The American Ethical Union (AEU), a tiny denomination of ethical nontheists, have long been fellow-travelers with Unitarian Universalists.Â I think they’re interesting and make a good contrast to the esoteric Swedenborgians I know, each being a group in the scant few thousands with more money — through bequests and property — than their members need. Sort of a case study for sociological musing.
They have a new website, not quite released but in full preview.
A couple of other small notes:
- They’re promoting a television series they helped produce, Jonathan Miller’s Brief History of Disbelief,Â and the AEU sites describe it as a PBS program. This isn’t correct. PBS provides programming produced (mainly by its affiliates) for its affiliates, but local stations are free to add some of their programming from other sources. Jonathan Miller’s Brief History of Disbelief, which played on BBC 4 a couple of years ago, is supplied in the US through Executive Programming Services; no, I had never heard of it either. The film’s site gets this fact correct. Don’t go calling PBS if your market isn’t one of the four (Wichita, Tampa, Muncie, Roanoke) that is playing it; they have nothing to do with it. (Disclosure: my last Temp Job was at PBS.)
- The registration brochure of AEU Assembly may be downloaded. A decent model for UUA district assemblies and the UK Unitarians, if anyone collects such things. I could do without all the underscores but it is blissfully free of “word art.”