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The Rev. Sarah Lammert, the UUA’s Director of Ministries and Faith Development, gave a spirited explanation of Unitarian Universalism and its theological diversity in a piece in Forbes about the theology and tax status of clergy in the United States. Clergy get special tax status for their housing allowance, and some humanists are upset the IRS does not always recognize religious leaders who are openly atheist. (Forbes – 8.26.13)
The Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, minister of the UU Church of Columbia, Mo., was quoted at a rally supporting fast-food workers who are seeking better wages. (Missouri Columbian – 8.30.13) Gordon also appeared in a TV interview. (komu.com – 8.30.13)UUs share their views, a lawsuit over foster care, and more
Tim Barger, a UU community minister who works as religion editor for the Toledo Blade, reflected on the use of water in many religious traditions, including the UU tradition of the water communion. (Toledo Blade – 8.24.13)
Melissa Bedford, a member of the UU Church of Columbia, Mo., wrote about her faith and its intersection with her sexual identity and orientation. (Columbia Missourian – 8.30.13)
A response to a conversation about the afterlife references both Universalist minister and theologian Hosea Ballou and UU minister Alan Taylor. (Oakpark.com – 8.27.13)
UU minister Greg Stewart is part of a lawsuit challenging a rule that prohibits same-sex couples in Nebraska from being foster parents. (Journal Star – 8.27.13)
The St. Croix Unitarian Fellowship in the U.S. Virgin Islands will have its first consistent ministerial presence ever with the arrival of Jim Foti, who will serve a ministerial internship at the fellowship. (Country Messenger – 8.29.13)
Activist and incoming seminary student Tim DeChristopher was interviewed about his work and beginning his ministerial formation. (Boston magazine – 8 .27.13)
Adam Dyer says civil rights marches are more complicated than they used to be, because “an age of self identity . . . has now culminated in all of us finding multiple self identities.”
Progress . . . real progress, will mean a time when we are able to look at the world through something other than the binary lens: black/white; gay/straight; male/female; rich/poor; able/disabled. We will look at each other as hearts and minds and we will look at life and maybe even God as a continuum…a spectrum of experience. We will have no need for demographics because we will no longer be judging each other. We will fully embrace our selves as black lesbian disabled Jews and our society will actually not raise an eyebrow when it is asked to embrace us back. (spirituwellness, August 28)
The Rev. Tom Schade asks, “Would it be considered appropriate for the minister in your congregation to make a forceful show of solidarity with the fast food workers striking today for a $15 living wage?”
Liberal Religion should be on the side of the poor. Liberal Religion should be on the side of the workers. Liberal Religion should be on the side of the working poor. Liberal Religion should be on the side of the fast food workers and all the other low-wage, high-turnover, no benefits, multiple-part time job workers. (thelivelytradition, August 29)
The Rev. Tony Lorenzen realized that MLK is the reason he entered ministry.
I haven’t really put together until this past week that my own approach to faith and life began to form when I encountered Dr. King in depth for the first time back in 1986. The epiphany that maybe, just maybe we can create the world we long to live in began a journey that still continues. (Sunflower Chalice, August 28)Another anniversary
Patrick Murfin remembers Hurricane Katrina.
When historians look back on the disaster and its long aftermath years from now, they may well conclude that this was the moment when the traditional cocky confidence of American exceptionalism bit the dust and the Empire began it precipitous decline. ( Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout, August 29)Also online
Many churches are worried that they are dying, because everyone in the pews has grey hair. They may in fact be dying, but it is not because they have old people. It is because they are resistant to change and are doing almost everything the way they did 20, 30, or even 50 years ago. They have also forgotten about any mission outside of their church walls. New members bring change. They bring theological and other types of diversity. Mission related activities particularly in the area of social justice also bring change. Worship styles change. Change is good. It means you are alive. It means the church is alive. Young people can get stuck in ruts too. Anyone can. (Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings, August 26)
The Rev. Jeff Liebmann responds to a “shallow and heartless diatribe” in the local paper.
