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What's new on the AUC website
- "The Atonement" by Andrew Preston Peabody added 3/24/07
- "Salvation by Grace" by Joseph Stevens Buckminster added 12/17/06
- "On the Origin of the Doctrine of the Trinity" by Andrews Norton added 7/16/06
- Review of Martineau's Rationale of Religious Enquiry by George Ripley added 6/18/06
- "The Issue in the West" by Jabez T. Sunderland added 1/26/06
- "The Proper Modern Doctrine of the Trinity Contradictory in Terms to that of the Unity of God" by Andrews Norton added 1/15/06
- "Orthodoxy: The Worst Enemy of Christianity" by Jabez T. Sunderland added 1/13/06
- "Upon What Account the Love of God is Termed the First and Greatest Commandment" by Jonathan Mayhew added 12/27/05
- "The Answering God" by Frederic Henry Hedge added 12/13/05
- "Miracles as an Evidence of Christianity" by David Damon added 12/4/05
- "A General View of the Arguments for the Unity of God" by Joseph Priestley added 11/15/05
- "A Rational Faith" by Jabez T. Sunderland added 11/5/05
- "On Miracles as the Foundation of Religious Faith" by Richard Hildreth added 10/15/05
- "The Love of Our Neighbour" by Jonathan Mayhew added 10/9/05
- "The Exclusive Principle" by James Walker added 9/15/05
- "The Regent God" by Frederic Henry Hedge added 9/5/05
- "The Doctrine and Discipline of Human Culture" by Bronson Alcott added 9/2/05
- "The Previous Question" by Theodore Parker added 8/29/05
- "The Personality of the Deity" by Henry Ware, Jr. added 8/25/05
- "A Good Man Shall be Satisfied From Himself" by Ralph Waldo Emerson added 8/13/05
- "Review of 'The Latest Form of Infidelity'" by Andrew Preston Peabody added 8/12/05
- "Defense of 'The Latest Form of Infidelity' Examined" by George Ripley added 8/9/05
- "The Love of God" by Jonathan Mayhew added 8/7/05
- "The Father the Only and the Sufficient God" by Samuel Longfellow added 8/1/05
- "The Divine Presence in Nature and in the Soul" by Theodore Parker added 7/22/05
- "Remarks on a Pamphlet Entitled 'The Latest Form of Infidelity Examined'" by Andrews Norton added 7/12/05
- "The Advancing God" by Frederic Henry Hedge added 7/11/05
- "Rules to be Observed in Examining the Evidences of the Christian Religion" by James Freeman added 7/8/05
- "The Latest Form of Infidelity Examined" by George Ripley added 7/7/05
- "Walking by Faith" by James Freeman added 7/1/05
- "Objections Against the Right and Duty of Private Judgment Considered" by Jonathan Mayhew added 6/17/05
- "The Right" by Andrew Preston Peabody added 6/17/05
-"The Right of Private Judgment Asserted" by Jonathan Mayhew added 6/6/05
- "The Latest Form of Infidelity" by Andrews Norton added 5/30/05
- "Men Endowed with the Faculties Proper for Discerning the Difference Between Truth and Falsehood, Right and Wrong" by Jonathan Mayhew added 5/29/05
-"Is the Bible Infallible?" by Jabez T. Sunderland added 5/20/05
- "Action" by Andrew Preston Peabody added 1/14/05
- "Concerning the Difference Between Truth and Falsehood, Right and Wrong" by Jonathan Mayhew added 5/1/04
- "The Retreating God" by Frederic Henry Hedge added 2/16/04
- "Imperfect and Perfect Theism" by James Freeman Clarke added 1/26/04
- Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching by Henry Ware, Jr. added 1/15/04
- "The Books Opened" - by Edmund Hamilton Sears added 1/15/04
- "The Philosophy of Man's Spiritual Nature in Regard to the Foundations of Faith" - by James Walker added 1/15/04
(First Discourse) - by W.E. Channing added 12/4/03
- Speakers Bureau
February 2011 Update
New Discussion Board on Facebook
The AUC Discussion Board has moved to Facebook! We encourage you to join in the discussions exploring a vartiety of topics related to our Unitarian Tradition.
