February 2012 archive

Beacon Press: Our Voice

I’m immensely proud of the work of our Beacon Press – Unitarian Universalism’s voice for good in the world. Over the years Beacon has published a stunning collection of books that have profoundly influenced our culture such as James Baldwin’s Notes of a Native Son and Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and more recent …

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Lighten Up

With dog puppet “Theodore Barker” in UU Church of Bloomington, IN.

I have always been fascinated by why some congregations grow and thrive while others decline and struggle. I have read any number of studies on the subject. Lately I have noticed something that healthy congregations have in common, something that I don’t see talked about much in the literature or in workshops on membership. It …

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From the Road: Marriage Equality Witness in Virginia

One of the blessings of serving as UUA president is being inspired by the idealism and commitment of UU’s across the country. On Valentine’s Day I had the honor of participating in two separate public witness events advocating for marriage equality in the state of Virginia. In each case, a same sex couple that has …

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Congregations and Beyond: Consultation

Some cynical wit once observed that there are two kinds of meetings—some meetings are preparations for action while other meetings are substitutes for action. Alas, I have been to plenty of meetings that fall into the “substitutes for action” category. But two weeks ago I attended a meeting that has the potential to have a …

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Comparing Congregational Attendance

I have just seen some fascinating research information that compares Unitarian Universalist congregations to “mainline” Protestant and “evangelical” congregations. The data compare attendance (as opposed to membership) over the last decade. Briefly, the study finds that UU congregations are doing better than evangelical churches and a lot better than mainline churches. The study found that …

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