But violence is not just about hitting someone with a fist. Violence is also persistently paying people low wages, restricting access to affordable health care, underfunding public schools, providing little of no access to avenues of social mobility readily available to others and supporting a separate and not-equal justice system. (uujeff’s muse kennel and pizzatorium, August 28)
The Rev. Sean Dennison’s beautiful lie. (Nope, no excerpt! Just go read it.) (ministrare, August 21)
The Rev. Evin C. Ziemer addresses the problems inherent in asking, “Why don’t you just adopt?”
There are so many problems with this. Let’s start with the compassion piece. Yes. Yes, you’re supposed to feel compassion for anyone who is suffering, even if they may have made decisions that have contributed to their suffering. Who among us hasn’t realized that we could have prevented our suffering? Did that make the suffering any less painful? (Wholehearted Spirit, August 17)
The Rev. James Ford writes about his experience growing up in the underclass and how it contributes to his thinking about privilege:
The good Lord knows how hard it is for white working people, particularly those without college. But, as hard as it is, it is harder for men of color and women, whatever the color of their skin.
As I look back there are many moments when I can see that hand which was reached out to me had something to do with being a white guy. I don’t see how any self-awareness and a smidgen of basic honesty can allow me to pretend otherwise. (Monkey Mind August 23)
Shawna Foster says, “You should be a good person, not an ally.”
I think the concept of being an ally shifts the goal away from where it ought to be. Instead of helping the person who has been targeted for oppression, it helps the privileged person feel better about themselves. It gives them a relationship they haven’t earned. (Vessel, August 20)
Karen G. Johnston tries to describe the “edginess” of the term husband in her life.
What I am trying to do is own and acknowledge my heterosexual privilege, rather than hide it. I am trying to be visible as a bisexual women in a heterosexual marriage that has high hopes of lasting a lifetime. I am trying to invoke the fluidity of this “my” part of the phrase, though I suppose that is more in the tone of voice than the words I say. (irrevspeckay, August 21)A dream deferred
The Rev. Dawn Cooley gives ten reasons why she is going to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
10. Because MLK’s Dream has not yet been realized and because I want to be part of the solution. (Speaking Of, August 20)
Karen G. Johnston writes about “small mitzvahs” she and her teenage daughter performed at the March on Washington—including bringing bottles of bubbles to hand out to restless children and extra toilet paper to distribute when the porta-potties ran out. (irrevspackay, August 25)
The UUA’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries office also posted “50 Years after the Dream,” which include links to many resources. (Blue Boat, August 21)Around the web
Sarah MacLeod says she is not ready. Except she is. “Sort of.”
Most of parenting is about letting go to children who are more capable than we feel they possibly could be and while trying to smile as we do it. It’s about trusting that I’ve raised you well, or as well as I know how, and that for the most part, the world is a safe place. It’s about knowing that you have to face fear and pain and failure on your own to grow further, and that as much as I want to protect you from fear and pain and failure, I can’t. And, to some degree, I shouldn’t try. (Quarks and Quirks, August 17)
Laura Lee points out that we are blind to the famine in the parable of the Prodigal Son and wonders what else we fail to see. (Author Laura Lee, August 19)
The Rev. Thom Belote reviews Reza Aslan’s Zealot.
I find myself thinking again about the infamous interview that Lauren Green conducted with Reza Aslan on Fox News. . . . What is striking about the interview is how challenged Green is to see Aslan. “You’re a Muslim.” “I am a scholar of religion.” “You’re a Muslim.” “I am a scholar of religion.” In hindsight, I bet Reza Aslan wishes he had thought to ask, “Who do you say I am?” Just as some said that Jesus was John the Baptist or Elijah or one of the prophets, Lauren Green seemed to have projected her biases and stereotypes about Islam onto Professor Aslan. (RevThom, August 19)
The Rev. Tom Schade finds the word “celebration to be “insubstantial when talking about liturgy.”
I have been thinking lately about framing these liturgical events as a community honoring the intentions of people at some of the transitional moments of life. (The Lively Tradition, August 20)
Antoinette Tuff, who talked down a potential elementary school shooter, inspired the Rev. Lynn Ungar to think about heroes.
