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Monday, February 17, 2014

Is there a torch in the new UUA logo?

Excerpt: Thinking about the UUA's new logo (which was announced last week; I was not involved in developing), I was struck by the torch-like image in its center. I've heard people express dismay that it's no longer clearly a flaming... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, July 17, 2009

The election is over; time to plan the next one!

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Association elected Peter Morales its eighth president on June 27, but that doesn't mean it's time for UUs to stop thinking about the way we choose our national leaders. The Board of Trustees is proposing some major... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Summer 2009 issue of 'UU World' now available.

Excerpt: The 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... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Vote to send preservation dollars to UU sites.

Excerpt: 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... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, April 6, 2009

'UU World' a finalist for Utne Independent Press Awards.

Excerpt: Utne Reader announced today that UU World, the magazine I edit for the Unitarian Universalist Association, has been named a finalist for the 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards. UU World is one of eight religion and spirituality magazines nominated in... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Harvard's Daniel McKanan on building liberal institutions.

Excerpt: Daniel McKanan, Harvard's first Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity, will be giving his inaugural lecture in the Sperry Room at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., May 7 at 5:15 pm. His topic: "Unless a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Minns Lectures: Unitarian kinship with Judaism, Islam.

Excerpt: I'm pleased to announce the 2009 Minns Lectures. Historian Susan Ritchie, visiting professor of Unitarian Universalist history at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif., and minister of North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio, will be... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

UUA Board meets in Boston, April 17-18.

Excerpt: Observers are welcome to attend the meetings of the UUA Board of Trustees and its working groups and committees, April 17-18 in Boston. Among the agendas and reports now available on UUA.org are a few related to the UUA's financial... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Economic recession brings downsized UUA.

Excerpt: In case you're not keeping up with UU World's weekly coverage of Unitarian Universalist news (RSS; email newsletter), I wanted you to be aware of the magazine's story about the UUA's budget cuts for the fiscal year beginning in July.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, March 16, 2009

Audio of Spring UU World now available.

Excerpt: Audiorecordings of the articles in the Spring issue of UU World are now available at uuworld.org. Recorded by audiobook actor Dick Hill and produced by Peter Bowden, the .mp3 files can be played in a web browser or downloaded for... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Officers' endorsements in the UUA presidential race.

Excerpt: On the UUA's Election-L email list, dedicated to discussing the 2009 denominational elections, a number of people have expressed concerns about Moderator Gini Courter's endorsement of Laurel Hallman as president. Unnoted, however, is Financial Advisor Dan Brody's endorsement of her... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, February 23, 2009

Spring issue of UU World now available.

Excerpt: The Spring 2009 issue of UU World went in the mail last week, but you don't have to wait for the magazine to arrive in your mailbox to read it. Browse the issue online, sign up for weekly email updates... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, February 9, 2009

Knoxville church shooter pleads guilty to 'hate crime.'

Excerpt: Jim David Adkisson, who attacked a Knoxville Unitarian Universalist congregation with a shotgun last July, killing two and injuring six, pleaded guilty to all charges this morning and was sentenced to life without parole. Minutes before Adkisson's guilty plea, the... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Let us now praise excellent commenters.

Excerpt: If you tend to read my sporadic posts but don't come back to read the comments left by other readers, you are really missing out. I especially recommend the comments left in response to "Megachurch pastor: UUs just don't do... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Recession hits Unitarian Universalist Association.

Excerpt: One of the largest congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association, First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, came up $185,000 short in its annual fundraising drive — and announced this past weekend that the church will simply shut down for the... [Click for complete entry | 13 comments]

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Purposes, purposes: Which ones really matter?

Excerpt: I'll confess: I don't understand the polity of the Unitarian Universalist Association at the moment, at least in the midst of the Board of Trustees' rethink of the Association's governance model. The board has adopted "ends" it crafted for the... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Deadline looms for churches wanting a vote at GA.

Excerpt: UUA Secretary Paul Rickter sent the following appeal to the Election-L email list urging congregations to make sure they complete their annual certification by February 2:The UUA Bylaws set a requirement for voting rights at General Assembly: congregations must certify... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Desert island blogs: Your top 10 UU blogs.

Excerpt: While puttering about the house today, it occurred to me that 2009 is well underway without so much as a rumor of a fifth annual UU Blog Awards competition. Alas! Which got me to thinking: If I had to come... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Latest updates to my Guide to UU Blogs.

Excerpt: A lot has changed since I last updated my Guide to Unitarian Universalist Blogs in May 2008. (I mean, in addition to the birth of my son!) But, at last, the update is done. I've included many of the blogs... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs.

Excerpt: A work in progress, this directory is my annotated, selective guide to the ever-expanding Unitarian Universalist blogosphere. It replaces my first Guide to UU Blogs, which I began in January 2004 and am no longer updating. Update 1.4.10: I am... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Megachurch pastor: UUs just don't do transformation.

Excerpt: Boston Globe religion reporter Michael Paulson describes a visit to the only evangelical megachurch in the Boston area, Lexington's Grace Chapel, in a blog post that ends with this fascinating observation by the church's senior minister, Bryan Wilkerson:I asked him... [Click for complete entry | 33 comments]

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oops! Sinkford not first black president of white church.

Excerpt: Lately I've been covering the UU blogosphere for uuworld.org — visit "The Interdependent Web" or subscribe to its feed to keep up with me there — and this past week I stumbled onto something I'm surprised and embarrassed I had... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New 'UU World': Hallelujah, endurance, dinner, Adlai.

Excerpt: The Winter 2008 issue of UU World is in the mail. William F. Schulz writes about the wisdom of endurance; Barbara Merritt muses on Leonard Cohen's "broken hallelujah"; John Gibb Millspaugh sees ethical dilemmas on the Thanksgiving dinner table; Christine... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

UUA presidential candidates at Oct. regional conference.

Excerpt: Did you know that the four UUA districts in New England are sponsoring a regional conference October 17-18 in Worcester, Mass.? UUA presidential candidates Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales are the keynote speakers Saturday morning, October 17, at 9:30. Learn... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

UUA Board meets in Boston, October 17-19.

Excerpt: Forgive me in advance for the insider-baseball jargon that peppers this post. It's time once again for the quarterly meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees, October 15-19 in Boston. Although I'm aware that no one has ever attended a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, September 15, 2008

New and improved Principles and Purposes?

Excerpt: While I've been offline for the last several weeks — moving to a new apartment and falling into radio silence as Verizon failed repeatedly to get our phone line and Internet connection up and running — the UUA Commission on... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New 'UU World': Covenants, mensches, GA, anxiety.

Excerpt: The Fall 2008 issue of UU World went in the mail this week, but while you're anxiously awaiting the arrival of your copy, browse the magazine online. Highlights include Dennis McCarty's cover story on covenantal faith, Debra W. Haffner's advice... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

UUA publishes resources for bloggers.

Excerpt: Shelby Meyerhoff, who has been writing UU World's weekly "Interdependent Web" blog and who was hired this summer by the UUA's Public Information Office, has put together some useful resources for bloggers interested in promoting Unitarian Universalism. The Unitarian Universalist... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Video of Knoxville UU church's rededication service.

Excerpt: Knoxville TV station WBIR broadcast Sunday's rededication service at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, which reopened one week after a gunman opened fire in the worship service, killing two and injuring six. A three-minute video segment, featuring TVUUC's minister... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Boston Globe: Knoxville shootings rattle UUs.

Excerpt: Michael Paulson's Boston Globe story about Unitarian Universalist reactions to the Knoxville church shootings mentions the cascade of blog posts about the shootings in the UU blogosphere, but doesn't quote any of them. His blog post about the story, however,... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

First-person accounts of Knoxville church shooting.

Excerpt: I found it especially heartbreaking to read these first-person accounts of the shootings at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville by LiveJournal users bekitty, writingjen, daughter of shooting victim John Worth, and her husband salvador-dalai (via the UU... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Updates on Knoxville church shooting.

Excerpt: See UU World's coverage of the Knoxville church shootings. The magazine's "Unitarian Universalists in the Media" blog is tracking news coverage of the shootings with daily roundups this week. Watch for a story about last night's interfaith vigil in Knoxville... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, July 28, 2008

Police: Gunman's hostility to liberalism key motive.

Excerpt: Although I'm not sure what to make of the (probably) selective inventory of Knoxville gunman Jim David Adkisson's home library (mentioned in the latest report from the Knoxville News Sentinel) — antiliberal books by Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, and Sean... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

UUA sets up blog for Knoxville condolences.

Excerpt: Visit Supporting Our Friends in Knoxville, a UUA-sponsored blog, to leave messages of support for the Unitarian Universalists in the communities affected by yesterday's church shooting.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Gunman's ex-wife had been member of Knoxville church.

Excerpt: More on the shooter in yesterday's deadly attack on the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville: His ex-wife, Liza Alexander, divorced him eight years ago after he threatened to kill her and himself, according to a new story at... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Police chief: Gunman targeted UUs for 'liberal stance.'

Excerpt: The man who attacked the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville specifically targeted the Unitarian Universalists for their "liberal stance," according to the Knoxville police chief. WBIR reports: -KPD Chief Owen says the shooter acted alone, and based on a... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Second Knoxville victim dies; gunman left 'manifesto.'

Excerpt: A second victim of yesterday's horrific church shootings in Knoxville has died. Linda Kraeger, a 61-year-old member of the Westside UU Church, died from injuries she received when Jim Adkisson apparently began firing a shotgun as a children's performance of... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Gunman opens fire in Knoxville UU church; 1 dead.

Excerpt: A man fired multiple shotgun blasts during the worship service at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville this morning, killing one and injuring several others. The attack took place during a children's performance of the play "Annie Jr,"... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

2009 UUA presidential election resources.

Excerpt: While I was preoccupied with my adorable new son (who's now 13 lbs 2 oz at 9 weeks, thank you very much), there were all sorts of new developments in the 2009 UUA presidential race. The last time I mentioned... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Thursday, June 19, 2008

New 'UU World': Paradise, Sources cantata, counting UUs.

Excerpt: While I was offline welcoming my adorable son into the world, UU World's summer issue arrived in subscribers' mailboxes; most of the issue is also available online. Some highlights: Theologians Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker present one of... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, June 9, 2008

When lolcats light a chalice.

Excerpt: Denizens of the interdependent web, you'll either think this Unitarian Universalist take on an Internet fad is funny or makes no sense whatsoever. [Link updated!] Those of you in the latter category will probably find Wikipedia's entry on lolcats illuminating,... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Ric Masten, UU 'troubadour,' dies at 78.

Excerpt: 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... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Thursday, May 8, 2008

More from Paul Rasor on 'prophetic nonviolence.'

Excerpt: 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].... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Do you have a Unitarian Universalist blog?

Excerpt: 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... [Click for complete entry | 49 comments]

Thursday, April 24, 2008

YRUU's transformation continues.

Excerpt: There are new developments this week in the relationship between the UUA and the continental UU youth organization YRUU, although details are emerging somewhat piecemeal. The second meeting of the Youth Ministry Implementation Working Group — the administration-appointed task force... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Kinja to pull plug on UU Blogs Digest next week.

Excerpt: I suspect most avid Unitarian Universalist blog readers keep up by subscribing to the feeds of their favorite blogs or by visiting the UUpdates aggregator, but some have stuck with the UU Blogs Digest I set up back in 2004... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, April 21, 2008

Harvard Div School names first Emerson UUA professor.

Excerpt: UU World interviews Dan McKanan, an historian of the religious left whom Harvard Divinity School has appointed the first Ralph Waldo Emerson UUA Senior Lecturer in Divinity. The endowed faculty position was funded by gifts from Unitarian Universalist organizations and... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Watch 'Actions of Immediate Witness' hatch online.

Excerpt: At last! This year, the UUA Commission on Social Witness plans to post information about General Assembly resolutions-by-petition as soon as someone announces their interest in organizing an "Action of Immediate Witness" (AIW) resolution. The online coordination effort will be... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, April 14, 2008

This week in Unitarian Universalist contrarianism.

Excerpt: Might I draw your attention to Jeff on General Assembly, PeaceBang on the UUA's new Time ad, and David on military chaplaincy and Unitarian Universalism?... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New book on Joseph Priestley focus of UUHS event.

Excerpt: I am very sorry not yet to have announced the annual spring lecture of the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society, which is to be held this Friday at First Parish in Cambridge at 7:30. J.D. Bowers, author of the new book... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, March 31, 2008

Last call for the Guide to UU Blogs.

Excerpt: Although I hope this won't really be the last time I update my annotated guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs — thanks to the advent of the Philocritot! — it's certainly going to the last time for the foreseeable future. So,... [Click for complete entry | 17 comments]

Thursday, March 27, 2008

One-stop shop for your UU video fix.

Excerpt: Peter Bowden has launched a very useful site at UUPlanet.tv: A web video channel where he's gathering Unitarian Universalism-related film from YouTube and other places. I'm especially grateful that he managed to find the excellent promotional clip developed for the... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Get the early scoop on new ministerial settlements.

Excerpt: Once again, UU Enforcer is collecting announcements of new ministerial settlements [oops! these are actually announcements of ministerial candidates] on his definitely unofficial "Hot Stove List," just in case you're wondering where clergy types are going to see where their... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

UUA Board meets in Boston, April 18-20.

Excerpt: Agendas and reports are now available for the April meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees in Boston, April 18-20. Meetings are open to the public. Folks interested in the hot-ticket topics of YRUU, C*UUYAN, independent affiliates, and denominational elections... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, March 17, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: UUA presidential race.

Excerpt: UU World kicks off its coverage of the 2009 UUA presidential election. I introduce the race, and Jane Greer offers profiles of Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales, the two current candidates for president. (UUA.org will be gathering elections-related content at... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, March 15, 2008

June 24-25 meeting will plan C*UUYAN's future.

Excerpt: Details about the June meeting to plan the future of C*UUYAN (the Continental UU Young Adult Network, an organization of 18- to 35-year-old UUs) are now available. (The meeting was mentioned in the uuworld.org article about the UUA's decision to... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: Sunday schools past.

Excerpt: But before I get to this week's stories, an announcement that uuworld.org has added a new homepage for its slowly growing roster of blogs. Unitarian Universalists in the Media has been calling attention to news stories about Unitarian Universalists and... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Responsive resolutions: Spontaneous plenary business.

Excerpt: I've wondered how many people skip the final plenary session at each summer's UUA General Assembly in order to avoid the spectacle of the debate on Actions of Immediate Witness. (AIWs are social justice resolutions submitted by petition at GA.)... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: Raising committed UUs.

Excerpt: Bill Doherty's cover story in the Spring UU World, "Home Grown Unitarian Universalism," raises lots of provocative ideas. He describes the efforts of a group of UU adults in the Minneapolis/St Paul area to explore Unitarian-Universalist history and theology. What... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Survey: 0.3 percent of adults are Unitarian Universalists.

Excerpt: There's some intriguing news for Unitarian Universalism-watchers in the Pew Forum's fascinating new U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. (Yup, it's time for some religion statistics!) The survey of 35,000 American adults was broad enough to pick up statistically significant samples of... [Click for complete entry | 32 comments]

Monday, February 25, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: UU prayer; YRUU's future.

Excerpt: Wayne Arnason and Kathleen Rolenz reflect on how Unitarian Universalist worship leaders can pray with integrity, grace, power, and purpose. "The purpose of prayer in transformative worship," they write in an excerpt from their new book, "is to allow enough... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, February 18, 2008

Spring issue of UU World now available.

Excerpt: The Spring 2008 issue of UU World is in the mail, but you don't need to wait for the post office: You can browse the issue's contents online. Members of congregations affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association in the United... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: C*UUYAN's funding cut.

Excerpt: James Loewen, the sociologist and author of Sundown Towns, describes how you can research your town's history to see if your community used to exclude African Americans intentionally. Such research can be a first step toward racial reconciliation — and... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sinkford: Continental YRUU will be replaced.

Excerpt: In a letter to the YRUU Steering Committee (and copied to the Board of Trustees), UUA President Bill Sinkford acknowledged Saturday that "Continental YRUU, as we have known it, will be replaced at some point by a new structure that... [Click for complete entry | 57 comments]

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sinkford asks for patience on youth, young adult changes.

Excerpt: UUA President Bill Sinkford issued a brief letter Thursday afternoon urging patience with changes in the way the UUA supports youth and young adult ministry. "Let me assure you that the new course has not yet been defined and decided,"... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

YRUU, C*UUYAN funding decisions not entirely clear.

Excerpt: Anxiety and anger are sweeping through networks of Unitarian Universalist young people following the release of two letters this week, one each from the governing boards of the UUA's two "sponsored organizations" serving young UUs. The steering committee of the... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: Love, Kenya, Appalachia.

Excerpt: Columnist Meg Barnhouse is wondering why it's hard to let oneself feel loved. She resolves (on alternating days) to stop beating up on herself and on the world. In the news, Don Skinner reports that a UUSC-UUA delegation to Kenya... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, February 10, 2008

'Rise Up Singing,' UU-style, in the New York Times.

Excerpt: Today's New York Times dedicates lots of space to Pete Seeger, the Rise Up Singing folk music songbook, and "community sings" — often hosted by Unitarian Universalist churches. Music journalist Ben Ratliff, who is currently traveling around the country writing... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Thursday, February 7, 2008

African Unitarians meet with international UU leaders.

Excerpt: A very interesting and unprecedented gathering is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, for the next five days. African Unitarians — who have essentially founded their own churches in Kenya, Nigeria, and several other countries with only limited contact with Unitarians... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

UUA trustee from New York boycotts General Assembly.

Excerpt: Rosemary Bray McNatt, the UUA trustee from the Metro New York District, announced that she will not attend the General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale. The site of the June convention has generated some alarm because it's located inside the port... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: UU theology of peace.

Excerpt: Unitarian Universalist theologian Paul Rasor explores the history of Unitarian and Universalist responses to war and draws on both just war theory and pacifism to introduce "prophetic nonviolence," a distinctively UU response to war. His essay also takes up the... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Monday, January 28, 2008

UUA Board reaffirms Ft Lauderdale as G.A. site.

