From the substance of Matthew Gatheringwater’s comment: You are trying to emphasize the sacramental nature of Unitarian Universalism? Since when did we start having sacraments again? I’m not sure where the sacrament comment came from since I’ve already commented that the stole is the garment associated with the sacraments, not the bands, which is more… Continue reading Sacraments, Unitarians, and Universalists
I just read on the wires that Terri Schiavo was given communion, and I’m glad to hear it. This is from an Associated Press account, by Mike Schneider: Schiavo’s husband, who a day earlier denied a request from his wife’s parents that she be given communion, granted permission Sunday to offer the sacrament. The Rev.… Continue reading Terri Schiavo received the sacrament
As I continue talk about starting a new church (indeed, what else of import have I really done since I started this blog?) I’ll be throwing out a lot of concepts, some of which make liberals and polity-congregationalists uneasy. Some are just unfamilar, and these are ideas that can be summed up as “faith and… Continue reading Faith? Order?
A friend has asked me, in light of the de-Christianization of Unitarianism and Universalism over the last couple of generations, what would keep a new Christian church Christian? As I’ve said before, the UUA bylaws are no help: they neither honor the theological accomplishments that would encouage a Christan church, nor seem to permit (depending… Continue reading Since I’ll be planting . . . II
Today is an in-the-office day, and I’m trying to use this blog to make church administration easier by networking with others, thus proving that blogs are more than exercises in self-indulgence. I’m thinking about the letter I’ll be sending out to church members and constituents who are parents of small children about dedications and baptism.… Continue reading Baptism II: the Letter
As I mentioned in the old “boy in the bands” blog, there’s been a little stir on UUMA-CHAT, but since that’s a confidential list for Unitarian Universalist ministers, I can’t go into detail. But I can share what I posted, with the understanding that any sense of urgency will be misplaced since you are reading… Continue reading Baptism I: Me or Us?