Monday, April 20, 2009

Add UUA candidate videos and testimonials to your site

Dear UU bloggers,leaders and congregation webmasters,

Have a UU website? You can easily add videos for the UUA election to your site. I have created three youtube playlists and viewers featuring the candidates and their testimonials. Note that videos of candidate forums are not posted on youtube - they may be accessed via I am doing my best to collect all campaign videos on this one site. If you find something that I have overlooked, please let me know.

Disclaimer: While I am sharing both candidates videos, I do have a bias and will be declaring my choice for UUA president this May.

UPDATE 4/29/09: After consulting with colleagues I am not going to be endorsing a candidate - though I am independent, I do freelance work for UUA, districts and congregations and am going to stay neutral.

Play video then Mouse Over video to scroll through videos.

Candidate videos - Peter Morales & Laurel Hallman

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Peter Morales supporters

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Laurel Hallman supporters

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Friday, April 17, 2009

UUA President Candidates featured on UUPLANET.TV through June


At the April 14th candidates forum in RI I was struck by the magnitude of the choice facing our movement. We have two outstanding ministers running to be president of the Unitartian Universalist Associaiton of Congregations, each with a very clear sense of where we need to go.

At the forum I discovered that many people haven't found the growing number of videos related to the campaign. While I am remaining publicly neutral (as a freerange UU change agent I do have a bias) I want to help as many UUs engage with the campaign, candidates, and VOTE. To help I have shifted the focus of my UU video site to the campaign. Now through the June election this site will feature election related content.

Absentee balloting allows for huge participation in this election. The ballots must be received by the UUA no later than June 17th in order to be counted. More election information here.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Buddhist Teaching with former Abbot to the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery

On Thursday, April 16, 2009 Lobsang Tenzin Geshe Wangdak, Khensur Rinpoche will be offering a teaching at Channing Church in Newport, RI. Time:7:30pm - 9:00pm. 135 Pelham St, Newport, RI in the sanctuary. Street parking.


If you're on facebook you can view details and RSVP here.

Hope you'll join us!
Here is some background info:
Lobsang Tenzin Geshe Wangdak, Khensur Rinpoche, was born in 1934 in Tibet. Rinpoche was the senior teacher for 14 years, and Abbot for four years, at Namgyal Monastery, the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery in Dharamsala, India. In 1995, H. H. the Dalai Lama appointed Khensur Rinpoche Abbot and Senior Resident Teacher at Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, NY. He retired from Ithaca in 1998, and now resides at the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Khensur Rinpoche was awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest Tibetan Buddhist doctorate. Rinpoche received initiations and teachings of tantric practices of all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. More info at

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Channing Church launches capital campaign to restore steeple

Know any William Ellery Channing fans? If so, show them this video.

Our congregation (where Amy serves as minister), built as a memorial to William Ellery Channing, has launched a campaign to restore its stone steeple to its original condition. You can see present state of the steeple in the video above.

Thanks to generous donations and a $440+ thousand Save America's Treasures grant we are over two thirds to the $1.2 million goal to fix Channing's stone steeple and the rare chime bells it holds. When it was first built people from across the world contributed, so powerful was William Ellery Channing's Unitarian message and social justice work.

Our members and friends are working on the remaining third. We're hoping that YOU and YOUTUBE will help Channing fans learn about our campaign so all who want to see Channing's memorial fully restored can send in their donation. Contributions of all sizes are welcome and needed. Donations may be sent to Channing Church at 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840 with checks made out to Channing Church and Steeple Fund in the memo line.

Thanks for your help in sharing this video.