Excerpt: The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association has reaffirmed its decision to hold the 2008 UUA General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, despite the controversial photo ID requirements at the site. A letter today from UUA President Bill Sinkford,... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Prison film, 'Survivor' gift.

Excerpt: When Melissa Mummert was a seminarian, she began making a documentary film about the impact of mandatory-minimum prison sentences on women and their children. Now a UU community minister, Mummert hopes her film, Perversion of Justice, will draw attention to... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 21, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: History of whites-only towns.

Excerpt: Historian Dan Carter reviews James Loewen's book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, which tells the forgotten story of American communities that actively expelled and excluded blacks. From the archives for this Martin Luther King Jr Day: Thomas... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Laurel Hallman, Peter Morales run for UUA presidency.

Excerpt: Two ministers this month have declared their intentions to run for the presidency of the Unitarian Universalist Association. President Bill Sinkford's second term ends in June 2009; the General Assembly will elect a successor at the 2009 Assembly in Salt... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Friday, January 18, 2008

UU Ministers Assoc. moves events from G.A. center.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association executive committee has decided to move the UUMA's annual "Ministry Days" convention from the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., convention center due to concerns about requirements that people show a federal ID to enter the port where... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 14, 2008

This week at uuworld.org: Kate Braestrup, Assoc Sunday.

Excerpt: An excerpt from Kate Braestrup's memoir, Here If You Need Me, tells the story of how the Unitarian Universalist chaplain ministered to the brother of a woman who killed herself in the Maine woods. Don Skinner profiled Braestrup's wilderness chaplaincy... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Thursday, January 10, 2008

UUA Board meets in Boston, January 18-20.

Excerpt: The quarterly meeting of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association is taking place in Boston January 18-20. The hot topic will undoubtedly be the security requirements at the site of the 2008 General Assembly, which requires a... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, December 24, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Merry Christmas!

Excerpt: Meg Barnhouse finds herself at a Keith Urban concert, thanks to the kindness of a man who came to hear her perform at a coffee shop, which leads her to reflect on the reality and power of miracles. From the... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, December 21, 2007

More about ID checks at 2008 UUA General Assembly.

Excerpt: The UUA has posted an extensive list of questions and answers about the ID requirements at the site of the 2008 General Assembly in Ft. Lauderdale. The FAQ addresses a number of the concerns that some trustees and some ministers... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, December 17, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: G.A. concerns; what's sacred?

Excerpt: Patrick O'Neill offers a Unitarian Universalist interpretation of the sacred. (His thoughts on evil also appeared in the Winter issue of UU World.) From the archives: As the Winter Solstice approaches, Patricia Montley offers a meditation for the longest night.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Next year's General Assembly brouhaha today!

Excerpt: Jane Greer reported for uuworld.org in October on concerns raised by UUA trustees about federal security procedures in place at the port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where the convention center hosting the 2008 UUA General Assembly is situated. (Show an... [Click for complete entry | 23 comments]

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Happy birthday, Frederic Henry Hedge!

Excerpt: One of my favorite forgotten Unitarians was born on this date in 1805. Frederic Henry Hedge helped introduce German language studies to the United States, encouraged his Unitarian colleagues' interest in German romanticism (which became "Transcendentalism"), and promoted a form... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, December 10, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Mike Gravel's religion.

Excerpt: Michelle Deakin profiles human rights lawyer and Unitarian Universalist minister Karen Tse, who is helping to train public defenders in China and other countries as part of a global initiative to end the use of torture. The organization she leads,... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Obituaries of extraordinary Unitarian Universalists.

Excerpt: Boston Globe obituary readers have been treated recently to the life stories of some distinctive individuals with Unitarian Universalist ties. Last Tuesday's paper included the obituary of Jack Nolan, former head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory computer systems group who... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, December 3, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Psalm for exiles.

Excerpt: John Nichols offers a meditation on verses from Psalm 137 — "How could we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" — and writes about the importance of maintaining one's beliefs when surrounded by people who disagree with you.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, November 26, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: What is evil?

Excerpt: Patrick O'Neill offers a Unitarian Universalist view of evil that emphasizes human possibility even in the face of grievous abuses. From the archives: William F. Schulz, at the time executive director of Amnesty International USA, looks at the evil of... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, November 19, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Fred Small tries 'The Secret.'

Excerpt: The experts it features are fake, the science is questionable, and not one of the quotes it attributes to Ralph Waldo Emerson can be found in his work — but, Fred Small writes, the extremely popular film and book about... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Christine Robinson reports on Consultation on Growth.

Excerpt: Updated! The UUA Growth Team invited a dozen ministers to a "consultation on growth" in Louisville last week, and one of the participants — Christine Robinson, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque — is blogging about the consultation... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Liberal religion scholarship at the AAR in San Diego.

Excerpt: Jeff at Transient and Permanent has rounded up a pretty thorough guide to Unitarian Universalism-related and liberal religion-related sessions at this weekend's American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego. As I've mentioned before, two events are especially aimed at... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, November 12, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Rod Serling's Unitarianism.

Excerpt: Kimberly French looks back at Twilight Zone writer Rod Serling, a Unitarian whose television scripts and public statements challenged prejudice in the 1950s and '60s. From the archives: Novelist Will Shetterly explores liberal religious dimensions of science fiction and fantasy.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, November 9, 2007

Want a role in reshaping UUA General Assembly?

Excerpt: Heads up, General Assembly junkies:The Committee on Committees of the UUA Board of Trustees is accepting applications to be considered for membership (five plus a Board liaison) on the Fifth Principle Task Force. The Task Force was approved by the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Beliefnet launches new Unitarian Universalist forum.

Excerpt: This is really more of a technology update than anything else, but Beliefnet has launched a beta version of a new tool for its religious discussion forums. Here's the Unitarian Universalism forum; the old forums are here. I've never particularly... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, November 5, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: America's founding faiths.

Excerpt: In an excerpt from his new book on the religious politics of America's first five presidents — George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe — Forrest Church tells the story of a culture war most of... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Winter 'UU World' in the mail, now online.

Excerpt: The Winter 2007 issue of UU World is beginning to arrive in mailboxes, but you don't need to wait for your copy to arrive to start reading articles by Forrest Church, Kate Braestrup, Robert Fulghum, and others. Browse the issue... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Haiku as spiritual practice.

Excerpt: Tom Stites, who retired as editor of UU World this spring after decades as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, writes about his spiritual practice: haiku. Here are four of his poems. From the archives, Patricia Montley examines the ways... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Second UUA 'Time' ad introduces online outreach.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Association's second Time magazine ad appeared Friday in the November 5 edition. (See pages 71 and 72.) The pair of ads announces the launch of a UUA-sponsored Time.com religion archive called The Religion Pages, which features links... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

UUA trustees with blogs comment on board meeting.

Excerpt: At least two trustees on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Association are blogging about the quarterly board meeting held this past weekend in Boston. (How transparent!) At UUA View from Berkeley, Linda Laskowski, the new trustee from the Pacific... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, October 22, 2007

California fires displace UUs in San Diego area.

Excerpt: The wildfires that are spreading rapidly in southern California forced the evacuation of 250,000 people from their homes in San Diego today, according to the Los Angeles Times. Here's a map showing the locations of the fires in seven counties... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Start a church from scratch.

Excerpt: Don Skinner shares the stories of three groups of dedicated people who have started a Unitarian Universalist congregation from scratch. Jane Greer profiles the virtual-reality architecture of the UU Church of Second Life. (Kenneth Sutton reported on the creation of... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Former UUA Moderator Natalie Gulbrandsen has died.

Excerpt: Natalie Gulbrandsen, who served as moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1985 to 1993, died today. Gulbrandsen also volunteered extensively with the UU Women's Federation, the International Association for Religious Freedom, the Partner Church Council, and her congregation in... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Universalist circuit rider.

Excerpt: 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... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

UUA Directory is now available online.

Excerpt: Attention, information junkies: For the first time, the annual UUA Directory hasn't just been published as a book — it's also available online. Update 10.24.07: As commenter Russell pointed out, the Directory is no longer available online. Questions about the... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, October 8, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Pete Stark's humanism.

Excerpt: Doug Muder attends a ceremony honoring Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) for acknowledging that he doesn't believe in God, but discovers that Stark can't understand what the fuss is about. Stark is one of two Unitarian Universalists currently serving in Congress.... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Thursday, October 4, 2007

UU prison ministry responds to fed. prison book purge.

Excerpt: Here's a letter about the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship's prison ministries and its response to the federal Bureau of Prisons' "Standardized Chapel Library Project." (You'll recall that no UU books appeared on the approved lists that the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

UUA film 'Voices of a Liberal Faith' now online.

Excerpt: A 10-minute film, "Voices of a Liberal Faith," which the UUA developed as a tool to help congregations introduce Unitarian Universalism to newcomers, is now available for viewing online in the RealVideo and WindowsMedia formats. DVDs of the film have... [Click for complete entry | 31 comments]

Monday, October 1, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Meet Carolyn McDade.

Excerpt: Kimberly French profiles Carolyn McDade, the fascinating woman who wrote what has become contemporary Unitarian Universalism's anthem, "Spirit of Life." In the news, Don Skinner reports on the UUA's first national marketing campaign and on the regional marketing campaign underway... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Got a great idea for the 2008 UUA General Assembly?

Excerpt: It's not too late to propose a workshop for the UUA's 2008 General Assembly — but it will be soon. Last year, four bloggers cobbled together a proposal for a workshop on UU blogs — and the GA Planning Committee... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

UUA Board meets in Boston, October 20-21.

Excerpt: The UUA Board of Trustees meets in Boston October 20-21. The agenda and reports the board will be considering are now online. The "related content" box includes several reports from the multi-year consultation on ministry to and with youth. Board... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

UU Council of Christian Churches meets October 21.

Excerpt: Boston-area readers — attention, seminarians! — will be interested in the 26th convocation of the Council of Christian Churches in the UUA on Saturday, October 21. The theme is "Faith and Justice: Walking the Talk" — and the Council has... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Friday, September 28, 2007

News about UUA, Bay Area marketing campaigns.

Excerpt: Don Skinner reports extensively on the Unitarian Universalist Association's first national marketing campaign, which begins in Time magazine in October, and on the regional marketing campaign underway in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's a lot in his uuworld.org report... [Click for complete entry | 22 comments]

Monday, September 24, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Neglecting theology.

Excerpt: This week, I review Gary Dorrien's three-volume history of American liberal theology, opening with a lament:Liberal theology is in crisis. Almost no one has heard of it, fewer people can explain it, and even the churches that have historically embraced... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Share your views with Panel on Theological Education.

Excerpt: Monday, September 24, is the deadline for input to a survey I sure wish I had known about sooner. The UUA's Panel on Theological Education, which is currently reviewing funding priorities that support ministerial and theological education, is conducting an... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, September 21, 2007

Unitarian books not approved for prison libraries.

Excerpt: Today's New York Times follows up on a story two weeks ago about the federal Bureau of Prisons' purge of all religious books not on an undisclosed approved list called the "Standardized Prison Chapel Project." The online version of today's... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Monday, September 17, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Going with the flow no more!

Excerpt: Meg Barnhouse goes innertubing on a river to see if "going with the flow" works well as a practical philosophy. It's okay, she finds, until the river tries to kill you. Also this week: I offer a brief review of... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Imagine your own UUA marketing campaign.

Excerpt: Never mind that we haven't even seen the UUA's just-announced national marketing campaign materials. My doughty readers are already rethinking and second-guessing the campaign. So, dear readers, if you were running the show, what would you do? To keep things... [Click for complete entry | 14 comments]

Friday, September 14, 2007

UUA announces national marketing campaign.

Excerpt: On Thursday, the Unitarian Universalist Association announced its first national marketing campaign in decades. The campaign involves full-page ads in Time, a print-online sponsorship of Time's religion articles archive, and online advertising at time.com. Resources available so far include UUA... [Click for complete entry | 17 comments]

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UU minister co-blogs the 'Lucifer Effect.'

Excerpt: Here's an interesting blog that presents two ministers — one Unitarian Universalist, one Presbyterian — writing back and forth as they respond to Philip Zambardo's provocative book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. The blog, Lucifer Goes... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, September 10, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Church volunteer burnout.

Excerpt: Elizabeth Weber writes about finding a new way to participate in congregational life after burning out as a volunteer at her Unitarian Universalist fellowship. In the news: Jane Greer interviews Mark Stringer, the UU minister who performed Iowa's only legal... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, September 7, 2007

Moxie Life launches online UU book group.

Excerpt: Listen up, book lovers: Moxie Life wants to launch an online UU reading group focused on fiction — and is gathering nominations for the first novel through next Friday.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Harvard update on Emerson UUA professorship.

Excerpt: On August 21, Harvard Divinity School dean William Graham distributed a letter announcing an update in the school's search for a Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Professor of Divinity. The letter itself is not online, as far as I... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, September 3, 2007

Responses to 'Liberal religion and the working class.'

Excerpt: Ever since the Fall UU World went online and started arriving in mailboxes, UU bloggers have been mulling over Doug Muder's cover story, "Not My Father's Religion: Unitarian Universalism and the Working Class. (You can submit letters to the editor... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: UUism and the working class.

Excerpt: 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... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, August 27, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: All parents teach religion.

Excerpt: Roberta M. Nelson writes that even secular parents are religious educators. (Her essay is adapted from her contribution to a collection on secular parenting, though Nelson is a longtime minister of religious education in the UUA.) Meanwhile, I review the... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Saturday, August 25, 2007

What does 'liberal, welcoming' mean at your church?

Excerpt: Friday's Washington Post includes a column that opens with this anecdote:The sign outside Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke announces that it is a "liberal, welcoming religious community." For Rep. Tom Davis yesterday, it was more liberal than welcoming. The... [Click for complete entry | 22 comments]

Monday, August 20, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: A loved one fades away.

Excerpt: In her moving essay about love and acceptance, Kathleen McTigue writes about her father-in-law's dementia:It's like watching someone we love sailing off in a little boat on a very still lake, slowly gliding away and away, alone, while we stand... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, August 13, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: The Web and liberal religion.

Excerpt: Doug Muder wonders if the Internet is changing society in ways that will help liberal religion thrive. The printing press, after all, made the Protestant Reformation possible; could the Web usher in a new era of liberalism in religion? [Update:... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bay Area UUs buy ads on 'Daily Show,' 'Colbert Report.'

Excerpt: As I mentioned in the previous post, the UUA's Pacific Central District is trying some innovative marketing (for UUs). The YouTube initiative is a do-it-yourself, "viral marketing" approach — and will only cost the district the $250 it is offering... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Pacific Central District's $250 YouTube ad contest.

Excerpt: The August 13 edition of PCD Currents, the email newsletter of the UUA's Pacific Central District, includes two marketing notices you'll find interesting. Here's the first: an appeal for youth- and young adult-created YouTube ads promoting Unitarian Universalism:The Viral Video... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, July 30, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Church on Wednesday.

Excerpt: Tom Stites writes that many congregations are gathering in the middle of the week for worship, dinner, and other programs. Concentrated midweek programming offers "stronger connections and deeper religious lives for members and friends; greater ease for new people in... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Pastoral problem: Minister dies after wedding rehearsal.

Excerpt: An obituary in yesterday's Boston Globe reported that retired UU minister Richard Kimball, 72, died in his sleep while away from home to officiate at a wedding:Rev. Kimball was in Westerly, R.I., last month to perform a wedding when he... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, July 23, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Love the contradictions.

Excerpt: Rob Hardies writes that our complex world needs people who can love it in all its contradictions:We need a spirituality that moves us beyond fight and flight, one that sees complexity not as an enemy but as a friend. We... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Turned away from a General Assembly event?

Excerpt: If you attended the UUA's General Assembly in Portland in June and had the misfortune of getting turned away from an overcrowded lecture or event, you have until Wednesday to request a free CD of that event. GA Planning Committee... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hitchens: UUs 'don't give me enough to disagree with.'

Excerpt: At last we know what Christopher Hitchens, the latest dogmatic crusader against religion, thinks of Unitarian Universalism. Hitchens discusses Unitarians in an interview on the Atlantic Monthly's website:[Jennie Rothenberg Gritz:] One complaint you've gotten a lot is that you lump... [Click for complete entry | 25 comments]

Monday, July 16, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Stem cells, carbon offsets.

Excerpt: Molly DeHaas Walsh urges religious liberals to support embryonic stem cell research. In the news, Michelle Deakin reports on UU carbon offsets. And Sonja Cohen tracks Unitarian Universalists in the media for the news blog.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, July 9, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Your life story.

Excerpt: Marshall Hawkins writes that most of us spend so much of our time writing the stories of our lives that we forget to take time to read them. But it's in reflection, he says, that we find and make meaning.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

A joke about liberal religious sectarianism.

Excerpt: I'm still making my way through recordings of the General Assembly events I would love to have attended in Portland. Right now, I'm enjoying Paul Rasor's Murray Grove lecture on "Universalism and the Sectarian Element in Liberal Religion." In it,... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Monday, July 2, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Fireworks, GA, and affiliates.

Excerpt: How to have a hectic week in publishing a small magazine on the Web: Have two staff members get stuck flying home through Dallas while three of us have to take a sick day, then discover a pesky technical problem... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Seminaries' funding cut.

Excerpt: Kimberly French tells the story of the Women and Religion Resolution, which transformed the Unitarian Universalist Association thirty years ago. In the news, Tom Stites reports that the UUA Board of Trustees approved 10 percent funding cuts to the two... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Saturday, June 23, 2007

General Assembly via the blogs.

Excerpt: Blog coverage of the UUA General Assembly in Portland includes several blogs I am encountering for the first time:CLF Delegates' Notes —Louise and Sean (Blogger)Newbie's View of General Assembly —Rick Merritt (Blogger)Sharing the Knowledge: Evangelism for Unitarian Universalists —Dean (WordPress)Sunflower... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, June 18, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Practicing hospitality.

