Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Are The Seven Principles Of Unitarian*Universalism Good Enough For The Emerson Avenger?

Kinda looks that way. . . :-)

Just a little reminder for U*Us -

The Seven Principles Of Unitarian*Universalism

There are seven principles which Unitarian*Universalist congregations affirm and promote:

* The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

* Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

* Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

* A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

* The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

* The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

* Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Did You Mean Henry Louis Gates Race Hypocrisy?

Apparently so. . .

Will Unitarian Universalists Bring Guns To Church To Engage In Some U*Unilateral Disarmament?

I a UU A Way Of Life blog post rhetorically asking 'Should Unitarian Universalist ministers encourage their congregants to bring their guns to church' reacting to a BBC news report about Louisville Kentucky Pastor Ken Pagano telling/asking his parishioners to bring their unloaded guns to New Bethel Church in Louisville for a July 4th themed church service celebrating the right to bear arms, Brockport NY U*U David G. Markham asked -

WWJD - What would Jesus do?

and then went on to say -

Considering the 6th principle of Unitarian Universalism which is the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all, and the first principle which is the respect for the inherent right and dignity of every person, I think that Rev. Pagano's practice of bringing handguns to church is morally and ethically challenging.

Here is how I responded -

Come to think of it David. . .

Maybe Unitarian*Universalist ministers *should* encourage their congregants to bring their guns into U*U churches. U*Us could put a whole new "spin" on this idea by encouraging U*Unilateral disarmament as it were. . .

Hopefully if U*Us take up this idea they will be kind enough to give credit where credit is due unless there is proof that someone else put forward this idea and made it public before I did.

BTW I do respect people's right to own guns so no undue pressure should be put on congregants to U*Unilaterally disarm but for those who want to do so as a form of protest against America's gun culture this could be a PR coup for U*U churches and even the UUA. Why I am "giving away" such a good idea to U*Us is beyond me. I must be feeling generous this afternoon.

Simply put, it should be a matter of individual choice, and those U*U congregants who choose to exercise their right to bear arms should not be excluded or otherwise discriminated against by their fellow U*Us who do choose to U*Unilaterally disarm.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Will UUA President Rev. Peter Morales Split The UUA? Does UUA President Peter Morales Insult U*U Christians?

Someone in the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts has been asking Google recently. . .

U*Us U*U World-wide are cordially invited to enter into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning that may lie behind these questions by checking out the Google search results from the exact same intriguing Google searches made by someone in the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts who found their way to The Emerson Avenger blog in the last day or two. . .

morales may split uua

peter morales insults christians in uua

Here is the screen-shot of the pertinent web stats. I have whited out the ISP and other identifying information that might reveal exactly where this visitor came from.

Friday, 17 July 2009

R.I.P. Walter Cronkite - Believe It Or Not U*Us Walter Cronkite Is Yet Another Famous Ex-Unitarian. . .

World famous broadcaster Walter Cronkite died today. A quick free and responsible search to see if maybe just maybe Walter Cronkite was a Unitarian turned up the following information in a Christian Century interview titled 'Covering religion - interview with television journalist Walter Cronkite of 'The Cronkite Report' - Interview':

I come from a Lutheran family that turned Presbyterian in my boyhood. That was primarily because of the convenience of the Presbyterian church in our neighborhood in Kansas City. When I was ten we moved to Houston and my father swung all the way from the Lutheranism in which he'd grown up to Unitarianism. He helped found the Unitarian church in Houston in 1927 or 1928. I attended that for a couple years until I got into a Boy Scout troop that met in an Episcopal church. The church had a wonderful minister who was also the scoutmaster. And I suppose you can say he proselytized me. At any rate, I was much involved with the church, and became Episcopalian--and an acolyte. Later, when I worked for a paper in Houston, I was church editor for a while. The Episcopal House of Bishops met in Houston one year, and I became intrigued by the leaders of the church--fascinated by their discussions and their erudition. For a short while I though about entering the ministry. But that was a short while. Journalism prevailed.

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So world famous television journalist Walter Cronkite was at least nominally a Unitarian for a couple of years in his preteen years in the late 1920s before being "proselytized" by a wonderful Episcopalian minister. Still, I figure that Walter Cronkite's two year stint as a bona fide Unitarian youth is enough for U*Us to claim Walter Cronkite as a famous Unitarian if not a famous U*U. . .

And That's The Way It Is U*Us.

Good Question! Can A Police Officer Be Under Citizen's Arrest In Montreal?

Someone from Ottawa Ontario was just asking Google today. . .