You are currently browsing the monthly archive for January 2010.

I mentioned a couple of things in my <a title=”Three-Day Weekends” href=”http://uufamily.org/2010/01/19/three-day-weekends/&#8221; target=”_blank”>last post</a> that I’d like to explore further. One is the notion of intentionality, as in Bill Doherty’s <em><a title=”The Intentional Family” href=”http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780380732050/The_Intentional_Family/index.aspx&#8221; target=”_blank”>The Intentional Family: Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties</a></em>. The other is the idea that congregations need to be intentional about family faith development. Of course, these two ideas go hand-in-hand: healthy families are intentional about being families; and congregations can play an important role in that. What I’d like to propose is, that while congregations need to support families as families, the number one priority for congregations should be helping families develop their faith. More here.

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: my wife and I met online. That’s a fairly common thing these days, I guess. The twist in Julia’s and my story is that once we met in person, we found out that we actually grew up in the same county in Indiana, about twenty miles away from each other. Now counties are a big deal in Indiana. In fact, the state’s license plate number system used to be based on the county you lived in. The prefix for each tag started with the numerical equivalent of the first letter of the name of your county, in alphabetical order. So Elkhart county plates started with the number 20 because Elkhart was twentieth on an alphabetical list of Indiana counties. You could always tell when auslanders were driving around your territory by the number on their tags. At any rate, when Julia and I feel like having a little fun with folks, we tell them that we met at the Twin Cities Chapter of the Elkhart County Lonely Hearts Club, and that we were the only two people there, so we figured we should get married. And now the club’s disbanded. Read more here.

I remember the question well. It was during the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) Professional Days at the 2004 General Assembly in Long Beach, California. The presenter was Ernesto Cortés, Jr., a community organizer affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). He had just reached what I thought was the main point of his presentation, namely, that the most important thing progressives could do in order to bring about better world for everyone is to “stand for families.” He made a comparison to standing with a person in a court of law. “Someone must stand with the accused against the might of the state,” is how this legal imperative is sometimes phrased. When it came time for questions and comments, one of my colleagues asked him a perfectly legitimate question: “What Do You Mean by ‘Family’?” The implication was, I think, that it would be difficult, if not impossible, for this group of liberal religious ministers to agree with him wholeheartedly if his definition of family was anything less than all-inclusive. Read more here.

Maybe you’ve noticed them in an advertisement or a newsletter: smiling, happy people much like the ones pictured in the banner for this blog. They appear to be multicultural and multigenerational, abled and differently abled, single and partnered, gay and straight. They are, quite simply, a visual representation of what many of us would like to see our culture be. Welcoming. Inclusive. Even joyful. And if you keep your eye out for them, you might even notice that some of these people show up in different, sometimes mutually exclusive, places. Read more here.

Facebook Twitter More...

Follow UURevPhil on Twitter

Flickr Photos

Tweets

My del.icio.us

RSS Unitarian Universalist Association: Top Stories

  • The Church Needs To Recapture Its Prophetic Zeal April 19, 2019
  • Celebrating UU Women in History March 5, 2019
    March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the incredible and often overlooked contributions women have made throughout history. Many Unitarian, Universalist, and UU women have not only shaped and led the UU faith, but they’ve also left an undeniable impact on history in general. Read about ten influential women who changed the world for the better […]
  • Staffing for Diversity March 5, 2019
    Series on Staffing for Diversity This series of articles originally appeared in the August 2017 through January 2018 editions of Compensation and Staffing News, a monthly Office of Church Staff Finances publication. Continue reading Staffing for Diversity.
  • UU Principles and Sources, now in more languages March 5, 2019
  • Love Resists By Building from the Ground Up March 5, 2019
    This blog post comes from Rev. Dave Dunn of the UU Metro Atlanta North Congregation in Roswell, GA.  Continue reading Love Resists By Building from the Ground Up.

RSS The Interdependent Web

  • The existential issue of our time November 13, 2019
    Elaine McArdle Unitarian Universalists are getting involved with growing climate action network Extinction Rebellion.
    Elaine McArdle
  • Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal closing November 6, 2019
    Elaine McArdle New Orleans service and learning center, founded after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is closing at the end of November. 
    Elaine McArdle
  • Let’s ‘UU the Vote’ November 4, 2019
    Susan Frederick-Gray We are less than twelve months away from the most critical elections in our lifetimes. We must not be on the sidelines.
    Susan Frederick-Gray
  • Spiritual friendship and social justice October 28, 2019
    John A. Buehrens The Transcendentalists practiced the art of forming and maintaining spiritual friendships transcending differences of gender, social location, theology, politics, and race.
    John A. Buehrens
  • The lawyer fighting for Liberia October 23, 2019
    Sherri Scott Award-winning environmental defender Alfred Brownell found renewed focus and faith in the battle to keep Liberia’s natural resources safe.
    Sherri Scott

Categories

%d bloggers like this: