Friend and fellow blogger (Philocrites) — and UUWorld executive editor — Chris Walton scooped me in the comments of a recent post where I wondered aloud if blogs could be replacing the special purpose “independent affiliate” organizations.
At their recent meeting, the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees only approved two of seventeen independent affiliate applications under their new rules. So it’s possible even larger affiliates could loose standing. Of course, this doesn’t disband them, but does make their ability to publicize and hold meetings at General Assembly more difficult. And it doesn’t mean the change would help some affiliates. (The UK Unitarian Christian group agonized for years whether or not to ask for a similar status — so I understand — questioning whether or not it would hurt their neutrality.)
But I would start renting meeting space at off-site venues for 2008 General Assembly now.
So what can bloggers do to help the orgs they admire?
“Board shifts funding priorities for theological education” by Jane Greer (UUWorld, 7 May 2007). Applicable content about half-way down.