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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer 2009 issue of 'UU World' now available.

UU World, Summer 2009The Summer 2009 issue of UU World is in the mail, but you can browse the magazine's contents online right now. In this issue: the amazing story of Unitarian Universalism's rapid growth in Africa; my end-of-term interview with outgoing UUA President William G. Sinkford and Sinkford's farewell column; the story of John Murray's conversion to universalism; Third Unitarian Church of Chicago's unique murals celebrating "liberal saints"; and much more.

My "From the Editor" column mentions UU World's nomination for a 2009 Utne Independent Press Award; this past weekend, Utne Reader gave the award for "spiritual coverage" to Geez Magazine. (Congrats, you fine hipster Christians!)

My column also breaks the news that UUA budget cuts are bringing down the curtain on uu&me!, the four-page children's insert produced by the Church of the Larger Fellowship that has appeared in the center of UU World since 2004. The UUA's Lifespan Faith Development staff is currently developing a new insert for families to replace it.

The print edition also includes candidate statements (pdf) for the June 2009 UUA elections, which you can find online at

Posted by Philocrites, May 21, 2009, at 10:01 PM | 0 comments

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Vote to send preservation dollars to UU sites.

Surely you're reading The Interdependent Web, the UU World blog that highlights the best of the UU blogosphere each week. (After all, it's the only place I've been blogging lately.) But I'm crossposting something I wrote there because I think you'd want to help some historic UU sites in Massachusetts get a piece of $1 million in historic preservation funding.

Old Ship Meeting House, by Timothy ValentineTwo Unitarian Universalist churches in Massachusetts are among 25 nominees for $1 million in preservation grants from the American Express Partners in Preservation program: the "Old Ship Meeting House" of the First Parish in Hingham (the only early Puritan meeting house still standing and the oldest wooden religious structure in use in the United States) and the United First Parish Church in Quincy (the "Church of the Presidents" where U.S. presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams are entombed). Vote for your favorites once daily through May 17.

Other UU-related sites include the Perkins School for the Blind (see UU World, Jan/Feb 2005), Mount Auburn Cemetery (see UU World, Spring 2007), and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (see UU World, Summer 2007).

Photo (cc) by Timothy Valentine.

Posted by Philocrites, May 6, 2009, at 08:55 PM | 1 comments

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