Not my best writing — lots of UUA certification live-blogging — but then again early 2004 was a pretty crummy time for me. I’ve looked at forming a new church, and as far as I’m concerned today, am glad I didn’t. Still, the project meant there were more enduring posts as the quarter went along.
Saturday, January 31st, 2004
I’ll admit up front that I didn’t expect to like the generic radio spot for the new UUA “Uncommon Denomination” campaign and wasn’t disappointed. (”Uncommon Denomination” is a service mark of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which I’m sure upsets the marketing people at the United Methodist Church.)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004
One of my emerging projects is getting my head (and arms) around what might honestly be called “generic Protestant worship.”
Thursday, February 5th, 2004
Yesterday, in a fit of enthusiasm, I reviewed each website for United States Unitarian Universalist Association membership congregations thirty-five members and fewer, and those which are aspiring for membership, known as “emerging congregations.”
Friday, February 6th, 2004
Unitarian Universalists by-and-large treat creeds like they were a form of mind-control.
Saturday, February 7th, 2004
Sunday, February 8th, 2004
While reviewing UUA independent affiliate organization websites, I found this little gem buried deep at UUA.org. Hope it helps.
Tuesday, February 10th, 2004
Are sermons (most of them anyway) a waste of time? a misuse of resources? a wrong-headed prioritization of effort?
Friday, February 13th, 2004
A friend has asked me, in light of the de-Christianization of Unitarianism and Universalism over the last couple of generations, what would keep a new Christian church Christian?
Saturday, February 14th, 2004
I didn’t go back and view all the non-tiny UU churches to find the best larger-than-tiny UU church website, but I may have stumbled over it. (My opinion for best tiny UU church website.)
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2004
I made reference to some “rules of thumb” for space needs. I wanted to offer some resources speaking to that.
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
The question of how a Christian church could join the UUA – and stay Christian over the long haul – has plagued me, given that only one new-start Christian church has joined the UUA since 1961.
Thursday, March 4th, 2004
Christian faith is transmitted through communities; every Christian alive today is thus an heir, even though the inheritance is a mixture of the Gospel, those traditions that explain and explore it, and miserable additions that have hurt the faithful and others in the world.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
There are Universalist prayer books, and there are Unitarian prayer books, and rumor has it the Episcopalians have one. One of the big problems with a prayerbook tradition, especially one that is in the margins, is that there is a learning gap between reading the printed text and having directions for the order of worship.
Wednesday, March 17th, 2004
Thursday, March 18th, 2004
There’s an article in the Village Voice that’s getting links from bloggers all over. Thanks to My Irony, on whose blog I first saw it.
Saturday, March 20th, 2004
In private discussions, off-blog, I have agree with others who insist we need well formed ministers, but I worry that the system we have sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t, and is always expensive.
Monday, March 22nd, 2004
When I reviewed my statistics, I discovered the phrases that pulled in the most visitors is “voluntary simplicity.” Indeed, my denunciation of voluntary simplicity as a toy of white, middle class liberals is #30 in the Google.com search for “voluntary simplicity”!