The VUU, interfaith adventures, the future of faith, and more UU conversation

Did you see The VUU?

This week the Church of the Larger Fellowship debuted a new morning talk show, which they’re calling The VUU.

Viewers and panelists responded to the show on Twitter, both in real time and after viewing the YouTube video.

Kari Kopnick found the show’s focus on ministerial transitions uninteresting, now that she has transitioned out of congregational leadership.

There was a time when I’d have been very interested, but no more. It was great for lots of people, but I’m just not there anymore. I want to see my friends and be a part of a community who cares about one another and does a little good on the planet. That’s enough. (Chalice Spark, April 11)

Interfaith adventures

After attending an interfaith gathering, the Rev. James Ford writes that the distinctiveness of our different faiths are as important as common ground.

Interestingly, the hardest thing is getting people to agree we don’t all think the same things somewhere deep down. For the majority people in our crowd I think it is a gentle imperialism, claiming the other is really just us. Much better than its ugly cousin, the other is unclean and needs to be expunged, read killed, but ultimately just as wrong headed. (Monkey Mind, April 11)

Magin LaSov Gregg guest posts on her husband’s blog about their interfaith marriage.

What I’d tell interfaith couples getting cold feet . . . is that marrying out was the leap of faith I needed to cure my cultural myopia and well worth the risk.

Love is never all you need. It is enough to give your mixed marriage a chance to bloom. (Carl Gregg, April 10)

An interreligious course at Hartford Seminary gives Karen Johnston an opportunity to learn more about Jonah, the reluctant Biblical prophet, and to talk with the Rev. Chris Antal, whose prophetic words earned him an early return from service as a military chaplain in Afghanistan.

Imagine that you are connected to the war’s devastation, that you are connected to the military, that you are connected to this war’s legacy—because you are. Because I am. Because we all are. Remember that interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part? That web is this: our culpability; this confession, aspirationally collective. (irrevspeckay, April 11)

The complexity of support

When Mandie McGlynn became an LGBTQ ally, she didn’t have a personal reason for doing so; she does now that her child self-identifies as a “girlboy.”

When you speak, or even think, about gay men or transgender women, there is every possibility that you are speaking of the hopeful future of this sweet little person in my lap. . . .

If my son grows up to be my daughter, or if my little boy grows up to be a man who loves men, will you think less of him, of me? Will you try to change his beautiful heart? (Mandie McGlynn’s Blog, April 10)

Andy Coate’s graphic asks, “Have you policed the trans community today?” (thoughts on, April 11)



The future of faith

Christine Organ suggests changes the church needs to make to avoid religious apocalypse.

Religion may actually be falling, with the Church and its people holding the power to influence which way it falls. May we have the courage to help the sacred tree stand tall, or at least, help it lean away from rigid, divisive animosity and in the direction of relevant, spiritual sustenance. (HuffPost Religion, April 10)

When a polity class sparks anxiety about the future of Unitarian Universalism, Jordinn forms a theory about our survival.

We must construct the beloved community, and, having built it, we must dedicate ourselves to its care and feeding. We must know and value our freedom, and the individualism that demands it—and, holding that freedom, we must nonetheless choose “we” over “me.” And friends, building a “we” is going to start, end, and move forward by truly learning to listen to one another. (Raising Faith, April 11)

For the Rev. Dr. Matt Tittle, the key to Unitarian Universalism’s future is that we “need to let go of rejectionism as a primary value.”

[Modern] UUs are better able to articulate what they aren’t and what they don’t believe, than what they are and do believe. This has been true for far too long. (Godzone Preacher, April 11)

The Rev. Andy Burnette hopes that “we will continue to grow into a faith tradition which can keep a level head and refuse to throw out baby Jesus with the baptismal water.”

Like teenagers rebelling against Mother Church, we Unitarian Universalists sometimes are emotionally reactive to the faith tradition which gave birth to our movement. . . .

Don’t get me wrong. . . . I have seen the body of Jesus dragged into debates ranging from birth control to gun rights to whose football team will win the Super Bowl. . . . But when we disregard what Jesus said simply because it has been abused, we react out of emotion rather than logic. (Just Wondering, April 11)

Beloved, imperfect community

Choices made by the General Assembly Planning Committee make the the Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern “wonder about our movement’s commitment to children and their teachers and families.”

If there are logistical or funding problems with LREDA’s programs or camp for younger children, I hope the GA Planning  Committee will say so. If LREDA’s proposed speaker wasn’t good and the committee wants them to suggest someone better, I hope they’ll say so. Taking away these programs without explanation or comment tells us that children don’t count. And in ten years, we will be wondering why those teenagers are drifting away. (Sermons in Stones, April 11)

Following his “cranky-snarky post” about the UUA Board’s recent survey, the Rev. Dan Harper makes a list of some of the UUA people whose work he appreciates; he encourages others to add their own favorites in the comments. (Yet Another Unitarian Universalist, April 5)

Jess Cullinan created this graphic with feedback from the UU Media Collaborative, incorporating the Rev. Victoria Safford’s call to action in a messy, wonderful world.