A follow-up to the Winchester Profession fellowship idea

There are (for me anyway) two truisms for this blog.

  1. The less time I put into a blog post, the more likely I’m going to get disproportionately large interest.
  2. The more time I put into a blog post, the more likely I will never finish it.

My recent title-only blog post about a Winchester Profession-based fellowship is proof of the first truism. I jotted out the thought — in the form of the title — and scheduled it yet unwritten to post on the Winchester Profession’s anniversary. I had the full intent to actually write something but my blogging dried up, and with it my attention to the schedule.

But, with respect to the second truism, I won’t labor the thought too much now. Some scattered idea, which will have to do for now.

  1. The Winchester Profession is at the same time a sufficient, liberal, foundational and historical way to encompass a variety of expressions of Universalism.
  2. An online search shows it still resonates with people.
  3. A fellowship or some other free-standing entity organized on a non-geographic basis and dependent on some distributed mode of communication can provide a way to “go deeper” in this tradition, without threatening or agitating those who feel no affection for it.
  4. Deeper consideration will more likely suggest more practical and useful actionable steps than drawing up a list out of nothing.
  5. A fellowship, however, need only to be as engaged and organized as its members need, thus can weather times of relative inactivity (should they come) better than, say, a church.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. I like to see a fellowship as a (potentially) growing group of people who have similar interests. Organizing non-geographically seems much better than organizing locally or regionally to me and probably to others who have seen universalist groups fail to get off the ground in their towns or regions.


  2. What does a fellowship actually do when it’s at home? Or does it do nothing but exist? I’m not being at all negative about the idea, just not sure what it looks like.

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