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