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The Trouble with Theory

“You don’t know about me,” Mark Twain wrote, “without you have read a book by the name of ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.’” So begins one of the great American novels. Lately I’ve been blogging about some problems in Unitarian … Continue reading

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Go Your Own Way

I’m remembering a scene in the movie THX 1138 — I don’t have the movie, so I’m working from memory here — where a line of people in drab clothing is shuffling along a corridor. The movie is about regimentation. … Continue reading

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What Is “Harm”?

I’ve been pondering the preposterous claims that Rev. Todd Eklof’s book The Gadfly Papers caused “harm.” Those who were quick to accuse him of having caused harm entirely failed to cite a single harmful or harm-inducing passage in his book … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Unum

There is always, in any society, tension of one sort or another between the individual and the group. The balance may tip further toward one side or the other, but the root conflict never goes away. Shall the needs of … Continue reading

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Is This U?

For a few months now I’ve been avoiding the controversy that has been simmering in Unitarian Universalism. The fact that there are no Sunday services does help me stay out of it. Also, I just don’t need the aggravation. I … Continue reading

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Okay, I Lied

It appears I’m not quite finished with my Unitarian Universalist dumpster dive. Yesterday I thought I was, but today I decided I really ought to sit down and read the “Findings Related to the Southern Regional Lead Hiring Decision [in] … Continue reading

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The Last Word (I Promise!)

By now I’m thoroughly fed up with the back-and-forth on Todd Eklof’s book The Gadfly Papers. Eklof himself has been besmirched by the Unitarian Universalist Ministers’ Association, and without a clear explanation as to why they censured him. His critiques … Continue reading

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The UU Titanic Hits Its Iceberg

To be honest, Unitarian Universalism isn’t a Titanic. It’s more of a dinghy. But I couldn’t resist the metaphor. Regular readers of this space may recall that back in June I posted the first of several articles (“Shut Up! You’re … Continue reading

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Who Are You, Really?

I’m still trying to grapple with the attacks on Reverend Todd Eklof and his book The Gadfly Papers. In late June an Open Letter was released deploring the book. The Open Letter has now been signed by more than 400 … Continue reading

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Hoping for Clarification

As I noted last month, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) has issued an official letter of censure against Reverend Todd Eklof. My earlier post contains the entire text of the letter, together with my comments on it. I’m hoping … Continue reading

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