Antoinette Tuff is clearly a hero. So were the teachers huddled in their classrooms, determined that no child would be hurt on their watch. But you know what? Those teachers were heroes last week, when they didn’t have any idea that their school was headed for the news. (Quest for Meaning, August 21)
The Rev. David Pyle, who is a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain as well as a congregational minister, writes about his work as a military chaplain: “Don’t tell the government… but if I could afford to I would probably do it all for free.” (Celestial Lands, August 22)
The Rev. Scott Wells (Boy in the Bands, August 21) invites people to check out a Google+ community for “Unitarian, Universalist, UU and kindred Christians.”
The Rev. Renee Ruchotzke offers a guide to late-summer reading for UU leaders (Growing Vital Leaders, August 22).
Christopher L. Walton contributed to this post.
The Auckland Unitarian Church hosted one of the first same-sex marriages in New Zealand, officiated by the Rev. Matt Tittle. (New Zealand Herald – 8.18.13) See a video montage of the event here. (Global Spirit Films – 8.20.13)
See UU World‘s coverage here: ‘Fabulous Gay Wedding’ is New Zealand’s first.
The Rev. Roger Fritts, UU minister and author of For as Long as We Both Shall Live, was featured in a piece about writing wedding vows. (New York Times – 8.18.13)Hotel in the sea, UUs speak out, and more
Star Island, a retreat center off the New Hampshire coast with roots in Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ, was featured in a piece about island adventures.
The Rev. Galen Guenguerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post about science teaching in schools. (The Washington post – 8.20.13)
For the first time in its three centuries as a congregation, the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate has a female minister, the Rev. Pamela Barz. (Wicked Local Scituate – 8.22.13)
A teen is on trial for the killing of an elderly couple, including Claudia Mapin, who had been a pastoral associate at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. (Sacramento Bee – 8.14.13)
The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles continues to make news for its decision to lead a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over privacy issues. (commondreams.org – 8.22.13)
See UU World‘s coverage of the lawsuit here.
The minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland (Texas), the Rev. Thomas Schmidt, was quoted expressing his disappointment at the closing of the local Planned Parenthood clinic. (mywesttexas.com – 8.22.13)
This week bloggers examined the phenomenon W.E.B. Du Bois identified as people “willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance and disease of the majority of their fellowmen.”
Will this Ethics in Business Leadership explore the political, societal, and ethical layers of what it means that our nation’s Spanish-speaking citizens and residents are often relegated to these invisible, poorly-protected worlds of work, mostly in service industries, that allow those of us with privilege (class or race) to ignore that our “pristine [restaurant] has been created by [who] has been exiled and exploited.” (irrevspeckay, August 10)
Will Shetterly, who provides the quote from Du Bois, critiques privilege theory.
Privilege Theorists often complain that the “privileged” don’t notice their privilege. The flaw is not with the “privileged” but with the theory: Where white people are the majority, they don’t notice white privilege for the same reason Thais don’t notice Thai privilege in Thailand: being part of the status quo is not a privilege. Being treated better than the status quo is a privilege. (It’s all one thing, August 15)
Desmond Ravenstone relates the story of a couple from the “kink community” who encountered very different reactions from two different UU congregations to their interest in BDSM (bondage/domination/sadomasochism). (Ravenstone’s Reflections, August 10)To geek or not to geek
“Rogueretlaw” used to be a geek.
So, like I said, I used to be a geek. Back when it meant something. Back when you knew a geek would give you a fair shot to be who you wanted to be without judging, when a geek followed Wheaton’s Law before it had a name. (Lack of a Clever Title, August 9)
The Rev. Sean Dennison experiences “cabaret church” with Amanda Palmer.
Even now, long past childhood, I am fascinated by the possibilities of the human project I first saw in church. I still long for a community where people support and challenge each other to break free from a culture that wants us to exhaust and anesthetize ourselves with conformity and consumerism. I’m still determined to spend my life trying to create and support spaces where people can grow and become more authentic, courageous, and kind. I saw that happen last night, around and within me. (Ministrare, August 13)Around the blogosphere
Welcome to the Rev. Jim Magaw, who has begun blogging at Religious Transformation.