Excerpt: David Rynick offers a simple but transformative spiritual practice: Welcoming people to church.Practicing hospitality is not something we can appoint people to do, nor is it a set of techniques or behaviors we "use" on new people. Rather, it is... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

UUA Board meets in Portland, June 19 and 25.

Excerpt: The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association will hold its June meeting in Portland, Oregon, in two parts just before and just after the Association's General Assembly, June 19 and June 26. The agenda and reports for their... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Philocrites takes the mic at General Assembly.

Excerpt: I'm helping present two workshops at the UUA General Assembly, which meets in Portland, Oregon, next week: Using the Web to Nurture the Spirit (#3055; Friday 2:45-4:00pm, Convention Center Portland Ballroom 255) — I'll be wearing my uuworld.org editor's hat... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, noon: Boston-area UU bloggers picnic.

Excerpt: Saturday, June 16, is the third-annual Boston-area Unitarian Universalist bloggers picnic for friends, family, and fans. Bring some food to share and join us at the First Parish in Milton from noon to 3:00. Hopefully the third time's the charm... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, June 11, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Steps toward diversity.

Excerpt: As the General Assembly approaches, Don Skinner and Tom Stites report on congregational efforts to understand and encourage racial, cultural, and class diversity in Unitarian Universalism. This year's GA marks the tenth anniversary of a resolution committing the UUA to... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Who in the UUA decides what congregations want?

Excerpt: Tom Schade churns out even more substantive commentary about the UUA Board's decision to disaffiliate the "independent affiliate organizations." In his first new post, he argues that the independent affiliates have served as idea incubators for the Association as a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, June 4, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Meet the new humanism.

Excerpt: Doug Muder attends the "New Humanism" conference at Harvard and wonders, does humanism need to be new? (It's Doug's first column for uuworld.org; see my From the Editor column for more about the online magazine's new columnists.) From the archives,... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, June 1, 2007

Brown bag landmines, culling the affiliates, and more.

Excerpt: Hoo boy, what a week in UU blogs! Too bad I'm busy preparing for Mrs Philocrites' ordination this weekend — to say nothing of General Assembly preparations and other work excitement — so I'll simply point you to the box... [Click for complete entry | 13 comments]

Monday, May 28, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Liberalizing the graveyard.

Excerpt: Did you know that the transition from frightening skull-emblazoned graveyards to memorial garden cemeteries is related to the rise of Unitarianism in post-Revolutionary War Boston? Kimberly French describes the Unitarian connection to 175-year-old Mount Auburn Cemetery, America's first garden cemetery.... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Tithing, Meadville Lombard's plan, and better websites.

Excerpt: Worth reading on the UU blogs: LT says it's about time Unitarian Universalists started encouraging people to tithe — and recognizing people who tithe more than big donors. Scott Wells and Co. are not especially impressed by Meadville Lombard's "integrated... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Announcing the new and improved guide to UU blogs.

Excerpt: Whew. I hadn't updated my Guide to UU blogs since last October, and did it ever need some pruning! I think I remembered to list every blog I've added or dropped, although I haven't gone to the trouble of notating... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, May 21, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: The UU in the lotus.

Excerpt: Rick Heller introduces several Unitarian Universalist Buddhist groups and describes the appeal of UU congregations for Western followers of the Eightfold Path. James Ishmael Ford describes the long history of Unitarian Universalist interest in Buddhism and explains some of the... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Guide to UU blogs.

Excerpt: This guide is no longer being updated. Please visit the new and improved guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs and promote your UU blog. This guide, begun 1.3.04, was last updated 5.21.07.... [Click for complete entry | 181 comments]

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Uh oh, here come the Unitarians and Universalists!

Excerpt: The email list for the UUA General Assembly, which is usually buzzing with roommate requests and worries about the expense of attending, has taken an interesting turn towards basic questions of polity and religious identity. But not in a good... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Summer issue of UU World now online, in the mail.

Excerpt: The summer issue of the quarterly UU World magazine is arriving in mailboxes starting this week, but you can also browse the issue's contents online. Subscriptions are provided to members of UUA-affiliated congregations as a benefit of membership; others can... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Update: Boston-area UU bloggers picnic, June 16.

Excerpt: I know, I know, I originally suggested May 19 — this coming Saturday — for the third annual Boston-area UU bloggers picnic, but here's the truth: I can't make it. Not only that, our location fell through. (Besides, have you... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, May 14, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Don't be stingy.

Excerpt: John Gibb Millspaugh suggests that it's a kind of stinginess not to let people know about the religious community that means so much to you. He suggests spending a few minutes working not just on an "elevator speech" describing Unitarian... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Tagging resources for the UUA General Assembly.

Excerpt: Scott Wells has proposed a very simple, very useful way for bloggers and others to assemble a resource guide to this summer's UUA General Assembly. Whenever you find a web page that is relevant to the General Assembly — from... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, May 7, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Seven Principles playground.

Excerpt: Michelle Deakin writes about a Texas UU congregation's new playground — designed to represent the UUA's Seven Principles and keep kids from playing in a nearby creek. From the archives, Warren Ross described the process that created the Seven Principles;... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, May 6, 2007

What's the Unitarian Universalist/Esalen connection?

Excerpt: Reading Diane Johnson's review of Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion reminded me just how big the gap is in my understanding of Unitarian Universalism in the 1970s and early 1980s. Sure, I've heard people speak about "hot... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Dine with other bloggers at Portland General Assembly.

Excerpt: It's the second annual General Assembly blogger dinner, hosted by Kit Ketcham of Ms Kitty's Saloon and Roadshow. I'll be announcing some other blogger events soon, but the dinner will undoubtedly be our most festive gathering. Get on the guest... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Help me update my Guide to UU blogs.

Excerpt: Okay, it's that time again: My annotated guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs is almost six months out of date, and I need your help updating it. If you have a UU-related blog, please check to see if you're on the... [Click for complete entry | 24 comments]

Monday, April 30, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: JLA's 'fascist' prophecy.

Excerpt: Chris Hedges caught a lot of Unitarian Universalists' attention when he started invoking UU theologian and social ethicist James Luther Adams to promote his argument that the United States is on the brink of Christian theocracy. Hedges says that, in... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Monday, April 23, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Go on an energy diet.

Excerpt: For Earth Day, Jon Luoma offers some steps you can take to address global warming. In the news, Don Skinner reports on the impact of the Virginia Tech shootings on the UU congregation in Blacksburg. Jane Greer reports that UUA... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Church as upper-middle-class lifestyle accessory.

Excerpt: Ouch! The Onion mocks the New York Times Sunday Magazine and all its metro imitators, their brunch-loving readership, and Unitarian Universalism (perhaps only indirectly) in a wonderful parody of educated upper-middle-class preferences. Yes, that is a picture of the First... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, April 16, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Love and membership.

Excerpt: Alice Blair Wesley writes that people are drawn to congregations that help them be more loving. But cultivating love isn't about being mushy: No doubt you've heard some say we're too rational. I don't. We need to say that at... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Proposed: Boston-area UU blogger picnic, May 19.

Excerpt: PeaceBang reports that our hosts for the last two Unitarian Universalist blogger picnics want to know if we're coming back to Milton this year. Only three people have responded so far to my first query, so it's time to get... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Rumor: Only one candidate for UUA president in '09?

Excerpt: Daniel O'Connell, the first blogger focused entirely on UUA politics, says only one candidate appears to have emerged from the early back-channel precandidating period of discernment for the 2009 UUA presidential race. (I interpret this to mean the period of... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

UUA Board meets in Boston next weekend.

Excerpt: The Board of Trustees meets in Boston April 20-22. Here are the agenda and reports they'll be discussing.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, April 9, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Personal Jesus.

Excerpt: Victoria Weinstein describes her religious odyssey as a Unitarian Universalist who found Jesus at the center of her faith. Her essay is from a recent Skinner House collection, Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism: Contemporary Essays. Other Easter-related articles from the... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, April 2, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Help for anxious parents.

Excerpt: Kimberly French writes about the anxieties of parenting and considers the advice offered by one Unitarian Universalist psychologist, Boston College professor John S. Dacey. (Here's some of Dacey's advice from The Safe Child Handbook: How to Protect Your Family and... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, April 1, 2007

This week at uuwhirled: Celebrating Jesus' birth.

Excerpt: Francis Stokes reports on the emergence of "water-cooler UUs," whose innovative new church recently affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. The congregation celebrates each individual's capacity to find truth through workplace gossip. (Such discipline!) My favorite part of the story:"Will... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Time for the third annual Boston UU blog picnic?

Excerpt: Chalicechick has thrown down the gauntlet, rallying Washington D.C.-area Unitarian Universalist bloggers and friends to Scott Wells's proposed meetup. Which reminds me that it really is the time of year when we Boston-area UU bloggers and fans traditionally plan our... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, March 26, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Power to the churches.

Excerpt: Don Skinner writes that more than 100 Unitarian Universalist congregations are now part of interfaith community organizing groups, which harness churches' power to press for affordable housing, health care, and other local needs. (Don wrote about faith-based community organizing five... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Monday, March 19, 2007

UUBlogs-PR: The new publicity email list for UU bloggers.

Excerpt: Update 2.18.08: This service has been discontinued. Are you a blogger who writes about Unitarian Universalism or for a Unitarian Universalist audience? Are you responsible for publicizing an event, product, or service of interest to Unitarian Universalists? If you fall... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: How about that weather?

Excerpt: In "Our Interdependent Weather Forecast," Laura Lee explores how weather shapes human history and how human behavior is shaping the weather — with fascinating tidbits about Napoleon, Hitler, Russian winters, and "Hotlanta." Lee is the author of Blame It on... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Breaking news: Minns Lectures start tomorrow!

Excerpt: Here's something I'm frankly shocked not to have heard about before this evening: My doppelganger, Branden Thornhill-Miller, a Unitarian Universalist who is currently a lecturer in the psychology of religion at Oxford, is delivering the 2007 Minns Lectures starting tomorrow.... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Monday, March 12, 2007

Tuesday at Harvard: Harvey Cox on James Luther Adams.

Excerpt: A reminder, Boston-area James Luther Adams fans and liberal theology junkies: Harvey Cox is presenting this year's James Luther Adams Forum on Religion and Society tomorrow evening at Harvard Divinity School on the intriguing topic, "James Luther Adams: Evangelical Unitarian... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Five-year-old theologians.

Excerpt: Elaine Greensmith Jordan accompanies a class of five-year-olds to a fine art museum. When the children's questions keep turning to religion, she wonders, "Where was Joseph Campbell when you needed him?" In the news, Jane Greer reports that Zsolt Solymosi,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New UUA.org will go live Monday, April 2.

Excerpt: A notice on the front page of the Unitarian Universalist Association's website announces that a "brand new UUA.org is set to make its debut on the afternoon of April 2, 2007." (There's no permalink to the announcement, but it's likely... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, March 5, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: What's for dinner?

Excerpt: Amy Hassinger starts exploring where her food comes from. As she discovers the unsavory side of American agriculture — the destruction of family farms, the way animals are raised and slaughtered, the ecosystems threatened by agribusiness — she begins to... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, February 26, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: What are you afraid of?

Excerpt: Lyla Hamilton takes an Outward Bound course after losing her job in her forties and confronts the root of her fears; getting ready to go over the cliff can do that to you. In the news, Don Skinner reports that... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, February 19, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Spirit of Second Life.

Excerpt: The Spring issue of UU World is arriving in mailboxes now. In this week's online edition, managing editor Kenneth Sutton visits the virtual-reality First Unitarian Universalist Church of Second Life and profiles several of its members. The church's builder, incidentally,... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, February 12, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Our theological center.

Excerpt: "Unitarian Universalism often plays better to a graduate-school crowd than a middle-school crowd," writes Galen Guengerich, co-minister of All Souls Church in New York City, but UUs do themselves — and their children — a disservice by keeping things complicated.... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Globe marks death of 99-year-old Unitarian radical.

Excerpt: Cynthia B. Foster, who died February 1 at 99, was one feisty radical. The Boston Globe obituary today says she attended political protests into her 90s, climbed a mountain at 91, and was still fighting the IRS as a war-tax... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Also at uuworld.org: Board of Trustees report.

Excerpt: My report on the January meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees was published a day late, but it's stuffed with news. Find out about a new plan to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the UU ministry and... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, February 5, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Adoption's complications.

Excerpt: Senior editor Jane Greer discusses several recent books about adopting a child in light of her own decision a few years ago to adopt. In the news, Jane writes that hundreds of Unitarian Universalists joined the antiwar protest in Washington... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, February 4, 2007

A few noteworthy new Unitarian Universalist blogs.

Excerpt: Chance Hunter is the new welcoming ministries coordinator at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. Check out his blog, Open the Doors: The Ministry of Welcome. I can hardly think of a more important topic for our congregations. Daniel O'Connell,... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, January 29, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Finding a talisman.

Excerpt: Kimberly French, a UU World contributing editor, writes about discovering that a necklace her mother had given her had turned into something truly unexpected: a talisman. In the news, Kimberly reports on the six murders that have devastated families served... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 22, 2007

Weeklong radio series on UU Gulf Coast relief.

Excerpt: Boston news radio WBZ 1030 is running a series of reports this week from reporter Anthony Silva, who spent the week between Christmas and New Year's working with volunteers in Unitarian Universalist-sponsored relief work on the Gulf Coast. I haven't... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: New religious humanism.

Excerpt: William R. Murry proclaims the emergence of a new religious humanism among Unitarian Universalists, one that "offers depth, meaning, and purpose without sacrificing intellectual honesty or the spiritual dimension." Murry, former president of Meadville Lombard Theological School, is the author... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, January 15, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Environmentalist churches.

Excerpt: Don Skinner writes about congregational initiatives to put environmental stewardship at the heart of UU church life. In the news, Don Skinner reports that the UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund has distributed another $132,000 to organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 8, 2007

Time for the third annual UU Blog Awards?

Excerpt: UUpdater — the fine fellow who hosts UUpdates, the most comprehensive aggregator of Unitarian Universalist blogs and other RSS-equipped sites — is looking for feedback on the UU Blog Awards process. An improved process could make a third annual round... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Persistent Universalists.

Excerpt: Warren Ross takes a look back at the growth spurt of Unitarian churches in the Washington, D.C., area half a century ago. In little more than a decade, Washington Unitarians — inspired by A. Powell Davies, the minister of All... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, January 7, 2007

UUA Board meets in Boston January 19-21.

Excerpt: The trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations hold their quarterly meeting in Boston January 19-21. Meetings of the board of trustees are open to the public. Their agenda and the reports of UUA departments, committees, and board working... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, January 1, 2007

This week at uuworld.org: Stick your neck out.

Excerpt: John Graham says he used to find meaning in life "chasing adventure or status or power," but that got old after a few years. He describes how he changed course while working as a U.S. diplomat in apartheid-era South Africa.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, December 25, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Mayhem and the manger.

Excerpt: Carl Scovel responds to a Christmas card he received from a new minister, who asks: "Why didn't you warn me about Christmas pageants?" (His essay is an excerpt from his Skinner House collection, Never Far from Home: Stories from the... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Important conversation on UU advocacy.

Excerpt: Chalicechick raises great questions about the way Unitarian Universalists go about promoting social justice.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Some UU approaches to 'contemporary worship.'

Excerpt: Thanks to a message at FUUSE, I've become aware of a new resource on so-called contemporary worship for Unitarian Universalist congregations, put together by the UUA's Young Adult Network and Campus Ministries folks. They're hosting a conference on the topic... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Ancient Unitarian silver in the news.

Excerpt: A front-page story in the Boston Globe this morning features one of the UUA's most venerable congregations. The good people at Christie's may see the auction of some of the church's 70-piece silver collection as "wildly exciting from an antique... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, December 18, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Santa and James Fowler.

Excerpt: Susan M. Smith looks at the place of stories in a rational religion like Unitarian Universalism. She reflects on Santa Claus and faith-development theorist James Fowler, who identifies a basic dilemma for UUs:When I met James Fowler, he told me... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, December 15, 2006

Starring Unitarians as open-minded Christians.

Excerpt: Anderson Cooper's "360 Degrees" program last night asked, "What is a Christian?" And, falling conveniently (for UU publicity) into a stark right-left pattern, the options he presents in the hour-long program include: (a) politically-conservative Evangelical Protestants, (b) environmentally-conscious Evangelical... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Monday, December 11, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Partners in the Gulf.

Excerpt: Michelle Bates Deakin reports on partner groups on the Gulf Coast who are using funds raised by Unitarian Universalists to help disadvantaged communities rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Her article is the cover story in the Winter issue of UU World.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, December 9, 2006

Looking high and low for influential UUs.

Excerpt: The indefatigable Chutney is pondering influence — and wants you to vote for the most influential living Unitarian Universalist. (I think it would be interesting to sort out how each of the candidates identifies with Unitarian Universalism, but try not... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Monday, December 4, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: The power of stories.

Excerpt: Need a story break? Try "The storyteller by the sea" from award-winning Unitarian Universalist storyteller Josh Searle-White's new collection Magic Wanda's Travel Emporium. (It might be fodder for the blog conversation PeaceBang launched when she asked why there's not yet... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, November 27, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Use words to heal.

Excerpt: Mary Pipher calls on us to avoid using words as weapons. She writes:Language is weaponized when it is used to objectify, depersonalize, dehumanize, to create an "other." Once a person is labeled as "not like us," the rules for civilized... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, November 20, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Pilgrims' progress.

Excerpt: Perhaps you've heard that many of New England's old Puritan churches of gradually evolved into Unitarian churches. But did you know that the congregation founded by the Pilgrims in Scrooby, England, way back in 1606 and transported to Plymouth (via... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Unitarian Universalists in 'Second Life' video game.

Excerpt: For the true geeks out there, here are some links to Unitarian Universalist places and events in the make-your-own-reality video game "Second Life." A character named Bizarre Berry is offering an Intro to Unitarian Universalism this Thursday; another character named... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, November 13, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: DIY fortune cookies.

