Saturday, January 20, 2007

Thandeka's ENTIRE Star Island RE Week theme talk for $17.50

This Summer I had the pleasure of leading a weeklong young adult workshop on Star Island, a beautiful mish mash of UU evangelism, campus ministry, and small group ministry.

The theme speaker of the week was Thandeka, a very popular UU writer and theologian. I won't explain what the talk was about. You can look at the description of the 2006 RE WEEK page.

I will say that after every talk of hers I've been to people go Wow! or Whoa! Though Thandeka admits that people later have trouble remembering exactly what she said. Given this Thandeka was very intentional about boiling it down to easy to remember phrases.

If you are a Thandeka fan or are interested in what she calls "Affective Theology" then this is a must have. The week started off with this: "Our bodies make believers of us all."

$17.50 for 3 audio CD's with a whole week of theme talks including shipping!

The CD details

Star Island

Star Island RE WEEK

Friday, January 19, 2007

Check out America's top "Innovative Churches"

The January/February 2007 issue of Outreach magazine featured a list of the top 25 most innovative churches in the U.S. The Outreach editors and a panel of experts compiled this list.

Kevin D. Hendricks, of the blog Church Marketing Sucks, has made a Squidoo Lens out of the list. Nice thing about this list is that there are links to the websites of listed churches and you can vote to move items up or down the list (thanks to Squidoo's very cool Plexo technology).

The Top Innovative Churches list on Squidoo

UU ministers and lay leaders, are you following any of these churches? Reading any of their books. Many of them publish resources sharing their innovation. My personal favorite is North Point Church and the books written by Andy Stanley.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

My bank was just invaded by Fox News

A flat screen TV featuring FOX NEWS just appeared in one of our local banks. Advertisements before movies. Ads on flat screens in check out lines. Those of you feeling that your environment is being attacked by hostile media may join me in the purchase of the TV B-GONE Universal Off Button Keychain. After complaining about the TV proliferation a friend recommended it. A small keychain with an off button that works on most televisions. Nice.

Get your TV B-GONE Keychain

Note: I tend to try and keep posts on this blog to UU related matters. People, if businesses are going to follow the trend and put flat screen television up everywhere and set them to FOX NEWS - its a bad thing. Maybe if our news stations weren't so biased.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

The Large Church: Praxis, Problems & Promise

The following is an announcement from Meadville Lombard Theological School on a new large church ministry training.

Meadville Lombard is excited to offer a course focusing on large church ministry leadership in a one week intensive format July 9-13, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.

Learn to create and lead institutions capable of sustaining the complex ministries and operations of large churches. Ordained ministers, lay leaders, seminarians, and church staff will all find applicable, dynamic approaches to 3 key elements of church life:

* Worship * Education * Public Witness

Students will discover the critical alignments and distinct roles of members, ministers and staff found in healthy institutions. This course will offer instruction in theology and theory while drawing on experiences of several large congregations, including one of the most dynamic institutions in the Unitarian Universalist movement today, the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

We intend to provide people with:

  • A theology of religious leadership
  • Skills for building effective leadership teams
  • Applications for ‘best practices’ in worship, education and public witness
  • A community of students, ministers and lay leaders

Costs for Participation:

  • Credit – Tuition for those seeking Meadville Lombard credit: $1,450 plus $50 registration fee
  • Audit – Tuition for those auditing the course: $725 plus $50 registration fee

Team Rate – If a single congregation would like to bring a team of five or more to audit the course, a special group tuition fee of $2,100 would be offered with a $50 registration fee per participant.

Visit the Meadville Lombard Theological School web site at for more complete course information, travel and lodging information and to register.

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Covenant Group News Blog / Feed

Techno savvy Small Group Ministry & Covenant Group fans - by popular demand I've establishing a "blog version" of the popular Covenant Group News e-newsletter. This blog will be a place for me and other UU Small Group Ministry collaborators to post news as we find it. The edited contents of this blog will be shared via the CGNews e-newsletter.

Get the new CGNews feed if you want to keep posted on new resources, events and other news related to Unitarian Universalist small group ministry and the happenings of the UU SGM Network.

You can subscribe to the blog feed here

You can view the CGNews blog on the UU SGM Network Site at

Subscribe to the email form of CGNews

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christian right to dismantle America’s open society

Interesting article on by Chris Hedges, former NYTImes Mideast Bureau chief. He writes that the radical Christian right is making great progress toward its goal of "co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement."
The drive by the Christian right to take control of military chaplaincies, which now sees radical Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy appointments in the armed services and service academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize the military and law enforcement. This effort signals the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle America’s open society and build a theocratic state. A successful politicization of the military would signal the end of our democracy.
Chris Hedges is the author of American Fascists:The Christian Right and the War On America. Those of you opposed to the idea of America becoming a theocracy would do well to check out the Interfaith Alliance's FIRST FREEDOM FIRST campaign.