Since I earlier opined that some of our conflicted Unitarian Universalist polity is the product of Universalist and Unitarian inheritances, I thought it best to “show my work” — or rather, some original documents. 1951 Universalist Laws of Fellowship, Government and Discipline Some carryovers are obvious, and some fixes necessary. I recall a senior minister… Continue reading Universalist polity document from 1951
Category: Mission and Polity
Universalist polity persists today
A couple of weeks ago, I was batting back and forth with an informed Unitarian Universalist friend about our polity, when at one point he zeroed in at the settled clergy vote at General Assembly, at which point I had to stand up for the Universalist contribution to our polity. This is my side of… Continue reading Universalist polity persists today
Reading “Church Refugees”
When minister and friend Derek Parker mentioned that he was in a study group, and that they were reading a book about people who were once devoted church members but have left the church without giving up what they believed … well, that piqued my interest. And it’s a sociological study, not just an opinion… Continue reading Reading “Church Refugees”
Economics of City Ministry
A quick #sustainministry follow-on. Is it little wonder that there’s so much wishful and whistful thinking about having monasteries “somewhere”? It’s easy to picture some small, leafy town. Easier certainly that imagining the same in a leafy stretch of Greenwich Village. Considering the high cost of living and property — purchased or rental — and… Continue reading Economics of City Ministry
First thoughts about Economics of Ministry Summit
I normally write blog posts in the evening for morning publication, but I wanted to sleep another night before writing about the Economics of Ministry Summit, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and hosted this week in St. Louis. So far as I know, its only live presence was by Twitter, with the hashtag #sustainministry,… Continue reading First thoughts about Economics of Ministry Summit
Type out, edit Universalist polity documents?
I only had time to scan a ton of Universalist polity documents when I was at the Harvard-Andover archive last year, and I’ve still not transcribed them. And it would be nice to have in an easy to read and search format some of the rules and procedures of how Universalists operated — hints of… Continue reading Type out, edit Universalist polity documents?
A service without…
At the risk of austerity-mongering, it’s worth asking what a small, or new, or fragile church can do without in its worship to make worship sustainable, and to free up money and energy for other parts of church life. Some things come to mind; here I’m thinking of middle-of-the-road mainline Protestantism. You could have worship… Continue reading A service without…
So, why Sunday morning again?
For the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to understand the Oriental Orthodox churches and the Church of the East: Christian churches that have an early history of divergence from the Eastern Orthodox and the Catholic and Protestant churches in the West. The Coptic Christians I’ve recently written about are in this group. So… Continue reading So, why Sunday morning again?
Burbania Posts!: Think Broadly About Bi-Vocational
Another friend, minister and blogger Adam Tierney-Eliot continues the discussion about a graceful adaptation to how we do church and ministry. Source: Burbania Posts!: Think Broadly About Bi-Vocational
Four directions in the downsizing of the church
PeaceBang, the nom de blog of friend and minister Victoria Weinstein, opines at length about the foundational changes shaking our United States church experience. Because everything is changing so fast, even those of us in the profession can’t keep up with the framework, the lingo or the expectations. The fancy name for all of this… Continue reading Four directions in the downsizing of the church