Excerpt: Meg Barnhouse got a lame fortune cookie in a Chinese restaurant — what kind of fortune is "Where there's a will there's a way"? — so she set out to make her own. (It's an excerpt from her new collection,... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Saturday, November 11, 2006

I've updated my Guide to UU Blogs.

Excerpt: I'm embarrassed to realize that I forgot to announce long-overdue updates to my guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs, which I completed two weeks ago. Ta-da! If I've listed you, please make sure I've got the details right. If I haven't... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, November 6, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: William Schulz on torture.

Excerpt: William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA from 1994 to 2006, writes that twelve years of interaction with torture survivors and perpetrators challenged and reaffirmed his Unitarian Universalism. His unnerving essay, "What Torture Has Taught Me," questions the... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, October 30, 2006

Introducing a search engine for UU blogs.

Excerpt: What a useful tool Paul Wilczynski has put together at UUBlogSearch.com. It performs site-specific Google searches on approximately 50 Unitarian Universalist blogs and other content-rich sites (using Google's co-op tool), including uuworld.org and UUA.org. If you want to find out... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Black Unitarian inventor.

Excerpt: Kimberly French profiles the inventor Lewis Latimer (1848-1928). The son of an escaped slave, Latimer helped Alexander Graham Bell invent the telephone and later worked with Thomas Alva Edison, for whom he invented key elements of the light bulb. Latimer... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Seeking musicians, singers for NYC Taize service.

Excerpt: I'm coordinating a Taizé worship service for the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship's "Revival" conference in New York City next weekend, and I'd love to recruit a handful of singers and instrumentalists to help with the music. If you play the... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Thursday, October 26, 2006

YouTube: Purple alien promotes 7 Principles.

Excerpt: Well, now, here's a novelty: A 6-minute YouTube film in which a purple space alien finger puppet promotes seven "cosmic principles." For discussion: Zany, quirky, and (more or less) amusing amateur films are a great way to spread the... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, October 23, 2006

Revive with UU Christians in New York City.

Excerpt: I hope you'll consider joining me (and Peacebang and Mr Lively Tradition and a bunch of other fine people) in New York City November 2-5 for the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship's "Revival" conference at the Fourth Universalist Society, 160 Central... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

This week at uuworld.org: Pentagon Papers at 35.

Excerpt: Allison Trzop, a recent graduate of Emerson College's Master's program in publishing and writing, took a personal interest in Beacon Press's controversial decision 35 years ago to publish the Pentagon Papers, the U.S. government's secret history of the Vietnam War.... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

UUA Board meets in Boston this weekend.

Excerpt: The October meeting of the board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association is meeting in Boston this weekend. You can find the agenda and a bunch of written reports right here. The meetings, held at 25 Beacon Street in... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, October 16, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Mom vs. tattoo.

Excerpt: Jean Wyrick writes about her teenage daughter's tattoo: "Another gauntlet thrown down / in the ongoing Mother-Daughter Wars." In the news, Don Skinner reports on changes announced for next summer's General Assembly. And Sonja Cohen keeps on tracking Unitarian Universalists... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Keeping up with our friends, the former UUs.

Excerpt: I'm not fond of sharp lines marking the borders of that nebulous circle called "Unitarian Universalism." But distinctions are useful, and it makes sense to me that John Cooley limits the feeds he features on UUpdates, the amazingly useful aggregator... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, October 9, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Lappe on democracy.

Excerpt: Frances Moore Lappé writes about what she calls living democracy. "Very practically," she says, living democracy "means removing the power of money from decision-making and infusing the power of citizens' voices throughout public life." In the news, Don Skinner interviews... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, October 2, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: The SUV song and Ramadan.

Excerpt: Neil Miller profiles Rozanne Gates and Suzanne Sheridan, the UU couple from Westport, Connecticut, who launched a minor cultural sensation this year when their novelty song, "90-Pound Suburban Housewife Drivin' in Her SUV," debuted on NPR's "Car Talk." (The songwriters... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, October 1, 2006

The UU gospel according to Fausto.

Excerpt: Deep in an arcane thread of conversation, Fausto offered this story linking Unitarian Universalism's past to its future. After reading his, do you have a story to offer in response?If it's down-to-earth, grounded stories that we need to rely upon... [Click for complete entry | 29 comments]

Monday, September 25, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: The sin of perfectionism.

Excerpt: David Hubner writes about the dangers of perfectionism, which may afflict religious liberals more than most. He writes:We Unitarian Universalists gave up our Calvinist forebears' concept of Original Sin — that humanity was in its nature flawed and incapable of... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, September 18, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Sexuality education.

Excerpt: UUA President William G. Sinkford says it's time for Unitarian Universalists to "put our energy into a sustained and effective fight for comprehensive sexuality education." In the news, Don Skinner reports on the California legislature's decision to replace a statue... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Monday, September 11, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Five years after 9/11.

Excerpt: W. Frederick Wooden was the minister of the Unitarian Universalist church just across the Brooklyn Bridge from the World Trade Center when terrorists attacked five years ago. Now he takes a look at American myths 9/11 shattered — myths he... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

The plight of the Unitarian Republican.

Excerpt: Two things to ponder today: The statue honoring Thomas Starr King, the dynamic pre-Civil War minister of the Unitarian church in San Francisco, has been booted from the U.S. Capitol's National Hall of Statuary to make room for a statue... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: The end of secularism?

Excerpt: Doug Muder reviews Sam Harris's best-selling attack on the irrationality of religion, The End of Faith, along with Daniel C. Dennett's Breaking the Spell — and finds that both books make no room for liberal religion. He also looks at... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, September 1, 2006

Hedge's 'Reason in Religion' and other classics online.

Excerpt: Thanks to a tip from Spirituality and Sunflowers, I see that many Unitarian and Universalist classics are among the books in Google's new digital library. I have just downloaded Frederic Henry Hedge's overlooked classic of post-Transcendentalist Unitarian theism, Reason in... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, August 28, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Hope in New Orleans.

Excerpt: Marta Valentín — the minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans — tells a story of hope about her city as the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. Check back at uuworld.org tomorrow for a special group of... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Wanna put together a GA program about blogging?

Excerpt: I know that a bunch of Unitarian Universalist bloggers talked about putting together a program on blogging for the 2007 General Assembly of the UUA when we were meeting informally at this past summer's GA in St Louis. Now it's... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hey! Give me back my planet-finder!

Excerpt: There's a Unitarian Universalist footnote to the news that Pluto is no longer a planet: The discover of the ill-fated astronomical entity formerly known as the ninth planet was, of course, a Unitarian. Poor Clyde Tombaugh. His widow, 94-year-old Patricia... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Grass-roots ad campaign for Unitarian Universalism.

Excerpt: Joyce Dowling, who has helped her Maryland congregation conduct its own Google AdWords campaign for more than a year and who manages the UUA's public relations email list, is coordinating a new grassroots advertising initiative to promote Unitarian Universalism. She... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, August 21, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Summer religious ed.

Excerpt: The Fall issue of the quarterly UU World magazine is arriving in mailboxes now. This week's edition of its online companion, uuworld.org, features Don Skinner's look at the trend of providing religious education programs for children during the summer months.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, August 14, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: General Assembly reviewed.

Excerpt: From the Fall issue of the print UU World, Tom Stites provides a comprehensive report on this summer's General Assembly of the UUA. Be sure to look at the links to dozens of reports and related documents, which run down... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Boston's historic Old West Church vandalized.

Excerpt: Boston's historic Old West Church, which was built 200 years ago by one of the city's most influential early liberal congregations and which now houses a small United Methodist congregation and a Metropolitan Community Church congregation, was seriously vandalized early... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, July 24, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Resist reasonable atrocity.

Excerpt: David Schwartz writes about the terrifying realization that atrocities are often defended in rational, pragmatic, and entirely commonsensical terms. We must learn to "resist reasonable atrocity," he writes. "We must keep ever vigilant against good people, with good, rational reasons... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Read 'The Lively Tradition.' That is all.

Excerpt: As Philocrites slouches towards a summer hiatus, I must call your attention to a new blog Unitarian Universalist ministers, seminarians, and lay leaders should be reading: The Lively Tradition. (Welcome back to blogging, LT!) As for that hiatus, this blog... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, July 17, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Sinkford on worship.

Excerpt: UUA President William G. Sinkford writes about unifying trends in Unitarian Universalist worship. Also this week: an image by UU photographic artist Elaine Croce-Happnie and a news story about the vandalism of a New York church's marriage equality banner, which... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, July 10, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Love from the start.

Excerpt: Theologian Rebecca Ann Parker urges us to take love more seriously. "It is not sufficient to relegate love to a few moments of sentiment or to celebrate it in effusive accolades about the compassion of the American people," she writes.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, July 3, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Jefferson and Adams.

Excerpt: Just in time for the Fourth of July, Forrest Church wonders what the second and third U.S. presidents (both Unitarians) would make of modern-day American religious politics. (He also shows up in today's Christian Science Monitor in a story about... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, June 29, 2006

UU bloggers at the General Assembly.

Excerpt: A definite high point of GA was meeting so many of my fellow Unitarian Universalist bloggers. Here's some of us at PeaceBang's dinner at Mirasol. (CK has better pictures, including a beta test of my nefarious scheme to sell advertising... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, June 26, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Mary Oliver.

Excerpt: Several thousand people at the UUA's General Assembly in St Louis this past weekend got to hear Mary Oliver read her poetry for an hour as this year's Ware Lecturer. One of her new poems, "Those Days," is featured at... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, June 19, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Meet the GA blog.

Excerpt: I introduce the magazine's General Assembly blog, where I'll be providing daily updates on the business of the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual gathering Wednesday through Sunday. Suzanne Meyer describes the Unitarian history of St. Louis, a city where Unitarians founded... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Saturday, June 17, 2006

No simple way to keep up with G.A. blogs.

Excerpt: Wouldn't it be convenient to track only UUA General Assembly-related blog posts next week? Unfortunately, I can't find an easy way to track everything in one place. UUpdates already limits searches to known UU blogs, but that leaves out the... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Friday, June 16, 2006

Blogging the UUA General Assembly.

Excerpt: Announcements and miscellaneous notes: There are three events especially for UU bloggers at next week's General Assembly in St. Louis, plus a whole lot of other things I'm sure bloggers (and their readers) will find interesting. Events for bloggers UUA... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, June 12, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: One Muslim's odyssey.

Excerpt: Hafidha Acuay describes her transition from being a devout Muslim to embracing liberal religion among the Unitarian Universalists. (My favorite part of her essay highlights the impact of Star Trek: The Next Generation.) In the news, Jane Greer writes about... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Nothing like a carnival to get us organized!

Excerpt: Arbitrary Marks has suggested launching a "UU Blog Carnival" — essentially a monthly round-up of writing by Unitarian Universalist bloggers, selected and introduced by a volunteer host. A very good idea, especially with new UU blogs springing up faster than... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, June 5, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Heroes' dilemma.

Excerpt: Next Tuesday, two founders of the Unitarian Service Committee will be posthumously inducted into Israel's Yad Vashem memorial honoring people who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust. Michelle Bates Deakin writes an in-depth profile of Martha Sharp... [Click for complete entry | 29 comments]

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Unitarian Universalists in Mass.'s ten cultural regions.

Excerpt: Okay, amateur sociologists, here's an exercise I hope someone will have the time to try. (Trained sociologists, I'd like to hear from you, too, if you really do study this kind of thing.) Today's Globe divides up Massachusetts into ten... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Two cheers for conservative liberals.

Excerpt: I see that my friend Thom has preached a sermon — "Is there such a thing as a conservative UU?" — that draws extensively from a comment I attached to a blog entry more than a year ago. I figure... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Is it time for 'UU Voice' to abandon paper?

Excerpt: Michael Durall writes in the latest issue of the independent UU Voice that the Spring 2006 issue may be the publication's last:This newsletter is an all-volunteer effort, though it costs about $6500 per year for layout and design, printing, and... [Click for complete entry | 14 comments]

Monday, May 29, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Immigration.

Excerpt: Enrique Gómez reflects on the Mexican-U.S. border, which his family crossed many times in his childhood — just as hummingbirds and many other creatures have routinely migrated north and south from time immemorial. (You can discuss the essay with Enrique... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, May 25, 2006

UUA announces G.A. reception for bloggers.

Excerpt: General Assembly-bound bloggers, take note: The UUA's Office of Electronic Communications is hosting a reception for Unitarian Universalist bloggers after the opening ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, from 9:45 to 11:15 p.m. in the Benton Room at the Renaissance Grand... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Happy birthday, Waldo! HDS names a chair for you.

Excerpt: As Jane Greer and I reported this morning for uuworld.org, Harvard Divinity School and the UUA announced today that HDS has created a new professorship of divinity in Unitarian Universalist and liberal religious studies — and named it after the... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, May 22, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Music and AIDS in Africa.

Excerpt: Jonah Eller-Isaacs describes his six months in Africa, where he studied musical responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Find out how traditional choirs in Malawi mourn the dead, how hip-hop musicians promote sexual health in Tanzania, how a pop song helped... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Jon Carroll talks to UUs about Unitarian Jihad.

Excerpt: Jon Carroll, whose "Unitarian Jihad" column in the San Francisco Chronicle last year turned into an Internet sensation, was one of the featured speakers at the UUA Pacific Central District Assembly last month. You can hear his speech [mp3] —... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

International symposium on UU theology in July.

Excerpt: Jaume de Marcos calls attention to an upcoming theology symposium at the Unitarian College in Kolozsvar, Transylvania, July 3–8. "Unitarian/Universalism: Liberal Religion for a Changing Global Society," sponsored by the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists, will feature former UUA... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Around the UU blogs, with G.A. dining news!

Excerpt: (Special General Assembly bonus at the end!) Several Unitarian Universalist bloggers this week are trying to help their readers understand the basics of their religion. CK, at Language Games and Miscellaneous Arbitrary Marks, offers a UU FAQ. The Happy Feminist... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, May 15, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: Mary Magdalene.

Excerpt: The Rev. Liz Lerner likes the way The Da Vinci Code has provoked all kinds of questions about the origins of Christianity, especially about Mary Magdalene. Unfortunately, the novel and the movie are wildly misleading. She takes us on a... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Thursday diversion: Fictional Unitarian Universalists.

Excerpt: Purely for fun, folks, let's name fictional characters — from novels, films, plays, TV shows, etc. — who are (or should be!) Unitarians, Universalists, or UUs. Now, we could rile ourselves up arguing about the ethics of claiming famous real... [Click for complete entry | 43 comments]

Monday, May 8, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: The other mother's day.

Excerpt: Hillary Goodridge describes the day her daughter was born — and the nurses wouldn't recognize her as the other mother. John Buehrens reviews two books on the complexities of women's lives in Unitarian Boston in the nineteenth century. And Lee... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, May 1, 2006

This week at uuworld.org: History of the Principles.

Excerpt: Following on the announcement two weeks ago that an independent commission will review the governing covenant of the Unitarian Universalist Association, uuworld.org dusts off a story from the archives by Warren Ross about how the current Principles and Purposes came... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, April 24, 2006

This week at uuworld.org.

Excerpt: Big news this week: The UUA will launch a process to reexamine the Principles and Purposes. Don Skinner reports on the announcement of a review process by the UUA board of trustees and the independently elected Commission on Appraisal. Also... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Diverse Unitarian Universalist Easters.

Excerpt: There's so much good Easter reflection on the UU blogs this week I can't keep up. Among the notable posts I've read: Jess is all too happy to celebrate sunshine; she's had enough crucifixion. Dance of the Mind opted to... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Principles and Purposes redux.

Excerpt: Late last week, a somewhat surprising and very interesting announcement was made by the UUA Board of Trustees and the independent Commission on Appraisal:Article XV of the Bylaws of the UUA mandates a periodic review of Article II, the Principles... [Click for complete entry | 19 comments]

Monday, April 17, 2006

This week at uuworld.org.

Excerpt: Pardon me while I indulge in the sin of pride: uuworld.org has been named the Best Faith-Based Online Campaign in the 2006 Internet Advertising Competition. (Award here; UUA announcement here.) Congratulations to my colleagues Kenneth Sutton and Kathy Todd, who... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Imagine all the Statements of Conscience...

Excerpt: Chalicechick offers some trenchant comments on the one and only proposed "study/action issue" before this year's UUA General Assembly (pdf; see page 8/4): "Should the Unitarian Universalist Association reject the use of any and all kinds of violence and war... [Click for complete entry | 33 comments]

Monday, April 10, 2006

This week at uuworld.org.

Excerpt: To mark Passover and Easter, Jane Rzepka asks, are great stories necessarily good for you? Karen Lee Shelley offers a meditation on the birth of ritual in her Unitarian Universalist congregation. In the news, Don Skinner summarizes the findings from... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, April 9, 2006

Where are you most likely to find a UU?

Excerpt: Here's a map showing the population density of Unitarian Universalists in the United States, county by county, based on the 2000 Census and membership statistics from the UUA. I don't know whether members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship... [Click for complete entry | 13 comments]

Thursday, April 6, 2006

UUA trustees meet in Boston, April 21-23.

Excerpt: Via UUA.org's What's New page, here are the reports and agendas for the Unitarian Universalist Association board meeting in Boston, April 21 through 23. The meetings are open to the public, as are the reports to the board. Among the... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, April 3, 2006

This week at uuworld.org.

Excerpt: Dorothy May Emerson reports on the economic opportunities created by community investing. Thirty-five Unitarian Universalist congregations, the New Hampshire-Vermont District, and the UUA invest some of their money in community investing funds; here's how you can get involved, too. Also... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, April 1, 2006

'Tis the season for ministerial settlements.

Excerpt: And UU Enforcer is tracking ministers on the move.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Blog update: What to read, what to wear.

Excerpt: Good links for you: PeaceBang offers some very funny and much-needed fashion advice for ministers (and follows up with Makeup 101). Her post on one senior minister's extraordinary call to generosity, meanwhile, is a perfect example of a meaningful sacrifice... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, March 27, 2006

This week at uuworld.org.