When Jesus said: “Unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 20:24), he was providing an apt metaphor for religious transformation on all levels.
Bearing fruit requires a kind of death, a dramatic change that must occur not just once but again and again. Our former selves must die, our old ways of being with one another must pass away, our failed ways of engaging with the world must perish. It is only in this way that we can live into the great promise of religious transformation. (Religious Transformation, August 10)
Sean Neil-Barron has a practice of seeing gender differently as a spiritual practice.
1. Assume that everyone that you meet has a unique gender.
2. Cultivate a curiosity about how they express their unique gender.
3. Notice when and where you slip back into auto-gendering. (Spark Within, August 9)
Lora Powell-Haney encourages parents to trust the growing-up process.
So often parents in the liberal congregation I serve worry that, by emphasizing one way of worshipping, one religion, their children will be indoctrinated in that one way, when the parents want their children to be free to choose their own faith.
Guess what: they will. (Carl Gregg, August 6)
Tim Atkins considers the difference between “intergenerational” and “multigenerational.”
I would argue that multigenerational is when the event takes into account differences in generations and differences in development when being designed. There are aspects of the greater event that appeal to different generations and different stages in life development. (Tim Atkins, August 9)
Jordinn Nelson Long wouldn’t change her UU church, but also doesn’t want to change her own need for Christian ritual.
I find myself returning to this question of cloak-and-dagger Christianity, and wondering: why the guilt? Is secrecy necessary? I don’t know anyone who “sneaks” to yoga, thinks very carefully about whether to wear Buddha beads to UU worship, or feels like a visit to the local Zen center might somehow indicate disloyalty to their UU faith. Yet my own desire to make the Lord’s Supper part of my Sunday does feel a bit like I’m two-timing my church. (Raising Faith, August 12)
Andy Coate reports on the success of fundraising for his top surgery: “I raised $9000 in fewer than 3 weeks. I was expecting months of working at this, or for it to not work at all. I’m still trying to comprehend that this worked.” (Thoughts on, August 14)
With the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I have a dream” speech approaching, Unitarian Universalists have been in the news for their roles in the civil rights movement. The Rev. Eugene Pickett, a former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, was interviewed about the March on Washington. (Religion News)
UU Viola Liuzzo, who was killed in 1965 while working for voters’ rights in Alabama, was profiled this week as part of a series on civil rights martyrs. (NPR – 08.12.13)Teen activism, health care oddities, and more
A UU teen in Charlottesville, Va., Hayley Owens, is working on measures to help prevent teen pregnancy as part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Youth Leadership Team. (The Daily Progress – 08.11.13)
Casas de Luz, a social action project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, Calif., will get the proceeds of a benefit concert organized by two teenagers. (Del Mar Times – 08.11.13)
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s health plan director, Jim Sargent, was quoted in a story about a quirk in health care legislation that makes church employees who use church-sponsored health plans ineligible for certain credits. Several religious groups are working with politicians in an attempt to fix the issue. (Huffington Post Religion – 08.09.13)
The Rev. Chuck Freeman, director of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry, is organizing a Clergy Gitmo Justice Fast in solidarity with detainees at Guantanamo. (Huffington Post – 08.12.13)
The Auckland, New Zealand, Unitarian Church will host the wedding of a couple who won a radio competition to be one of the first same-sex couples married in New Zealand after the original site, an Anglican church, was prohibited from doing so by church officials. (Harbour News – 08.16.13)
The Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford says, “It’s about MISSION. Period.”
It’s not about competing with the church down the road. And so, consequently, trumpeting that you are most definitely not the church down the road . . . is going to get you a “Meh?” response.
Your competition is the cheap brunch and Sunday morning shows and THE HARDEST COMPETITOR . . . SLEEP.
Why is your church better than sleep? What is the whole reason it exists? (Boots and Blessings, August 7)
The Rev. Tom Schade says “religion is media with a terrible business model.”
Moses was the first Stone Tablet Media Mogul. Jesus invented multi-level marketing and viral distribution, although that effort got shut down and crammed into a more conventional top-down information monopoly. The early Protestants were book salesmen and the Radical Reformation took it one step further and spread the info in the Book through autonomous book clubs. If I was really cynical and smart-alecky, I would say the UUism is a collection of book clubs which can never decide what book to read but still gather for the cookies, coffee and conversation.
