Monday, May 12, 2008
UU World has had some excellent interns in years past, but they've always initiated the internships themselves. This year, thanks to assistant editor (and former intern) Sonja Cohen, the magazine is launching a formal unpaid internship program. If your educational and career goals point you toward an internship with a nonprofit magazine in Boston, please see the program description and get in touch with Sonja.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
The family of Ric Masten, the "troubadour poet" and Unitarian Universalist community minister who reached out to other men with prostate cancer for the past decade, has announced that he has died. Masten is well-known among most Unitarian Universalists for his song, "Let It Be Dance," which his family sang around his bed as he passed away.
Frances Cerra Whittelsey profiled Ric Masten for UU World back in 2004. A new biography of Masten, Troubadour and Poet by UU minister Stephen Edington, has just been published; the UUA's Skinner House Books is publishing Masten's last collection of poems, Going Out Dancing, later this month.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Paul Rasor's longer essay, "Beyond Just War and Pacifism: Toward a Unitarian Universalist Theology of Prophetic Nonviolence" — from which his UU World essay "Prophetic Nonviolence" was adapted — has now been published in the Journal of Liberal Religion [pdf].
There's also a ton of material related to the congregational study/action issue on peacemaking at UUWiki. And, if you're truly dedicated to following this topic, you can listen to Paul Rasor talk with Meadville Lombard ethicist Sharon Welch and University of Colorado peace studies professor Ira Chernus [mp3]. I did, and I think it's cool that KGNU "Connections" host and UU layperson Kathy Partridge hosted the conversation — but I have to say that three smart people who agree on just about everything make for a very dull hour. It would have been more interesting if the three scholars sharpened their disagreements enough so that listeners could grasp that they are making somewhat different arguments.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
The Unitarian Universalist Association and the UU Service Committee are raising funds to assist the victims of Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma this past weekend, killing as many as 100,000 people, according to a U.S. government estimate today. (Here's the official announcement at UUA.org.) UUA-UUSC disaster fundraising efforts raised $2 million after a tsunami devastated Southeast Asia in 2004 and $3.7 million after Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friends, there are now approximately 180 blogs in my freshly updated annotated guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs. (The UUpdates aggregator currently lists 338, although that number includes a number of lapsed blogs.) I don't even try to keep up with more than a fraction of them anymore, but I have visited each over the last month to try to make sure my categories still apply.
This edition of the Guide bids farewell to Kinja's UUBlogs Digest, the aggregator of choice for many over the years, but happily there are new ways to keep up with UU blogs. I've also added a new UUA Elections category as the campaigns get going for the UUA's 2009 election of a new president.
If you have a blog that discusses Unitarian Universalism and that is not yet listed in my Guide to UU blogs, please promote it in the comments below. I'm selective about the blogs I include in my guide — I'm primarily interested in blogs that discuss religion, so blogs on other topics that simply happen to be written by UUs probably won't make the cut — but please do let me and my readers know about your blog.
Update 6.11.08: I've closed the comments on this entry due to relentless spam, but if you do have a UU blog, please email me.