Excerpt: Not every Unitarian Universalist is an "exile" from another religious tradition, Barbara Wells ten Hove writes, so why don't we focus more on the experiences of lifelong UUs among us? (She writes in response to an earlier UU World sermon... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Gary Dorrien will address UU Christian conference.

Excerpt: How exciting! Gary Dorrien, who is now the Niebuhr Professor at Union Theological Seminary, is the keynote speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship's "Revival" conference in New York City this November. (My apologies to UUCF executive director Ron Robinson:... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Next week: Counterculture and you!

Excerpt: A reminder that we'll start discussing Mark Oppenheimer's Knocking on Heaven's Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture next week — as announced and briefly reviewed by your truly. I think I'll try to restrain myself and focus on... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Changes to UUA General Assembly plenaries.

Excerpt: Okay, Unitarian Universalist denominational politicos, here's something to sit up for: In the tentative agenda [pdf] for this summer's General Assembly, Moderator Gini Courter announces two major changes to our denominational business process. Yawn!, I hear you say. (Yes, I... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, March 20, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Former executive director Richard Scobie describes meeting with Archbishop Oscar Romero during the first UUSC fact-finding mission to El Salvador in 1977. "Tell the world what is happening here," the archbishop told the UUSC delegation. (He was assassinated while saying... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, March 13, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Jeff Wilson looks at less peaceable moments in Buddhism in an essay about the problem of trying to identify some religions as "peaceful" and others as "violent." Jane Greer introduces the Unitarian Universalist congregation closest to the Arctic Circle. Don... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, March 6, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Forrest Church takes on the "cartoon controversy" and challenges the absolutism of both Muslim fundamentalists and Western champions of incendiary free speech. Also in this week's edition, Jungian film analyst Jeffry John Stein unpacks myths of terror in the five... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Here's your real chance to fix the UUA.

Excerpt: Okay, all ye reformers and would-be reformers of Unitarian Universalism: Here's your real opportunity to help chart a new course. The denominational Commission on Appraisal — the independent board empowered to review any aspect of denominational life that could use... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, February 27, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: First, an announcement: At long last, UUWorld.org offers RSS feeds. I know, I know, you're asking what took so long. One thing that contributed to the delay was that I turned out not to be a very good technical writer:... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Unitarian fiction watch.

Excerpt: Magazine fiction hasn't been high on my reading list for several years, so I'm grateful to UUWorld.org news blogger Sonja Cohen for calling attention to John Updike's latest short story for the New Yorker. This isn't the first time that... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Visualize yourselves.

Excerpt: A Frappr update: The handy map feature that enables friends and readers of this site to identify their location has been growing and adding new features. (More than 100 people have put their pin on the map.) If you haven't... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, February 20, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Meet Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, itinerant missionaries of an evolutionary gospel they call "The Great Story." Author Amy Hassinger writes: "The Great Story brings mysticism to humanism. It brings science to paganism and our historical Transcendentalist roots. Within our... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Monday, February 13, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Just in time for Valentine's Day, longtime contributor Neil Chethik shares three things he learned in writing a new book about the ways men express love in their marriages. (His book is called VoiceMale: What Husbands Really Think About Their... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

UU blog awards down to the wire.

Excerpt: Update 2.11.06: Winners are announced! In a nail-biter, this blog was voted Best UU-Themed Blog and Best Links. I'm very grateful for the honor and for everyone who voted — but I'm much more pleased to see the community of... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Fastest growing congregations in 2005.

Excerpt: Here are some of the fastest growing UU congregations in 2005-2006:... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, February 6, 2006

Final numbers from annual UUA certification.

Excerpt: I've crunched the numbers just about as much as I'm willing to crunch them. In case you haven't been following, I've been tracking the returns over at the on-line annual membership certification of UU congregations. The deadline to report was... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Patricia Montley finds common ground across religious traditions in reverence for the earth. Tom Stites and I follow up on a new report to the UUA board of trustees about allegations of racist behavior towards UU youth of color at... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Sunday, February 5, 2006

The Web and the 2009 UUA presidential race.

Excerpt: How will the Web become a factor in Unitarian Universalist denominational politics? I think this is a good time to ask because the next contested race for the presidency of the UUA isn't until 2009 and I'm not yet aware... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

A Universalist heritage center in Winchester, N.H.

Excerpt: The Winter 2006 issue of the New Massachusetts Universalist Convention Newsletter – not online, unfortunately – features an unflattering critique of the new UUA logo. (Richard Trudeau calls it the "flaming birdbath" and writes: "The UUA's previous logo, for all... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Anglicans turn UK Unitarians out of cathedral.

Excerpt: The January 28 issue of The Inquirer, a British Unitarian magazine (not online), reports that the annual Anniversary Service of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the UK will no longer be held in Chester Cathedral,... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Voting begins for UU blog awards.

Excerpt: I've been nominated by readers in six categories in the second annual Unitarian Universalist Blog Awards. Thank you, nominators! I'm glad we have until February 10 to vote because I can see that it will take a while to review... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 30, 2006

On early Unitarian fears of 'popery.'

Excerpt: Although I'm delighted to see that Patrick Murfin has joined the interdependent web of Unitarian Universalist blogs, I find it odd that his essay on Unitarian anti-Catholicism overlooks any theological or doctrinal root for the sentiment. Murfin focuses, like a... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Don Skinner writes about the challenges of maintaining vital congregational "covenant groups" in this week's edition of UUWorld.org. He also reports on the end of the controversial six-year court battle launched by First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City over... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Join the ad hoc Commission on Brainstorming.

Excerpt: Chalicechick is inviting Unitarian Universalists to "fix UUism." If you have a plan — or want to see what other imagineers have proposed — here's a list of the proposals so far. My recommendation: An independent but perceptive group should... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

UU growth update.

Excerpt: I've been following the progress over at the annual UUA certification of congregations. With about one quarter of all UU congregations having certified, it looks like growth is slower this year. Let's compare:... [Click for complete entry | 12 comments]

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Announcing the second annual UU blog awards.

Excerpt: They're back! John Cooley, the mastermind behind the UUpdates RSS aggregator, has set up a handy site for nominations and voting in the second annual Unitarian Universalist blog awards. What a year it was! Think of the blogs that joined... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Monday, January 16, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Thomas Mikelson celebrates Martin Luther King Jr's theological legacy; Don Skinner writes about churches that are podcasting the living tradition; and Sonja Cohen tracks Unitarian Universalists in the media. And while you're visiting UUWorld.org today, why not sign up for... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, January 15, 2006

UUA trustees meet in Boston next weekend.

Excerpt: You can find agendas, reports, and related documents on the Board of Trustees section of the UUA website. Board meetings are open to the public.... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Saturday, January 14, 2006

On Unitarian Universalist opposition to Alito.

Excerpt: The Boston Globe's Spiritual Life column discusses the Unitarian Universalist Association's unprecedented opposition to the confirmation of Samuel Alito this morning. Rich Barlow interviews Rob Keithan, director of the UUA's Washington Office, who "says his denomination's stand is partly in... [Click for complete entry | 15 comments]

Monday, January 9, 2006

Theology II: What do you want to read?

Excerpt: On the heels of our discussion of the doldrums into which Unitarian Universalist theology has sunk, I'm going to try offering a followup question or two. Here's the first: What do you want to read? I assume that part of... [Click for complete entry | 28 comments]

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: Harold Babcock ponders Transcendentalism and the Hindu concept of darshan in an essay about learning to see the sacred in images. Jane Greer marks the first anniversary of the South Asian tsunami with a report on the relief work funded... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, January 4, 2006

This week at UUWorld.org.

Excerpt: I'm not sure how many of my readers are aware that UUWorld.org publishes articles that do not appear in the quarterly UU World magazine. This week, for example, Victoria Weinstein writes about taming the resolution bully, Donald Skinner reports on... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Latest from UUA on-line certification.

Excerpt: As 2006 begins, we check in with the latest from the UUA on-line certification of congregations:... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The future of theology in Unitarian Universalism.

Excerpt: If you missed it last week, be sure to dive into the conversation swirling around the "religion still seeking definition" thread. We're discussing the state of theological education, the possibilities for local theology, and all manner of juicy UU stuff.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, December 22, 2005

A religion still seeking definition.

Excerpt: Scott Wells noticed that the Commission on Appraisal's report on Unitarian Universalist theological diversity is finally available as a free pdf. New readers of the report will also be interested in Rosemary Bray McNatt's review in the winter issue of... [Click for complete entry | 75 comments]

Friday, December 16, 2005

As parodies that meet and merge.

Excerpt: Dan Harper hopes to inspire a new generation of Unitarian Universalist hymn satirists. Post your mock lyrics to his new collection, "Zinging the Living Tradition".... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

And a decree came from 25 Beacon Street.

Excerpt: We're already a month into the annual certification of congregations, where UUA member congregations report their membership.... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Monday, December 12, 2005

UU Service Committee founders 'righteous among the nations.'

Excerpt: Israel has named two of the founders of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as "righteous among the nations" for their work rescuing Jews from the Holocaust. The Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister, and Martha Sharp will be only the... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, December 5, 2005

The semiotics of Sunday school snacks.

Excerpt: Enrique revives a Victorian genre and ponders the secret language of Sunday school snacks.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What to read this week.

Excerpt: A quick tour of Unitarian Universalist blogs: Clyde Grubbs argues that UU political thought isn't as homogenous as some of us think, although he suggests that "Unitarian Universalism has been closing ranks politically in direct response to the rise of... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

They attacked Thomas Jefferson's religion, too.

Excerpt: Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) is getting some blog buzz. A right-wing blogger who seems to think that you gotta accept Jesus as your personal lord and savior in order to be elected has decided to impugn Conrad's character by attacking... [Click for complete entry | 23 comments]

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Political survey of Unitarian Universalist ministers.

Excerpt: One of the books I picked up at the AAR conference this weekend is Pulpit and Politics: Clergy in American Politics at the Advent of the Millennium, which includes chapters on the political engagement of ministers in 18 different denominations... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Friday, November 11, 2005

In honor of UU veterans.

Excerpt: For Veterans Day, why not visit the blogs of Unitarian Universalists who have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces: Unitarian Universalists in the Military, (r)evolUUtions, and Trivium, for example.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, November 7, 2005

Unitarian Universalism: preschool or grad school?

Excerpt: Great recent blog conversations: PeaceBang describes a graduate seminar in which a Baptist suggested that Unitarian Universalism offers training wheels for religious newbies. Jess Cullinan ponders non-theism and the language of reverence. Dan Harper says we're training ministers to serve... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Friday, October 14, 2005

UUA trustees meet in Boston this weekend.

Excerpt: The agenda and reports are available at the Board's page on the UUA Web site. Meetings of the trustees are open to the public.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Roots, don't hold me too close.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist blog post of the week is surely Fausto's "What a Great UU Church Could Be," written in response to this post at Boy in the Bands. It's a perennial question: Is there really a place for Unitarians... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Sunday, October 9, 2005

Unitarian Universalist podcasting in the news.

Excerpt: Not only has the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, California, started podcasting, the church is getting media attention for it. An 84-year-old church member who can't get to church every week tells the The Argus, "It really comes in handy.... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Unitarian Universalist minister-blogger in the news.

Excerpt: Dan Harper, the new minister of the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, Mass., is profiled in the local paper today — and his blog is part of the story: The Rev. Harper said that he is very interested in... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Media-savvy Boston-area UU minister.

Excerpt: Say, what is Hank's secret? His spunky Unitarian Universalist church in Medford sure gets a lot of good press. Here's at least the second story about the church's serendipitous acquisition of a church bell. I remember another story several months... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Thursday, August 25, 2005

And just how busy is Philocrites?

Excerpt: Why, I'm so busy I don't even have time to comment on the recent resurgence of James Luther Adams blog posts! But Clyde Grubbs and Scott Wells are discussing one of his more famous phrases — the "prophethood of all... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

How blue are the communities with UU churches?

Excerpt: Ask and you shall receive! Andy McIntire has combined the 2004 county-by-county U.S. presidential results with the zip codes of the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association to produce a map showing how blue the communities with UU congregations... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Resuming a conversation about liberal moral values.

Excerpt: In a comment to my post about the political impact of the Christian right's "moral values," Dudley Jones asked a great question that I've suggested really belongs in a serious discussion of morality itself, rather than in a discussion of... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Looking for Unitarian Universalist podcasts?

Excerpt: Here's a handy Directory of UU Podcasts — which you can help expand! And, although they're not yet set up with RSS and so don't quite qualify as podcasts just yet, here's a series of iPod-friendly audio essays for congregational... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Losing my religion?

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater is leading a fine discussion over at Coffee Hour about the experience some Unitarian Universalists feel when they think their religion is somehow being taken away from them by the emergence in their congregations of unfamiliar — or... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

UUA Youth Office explains Con Con decision.

Excerpt: Unitarian Universalists involved in programs for youth, especially those who paid attention to the hubbub early in the year around the withdrawal of UUA staff support for the continental conference of the denominational youth organization YRUU, will want to note... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Harry Potter Sunday School.

Excerpt: Do Unitarian Universalists love Harry Potter? Let's find out: The mythic themes in Harry Potter have so impressed [the Rev. Barbara Gadon of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington, Del.,] that she has centered the 10 a.m. Sunday worship on... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Religion News Service on racial tensions at G.A.

Excerpt: Nancy Glass of the Religion News Service reports on the controversy around allegations of racist behavior at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The Charlotte [N.C.] Observer carries the story today under the headline "Unitarian Board... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

What to read this week.

Excerpt: Ah, summertime, when I have almost no time to write! What should you read while I leave you on occasional unannounced hold? How about John Cullinan's review of the new UUA songbook, Singing the Journey (which you can buy here),... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Ah, the language of reverence debate again!

Excerpt: At last, it's the UU Infidels' day in the sun! The Fort Worth Star-Telegram offers a final bit of commentary on the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in yesterday's paper and returns to the subject that... [Click for complete entry | 15 comments]

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

UUA Trustees respond to racism at General Assembly.

Excerpt: The UUA Board of Trustees has issued a letter responding to a series of racist or racially charged incidents that especially affected young people of color who were attending the General Assembly in Fort Worth. The letter isn't yet at... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

Bloggers meet at the UUA General Assembly.

Excerpt: Back in April, nine Unitarian Universalist bloggers from the Boston area and one from D.C. met to talk and barbecue in the rain. (We should do that again soon, maybe without rain.) During the last weekend in June I met... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Penultimate General Assembly thoughts.

Excerpt: What else will I talk about before I finally reemerge from the General Assembly bubble and notice that the Supreme Court has been thinking about the Ten Commandments and George W. Bush has been thinking about staying the course? Three... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Assorted observations about G.A.

Excerpt: A few thoughts about the business portions of the UUA's General Assembly, which concluded last night: 'General Assembly for Dummies'? A delegate at the procedural microphone observed that it's hard to learn how the business at the General Assembly really... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, June 27, 2005

Coming attractions: The new uua.org and uuworld.org.

Excerpt: Early in Saturday morning's General Assembly plenary, UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery gave delegates a preview of changes in the Association's electronic communications. (RealVideo footage of her presentation is online, but as of Monday morning a written report hasn't... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Commission on Appraisal: Monday at 10:15 a.m.

Excerpt: Just a note to others at the UUA General Assembly today: The Commission on Appraisal's workshop session on their new report, Engaging Our Theological Diversity, was not listed in the program book — but it is in fact this morning... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Don't leave G.A. without your CDs.

Excerpt: One of the peculiarities of my General Assembly-going is that many of the lectures I'm most eager to hear are the ones I can't actually attend. This year, for example, I especially wanted to hear Kim Beach, Robin Lovin, and... [Click for complete entry | 13 comments]

Friday, June 24, 2005

Unitarian Universalists 'invading the Bible belt.'

Excerpt: Jim Jones writes a curtain-raiser for Knight-Ridder about the UUA's General Assembly in Fort Worth, highlighting three themes: Unitarian Universalist support for same-sex marriage, UU opposition to the death penalty, and "a possibly controversial report, 'Engaging Our Theological Diversity,' citing... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Doug Muder's Unitarian Universalist FAQ.

Excerpt: In time to supplement my airplane reading — the new Commission on Appraisal report on Unitarian Universalism's elusive unity — comes the first chapter in Doug Muder's Frequently Asked Questions about Unitarian Universalism. The topic: How can a religion be... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

UUA General Assembly coverage.

Excerpt: Unlike other UU bloggers, I make no promises about how much I'll blog about the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: I spend my time at G.A. saving up string for UU World's coverage — which will... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Get ready for General Assembly Buzzword Bingo!

Excerpt: So you've been reading the Program [pdf; 1.5M] of the upcoming General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations — otherwise known as "GA" and "UUA" — and wondering what all the acronyms and peculiar phrases mean. On page... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Another way to track Unitarian Universalist blogs.

Excerpt: John Cooley has been building a very interesting blog and news aggregator at webuus.com. What's New with UU? rounds up an even broader range of UU blogs and news sources than the UU Blogs digest I maintain through Kinja.com. (He... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, June 13, 2005

'Uncommon Denomination' in the news.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist marketing campaign that ran in Houston, Texas, from January through April gets prominent placement in a story about church marketing in Saturday's Houston Chronicle. The UUA's own interim report on the Houston campaign was published in March,... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Carl Scovel offers new ways to see Jesus.

Excerpt: Unitarian Universalists who are discovering they're interested in Jesus will want to know about "Jesus Seen with Fresh Eyes," a weekend retreat with Carl Scovel at the Rowe Camp and Conference Center in western Massachusetts October 14 through 16. I... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Bloggers at the UUA General Assembly.

Excerpt: It's going to be a challenge to gather all bloggers and would-be bloggers at one time during the June 23-27 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association. For one thing, a bunch of us are leading workshops or discussions listed... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Tuesday, June 7, 2005

'Stand by this faith' or just standing by?

Excerpt: Phil Lund gets off to a bracing start in "What Price UUism?" For some time now—several years, at least—I've had two distinct notions elbowing one another in my mind. One is Olympia Brown's call to "stand by this faith"; the... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Sunday, June 5, 2005

Son's death in Iraq brings father to anti-war pulpit.