Maybe that works, but it is a terrible business model, and it is hiding the light under a bushel basket. (The Lively Tradition, August 6)
Elizabeth suggests church is where we want to be seen and known, even when we are—like all people—hypocrites.
[P]eople come to church and want a church because we want to find a place where we are loved no matter what. Where we are cared for and okay no matter how messed up we are. And that our work is to see each other, to provide a sense of care, of safety, and to seek to know ourselves and each other. (Elizabeth’s Little Blog, August 2)Engaging one another
Karen G. Johnston describes conversations about race at Star Island and in other UU venues.
Of course, there are UU conversations on race, racism, and privilege—in person, as part of worship, on the internet—that started long before this president called on our nation to engage in them. These conversations have been and will be encouraging, frustrating, provocative, invigorating, exhausting, discouraging, generative, and no doubt more. (irrevspeckay, August 7)
Kimberley Debus doesn’t want Gen X to be overlooked in squabbles between Baby Boomers and Millennials.
The youngest members of our generation are in their early 30s—cresting from Young Adulthood into Adulthood, having families, starting careers, finding their feet. They need grounding. They need a strong foundation while the job market is still soft, while the economy still favors the 1%, while there is so much inequality and injustice. Older GenXers are tired of being assistants and vice-chairs; they’ve raised their kids and are ready to lead, ready to deepen spiritually, ready to try new things and innovate our governance, our social action, our stewardship, and our worship. (Notes from the Far Fringe, August 2)
The Rev. Jeff Liebmann says we should stop taking sides.
We need to grow up. We need to stop failing as a society. And we need to stop taking sides. Hunger does not care if you are Christian or Muslim. Hate does not care if you are young or old. Illness does not care if you are Republican or Democrat. Hopelessness does not care if you are liberal or conservative. (uujeff’s muse kennel and pizzatorium, August 5)Around the internet
John Beckett led a ritual for the Denton, Texas, CUUPS to give people an experience of the Horned God, Cernunnos.
Then the drumming started and we began calling His name. At that point the script stopped. As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I’m not comfortable with unscripted rituals. I like order and predictability. But I serve a god who is wild and free, and He only tolerates my obsessive orderliness so much. (Under the Ancient Oaks, August 4)
Sarah MacLeod accepts that grief has no timetable.
The first Buddhist truth says it well: Life is suffering. That’s not too far from my therapist’s wise words about every childhood having its trauma. We will experience trauma. We will suffer. It’s inevitable. And grieving? That’s what inevitably follows trauma, or at least the traumas that aren’t our own deaths. Everything ends. That’s the promise of life, after all. (Finding My Ground, August 7)
Some service journalism from Jacqueline Wolven: “What is a hashtag?” (Jacqueline Wolven, August 8)
Thomas Earthman invites you to answer the question, “How can we better support college-aged Unitarian Universalists?” (A Material Sojourn, August 6)
Stephane Rector writes about why she is not a Unitarian Universalist, although she loves the idea of Unitarian Universalism. June Herold responds with reasons she’s not ready to say she’s not a UU. (I Love Live, July 30; The New UU, August 5)
A report from a Southern Baptist organization argued that a court case regarding prayer in public meetings could have a surprising effect: “We shouldn’t have a state-sponsored Baptist church, I agree, but we shouldn’t have a state-sponsored Unitarian church either, and that’s what some are attempting,” Baptist official Russell D. Moore said. (Rawstory – 08.04.13)Los Angeles church suing over electronic surveillance
The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles is part of a group of organizations suing the National Security Agency over its monitoring program. Minister the Rev. Rick Hoyt appears in a video interview about the suit. (Reason.com – 08.08.13)
See previous coverage in our July 19 post.A steeple-raising, climate change, and more
UUA Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Tim Brennan took part in a panel of nonprofit leaders discussing how organizations are dealing with the ramifications of climate change, including rising sea levels. (Boston Globe – 08.06.13)
The Third Place Garden and Community Center in Turley, Okla., led by UU minister the Rev. Ron Robinson, is providing a safe space, meals, and Internet access for local residents in an impoverished community. (Mother Nature Network – 07.27.13)
For more: Cultivating an abandoned place (UU World – 10.11.10)
The Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society is offering a $50 voucher to any local resident who turns in a gun to the Middlebury, Vt., police department. (Addison County Independent – 08.08.13)
UU community minister David Etherington, a former immigration lawyer, was profiled about his call to social justice work. (Ocala Star Banner – 08.03.13)
Minnesota and Rhode Island began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, while in one county in Pennsylvania, a UU minister officiated a wedding for a same-sex couple after a local official issued a marriage license despite the state’s stance against such unions.
