My Photo

Cyperspace Reading

  • CrossCurrents magazine: the best thought and writing on religion and the world. Crosscurrents. Cross Currents.
    I bought this magazine at B&N - now I subscribe
  • Radical Hospitality
    Much of the copy is from Alban's Congregations. Great way to see what you have been missing.
  • Spirituality & Practice: Resources for Spiritual Journeys
    Wonderful ideas and spiritual practices shared by the ever so wonderful Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
  • Other Impediments to Growth:
    Rev. Thom Belote 4 December 2005 How Reliance on a Learned Clergy Keeps Us Small and Non-ambitious – A personal and institutional essay
  • Salvation Inflation
    "Salvation Inflation?" A Conversation with Alan Wolfe By Michael Cromartie, John Wilson Posted: Monday, March 15, 2004 BOOK REVIEW Books & Culture, March/April 2004 (Carol Stream, Illinois) Publication Date: March 1, 2004 Alan Wolfe is professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life at Boston College. He is the author most recently of An Intellectual in Public (Univ. of Michigan Press), a collection of his essays and reviews from The New Republic and elsewhere, and The Transformation of American Religion: How We Actually Live Our Faith (Free Press). Many readers of Books & Culture will have seen his October 2000 Atlantic Monthly cover story, "The Opening of the Evangelical Mind." Michael Cromartie spoke with Wolfe in Washington, D.C, last November; John Wilson joined the conversation.

« Congregational Polity - durable for 400 years | Main | Googling, Abebooks, and 1946 »

May 17, 2007


Sonds familia - congregational polity has served us well.

As Conrad Wright said:
“So it is a fact of no small consequence that Unitarian Universalists stand in a tradition of congregational polity that is almost four centuries old … their congregationalism has proved to be more durable and adaptable to changing times than any of the doctrinal formulations— whether of God, or human nature, or human destiny—that dominate accounts of the history of liberal religion.”


Patrick McLaughlin

I don't know if this was meant observationally or critically (UUA out of touch, or UUA out of touch and needs to be fixed). I'll just observe that I don't think it's all bad.

What you -- or Roozen -- describe is looking at a dynamic that exists between two parts (well, actually, between over 1000 parts and another part). And certainly things might be better, or healthier.

But as I read it, I was suddenly struck that the dynamic tension described might be understood as a description of homeostasis. The pull in both directions and the negotiation of change... sounds remarkably healthy. The UUA serves in part to keep the individual congregations from becoming too insular, and to allow our larger identity to be focused, and to function as a large group. The congregations serve to anchor the UUA, to ensure that while it may propose... a sort of collective wisdom disposes.

The comments to this entry are closed.


Blog powered by Typepad