I live about a 20 minute walk from the South African embassy, so I went this afternoon to pay my respects following the death of former SA president Nelson Mandela. My feelings are hard to put into words; he belongs to the ages. The world is so much better for his life and labor. The… Continue reading Remembering Nelson Mandela in D.C.
Category: Practical theology
A change in blogging (wherein I blame the Quakers)
After seven and a half years of blogging, it’s time again to rethink “The Boy in the Bands” — if only in a limited, experimental way. Blog is short for web log; so what of logging my thoughts first on paper, and then letting them ripen a bit before transferring them to the web? (Case… Continue reading A change in blogging (wherein I blame the Quakers)
Remembrance of policy past
Ought policy statements — particularly those related to public — of the Universalist Church of America (Universalist General Convention) and the American Unitarian Association inform the policy of the Unitarian Universalist Association today? Since the UUA is the legal (and I’d add moral) successor to the UCA and AUA, I’d say yes, provided said policy… Continue reading Remembrance of policy past
Web media should be accessible, too
Piggybacking on Kim Hampton’s first-things-first approach (do read it) to ability and accessibility, let me humbly ask that all producers of online audio or video media create a text transcript to accompany it. This is a matter of access in these ways: Some people cannot see and other cannot hear. Text allows people to read,… Continue reading Web media should be accessible, too
Use your voice, less electricity to save mountains
Cranky Cindy wrote about mountaintop coal mining, and the environmental disaster is causes. Universalist fun fact: the much-reported town deluged by coal ash, Harriman, Tennessee, was the site of the church extension project of the Young People’s Christian Union, a predecessor to Unitarian Universalist young adult ministries. Not-so-fun fact: coal is not clean. It pollutes… Continue reading Use your voice, less electricity to save mountains
Happy (and just) May Day!
I wrote about Interfaith Worker Justice before. Good stuff. Now be sure to note and use these resources for congregation. And pray for those who labor and employ, for those who make their own work, and those who have not enough work to earn their daily bread.
Praying for Barack Obama: why and how
Kim Hampton replied to my last post, writing: It’s funny that you’re writing about this today. I’ve been thinking about fear for the past week or so (especially since Barack won in Iowa). I’ve worried the whole time that Barack has been in the race that he would get shot. Yes, I’ve been harboring a… Continue reading Praying for Barack Obama: why and how
Organizing a(n) (un)conference, BarCamp style
I’ve been writing about BarCamp, Unconferences and Open Space Technology — but how do you do it? [Later. I realized I haven’t written about BarCamp or Unconferences, but intended to introduce them before publishing this. “A BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment”–… Continue reading Organizing a(n) (un)conference, BarCamp style
A calm unclouded ending, part 2: saving money for the funeral
Nobody wants to be a burden on their survivors and so the funeral insurance business prospers under the euphemism, “final expense protection.” Hubby and I are particularly drawn to the TV ad with an elderly woman dropping quarters into an expired parking meter. Time’s up! You know there has to be a terrible catch and… Continue reading A calm unclouded ending, part 2: saving money for the funeral
My favorite churchly site
We all know the Desert Island game — immortalized on the BBC with its Desert Island Disks show — where you are limited to x number of books or records for an indefinite amount of time. Not quite in the spirit of the game (unless one had it cached on a solar-powered laptop) is the… Continue reading My favorite churchly site