In Rhode Island, Larry Bacon and David Burnett were one couple to get a license, and plan to get married at Channing Memorial Church, a Unitarian Universalist church in Newport. R.I., in September. (Providence Journal – 8.01.13)
In Pennsylvania, Main Line Unitarian Church Associate Minister the Rev. Morgan MacLean officiated at the ceremony for Nicole Cucinotta and Tammy Davis on July 30. The couple submitted their license after the ceremony, but a state lawsuit may prevent it from being recognized. (Main Line Media News – 8.01.13)
See also: Marriage equality gains momentum (uuworld.org – 5.20.13)Stephen King’s family of writers includes UU minister
The New York Times Magazine profiled the Rev. Naomi King, a Unitarian Universalist minister, along with her siblings and father, horror novelist Stephen King. (New York Times Magazine – 8.4.13; online 07.31.13)One expensive wedding, more divestment, an art gallery
A story about the $10 million wedding of Sean Parker—who helped found Napster and Facebook—and Alexandra Lenas, mentions the officiant, former Unitarian Universalist Association President John Buehrens, and a slideshow includes pictures of him as well. (Vanity Fair – September 2013)
The art gallery at the UU Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim, Wisc., will host the work of artist Bonnie Paruch and her students. (Green Bay Press Gazette – 8.01.13)
The General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, which represents Unitarian churches in Britain, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Unitarian Toleration Act, which ended punishments for those who do not recognize the Trinity. (Church Times – 8.02.13)
See also: British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction (uuworld.org – 4.22.13)
“Ginger Root” cautions about the digital divide. “Yes, technology is awesome—I totally get that. But it is simply not accessible to everyone.”
If we can’t even get food and clean water to all 7 billion people in the world, how on earth do we think we are going to get each and every one of them a smart phone? It feels a little like Marie Antoinette’s admonition to “let them eat cake.” (Carrots and Ginger, July 31)
And speaking of technology, Unitarian astronomer Maria Mitchell got a Google doodle for her 195th birthday, and Patrick Murfin offers a summary of her life. (Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout, August 1)
The Rev. Tom Schade reminds us (and himself) that we have the internal resources to manage our relationships.
The question was not whether the congregation was friendly and welcoming, but whether I was ready and willing to be welcomed.
Why was I holding back? Indeed, why does anyone hold back from entering into or committing to a community? (The Lively Tradition, July 29)
Crystal St. Marie Lewis reflects on the uproar surrounding Reza Azlan’s new book, Zealot, especially the seeming belief that “it’s the true Christian’s job to reject every unapproved conclusion . . . in the interest of preserving the religion.”
I wonder when people will realize that Jesus doesn’t need our protection. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from archaeological evidence. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from his own contextual history and he doesn’t need to be protected from scientific inquiry. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from “liberal” theology, and he doesn’t need to be protected from the questions we may have about the birth of the religion we’ve named after him. (Crystal St. Marie Lewis, July 31)
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum led a workshop at SUUSI on Science Fiction and Fantasy and Religion, and shares a list of the works mentioned. (Rev. Cyn, July 31)
The Rev. Colin Bossen calculates the hourly rate he’s making as an itinerant minister: “My conclusion? About $26.50 an hour.” (Colin Bossen, July 31)
The Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford wonders, “why, in the United States, do we have so many legal reasons to kill another person?” (Boots and Blessings, July 26.