Excerpt: The Boston Globe reports today: Two years ago, Brian T. Hart, an avid supporter of the American military mission in Iraq, wrote to the Board of Selectmen in Bedford to complain about a 20-foot banner strung from the front of... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Unitarian Universalist youth unhappy with YRUU.

Excerpt: Radical Hapa brings us the demands of a group of Unitarian Universalist youth leaders who want the Steering Committee of YRUU (the troubled denominational youth organization) to relinquish control over the continental leadership conference that elects Steering Committee members. The... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Happy birthday, organized Unitarianism!

Excerpt: One hundred eighty years ago today, the American Unitarian Association was organized in Boston. Across the pond, coincidentally on the very same day, the British Unitarian Association was founded. What's with May 25 and Unitarian milestones? Oh yes, it's also... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Coming of Age season: Let's party!

Excerpt: It's Coming of Age season in Unitarian Universalist congregations — the time of year when young teenagers enrolled in the Coming of Age program present their individual "credos" to their congregations. Religious educators, ministers, and others involved in the endless... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Let's talk about blogging at General Assembly.

Excerpt: I can imagine at least two things Unitarian Universalist bloggers (and would-be bloggers) may want to do as a group at next month's General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations: We'll want to meet each other, of course,... [Click for complete entry | 14 comments]

I love news stories about growing UU churches.

Excerpt: The Exeter, N.H., News-Letter features a picture of the growing First Unitarian Church in its story today about growing congregations; the Unitarians get the last four paragraphs of the story. Check out "Churchgoing Is Up" (Adam Dolge, Exeter News-Letter 5.17.05).... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, May 14, 2005

'Sojourners' reader: 'Unitarian Jihad' misses the mark.

Excerpt: The progressive Evangelical magazine Sojourners reprinted part of Jon Carroll's "Unitarian Jihad" column in its May 4 e-mail newsletter, prompting the following reply in this week's newsletter: I am part of an organization that works to influence [Michigan] state policy... [Click for complete entry | 15 comments]

Thursday, May 5, 2005

Unitarian Ascension Day: Dedicate an elevator!

Excerpt: Coincidence? You be the judge: The venerable Unitarian Universalist church in Harvard Square has just completed installing an elevator to make all five levels of its facility accessible to people who can't climb stairs. The ribbon-cutting is this afternoon —... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, April 29, 2005

How goes the Unitarian Jihad ad campaign?

Excerpt: Chutney reports on the Google Ad campaign launched in response to the "Unitarian Jihad" phenomenon: Our ad has shown over 8,000 times, and it’s closing in on 400 clicks now. That gives it a click-through rate that’s better than four... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

'Chronicle': From Unitarian Jihad to Faithful Fools.

Excerpt: The San Francisco Chronicle brought the world the news (cough, cough) of "Unitarian Jihad." But Bay Area readers aren't restricted to a diet of satirical Unitarianism: This past weekend, the Chronicle also profiled the real-life pockets of reasonableness and harmony... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Which car is more UU: Subaru Outback or Toyota Prius?

Excerpt: On the heels of the Los Angeles Times story that said that "Subaru is the Unitarian Church of automotive brands," the Fresno Bee says that one UU congregation begs to differ: Twenty-three people at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno,... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Thursday, April 21, 2005

John Brown: The Transcendentalists' terrorist.

Excerpt: Okay Unitarian-Universalist and American literary history buffs, be sure to read Adam Gopnik's essay about the brilliant, violent abolitionist John Brown. I'd like to call your attention especially to the way the Transcendentalists — our most famous Unitarians — embraced Brown... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Unitarian Universalist college students are different.

Excerpt: I had only seen the news stories about the in-depth UCLA study of religion and spirituality among American college students and still haven't read the full report. So I hadn't yet come across this passage — which says some very... [Click for complete entry | 14 comments]

Thursday, April 14, 2005

'UU World' goes quarterly, will launch online magazine.

Excerpt: As the May/June issue of UU World announces, the bimonthly magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations will become a quarterly in September — but will also launch a weekly online liberal religion magazine later this year. Editor Tom... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Unitarian Jihad: Not our 'iPod strategy.'

Excerpt: Lest people misunderstand what I'm encouraging with all this attention to the "Unitarian Jihad" fad, let me clarify a few things — and give you an opportunity to vent:... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Is any car more UU than the Subaru Outback?

Excerpt: Friends, does the Los Angeles Times Auto section have us pegged? Subaru is the Unitarian Church of automotive brands: ecumenical, accepting, self-sufficient, observant of the natural world and reverent before it. Thoreau would have driven a Subaru, if you could... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

How's the Unitarian Jihad doing?

Excerpt: Last Friday's San Francisco Chronicle humor column by Jon Carroll warned of the looming threat from the "Unitarian Jihad." Carroll himself stopped by Philocrites to express amazement at the widespread fear — ahem, enthusiasm — the jihad has generated since... [Click for complete entry | 31 comments]

More change in YRUU.

Excerpt: YRUU's Steering Committee appears to have reached some impasse with the UUA administration over the selection of the next one-year staff position in the UUA's Youth Office. In the past, the Steering Committee has had a role in selecting the... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Doing Unitarian Universalist theology by email.

Excerpt: Ole Andersen, proprietor of the Danish Unitarian blog Palnotoke, has officially launched the newest UUA-sponsored email discussion group, UU Theology. He has already assembled a very diverse group of UUs from across the globe, and they're writing so quickly that... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Reading your way to Unitarian Universalist ordination.

Excerpt: James Estes of Peregrinato has turned the UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee's reading list — the books every candidate for ordination is expected to know — into an Amazon.com reading guide: "So You'd Like to Become a Unitarian Universalist Minister." Thanks,... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Friday, April 8, 2005

'We are Unitarian Jihad.'

Excerpt: Oh, my: San Francisco Chronicle columnist Jon Carroll parodies a handful of things Unitarian Universalists probably wish others didn't think about us. He pretends to have received an anonymous manifesto from the "Unitarian Jihad." For the record, I do endorse... [Click for complete entry | 18 comments]

Saturday, April 2, 2005

The pope and George Huntston Williams.

Excerpt: It's too bad that no one in the Unitarian Universalist Association today could fill the shoes of church historian George Huntston Williams (1914-2000), who enjoyed the unusual distinction as a theological liberal of being a personal friend to Karol Wojtyla... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, March 28, 2005

Consultation on UU youth ministry.

Excerpt: Bill Sinkford, president of the UUA, and Megan Dowdell, the UUA's youth trustee-at-large, released a report today on the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth. The consultation brought 30 youth and adults together in late February to start envisioning... [Click for complete entry | 16 comments]

Unitarian Universalism on Google News.

Excerpt: Google introduced a cool new feature earlier this month: a customizable Google News page that allows you to track stories about keywords of your choice along with top stories in Google's other major news categories. I've set up mine to... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Unitarian Universalism's 'iPod strategy'?

Excerpt: Chutney launches an important conversation at Coffee Hour based on an essay Doug Rogers wrote for the Unitarian Universalist public relations e-mail list. Rogers's key idea, as Chutney summarizes it, is that Unitarian Universalist churches and institutions have been "following... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Unitarian poet turns out to be killer on the run.

Excerpt: What a story: In Chicago, [J.J. Jameson] is one of the city's most beloved antiwar poets, an author of two books and a congregation leader at [Third Unitarian] church. But in Massachusetts, he is notorious for executing a clerk at... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Saturday, March 19, 2005

'If UU Christians are so oppressed...'

Excerpt: Jess ran into some poorly disguised bigotry at her husband's Unitarian Universalist seminary — pointed, of course, at anything having to do with the "J"-word: Last week I approached two seminary students who were responsible for this week's Wednesday Vespers... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Friday, March 18, 2005

The second coming of My Irony.

Excerpt: Be still my beating heart: My Irony (another award-winning Unitarian Universalist blog) is back on the air — at a slightly different address. In the olden days we'd say, "Have you read MyIrony.com?" Here in the bright light of modernity,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

A great UU publicity initiative.

Excerpt: Where have I been? Award-winning contributing editor Jake called my attention today to the publicity effort the San Diego-area Unitarian Universalist congregations have put together. It's quite good. The congregations produced two 30-second TV ads, a six-minute film, and a... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Unitarian humor 0, retort 1.

Excerpt: A brief chapter from the long annals of the rhetorical strategy we might call "Let's You and Me Laugh at You": A new columnist for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, News — who proudly identifies himself as a Unitarian Universalist — started... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Happy 275th, Arlington Street Church!

Excerpt: The Boston Public Library is hosting an exhibit this month to honor the 275th birthday of the congregation of the Arlington Street Church: 275th Birthday of the Arlington Street Church — Through March 31 in the Boston Rm. (Ext. 2212).... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Congregational resource for welcoming military members.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Association's Office for Advocacy and Witness has developed a resource guide to help UU congregations do a better job of welcoming military veterans, members of the armed forces, and their families. The guide observes: Honest differences about... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, March 13, 2005

What's next for UU blogs?

Excerpt: In case you missed it, I've posted my recommendations about what the next wave of Unitarian Universalist writers might do with blogging. See "What's Next for UU Blogs?"... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Encounters with racism.

Excerpt: Three Unitarian Universalist bloggers have written movingly this past week about ways that racism plays out close to home. Jess wrote about her husband's witnessing a gang murder in Chicago; John followed up with his own account a few days later.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, March 10, 2005

What's next for UU blogs?

Excerpt: In announcing the first annual UU Blog Award winners, I mentioned that my vote for best UU blog had gone to Phil's Little Blog on the Prairie — and I promised to explain why in a future post. After much... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Sunday, March 6, 2005

Forty years after Selma's 'Bloody Sunday.'

Excerpt: Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of a brutal attack on African Americans marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. "Bloody Sunday," which shocked white Americans when television footage of the attacks was shown on the evening news, led to the... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

It's so easy to be a UU without knowing it!

Excerpt: Phil Lund says we Unitarian Universalists may be turning away interested people precisely because we set such low expecations for what it means to become a Unitarian Universalist: I've got a hunch that there are a lot of good people—thoughtful,... [Click for complete entry | 7 comments]

Monday, February 28, 2005

When fate conspires to keep you from church.

Excerpt: Beth tells a true story about trying to get to church with her daughter, only to have disaster — and inadequate parking — get in the way.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Should you bring imagination to your religion?

Excerpt: UU blogger and science fiction writer Will Shetterly writes about his Unitarian Universalism, his atheism, and the genres of science fiction and fantasy in his UU World essay, "Speculation and Revelation": I lost my faith in God when I was... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bill Sinkford talks with Boston's 'Bay Windows.'

Excerpt: Boston's gay and lesbian newspaper, Bay Windows, published an interview with UUA President Bill Sinkford last week in which he talks about the Association's advocacy of same-sex marriage rights in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country. The national headquarters of... [Click for complete entry | 28 comments]

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Which UU shibboleth is yours?

Excerpt: Ah, a SelectSmart quiz made up of garden-variety dogmas asking "What kind of Unitarian Universalist are you?" Could there possibly be a UU alive who needs this quiz to help them decide whether they're a Christian or Atheist or Buddhist... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Philocrites in the pulpit.

Excerpt: An announcement for Philocritics in the Boston area: I will be preaching this Sunday at the Eliot Church in Natick, Massachusetts, at the invitation of my friend (and UU blogger) Adam Tierney-Eliot. The congregation is a community church affiliated with... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Report on UUA Board's January meeting.

Excerpt: The UUA's Web site now includes a report from Connie Haas Zuber, who observed the UUA Board of Trustees' January meeting on behalf of the District Presidents Association. Her report (pdf) is something dedicated UUA watchers will want to read,... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Francis Ellingwood Abbot, romantic.

Excerpt: Okay, Unitarian Universalist history buffs and seminarians, remember Francis Ellingwood Abbot? If you've read Stow Persons's Free Religion: An American Faith, you know a lot about his science-minded, radical Transcendentalism and about his efforts in the founding of the Free... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Patriots theology watch.

Excerpt: The Super Bowl was fun to watch — Mrs Philocrites and I saw the game with two other couples we love to hang out with who also work in the "religion industry" — but I thought the football season would... [Click for complete entry | 11 comments]

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Shucks, I'm embarrassed!

Excerpt: Voting for the UU Blog Awards officially concluded last night at midnight. Philocrites received three awards: Guest-blogger Jake's essay, "Liberalism Reframed," tied for Best Review or Cultural Commentary and Philocrites won the Best Links and Best UU-Themed Blog awards. Wow!... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

When is a Unitarian more Catholic than the Pope?

Excerpt: From the long and distinguished annals of Unitarian Universalists who decided that the grass was greener on some other side (aka the Orestes Augustus Brownson files), here's a wonderful essay in Commonweal. Jean Hughes Raber asks, "What happens when someone... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Farewell, Lombard College.

Excerpt: Universalist history in the news! A column in the Galesburg, Illinois, Register-Mail says that the last architectural remnant of the Universalists' Lombard College may soon be demolished. Lombard was founded in the early 1850s, but the properties were sold to... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Nudge, nudge: UU Blog Awards!

Excerpt: Come now, people: Vote! Surely there must be more than 18 UU blog readers who have an opinion to share in this year's first-ever UU Blog Awards. You have until Monday before I begin to weep and gnash my teeth... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 24, 2005

Church in the blizzard.

Excerpt: Cindy, a Unitarian Universalist director of religious education, says the thought occurred to her: I almost slept on the floor of my office Saturday night in order to ensure that I’d be at the UU [church] to open Sunday morning.... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Friday, January 21, 2005

UUs looking for a Web site?

Excerpt: Here's something amazing and ambitious: A group of Unitarian Universalist young adults in the Pacific Northwest have pooled their Web skills into a site design and hosting service for their fellow UUs. Here's the amazing part: BUURN.org (yes, it's an... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Coming up: Weekend with the UUA Board.

Excerpt: The board of trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association will meet in Boston this coming weekend, and you'll be pleased to know that its meetings are open to the public. The full agenda is on-line along with dozens of reports,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 17, 2005

UUA election deadline approaches.

Excerpt: Thinking about running for denominational office at the upcoming General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association? The deadline for candidates running by petition is February 1.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Friday, January 14, 2005

Here's to progress!

Excerpt: Happy birthday, Peacebang, who writes about turning 39 today: [A] century ago, I would have been dead in childbed by now. Or from the influenza or stepping on a rusty nail. Or from drowning, as Margaret Fuller did in her... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, January 10, 2005

Don't forget the UU Blog Awards!

Excerpt: Please remember that you have until Friday night to post your nominations for the first annual Unitarian Universalist Blog Awards recognizing great work on blogs, online journals, and community forums.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Your mission: Find great UU blogs.

Excerpt: At last nominations have opened for the first annual UU Blog Awards. From now through January 14, you can nominate your favorite blogs and bloggers in a variety of categories. I think of the whole process as a way of... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, January 3, 2005

So much for 'Con Con: The Movie.'

Excerpt: Update 1.6.05: I've added a clarification to my comments at the end of this post. Unitarian Universalism watchers may have received an e-mail from the denomination's Youth Office on December 15 announcing the end of support for "Con Con," the... [Click for complete entry | 47 comments]

Thursday, December 16, 2004

ˇFeliz Navihanukwansada!

Excerpt: So says Enrique.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, December 6, 2004

Hanukkah and Unitarian Universalism.

Excerpt: There's really no getting around the awkwardness of lighting Hanukkah candles in a church — no matter how gently or forcefully a Unitarian Universalist minister tries to acknowledge or honor the holiday. Sometimes the holiday is bent into almost unrecognizable shape... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Thursday, December 2, 2004

UU blogger in Iraq.

Excerpt: Here's something to watch — A Virginia UU in King George's War, a blog by a Marine Corps officer and Unitarian Universalist deployed near Baghdad. He plans to go to seminary to study for the UU ministry when he returns.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, November 22, 2004

Time to start thinking about congregational growth.

Excerpt: It's membership reporting season for Unitarian Universalist congregations! The numbers are slowly trickling in, and regular Philocritic RevThom has joined the crew at Coffee Hour to review the numbers as they come in. With five — count 'em, five! — congregations... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Chrismukkah in a UU congregation near you.

Excerpt: Thanks to GetReligion, I now know about the O.C.-inspired holiday Chrismukkah. Merry Mishmash, everybody! Bonus chalice points to anyone who finds a Unitarian Universalist congregation that plans to celebrate the season using this new name. Super bonus points to the... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Got your Bible and scissors?

Excerpt: American Christianity finally has something the British have enjoyed for a while now: Ironic evangelism! Ship of Fools, meet your American cousin, The Holy Observer. Think of it as The Onion on a mission for the Lord. I bring The... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Forrest Church watch: 'Good Morning America' edition.

Excerpt: Speaking of anniversaries: The Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, minister of All Souls Church in Manhattan and perhaps the best-known Unitarian Universalist minister currently serving, appeared on "Good Morning America" today. Why? you ask: One-hundred-twenty-five couples said "I do" all over... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Recommended reading.

Excerpt: Two unusually good posts on the Interdependent Web in the last 24 hours: For all my fellow politically disappointed city-dwellers, "America's Blue Urban Archipelago" (My Irony). For Unitarian Universalists involved in ministry with teens, "Adolescent (Denomi)nation" (Phil's Little Blog on... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Introducing the UUA Press Room.

Excerpt: The Public Information Office at the Unitarian Universalist Association has opened an on-line Press Room with resources for the media. Although the rest of us may also appreciate knowing how to find press releases and a UUA media kit, the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, October 14, 2004

I can't make a pun out of 'Wiki'...

Excerpt: . . . which makes it hard to think of a headline for an announcement Scott Wells makes over at Boy in the Bands: There is now a "UU Wiki" — a "collaborative hypertext environment," in which readers can edit and expand an... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Meet the new UU blog reviewer!

Excerpt: At long last, I'm pleased to announce the arrival of ChaliceChick as the new UU blog reviewer over at Coffee Hour. In her first outing, she charms and skewers; you'll undoubtedly want to head over to give your own assessments... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, October 4, 2004

Notes from the National Marriage Equality Express.

