A word for my readers on the left wing of the Reformation, which is by no means exhaustive and subject to amendment and correction, particularly by my Independent Catholic readers. The British Orthodox Church is a small Oriental jurisdiction; that is, they recognize the authority of the first three ecumenical councils but not the later… Continue reading The British Orthodox Church background
American Unitarians and Universalists have, for about a century, kept and extended fellowship through a series of institutions, the largest and most notable today is the Church of the Larger Fellowship. The British (and independently the Scottish) Unitarians and Free Christians have a similar fellowship. And the Quakers have one globally. But when I discovered… Continue reading Notes from another church fellowship
Back in June I assumed the Unicorporated Nonprofit Association act become law in the District of Columbia. See, we have this window where the Congress can zap legislation so it’s not always clear until the “birth announcement” is made. The change was a part of an omnibus bill that revamped Title 29 of the D.C.… Continue reading Now! the new Unincorporated Nonprofit Association act in D.C. (and other business organization forms)
I’d hate for my readers to think that my few comments about the Occupy movement suggests I’m uninterested. Far from it. Indeed, I’m very mad and deeply concerned about yesterday’s pepper-spraying of student demonstrators at University of California Davis. Google for it, if you’ve not seen this now-iconic photograph. But I comment mostly by Twitter,… Continue reading Occupy: D.C., New York, Davis or where-have-you
This is late, and rather thin, but I thought some readers might like to know of that the Church of Norway has liturgical resources in English translation online. There are few distinctive prayers that might be useful to mark the Oslo killings, but the funeral service (PDF) might be helpful in identifying a biblical passage… Continue reading Norwegian liturgical help for Sunday
I was reading the Universalist Register for 1912 to plan ahead for blog posts for next year. (What I don’t do for my readers.) I noted a ministry affiliated with the old Massachusetts Convention: The Bethany Union for Young Women. Its object is to maintain a home for respectable young women who are forced by… Continue reading History needs to repeat: a ministry for affordable housing
On March 11, the District of Columbia Council published an intention to introduce legislation, B19-142, the sole outcome of which would be to allow notaries public to solemnize marriage. (PDF) I’ve been watching for this because I know the person who put the bug into the ear of a member of the Council. (I’m also… Continue reading A notary public to marry?
I can think of few medical conditions as debilitating — but treatable — asÂ obstetricÂ fistula, and I’d like to do a part to help. In the Wealthy West, it doesn’t ordinarily come up in discussions of reproductive health or choice, but that’s what it seems like to me. An obstetric fistula is a hole between the… Continue reading Good, best campaigns for women with obstetric fistula?
It isn’t easy to organize people for fellowship or to engage in a common purpose, but there’s no reason it needs to be made any harder for lack of resources and perspective. This is the first part of an occasional series about the simple organization of religious groups: churches, but also support organizations for groups… Continue reading Forming new organizations for service and fellowship
Something of a thought experiment. USB sticks have gotten ridicuously cheap and Linux desktop software has gotten rather robust and mature. Why not combine the two, and create a live USB drive — where the entire computer system with operating system, all software and files — can be booted up on pretty most any computer… Continue reading The $10 church computer