Blog in review: January-March 2005

More entries on UUA certification — not interesting — and other ephemera marked this quarter. Proper blogging picked up around March but — ah! — so many of the resources I then found point to dead sites.

Ubuntu two

Monday, January 3rd, 2005

Earlier, I referred to the Zulu word ubuntu, musing on its familiar themes to Universalists. Tonight, I was casting through those parts of the 1662 Anglican prayerbook in Zulu.

The worst site

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

I won’t be naming the worst website in the UUA but I have certainly found it.

Did Universalists do Ash Wednesday?

Saturday, February 12th, 2005

PeaceBang asked me (on her blog) to follow up with Fausto’s question on her posting about Ash Wednesday.


Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Call me silly but I have a fascination with mixed-use (or interfaith) religious architecture with a particular period (post-WWII it seems) feature: turntable altars.

Vandiver dies, Universalist ties

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Ernest Vandiver was one of those bridge “old South-new South” figures that leaves most people scratching their heads.

UCC and blog ads

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

I was going to comment on the UCC’s move to buy blog ads — I saw the story first at — and build off of my last post, but then Philo wrote about the UCC blog ads and thought I had better comment while the iron’s hot.

CHMOD primer

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

Philocrites has said that blog ‘ware is too hard for non-geeks, and I said it needn’t be so if there were detailed directions for some of the housekeeping pieces, like setting permissions on the server (remote computer that has the files) — this is the enigmatic CHMOD.

How to run a meeting

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

Anyone who has even a passing responsibility in the running of churches need to read . . . .

Universalist hymn-writers remembered

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

March 23 is the death anniversary of two Universalist hymn-writers. Given there weren’t all that many, this is a significant coincidence.

Risen indeed!

Friday, March 25th, 2005

The traditional Easter greeting and response is, in English, “Christ is risen!” and “He is risen indeed!” PeaceBang and I — as real, talking people — have been known to greet one another the same way in Greek and Slavonic.

Universalist daily prayer asked for

Friday, March 25th, 2005

A reader — I love y’all; keep those cards and letters coming — asked
Question: what prayer books, if any, do you recommend for daily use?

Historic theological bibliography

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

I have a new toy: an online book at Making of America:

Malcom, Howard. Theological index : references to the principal works in every department of religious literature embracing nearly seventy thousand citations, alphabetically arranged under two thousand heads. (1868)

Monday, March 28th, 2005

There is so much to love here. Essays galore, but if you have to start somewhere, check the reference sections and subordinate links.

Lutheran chanting resource

Monday, March 28th, 2005

For Easter Eve, I nearly went to a Missouri Synod Lutheran church and decided to put aside my scruples about attending churches that bar communion to me.

Creed concerns

Monday, March 28th, 2005

I think ChaliceChick is just right about creeds. Where there is a void, we will attempt to fill it.

By Scott Wells

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

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