Excerpt: My friend John Millspaugh, a Unitarian Universalist minister in Orange County, California, is blogging this week from the National Marriage Equality Express, a caravan crossing the country for marriage equality for same-sex couples. Be sure to check out Riding with... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, September 27, 2004

Victoria Safford in the 'Nation.'

Excerpt: The Rev. Victoria Safford, the eloquent minister of the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church and author of Walking Toward Morning: Meditations, contributed the stirring talk she gave to the 2002 Convocation of UU ministers in Birmingham, Alabama, to Paul Loeb's... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Credo, a first draft.

Excerpt: Here's something I've been meaning to reflect on for some time: A statement of faith I wrote as a college student back in June 1993, when I had been attending the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake for two years.... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Friday, September 17, 2004

Hurricanes' impact on Unitarian Universalists.

Excerpt: The UUA Web site today includes information about the widespread impact of hurricanes Frances, Ivan, and Charley on Unitarian Universalist congregations in Florida. The properties of the 73-member Friendship Fellowship at Pineda near the Indian River in Rockledge were destroyed,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, September 9, 2004

Forrest Church on church and state.

Excerpt: On Point, WBUR's evening public affairs program, will feature the Rev. Dr. Forrest Church tonight. Church is minister of one of the Unitarian Universalist Association's most prominent churches, All Souls in New York City, and author of many books —... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

General Assembly, better late than never.

Excerpt: I hold back on offering much commentary on the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly here on Philocrites while I'm writing UU World's GA coverage. But now that the September/October issue of the magazine is arriving in people's mailboxes, here's my... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Religious leftist.

Excerpt: Hank Peirce shares the story of his predecessor at the Universalist Church of Medford, Mass.: the Rev. Eugene H. Adams, who died last week. Adams was quite a character, according to the Boston Globe obituary based on Hank's account: As... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Beliefnet chats worth reading.

Excerpt: Over at Beliefnet, three lively conversations about Unitarian Universalism are worth checking out: In one, ChaliceChick asks: "What motivates liberal christians to come to UUism?" (My own experience is that Unitarian Universalism enables many of us to emerge from a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Knocking on doors for no apparent reason.

Excerpt: It's time for some levity over at Coffee Hour, the Unitarian Universalist group blog. Chutney (of My Irony) invites us to share the best — and worst — UU jokes. What do you get when you cross a Unitarian Universalist with... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

'UU World' in the news.

Excerpt: In what may be a first, UU World magazine is the subject of an Associated Press religion column. Richard Ostling reviews Forrest Church's essay, "Choose Your Enemies Carefully," along with a passage from a letter by Adlai Stevenson, both of... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Unitarian Universalism's Google news editor.

Excerpt: I don't know why I never thought to mention this before, but if you find it tedious trying to separate the wheat from the chaff when looking for news stories about Unitarian Universalist churches and people via Google News — you... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Theological diversity watch.

Excerpt: Surprise! The UUA's Commission on Appraisal is in the news! The Boston Globe's Rich Barlow interviews Earl Holt, minister of King's Chapel and chair of the Commission. The article asks, "Has the Unitarian Universalist church, renowned for its diversity of... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Does Unitarianism require unitarianism?

Excerpt: I'm elevating a comment Matthew Gatheringwater posted to my Guide to UU Blogs last week so we can discuss it in its own place. Matthew, responding to my friend Adam Tierney-Eliot's church, where Unitarian Universalists and trinitarian Congregationlists worship together,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, July 12, 2004

Political ideologies in the UUA.

Excerpt: I've kicked off the July conversation at Coffee Hour, the Unitarian Universalist group blog, by asking what's wrong with the widely held notion that Unitarian Universalism is "The Democratic Party at prayer — or meditation." Find your political ideology among... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Written any good new hymns?

Excerpt: Here's your chance to share them: The deadline for submitting pieces for consideration for the UUA's New Hymn Resource project is approaching. A compilation of 60-75 pieces for congregational singing will be published by the UUA in June of 2005.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, July 2, 2004

Unbelievable, indeed.

Excerpt: The following words were set to apparently rousing music for the closing celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly on Monday evening. (I was out eating dinner at the time, and so missed this particular bit of GA.) We... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Monday, June 28, 2004

Local press coverage.

Excerpt: The sixth-largest city in California could use a better newspaper. There are 5,000 Unitarian Universalists holding their annual convention in Long Beach, but the city newspaper's four-page religion section on Saturday included not a single word about it. (Nor, I... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

'Yes, we're all individuals.'

Excerpt: The uncharitably sectarian Agape Press reported on June 1 that "Texas officials have reversed an earlier decision denying tax-exempt status to a controversial religious cult in that state." ("Cult" in this case refers to us Unitarian Universalists. Who knew!) Rivka,... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

'Unitarian Universalism' got your tongue?

Excerpt: Will Shetterly launches month two at Coffee Hour with an ambitious discussion topic: Does Unitarian Universalism — "eleven syllables, twenty-one letters" of confusion to newcomers and newspaper editors alike — need a new name? I'm still on my blogging diet, so... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Sinkford responds to Parker.

Excerpt: I hadn't been paying close attention, so this may not be news to some of my readers, but Unitarian Universalist Association President Bill Sinkford has responded to Rebecca Parker's letter in the first exchange in what appears to be a... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Matthew Gatheringwater says adieu.

Excerpt: If you want to enjoy Matthew's unusually fine writing and his sharp insights on Unitarian Universalism, now would be a good time to browse through his archives. He's pulling the plug on his blog June 21. I will keenly miss... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, May 24, 2004

Hillary and Julie Goodridge in 'People.'

Excerpt: [Updates below.] Here's something you won't find everyday here at Philocrites: a recommendation to pick up the latest issue of People magazine. (That would be the May 31 issue, with Gwyneth Paltrow and her baby on the cover.) The photos... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Saturday, May 22, 2004

What is going on in Texas?

Excerpt: So the Texas state comptroller denies a Unitarian church's application for tax exempt status, even though the criteria she uses has been overturned by a judge — in 2001, a ruling upheld by an appeals court and, in April of... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Texas' taxes.

Excerpt: I'll push pause on the multiple projects that have crowded out all thoughts of blogging this week to put in my two cents on a story a bunch of you have called to my attention: According to the Fort Worth... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Saturday, May 15, 2004

In praise of strategic thinking.

Excerpt: Steve Caldwell (in the course of our "Make Way for Polyamory?" conversation) objected to my advocacy of strategic thinking. So let me try to be clear about what I'm saying, both in general terms and also specifically about "polyamory," which... [Click for complete entry | 24 comments]

Friday, May 14, 2004

Sociopastoralism.

Excerpt: When we were in divinity school, a good friend and I came up with our Top Ten Pet Peeves about seminary. I wish I knew where the full list had gone — we wrote it up sitting on the porch... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, May 10, 2004

Liberal denomination in the news.

Excerpt: The front page of today's Boston Globe presents a long profile of the Unitarian Universalist Association's widespread support for gay marriage: "Unitarians looking to gay marriage: Denomination set to 'make history,'" by Michael Paulson. (And here's the cover story of... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

If I had a million dollars.

Excerpt: We're dreaming big dreams over at Coffee Hour, where Tom Schade asks what we'd do for Unitarian Universalism if we won the lottery. I'm amazed by a recurring theme in the responses so far: Mark Brooks wants a seminary education... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, April 29, 2004

We have no position. Yet.

Excerpt: Almost a week ago, the public information office of the Unitarian Universalist Association posted a clarification about the independent group "Unitarian Universalists for Polyamory Awareness." Somehow I managed to miss it: A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle on... [Click for complete entry | 36 comments]

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Broader boycott still tiny.

Excerpt: Yesterday, I wrote: To my knowledge, of the 30-some-odd Unitarian Universalist ministers whose consciences have led them to refuse to sign marriage licenses until same-sex couples can legally marry, only two live in places that are not poised to begin... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Unitarian Universalists run for TV President.

Excerpt: What a convergence of Philocrites' interests! The cable network Showtime is developing American Candidate, a reality show in which really ambitious everyday citizens run for president. So far, six nine Unitarian Universalists are among the contestants: Jocelyn Benson, Wellstone Democrat,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, April 23, 2004

Around the UU blogs.

Excerpt: There's good stuff on quite a few Unitarian Universalist blogs this week. And, since I haven't offered a round-up in a while, I'm including a few slightly older posts well worth your time: Stentor Danielson has a great post today,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Do you see yourself in these mirrors?

Excerpt: Which of these two TV ads introducing Unitarian Universalism do you like better: The ad the UUA paid for? Or the public service announcement produced and paid for by the Faith & Values Network? (Both require RealPlayer.)... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

More on mimetic rivalry.

Excerpt: Conversation erupts! Several Unitarian Universalist blogs have already responded to Tom Schade's essay on mimetic rivalry and my post about it. At the new, improved, and very in-character MyIrony.com, Chutney proposes the creation of "Unitarian Universalists for Spiritual Interest Group... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Unitarian Universalism's mimetic rivalry.

Excerpt: Tom Schade asks: Have you heard sentiments like these? "We could really moving into the mainstream of the culture, except that we are always pulled toward marginal, fringe movements, like polyamory." "We could be a terrific social reform movement, if... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, April 4, 2004

Thandeka watch.

Excerpt: Here's a newspaper columnist interviewing theologian Thandeka, the Unitarian Universalist Meadville Lombard Theological School professor: "Color-coding: A fresh look at race," by James Ragland, Dallas Morning News 3.25.04. (Thanks to Joyce Dowling for the tip!)... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Back to the reverence debate!

Excerpt: Rebecca Parker, president of the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, has launched what appears to be a new round in the public conversation about UUA President Bill Sinkford's call for a Unitarian Universalist "vocabulary of reverence." Her open letter to... [Click for complete entry | 8 comments]

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

How open is the UUA?

Excerpt: A talented and thoughtful group of Unitarian Universalists has been working for some time to help make the UUA's governance more "open and transparent." Some of this effort has been taking place within the UUA's board of trustees, but perhaps... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

'General Assembly' or 'GA'?

Excerpt: As perhaps the most emphatic opponent of acronyms at my place of work, I lobby for naming things even when they have lapsed into acronymity for most people. Among Unitarian Universalists — "UUs" — that means I'm willing to waste... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, February 6, 2004

Questions the UUA Principles don't answer.

Excerpt: In a conversation yesterday with a fellow parishioner about how the Unitarian Universalist Association's "Seven Principles" don't quite cut it as answers to religious questions — we were talking about the difficulty of shaping religious education curricula for adolescents around... [Click for complete entry | 6 comments]

Monday, February 2, 2004

At least the UU blogosphere is growing...

Excerpt: Scott Wells has been keeping tabs on membership growth in the churches that make up the Unitarian Universalist Association. As of last night, 938 congregations reported a total (adult) membership of 150,447 — an increase of only 60. (That's 0.06... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Watch growth statistics as they happen!

Excerpt: While we're continuing our conversation about fast-growing Unitarian Universalist congregations — here and here — I need to point out the yeoman's work that Scott Wells is doing. In a series of posts, he has been tracking the latest membership... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, January 6, 2004

Next 20 fastest growing churches.

Excerpt: Updated 1.5.05: The information in this year-old entry is based on data collected through early 2003. The 2003 figures, however, may actually reflect the church membership figures from 2001-02. This list should not be interpreted as a reflection of current... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Meetup as religious education.

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater explores the possibilities of using Meetup.com to organize discussion groups around themes and questions that Unitarian Universalists love but that other churches might shy away from. (Click here, then scroll down to "Topics in liberal religion" for January... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Adlai Stevenson, Unitarian.

Excerpt: I've been thinking about Adlai Stevenson lately as people have been discussing Howard Dean's decision not to join the Unitarian Universalist church in Burlington when he decided he'd had it with the Episcopal church. (Dean ended up a nominal Congregationalist... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, January 3, 2004

Sixteen fastest growing churches.

Excerpt: Updated 1.5.05: The information in this year-old entry is based on data collected through early 2003. The 2003 figures, however, may actually reflect the church membership figures from 2001-02. This list should not be interpreted as a reflection of current... [Click for complete entry | 22 comments]

Friday, January 2, 2004

Meetup of the Larger Fellowship.

Excerpt: I was so distracted by the Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, and Dennis Kucinich Meetups — the candidates' supporters make up the largest Meetup communities in the world — that I didn't grasp the religious potential the software offers. Although there... [Click for complete entry | 3 comments]

Monday, December 29, 2003

The church of Utne readers.

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater condemns the talk of building a Unitarian Universalist growth campaign on marketing efforts targeted to "cultural creatives" (otherwise known as Utne readers). There's some devastating further commentary at Paula's House of Toast about the cultural creatives Web site.... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Monday, December 22, 2003

The Church of ——.

Excerpt: Will Shetterly writes that the name "Unitarian Universalism" "is great for people who love history, but for the general public, it's too long, too obscure, too easily confused with latecomers like Unity, and too far at the back of the... [Click for complete entry | 20 comments]

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Singing the Living Tradition II.

Excerpt: This just in: The Unitarian Universalist Association is producing a new supplement to its current hymnal, "Singing The Living Tradition" . . . In the fall of 2003, UUA President Bill Sinkford appointed a task force of six UUMN members to create a... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Recommended reading.

Excerpt: Some enthusiastic endorsements: Read Matthew Gatheringwater on "the bloody way" and the good Samaritan and why be a Unitarian Universalist minister. And read Stentor Danielson's Debitage, an outstanding blog, with recent posts on gay marriage (more here) and "googlebombing", which... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Fire marshals vs. the flaming chalice.

Excerpt: Here's something to think about: Each Sunday a child walks to the front of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Blacksburg to light the church's chalice, the official symbol of the denomination. But that practice may be illegal under a new... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Calling.

Excerpt: More recommended reading by Matthew Gatheringwater: I don't think calls to ministry come only from some kind of happy place, some denominational cheerleading section of the soul, or something that can easily be cut and pasted onto a resume. If... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Spouse and spouse?

Excerpt: I support legal recognition of committed same-sex couples, and I am proud of my own denomination's practice of performing commitment ceremonies and services of union for same-sex partners. I am having a hard time, however, wrapping my head around at... [Click for complete entry | 10 comments]

Saturday, November 22, 2003

Unitarian Universalism's many definitions.

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater received 98 responses to his poll about whether Unitarian Universalism is a distinctive religion. Last night he posted the fascinating definitions people sent him in response.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Unitarian Universalism: In search of a definition

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater, in A plea and a promise, writes: When planning to study at Meadville Lombard, I imagined that I was somehow getting closer to the heart of Unitarian Universalism. I saved the unanswered questions and doubts I discovered in... [Click for complete entry | 9 comments]

Sunday, November 9, 2003

Unitarian Universalist blog watch.

Excerpt: It's been a while since I've rounded up the most interesting posts from the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere. From the last week or so: Matthew Gatheringwater discusses the latest in liberal religious orthodoxy (see November 3, "The First Principle Isn't Enough"),... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Monday, November 3, 2003

The new UU World.

Excerpt: Do you have an opinion about the redesign of UU World? Some people are discussing it at Beliefnet.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, October 30, 2003

'Marauding Unitarian ministers...'

Excerpt: With polls showing more than half the American public now doubting the president's capacity to handle both foreign and economic policy, the administration needs an issue to distract the disgruntled. More pointedly, as Karl Rove himself has noted, 4 million... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

The golden chalice.

Excerpt: Head on over to Beliefnet for a discussion of Stupid UU Tricks — i.e., goofy things Unitarian Universalists do while taking themselves way too seriously. Here's part of the opening entry about the ubiquitous flaming chalice: The way many UUs... [Click for complete entry | 4 comments]

Sunday, October 26, 2003

From the Suggestion Box: Interfaith marriages.

Excerpt: Here's the first Philocrites discussion topic for Unitarian Universalists, suggested by John B. (Thanks, John!) Is your spouse or partner Roman Catholic? What works and what doesn't work in your interfaith marriage? What resources have helped? What resources would you... [Click for complete entry | 18 comments]

Science and its metaphors.

Excerpt: Click here to read my UU World review of two fine books, Mary Midgley's The Myths We Live By and Ursula Goodenough's The Sacred Depths of Nature. I also discuss the "brights" movement and the false choice it poses to... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Can humanists 'worship'?

Excerpt: A passage by the Rev. Albert C. Niles, as quoted recently on the UUA's Humanists e-mail list: Worship is the human mind contemplating the wonders of the universe, and being not afraid. Standing somewhere within a galaxy of stars we... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Unitarian Universalist bloggers.

Excerpt: A round-up of recent blogging by Unitarian Universalists: The Rev. Charlie Ortman, the new UUA trustee from the Metro New York District, keeps a trustee's blog! "Gomi Girl" writes movingly about joining a Unitarian Universalist church in Florida (second item,... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Sunday, October 19, 2003

Gini Courter elected interim UUA moderator.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees elected Gini Courter as the interim moderator of the Association in a special election Sunday morning. Diane Olson (who was elected by the General Assembly in 2001) resigned from the position last month.... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Monday, October 13, 2003

Religion in the voting booth.

Excerpt: Beliefnet's Steven Waldman examines seven myths about God and the American voter for Slate: 1) Evangelicals all vote Republican . . . 2) The religious right flooded the polls for George W. Bush in 2000 . . . 3) Bush's religion talk has appealed to his... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Power? What power?

Excerpt: A great passage from a post to the UU Christian Fellowship e-mail list: Many UU's are political liberals, which (contrary to what they assert) does not predispose them as a whole, to effective political action. As a local grassroots political... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, October 4, 2003

Too much C Major.

Excerpt: I mocked Andree Seu's overwritten diatribe about Unitarian Universalist worship last night. Now for some further commentary. Strip away the precious anachronisms in Andree Seu's prose, ignore the fact that there isn't much of a thesis holding the essay together,... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Friday, October 3, 2003

Losing my religion.

