Archive for the ‘Unitarian Universalism’ Category

Universal Health Care Theatre

October 31, 2009

I’ve updated DiscoverUU.com. It was long past time to take down the UU Presidential Election section.

Unfortunately, there are many things that have been happening which have fallen by the wayside as I pursue great personal growth in an MFA of Direction of Stage and Screen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

I would love more help with the site for anyone with a desire to help color or steer this useful page.

For a sample of my theatrical work, here is a topical theatrical piece I wrote and starred in entitled, Philip Glass Needs Universal Heath Care.

 

UU Affirmation

Please modify and use this in every way imaginable. You more than have my permission.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

Rachell Maddow requests Thomas Starr King statue for her office

April 19, 2009

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With California replacing Starr King’s statue with a huge 500 lb. bronze statue of the “Gipper”, Ronald Reagan, Rachel Maddow offered to purchase statue of famous Unitarian minister Thomas Starr King, once credited by Abraham Lincoln “as the man who brought in and kept California in the union during the civil war.”

“He would look great in our office. We would take great care of him,” said Rachel.

Big thanks to Maddow for this otherwise unwarranted publicity for Unitarianism. Rachel has been a big proponent of UU values.

Please EMAIL RACHEL and thank her for the coverage. Let her know we’re watching. Her address: rachel@msnbc.com

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#30255436

UU Affirmation

Please modify and use this in every way imaginable. You more than have my permission.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

Two New UU Minister Blogs

February 22, 2009

Today, DiscoverUU adds two blogs from UU ministers out of the Midwest:

“The Naked Theologian” is written by Rev. Myriam Renaud of Chicago, Illinois has a down-to-earth style that contains a lot of great ideas in an easily digestible format. There are some nice pictures that really help to bring each blog’s message to life.

http://thenakedtheologian.com/

The Naked Theologian is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who is currently working on a Ph.D. in Theology at a major university in Chicago.

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“Faith Talk” by Rev. Tom Capo of  Cedar Rapids, Iowa is a brand new blog that can be counted on for poetic and heartfelt entries. I look forward to future posts.

http://revcapo.blogspot.com/

“Reverend Capo is the minister of Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Reverend Capo describes himself as a Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, Humanist, and Theist. He believes that all existence, including the Divine, is in process. He was a psychotherapist for over 30 years before coming to the ministry.”

Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

UU Affirmation

Please feel free to modify and use this in every way imaginable. You more than have my permission.

– Aaron Sawyer

(About Aaron)

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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DiscoverUU.com: Web traffic has steadily doubled over the last six months

October 28, 2008

DiscoverUU’s web traffic has doubled reliably over the last six months.

This is good news!

Please feel free to recommend any changes you’d like to see (or even better- to help make happen). Tips to new, hot, and happenin’ UU bloggers are also greatly appreciated.  Blogging UU ministers always have a free pass to the site as well. Just send me your RSS feed.

FYI: We need a webmaster.

DiscoverUU is a nonprofit UU organization dedicated to promoting the ideas and ideals of UUism in society. Please consider a donation: here.

We have web master fees, bandwidth fees, etc. Just a few dollars WOULD go a long way toward helping this site to continue to grow, develop, and promote a space for a living and diverse UU presence on the explosive and limitless medium of the worldwide web. When you find a good article, please continue to share this site with your friends.

Sincerely,

Aaron Sawyer

DiscoverUU Founder

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.


Barack Obama introduced by UU Presidential Candidate: Rev. Peter Morales

September 18, 2008

UU Presidential Candidate Peter gave the opening invocation at a campaign stop for Barack Obama earlier this week in Golden, CO.

This is a great event and a good reminder for us that the future UU President will be more than a voice within our tiny community, but perhaps a powerful voice on the national stage.

As a UU, I am very proud that this happened. I fully expect us to make it happen again whomever our new leader is.

To visit Morales’ web page, please go to DiscoverUU.com or click here.

To visit Hallman’s web page, please go to DiscoverUU.com or click here.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

President Sinkford interview on Rev. Crestwell’s Barbershop Radio Show Podcast

August 13, 2008

Check it out. Here’s the link:

http://barbershopradio.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=368230

Rev. John Crestwell keeps an excellent podcast interviewing local Maryland politicians about liberal issues, is the minister of a fast-growing, racially diverse congregation, and has written an excellent book. Please check it out!

PS.

I am now living in Lincoln, NE to pursue an MFA in Direction of Stage and Screen. I’ve been absent during this transition time but hope to regain productivity soon! As far as I know, DiscoverUU.com has been operating (relatively) smoothly during that time.

Any UU webmasters out there: I need a little help with the site and would love some attention!

Keith Olbermann’s (former) Religion: Unitarian Universalism

July 16, 2008

Easy to have missed this sleeper during all the General Assembly hubbub…

Keith Olbermann discussed his UU roots…

From UU World:

MSNBC “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann mentioned his Unitarian upbringing in an interview with actors Jason Bateman and David Cross. When Cross jokes that he and Bateman are getting married in a Unitarian church in California, Olbermann responds: “Oh, good! I was raised in that faith. “

It doesn’t sound like Keith’s been to a Unitarian Universalist church in a while, though as he continues on to SLAM our churches for our lack of attention to the nurturing/healing power of community…  something I blogged about here.

Olbermann’s quote continues: “…there’s just a lot of political talk, there’s no actual religion involved there. Okay, that’s going to get me in trouble with my ancestors.

