommendations to the UUA Board of Trustees this weekend. (Report junkies will want to click the links to the summary report and recommendations of the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth in the story's sidebar.) Sonja Cohen, meanwhile, tracks Unitarian Universalists in the media.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 17 October 2007 at 8:38 AM

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3 comments:

Scott (Boy in the Bands):

October 17, 2007 11:47 AM | Permalink for this comment

These days, his message is still being preached to doctrinally conservative Protestants but not by UUs; the Christian doctrine of universal salvation now belongs to people . . . .

Well, thanks a whole lot.

Philocrites:

October 17, 2007 12:08 PM | Permalink for this comment

Of course there are individuals like Scott who believe in and even try to promote the doctrine of universal salvation from within the Unitarian Universalist community, but I think even Scott would agree that his efforts are not especially amplified by UU congregational efforts, much less by denominational ones.

Scott, maybe you are actively evangelizing for universal salvation among theologically conservative communities in the U.S., but as much as I admire what you're doing, I'd still say that the Evangelicals and Pentecostals who are advocating for the idea are wildly better known than anyone who holds similar ideas in the UUA today.

StevenR:

October 17, 2007 01:43 PM | Permalink for this comment

There is no question the three folks you list are more famous than any UUs doing the same (Indeed they are more famous than ANY current UU professionals as well).
Your wording implies not denominational but ministers. And there are still some traditional style Christian Universalism Churches in the UUA. Or at least they say they are on their webpages.



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