Excerpt: Richard Hurst sticks mostly to liturgical writing for the Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., at his blog, Universalist Sundays, but he also has a sympathetic post on the way rapid changes in a church can disorient "liberals" and... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Betook her own theology.

Excerpt: What happens when you fill your quiver with verses from the Old and New Testaments and head off to do battle with the modernist-New Age cabal at the Unitarian Universalist "church"? Quoth the brave reporter: I betook myself to see... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

UUA Moderator resigns.

Excerpt: Diane Olson, the elected moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has resigned. An election to replace her will take place next June at the General Assembly in Long Beach, California; early details about the process and the UUA Board's transition... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, October 2, 2003

Channing vs. Ballou.

Excerpt: Don't miss Matthew Gatheringwater's comment following up on his excellent post about the seminarians' retreat with Thandeka. This is only an excerpt: During most of my first year at Meadville Lombard, whenever I had a theological question, people would say,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

The Rev. Garrison Keillor?

Excerpt: It's the fantasy of more than a few Unitarian Universalists — charmed by the knowing Prairie Home Companion jokes about us — that Garrison Keillor would be, could be, should be a UU. Lo and behold, this bit of correspondence... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Bingo...

Excerpt: is played a bit differently in a Unitarian Universalist church.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Meffa.

Excerpt: So did the Dalai Lama come to your city to bless a Buddhist temple? Do you have one of Zagat's top-rated bistros in your neck of the woods? Did Krispy Kreme choose your town to launch its statewide invasion? The... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Emerson watch.

Excerpt: I'm exhausted from all the Ralph Waldo Emerson bicentennial celebratin', but there's more tonight at Boston's Fanueil Hall. This morning's Boston Globe asks Richard Geldard, one of the speakers at tonight's program, "In a country with so many people belonging... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Dogmatic non-creedalism.

Excerpt: You'll think this a strange admission from a Unitarian Universalist, but I can't wait to get a copy of Jaroslav Pelikan's new book, Credo. The history of ideas is the only discipline I would go back to school to study,... [Click for complete entry | 5 comments]

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Recommended reading.

Excerpt: From the blogs: Matthew Gatheringwater writes about a mugging and the strange phenomenon sometimes called "ministerial presence" in My Bus Fare and Jesus . . . Revsparker (who has been writing some powerful entries about a parishioner in prison) offers a moving... [Click for complete entry | 1 comments]

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Emerson watch.

Excerpt: Richard Higgins, who wrote about the legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson for Unitarian Universalists in UU World earlier this year, expands on Emerson's theology in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin. It's a very fine essay.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Guugle.

Excerpt: Google News turns everyone into a press-clipping service: Enter "Unitarian Universalist" in the Google News search engine, and voila!, all sorts of things pop up. But Google has taken this a step further and saved you the trouble of typing... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, September 7, 2003

War on euphemism.

Excerpt: Tom Schade analyzes a fellow Unitarian Universalist minister's well-intentioned but evasive rhetoric about post-9/11 America, and writes:We are not at war with Terrorism. To state the situation more accurately, Radical Islamic Fundamentalists have declared war on the United States and... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, September 2, 2003

Clerical bestiary.

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater has posted a marvelous piece by John F. Hayward that describes some ministerial types. Are you a chimp, a hen, a swallow, a hippo, a weasel, an owl, or a fox? Or perhaps you're a mongrel. Scroll down... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Expanding uniuniverse.

Excerpt: A bit of a boom in the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere: Tom Schade sets up shop at Prophet Motive and has answered my first request before I had a chance to type it out — he has posted the full text... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

No more bowling alone.

Excerpt: Scott Wells has capitalized on a brilliant idea: a group blog as blog-incubator for his fellow Unitarian Universalist Christians. The new group effort, Fish Bowl, already includes four writers I'll be eager to follow. And while I hate to appear... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Please welcome...

Excerpt: Lisa's Simple Essentials to Philocrites' UU Blog roster. A Canadian Unitarian and mother, she muses on being Officer Mom — and has set up a special blog ring just for UU mothers. Plus, she's got great blog design sense.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Holy debate.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalist Association's "vocabulary of reverence" debate is back in the news, although I'm a week late in noticing. The San Antonio Express-News talked to UUA President Bill Sinkford about the controversy last weekend; Sinkford is speaking this morning... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Unitarians in suits.

Excerpt: My friends in Salt Lake City won First Unitarian Church v. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the ACLU lawsuit protesting the city's sale of a section of Main Street to the Mormons. (Their complaint was that the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Boy in the bands 2.0.

Excerpt: Check out Scott's new and improved site. And if you have a blog that regularly comments on life in the liberal church, let me know.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, August 4, 2003

Beliefnetters on Humanist Manifesto III.

Excerpt: The Unitarian Universalists who chat it up at Beliefnet are discussing the new Humanist Manifesto. It's an unusually good discussion.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Ralph Waldo Emerson watch.

Excerpt: Talk about top billing, folks: John Updike mentions the Journal of Unitarian Universalist History in the second sentence of his New Yorker review of books commemorating the bicentennial of our most famous Unitarian ex-clergyman.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, July 27, 2003

Architecture as metaphor.

Excerpt: My home church — the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City — is in the news again, this time not for suing the LDS Church over real estate, but simply for being itself:So, one opens the church — First... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Amen!

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater, who facilitates the UU Books e-mail discussion group, tossed this gem into a recent post: "Persuasion is the method of Unitarian Universalism, but tolerance is its heart." I've been pondering it for a week. Thanks, Matthew!... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Suitable for elevator rides.

Excerpt: Mark A. Thomas's letter to the editor of the Boston Globe disputing the Unitarian Universalist Association's legitimacy as a "church" prompted two replies. Peter Vandebogert of Beverly, Mass., wrote to the Globe on July 10:Mark A. Thomas's letter questioning the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, July 5, 2003

Damned laity.

Excerpt: Here's an example of criticism that really knows how to win friends and influence people — a letter from a Mark A. Thomas of Boston, responding to the Boston Globe's article last week about the Unitarian Universalist Association's current conversation... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Perfect pitch.

Excerpt: What does Unitarian Universalism need? More people like Matthew Gatheringwater, whose blog — like the excellent "UU Books" e-mail group he has facilitated for the past few years — conveys the two things I love most about liberal religion: its... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

More than words.

Excerpt: From yesterday's Boston Globe story on the "vocabulary of reverence" debate with the Unitarian Universalist Association (gathered this weekend in Boston for the General Assembly):They're all here this weekend — the Christians and the Jews, the Buddhists and the Wiccans,... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Pluralism in practice.

Excerpt: Here's a good news story about how one Unitarian Universalist congregation talks about its own theological diversity: "Seven members shared their faith experiences with at least 250 people who packed the church." Gloria Heard, an organizer of the program, said... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Old-school universalism.

Excerpt: Check out this interview with the Pentecostal bishop Carlton Pearson, whose "gospel of inclusion" is essentially the Universalist theology of the early 1800s.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Another sermon contest entry!

Excerpt: We're off and running in the first-ever Philocrites Treasure Hunt, scouring the Internet for great Unitarian Universalist sermons. (The rules are simple; send your nominations any time.) Today's nomination is from Peg Duthie, author of Measured Extravagance, a fine blog.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Sermon contest entry!

Excerpt: You've read the rules for our summer-long quest for great Unitarian Universalist sermons. Now read the first entry: "Life Drawing Lessons" by the Rev. Mark Belletini, preached Oct. 14, 2001, to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio. Here's... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Best sermon contest!

Excerpt: These three sermons each won $10,000 in the first annual Richard Borden Sermon Contest for excellence in Unitarian Universalist sermon-writing. Congratulations! So now I feel inspired — not to write a sermon, but to enlist you, gentle readers, in a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, June 14, 2003

Nationalism and its discontents.

Excerpt: Will Shetterly is disturbed about Israel's behavior, and concludes that "nationalism sucks." Mark Lilla, author of The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics, has been thinking about contemporary anxieties about nation-states and about the Jews, too, but his thinking is a... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, June 13, 2003

Starting in despair.

Excerpt: I highly recommend the work of New Republic contributing editor and Jerusalem Post reporter Yossi Klein Halevi. (I reviewed his extraordinary book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden, in UU World a few months ago; whether your interest... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, June 8, 2003

Faith and freedom.

Excerpt: Guess the year that the Reverend Arthur Buckminster Fuller "lamented the replacement of a previously less militant Boston Catholicism by 'an organization hostile to liberty.'" For more on Unitarian-Catholic relations in the 19th century, see John T. McGreevy's Catholicism and... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, May 19, 2003

A vocabulary of reverence.

Excerpt: The UUA has set up a discussion forum about Saturday's New York Times article and President Bill Sinkford's efforts to get "Unitarian Universalists to reclaim a 'vocabulary of reverence.'" The closest I've come to addressing this question is a bit... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Unitarian Universalism watch.

Excerpt: My friend Richard Higgins writes in the New York Times about the flare-up UUA President Bill Sinkford has caused among religious liberals by urging "Unitarian Universalists to reclaim a 'vocabulary of reverence.'" In recent sermons, talks and articles, Mr. Sinkford... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, May 12, 2003

Unitarians against Graham.

Excerpt: The Canadian Unitarian Council opposes Franklin Graham and other Evangelicals-in-humanitarians-clothing in Iraq: "We call on the US and UK occupying forces to respect the religious integrity of Iraq," said CUC President Reverend Doctor Mark Morrison-Reed. "Any attempt to convert Iraqis... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, May 5, 2003

Dogmatism watch.

Excerpt: Here's something refreshing: some sharp candor about the dogmatism that lurks in Unitarian Universalist circles. Eric Johnson, a seminarian and Army chaplain, not only points out the pervasive ideological conformity within liberal religious communities, but has some really interesting things... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

More than words.

Excerpt: Religious liberals — like many American liberals — are uncomfortable with power. The word conjures up concepts that we don't often regard as liberal notions, like coercion or force. Some Unitarian Universalists even get twitchy about "authority," "rules," or "law"... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, April 21, 2003

Humanist revival.

Excerpt: This year is the seventieth anniversary of the publication of "A Humanist Manifesto," the theological statement (if you'll forgive the "theo") of a group of progressive religious and philosophical intellectuals whose ideological heirs have just released a brand new manifesto.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Alleluia.

Excerpt: Easter, from the archives here at Philocrites: a sermon on Doubting Thomas, the patron saint of religious liberals; a few thoughts on the resurrection of the body; an Easter hymn; and a theological commentary (several years old) on Christina Rossetti's... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, April 18, 2003

J.L.A. watch.

Excerpt: Unitarian Universalists won't be the only people interested in next week's "James Luther Adams Lecture" at Harvard Divinity School. David Little will speak on "Religion and World Order: The Thoughts of James Luther Adams" on Wednesday the 23th at 6:30.... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, April 17, 2003

waldo@twohundred.

Excerpt: It's time to celebrate Ralph Waldo Emerson's bicentennial. Mark your calendars: the Sage of Concord would turn 200 on May 25 if he were cryogenically preserved like Ted Williams! (Sorry, folks, sometimes you have to stretch to make a Red... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, April 12, 2003

Round up, week three.

Excerpt: I've been following news stories about Unitarian Universalist churches' responses to war with Iraq. Here's this week's round-up: Student minister Brent Was (profiled on this site earlier) was jailed for refusing to show his ID to a police officer during... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, April 5, 2003

Round up, week two.

Excerpt: More news stories about Unitarian Universalist reactions to war in Iraq: "Over lasagna, carrots and ice cream at a Unitarian Universalist Congregation dinner Wednesday evening" in Traverse City, Mich., members talked about the antiwar movement (Record-Eagle) . . . "With the war... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Kelly on the Unitarians.

Excerpt: Michael Kelly's Atlantic Monthly was wonderful in every way. The redesign he launched at the magazine made it one of a very small handful that we refer to frequently when we discuss good design at UU World. The writers he... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Protests in Portland.

Excerpt: A Unitarian Universalist student minister describes his night in jail on Thursday in the following press release. (A considerably shorter version, but with feedback, appears at Portland's Indymedia site). Brent Was, Intern Minister at First Unitarian Church of Portland was... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, March 28, 2003

Liberalism divided.

Excerpt: On Wednesday I mentioned the theologian and social ethicist James Luther Adams in response to Paul Berman's challenging question: "Who will defend liberal principles in spite of liberal society's every failure?" In 1936, when liberalism faced considerable opposition from within... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Week one.

Excerpt: A round-up of news stories about how Unitarian Universalist congregations, which overwhelmingly opposed going to war, are responding during the first week of combat: "The Unitarian church [in Vancouver, Wash.] has hung a poster in the foyer that says, 'Loved... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Crisis of faith.

Excerpt: Sometime in the next week or two, when the bombs start to fall, a new crisis will overtake religious people who have actively opposed President Bush's war to topple Saddam Hussein. The moral clarity that energizes the antiwar movement —... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, March 8, 2003

Emersonians against war.

Excerpt: In an article about Eli Pariser, the 22-year-old whiz kid who turned the Internet into the mass-mobilization tool of the American antiwar movement, George Packer observes: "There is a very old American type of protester — think of Emerson's friend... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

No comment.

Excerpt: An e-mail message today from the director of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Washington Office for Advocacy reported the following: At 8:45 AM, I (Meg Riley) went to the Code Pink office, a tiny enclave within the National Organization for Women's... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Outstanding commentary.

Excerpt: Dan Kennedy is senior writer for the weekly Boston Phoenix. His Media Log is one of the best blogs going. And he is a Unitarian Universalist. (He has written for UU World twice in the last year, here and here.)... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, February 3, 2003

Buehrens on Iraq today.

Excerpt: "The resolutions of the United Nations must be enforced," wrote John Buehrens, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, when Iraq defied the U.N. and a U.S. president threatened to go to war. And Buehrens added: "In my judgment, the consequences... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, February 1, 2003

Buehrens on Iraq, five years ago.

Excerpt: When Saddam Hussein refused to allow the U.N. weapons inspectors access to high-security sites in January 1998, President Clinton considered going to war to force his compliance. Last-minute diplomacy postponed a strike until the end of the year, when the... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Buehrens direct.

Excerpt: On Saturday I criticized the report John Buehrens, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, made about his recent trip to Iraq. Now the UUA has posted a January 10 interview with Buehrens that confirms my unease with parts of... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Sunday, January 19, 2003

Apology for a tyrant.

Excerpt: I regard John Buehrens, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, as highly as just about anyone in the UUA. I also think of him as a friend. But his report on his visit to Iraq last month, which he... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

What is our message?

Excerpt: Kevin M. asks a great question: Don't we, as Unitarian Universalists, have an obligation to bring our liberal ministry to a world that badly needs it?At the General Assembly last year, the Commission on Appraisal launched a new study, asking... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

On message.

Excerpt: UUA President Bill Sinkford disputes the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article Monday that reported his goal of "adding God" to the Unitarian Universalist Association's Principles. The closest thing to a transcript of the sermon he gave in Fort Worth is this... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Adding God to the UUA's Principles?

Excerpt: Yesterday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram says that the Rev. William G. Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, announced plans to push for a revision of the UUA's Principles during a speech at the First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, January 3, 2003

Was Channing a biblical inerrantist?

Excerpt: One of the participants in the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society e-mail list inaccurately characterized William Ellery Channing as a biblical inerrantist: Channing states we do not question that which is written in the Bible (without reserve or exception). In "Unitarian... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, December 26, 2002

Is there political diversity among UUs?

Excerpt: A Beliefnet participant asked, "Could a Republican become a U.U.?" and observed: Practically I'm seeing the answer is no. From what I read on these boards and elsewhere, U.U. appears to be more an arm of the Democratic (or perhaps... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Thursday, November 21, 2002

Dogma and liberal doctrine.

Excerpt: Steve F. writes: Sometimes the same word has different meanings for different people, but shouldn't the national UU define those terms so that they can be used by all UU local groups? The "national UU" has no authority to define... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Friday, October 18, 2002

Is the Bible hateful?

Excerpt: Myra S.-K. wrote:In our church we are considered a Hate Free Zone. In my opinion that almost puts the Old Testament out the door.The Bible is a library more than it is "a book." It isn't "by" a single writer.... [Click for complete entry | 2 comments]

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

An idea worth defending.

Excerpt: The Rev. David O. Rankin, in a ten-point statement of widely-held Unitarian Universalist beliefs, writes: We believe in the worth and dignity of each human being. All people on earth have an equal claim to life, liberty, and justice —... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Monday, July 8, 2002

Revelation and relation.

Excerpt: I had written: But my key point in bringing up the question of "revelation" is simply to point out that a religion needs a way of orienting or rooting its claims on people's loyalties, something on the order of "that's... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, July 6, 2002

'Retrograde' theology?

Excerpt: Roger M. wrote: Back to the idea of an evolutionary theology, UU-ism should take as its orthopraxis the idea of consensual creation of meaning and value over time, rather than on retrospective and retrograde references to Christianity, or humanism, for... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

Revelation.

Excerpt: Marcia L. wrote: I remember our recent minister, Craig Moro, teaching a class at our church in which we made a chart listing many religions and their attributes. Being revealed or having had a direct message from God is part... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Making it up.

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater wrote: From what I know so far, I'd say that if Unitarianism hasn't always been a religion it eventually became one. Maybe I can clarify my basic point. Very few Unitarians (or Universalists) treated "unitarianism" or "universalism" as... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Is Unitarian Universalism a 'new religion'?

Excerpt: Matthew Gatheringwater wrote: It strikes me that both neoPaganism and UUism are new religions. Although UUs are connected to a historical tradition, our present incarnation is only forty-some years old; Pagans aren't the only one making things up as they... [Click for complete entry | 0 comments]

Saturday, April 5, 1997

'Words are not the only language': Henry Whitney Bellows's view of scripture.

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A leading 19th-century Unitarian says that "God talks in creation, in history, [and] in revelation," and that the church is a community of ongoing interpretation.

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Tuesday, January 14, 1997

Authority in the Spirit: Developing a doctrine of the liberal church.

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A doctrine of the church, refined by theological and historical analysis, helps us identify the purpose and significance of Unitarian Universalist congregations

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