Mentions like this from Olbermann – even in an unflattering light- seem to be growing more and more obscure. Rather than being the ‘political church’ or the ‘believe anything you want’ church (we are neither), we need to focus our message into an affirming statement of strength.

All UUs agree on the necessity of the personal journey toward understanding truth, love, and compassion. We choose to describe this belief, however in the negative: a lack of creeds.

See the below UU Affirmation. I think UUs are more accurately defined as the ‘church of personal growth’. Or the ‘religion of choice’. All that’s missing is our ability to embrace the language and embody the spirit more fully.

Considering his feelings on the church he attended, we can forgive Olbermann for straying. The latest UUWorld Magazine discusses the shocking percentage of UU’s that are not members of any church.

A quick look at the numbers reported through UUWorld:

Two previous national surveys, in 1990 and 2001, reported the number of self-identified Unitarians at three times the official UUA count at the time. In 2001, ARIS estimated 629,000 Unitarian Universalists.

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The UUA’s 1,018 congregations in the United States counted just over 158,000 members in 2006.

Fortunately, the current foremost topic debated by the UUA Presidential Candidates is growth. Take part in your views on how to grow our powerful and important (but tiny) religion of UUism here.

Find out more about Unitarian Universalism and its Seven Principles here.

Hat tip to UUWorld for the video of Mr. Olbermann:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/25357209#25357209

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the responsibilities of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

UU connections? Traveling across Arizona, Utah, Colorado

July 14, 2008

Fellow UU’s. I’ll be traveling from Los Angeles, California to Lincoln, Nebraska. I’ll start my trip on July 21st and end a few days later.

Let me know if I should be stopping anywhere, seeing anyone, or doing anything. I’ll not be alone, as my 8 year old pug will travel with me. Alas, I don’t trust him to share in the driving duties.

My first stop will be in Phoenix, AZ.

As an informal announcement: I’ll be getting my masters in Direction of Stage and Screen from University of Nebraska, Lincoln for the next three years. Afterward, my wife and I intend to return to Los Angeles.

-Aaron

My wife is attractive when…

July 14, 2008

…she hops on Metro and rides with me on her bicycle through downtown Los Angeles dodging homeless, street vendors, wandering souls, and true artists. We connected last night to the pulse of the city, to the life of the streets, and to that which is strongest in each other.

We bid on a Shepard Fairey series of signed original prints.

I hope we get them.

Response to “A Pet Peeve I Have About Our denomination” by CUUMBAYA

July 11, 2008

I’d like to have a friendly respond to a post on the excellent blog CUUMBAYA titled “A Pet Peeve I Have About Our denomination” about my home-made UU advertisement on youtube which references famous UU’s (Unitarians and Universalists.)

Read the CUUMBAYA post here.

See the advertisement here.

I’d love if CUUMBAYA would respond back in a little cross-blog dialog. I posted an abbreviated comment similair to the below on CUUMBAYA.

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Thanks for the shout-out, Joel.
My reasoning that UUs should embrace our celebrity ancestry is that this lore brings validity, inspiration and identity to an obscure, nebulous, and dying religion.  (admit it) :<  It’s easier to attend “The church of Thomas Jefferson” than it is to go to “some hippie church some weirdos started in the woods.” Am I right?

Also, I do object to using the term ‘denomination’ to describe UUism. Denomination of what? While Christians comprise a large portion of our membership, we’ve clearly outgrown our Christian ancestry and do not formally identify as a Christian organization in any modern UUA documentation I’ve seen.

So that’s why I think UU’s should do it, and do it loudly and proudly. We love or evolving, democratic religion and are proud of our principles and the fruits they have brought to the world. Of course Susan Bee Anthony doesn’t share a mind with Henry David Thoreau, but nor do you and I.

However, after writing all of this, I’m not sure you object to such references because it’s backward-looking (a worthy objection), or if you feel modern UU’s have no right to claim them ‘on our team’.
How do we identify UUs?

It comes down to how you define UUism. Here are some ways to tie a person to a religion.

1. Self-identification

2. Active or former church membership

3. Theological pairing

To me, it seems you conditionally need two of the three.

#1 and #2 being extended to our Unitarian and Universalist brethren. (I argue)
#1 also being extended to those unable to attend the church of their choice due to location, etc.

#2 being taken from those who may identify as UU, but represent the opposite of our ideals (like, what if Hitler was UU?) (I know of no one like this and am proud to have so few stains in our past.)

For #3, we should remember and rejoice in the fact that ours is a democratic and evolving religion. We need to have understanding for our ancestor’s short-comings, and remember that most UUs have many healthy theological transitions throughout their lives.
Referencing the free-thinkers who attended the churches of our ancestry is no different than other religions who’s ancestors also shared very different views on the interpretation of their religion.  Still, I think you’ll see a consistant theme when reviewing famous UUs: bold, mature, loving thought. I’ve been arguing that the ONE CREED of UUism is CREEDLESSNESS. Read here.

We cast a large net. I’m fine with that. If more people accepted this principle, we’d have more UUs.  I dream of a day when people stop shrugging their shoulders and say “I don’t know. Agnostic?” when asked about religion.

“UU. I’m a UU.” That’s the answer I prefer. It both frees them and ties them to community, thought, and love.

Thanks for the post, CUUMBAYA. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Visit DiscoverUU.com for the best UU minister blog posts, sermon podcasts, and UU News.