I thought I would do a small section on Unitarian Universalism — what’s going on out there in the blogosphere, at the UUA, and in UU congregations.
The UUA Board of Trustees will be meeting in late April. Thier agendas and minutes and all sorts of other interesting stuff is available here.
General Assembly is taking place in St. Louis this year, June 21-25. I’m going. You can find more information about it here.
Another blogger, who calls herself ChaliceChick (lots of bloggers have cool pseudonyms, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it — the best I could think of was CatWoman because I love my kitties, but I thought it either made me sound like Batman’s girlfriend or a very lonely old woman)….But, back to the point, ChaliceChick hosted a “contest” she called “Fix UUism” on her blog in January. I must say that I don’t love the title because it implies that UUism is broken, which I don’t think it is. I mean, all religions have places they can grow and improve. As do we. But I’d say it isn’t broken. I’m not staying on point well, am I? The POINT is that even though I don’t think UUism is broken, there are some great and intersting ideas here about how we can improve. Some I just thought were funny. Some possibly helpful. It also reminded me of all the little political debates and tensions within our Association. Sometimes I feel so niave — Why can’t we all just get along? Maybe it is also because bloggers (not me of course) are a little harsher than I like sometimes. Anyway, it is enlightening if you have a few moments.
Ever wonder what the greater world is saying about UUs? Unitarian Universalists in the media tracks how UUs are reported on in non-UU media. It describes itself like this: A frequently updated guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other sources around the web.
Other sites of interest:
The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for the Earth. This is the organization that designed and monitors The Green Sanctuary Program which First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro is involved in. http://uuministryforearth.org/index.shtml
Unitarian Universalists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The group describes themselves as follows: The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to “respect the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.” We of UFETA understand that we human beings are only a single strand in the intricate web of life. Like wolves and whales and hummingbirds, we are fragile and perishable, and each species depends on the earth for our survival. While our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm the “inherent worth and dignity of every human being” and call us to seek “justice, equity and compassion in human relationships,” we extend those principles to include other species who also possess an intrinsic value—whose well-being is vital to the whole—and whose rights should parallel our own. You can visit UFETA here http://www.uua.org/ufeta/