Let’s Aim for at Least Fifth Place

February 1, 2007

So the UU blog awards are going on here and I would just like to humbly ask for some votes – I don’t actually feel like Elizabeth’s Little Blog needs to WIN but my goal is not to come in very last or with, like, seven votes when the winning entry gets, say, 100 or so votes. Let’s go for fifth place people! Of course, vote with your heart. If you think that another blog deserves the vote (even if it means total humiliation coming in last place), well, follow your conscience. I can take it.

Results: http://uupdates.net/uublogawards/votes
Voting: http://uupdates.net/uublogawards/

(you can only vote one time from your particular computer, as if you would ever try to cheat in the UU blog awards by voting two times)

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Elizabeth’s Little Blog After One Year

January 17, 2007

Here are some of my favorite posts from the last year – not all qualify for blog award categories. I just like them.

Now things will be less disasterous. On the 2006 elections.

Resistance
Reflections on Dorothy Solle’s writings on resistance.

Ms. Magazine Feature: We Had Abortions On how the anti-abortion movement has, in large part, succeeded in making abortion difficult to obtain and something shameful.

Book Review: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony

Take that Left Wing Freak Show Back to Where It Belongs Some thoughts on learning to love people as people and trying to remember that those with whom we disagree aren’t freak shows or crazy or weird but typically just normal people trying to make sense of a very difficult world.

Thinking About Being Sick for Ten Years

Things I Learned in My Megachurch Youth Group

Christianity Without Christ?

I didn’t think to include my body image posts, but some kind soul nominated them for the best cultural commentary or review. So here they are for your reading pleasure.
Thank you Reese Witherspoon
Underweight Models Banned from Fashion Week
Loving those curves?
Healthy Bodies
Now this is an image of beauty that makes me happier

I had other posts I liked, but this is getting to be enough. Sometimes I bore myself with myself. I’m sure you know how it is.


UU Blog Award Nominations are Open!

January 15, 2007

The Third Annual UU Blog awards are taking place. You can make nominations here http://uupdates.net/uublogawards/

I am (today I hope) going to go through my writings from the past year and see if any might qualify for these categories and I sure wish other bloggers would do the same – highlight those postings that you think might be nomination worthy. It is hard to remember all the wonderful posts of the last year.

The categories are:

  • Best Religious Writing or Theological Commentary – Single entry
  • Best Review or Cultural Commentary
  • Best Anecdote or Narrative – Single entry
  • Best Political Commentary – Single entry

Nominations for activity on other blogs

  • Best Commenter

Nominations for a blog’s elements aside from posts:

  • Best Design or Use of Visuals

Nominations for a blog’s collective writings for the year:

  • Best Religious Writing or Theological Commentary – Best of class
  • Best Anecdote or Narrative – Best of class
  • Best Political Commentary – Best of class
  • Best New Blog
  • Best Online Community or Group Blog
  • Best Non-UU-Themed Blog
  • Best UU-Themed Blog
  • Best Minister Blog
  • Best Seminarian Blog
  • Best Lay Blog
  • Best Writing

Labels and an Update

January 13, 2007

Hmm. Well. I started trying to label my posts and right away I realized that my blogging cousin Lydia http://kylydia.wordpress.com/ who suggested I switch to Word Press might be right. The labels are all messed up – something seems confused on Google’s end. Grrr. Because I know how all my readers are just DYING for the posts to have labels, right?

On a personal note, rough draft of thesis on the sexual purity movement in evangelical Christianity has been turned in. I hope to blog on this soon. AND paper on fundamentalists megachurches has been turn in. Time to get back into the swing of things at church (I missed three weeks while in Germany, but if feels like much longer!) and clean up our apartment, my the ongoing goal of my life.

Exciting stuff coming up at FUUSM – spring adult education where I will get to teach a four week course on liberation theologies. I’m so excited. And we will have a blessing of the animals in April. How fun!

Now to try to fix labels. Oh, and the Annual UU Blog Awards are coming up soon. My first year to be able to enter! Oh, how exciting! In case you didn’t see it, this little blog ranked a whopping #27 in terms of blogs visited from UUpdates, the UU blog aggregator. Exciting stuff!


Oh. People are actually reading this.

September 19, 2006

So it’s my birthday and I’m just sitting here checking my daily websites while W. sets up the kitchen for the birthday cake and presents (a little later than usual – he had an evening class) and as I’m just sitting here reading UU updates like I do every day, I see a little message from UU updater and what do I find but Elizabeth’s Little Blog listed as one of the top 30 visited sites from UU updater! My goodness! I can count on my ten fingers the people who I thought visit this blog but there must be a few more. How about that. What a nice birthday present.


GA Update and Roundup

June 23, 2006

Greetings. I am in the plenary session. These are the sometimes very long meetings where the basic work of the Association gets done….. votes, etc. I am learning how this whole thing works. First, Gini Courter is an awesome moderator. Funny, yet getting down to business and keeping things moving along. Okay. Sorry, that post was not finished up because we got to the voting, etc. in the plenary and I had to pay more attention. Now I am at the UFETA booth. I’ve been to fewer workshops than I had originally planned because between the plenary sessions and working at the UFETA booth, and traveling I’ve been quite exhausted.

ROUNDUP

Some of the more interesting summaries/responses to GA: A straightforward summary from Chris Walton’s at UU World here http://www.uuworld.org/news/ga/

Over at Chalice Chick she writes about what a mess she thinks this morning’s plenary was and how she will probably vote against the final resolution. She also mentions Gini Courter and what an amazing moderator she is. I must second that (again). Here is CC’s post: http://chalicechick.blogspot.com/2006/06/uuaga06-ecological-imbalance-on-global.html I posted a comment that I think this morning was just fine. Democracy is messy. That’s just part of the process.

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist has several posts on GA http://www.danielharper.org/blog/ One of the earlier posts on GA refers to how introverts cope with the massive amount of people and interaction that one encounters at GA. Amen. (Although that is not to say that I don’t like it, it just drains me.) People So Bold! has some short posts on GA and on ministers’ days which precede GA.

CUUMBYA (a self-proclaimed conservative UU blogger) is not happy with the Peacemaking Resolution http://cuumbaya.blogspot.com/2006/06/uua-paints-itself-into-corner.html (neither is CC http://chalicechick.blogspot.com/2006/06/why-i-dont-like-peacemaking-resolution). I’m not in love with it, but I figure it can’t hurt to talk about something and learn more about something. As long as one side or the other doesn’t bulldoze in with their own agenda and get crazy.

Lo-Fi Tribe has not a bad thing to say about GA or UUs. A little rare among our ever-opinionated people. http://www.lofitribe.com/2006/06/22/unitarian-universalist-people/ Yay for positive blogging. I need to do that more too. I do love Unitarian Universalism so. It reminds me of my journal – when things are going well, I feel no need to write that down and “get it out” and process it. When things are less well, I journal to express, process, and think “outloud” — blogging is a tad similar in that it is easy to get worked up about things that don’t go well. Feels less necessary to get worked up about things that go beautifully.

Okay, I’ve run out of time. That’s all for now. I hope to feel up to posting my actual thoughts at some point. Need to eat now :) Elizabeth


Unitarian Universalism

April 10, 2006

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/