A 'PHONY WAR' SINCE 9/11?
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the Bush administration has been waging a phony war against radical Islam and is making no gains. And some days it seems as if traditional Islam isn't doing very well against the militant Islamists, either.
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ARE YOU OR YOU A UU?
Just to continue our mini-theme of spending a few of these summer days wallowing in religious history, today I want to note that it was on this date in 1825 that the American Unitarian Association was founded. It grew out of what many called the liberal corner of the Congregational churches of New England. (Today the Congregationalists are known as the United Church of Christ.)
The impetus for the separate movement was an 1819 sermon preached by William Ellery Channing (pictured here) in Boston.
In 1961, the organization became known as the Unitarian Universalist Association after a merger with the Universalists.
The UUs, as they're called, have Christian roots, clearly, but are not considered (either by themselves or by traditional Christians) as being under the Christian umbrella today. That mostly has to do with their departure from the belief that Jesus was and is divine and part of the three-person Godhead, the Trinity.
In many ways, however, the UUs are as or even more passionate about following the social and humanitarian teachings of Jesus about love and commitment to neighbor.
The UU Web site has an About Us section that you might find interesting.
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P.S.: What looks like an interesting documentary film with religious overtones, "Missionary Kid," will be shown at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Kansas City Central Library as part of the KC Fringe Festival. I'll be out of town, so if any of you can go, let me know how it is.