AEU has new website

The American Ethical Union (AEU), a tiny denomination of ethical nontheists, have long been fellow-travelers with Unitarian Universalists.  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,  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.”

By Scott Wells

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


  1. Correction: Please DO call your local PBS station and request A Brief History of Disbelief. It’s available to all and many across the country have committed to airing it. It’s mostly a matter of when. They’re more likely to air it if their audience asks them to.

    In the meantime, there is a tie-in for the program: an interview with Jonathan Miller and clips from the program on Bill Moyers Journal on Friday, May 4th, 9 PM (check local listings, of course).

  2. No, that’s not a correction. You should be advocating people call their local public broadcaster, which may or not be affiliated to PBS.

    Also, Mr. Tillitt did not state he is a public relations consultant, presumably in the AEU or producer’s employ. I’m thinking about whether or not this steps over my own standards of advertisement.

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