A sampling from around the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere this week:
Joel Monka compares Unitarian Universalism to Oldsmobile and Pontiac as serving a niche market:
What does this have to do with UU? Unitarian Universalism is a niche religion, as Unitarianism and Universalism before them had been. At some levels, UUs understand this; there are many jokes- composed by UUs- to demonstrate how different we are. But many UUs don’t seem to understand another facet of niche products- that they are a fixed percentage of the market, neither growing nor falling without some unusual circumstance at work. (“CUUMBAYA,” April 30)
Erik Resley responds to Doug Muder’s book essay from our Spring issue, “Holding the Center,” by pointing beyond belief and tolerance: “life will call us back with the simple demand: now act.” (“Embodied Fragments,” April 28)
Two more bloggers make presidential endorsements: Patrick Murfin endorses Peter Morales (“‘Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout’,” April 28), while Ellis revives from dormancy to endorse Laurel Hallman (“Post Office Mission,” April 28). Meanwhile, Peter Bowden notices that election-related posts at UUPlanet.tv don’t get much traffic (“uuplanet.tv,” April 29).
Stephanie Anagnoson finds that her neighbors think other factors are more important than denomination in choosing a church (“Surviving the Workday,” April 28).
Orelia Busch posts about the 2009 Transgender Religious Summit on the UUA’s Advocacy and Witness staff blog (“Inspired Faith, Effective Action,” April 28) On the same blog, Alex Winnett posts about the possibility of a truth and reconciliation commission for U.S.-sponsored torture, wondering, “Can we reconcile torture?” (“Inspired Faith, Effective Action,” April 30)
The Rev. Stephen Lingwood is “working on our new website at church, and writing a bit about Unitarianism. This involves striking a balance between my understanding of Unitarianism, my congregation’s, and my national community’s understanding.” (“Reignite,” April 29)
David Pyle ponders the Myth of Objectivity: “I believe that this is impossible, and that what the historian is called to do instead is to recognize and be open about their bias, and share the story of history as their individual encounter with the events and interpretations of the past.” (“Celestial Lands,” May 1)
And in a meta-blogging post, the Rev. James Ishmael Ford deletes a blog entry.