I'm back -- sort of. I will start writing again, but in a more limited and (I hope) disciplined way. (Speaking of: if you went to look for the new issue of The Liberal Christian and could not find it, please look here now. My mistake.)
First. I will be saying very little about the Unitarian Universalist Association. Not because I don't think it makes identifiable errors, but because I think the organization is moribund and complaining about it is a waste of time. It's already contracting institutionally and doesn't spawn new congregations. Changing generational expectations about social organization will make bureaucratic denominationalism a costly artifact.
I will write about Unitarian and Universalist meta-congregational entities have and share hope: these are mostly, but not exclusively, overseas. (In my opinion, the sleeper success in Unitarian Universalism today is the UU United Nations Office. Check them out and join, especially if Darfur and international BGLT issues are close to your heart. I did.)
Second. I'll be breaking up the theme of this blog. I had two other blogs before: New Church Mission (just what it sounds like) and Collect Call (about traditional Universalist prayers) and have folded them back into Boy in the Bands. All prior content will stay here, but I may copy over some tidbits to the new work.
From here on, I'll be posting my more serious church-related writing at RevScottWells.com, including my return to sermon writing. This will begin on September 19, the tenth anniversary of my ordination to "the ministry of the Gospel". Please go ahead and follow it, if you subscribe to blogs.
I'll keep this blog for shorter format writing, both lighter in tone and with more focus on my other advocations: free and open-source software, the District of Columbia and public transportation. There will be more politics and photos than before. Perhaps some cooking. Expect a certain churchly overlay.
I will also continue my LowPlastic.com blog -- low volume, strictly about plastic use reduction.
Lastly -- perhaps in the late fall -- I'll begin a slow, long-term project to catalog all (1790-1959) the enacted resolutions and recommendations of the Universalist General Convention, its predecessors and rebranded successor (Universalist Church of America) as a resource for study and for current polity and social policy decision making. Steven Rowe's A Southern "Universalist Church" History blog is the inspiration here; you are reading it? There's quite a gap in our understanding I'd like to fill.