I'm not much of a fan for the Stand Up for Universalism day held today. I debated whether I should write or not, and yes, I know that other people feel warmly towards it.
For one, I don't drum up support for a book launch uninvited and without an advance copy. The book launch is, at root, a commercial effort and the whole affair has been good for sales. How it benefits the truth remains to be seen. Which brings us to . . .
Three, the kind of universalism that people identified with him -- the one I know and love -- has been run roughshod in the UUA for as long as I can remember. No fair trying to get (back) on the wagon now. And it's positively unfair to suggest that people drawn to Rob Bell will find a welcoming home in any but perhaps a dozen churches in the UUA.
My diagnosis: Stand Up for Universalism looks likeÂ a whistful lament about has been lost in Unitarian Universalism, and the recognition that it has at least as much, if not more, theological weight and emotional resonance than what is considered mainline within the UUA. But that argues more for Universalism independent of the UUA than within it.
And how, at last, can I celebrate that?