May 2007 Update
New AUC Forum Design
The new AUC forum is up and running. If you haven't already, we encourage you to sign up and join us in our discussions on various topics.
Around the World
Scientists studying the relationship between faith and wellness state that "people with strong religious beliefs have lower blood pressure, lower mortality rates from cancer and heart disease, and slower mental decline when stricken with Alzheimer's disease."
United Nations Wakes Up to Religion. The United Nations (UN) is waking up to the role that religious organizations can play in meeting its goals--particularly in the area of social, development and peace issues.
House approves funding for Head Start, rejects GOP-led religion amendment. The House approved more money for the popular Head Start program Wednesday after rejecting a GOP-led attempt to allow religious groups participating in the program to hire and fire staffers based on religious grounds.
Debate on the Value of Religion Held in London. A debate titled “We’d Be Better Off Without Religion,” to have been held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on March 27, attracted so much interest that it was moved, somewhat ironically, to the much larger Methodist Central Hall, close to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. A near-capacity crowd of over 2,000 attended. With the pre-vote weighted in favor of the motion, it was clear that the atheists were singing to a predominantly secular choir.
April 2006 Update
New Book Review Editor
The AUC’s quarterly journal, The American Unitarian, has a new book editor. The Rev. Tim Wilkins is currently serving as full-time Chaplain at Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, OK a men's maximum security facility. He also is half-time minister at Channing Unitarian Universalist Church in Edmond, OK. He has a B.S. in Biblical Studies from Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, OK (1989), a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (1992) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Lake Charles Bible School and Seminary (1996). He served for 12 years as a United Methodist elder prior to his current ministry position.
International Servetus Congress
The International Servetus Society is planning an International Servetus Congress in Barcelona, Spain October 20-21 2006. To learn more, visit: http://servetus.org/en/newsevents/articulos/20060117.htm
Michael Servetus (1511-1553) was a Spanish physician and theologian, whose theology can be considered an important contribution to Unitarian thought and belief. He denied the doctrine of the Trinity, and was opposed by both Protestants and Catholics of his time. Ultimately he was burnt at the stake in Geneva for heresy.
October 2004 Update
New AUC Directors
At the business meeting at the annual meeting, David Miano and Jonathan
Devlin were elected as Directors of the AUC for 2004-2005. They replace
Alan Cousin and Nathan DeMay, last year’s elected Directors.
New Open Door Congregations
Two congregations have recently agreed to provide an open
door to members of the AUC. The Rhode Island Emmaus Fellowship Church,
and its pastor, Rev. Andre L. Gregoire, M.S., invite you to find out
more about their group at their website: http://www.riemmausfellowship.org.
fellowship presently meets at Morning Star Lodge, F&AM located at
142 Clinton St. Woonsocket, RI 02895. They can be reached by telephone
Another new Open Door Congregation is St. Catherine’s Universal Anglican
Church. You can learn about this group and its pastor, Rev. Craig
Bergland, at their website: http://www.stcatsuac.org. Their church is
located at 3177 S. 107th St., West Allis, WI 53219. They can be reached
by telephone at: 414-430-0888.
Book Review Editor Needed
The American Unitarian is looking for a Book Review Editor. Responsibilities would be to solicit review copies of books that would be of interest to our readership and then assigning reviews to volunteers. If interested, please contact David Miano by email: email@example.com. Those interested in writing brief book reviews may also contact Mr. Miano. If the journal is able to obtain a complimentary review copy from the publisher, it will provide you with a free copy of that book and allow you to keep it when you are finished should you choose to review it.
Annual Meeting--What Was it Like?
The fourth annual meeting of the AUC took place on the campus of the
University of California San Diego on September 24-26, 2004. A number of
UCSD professors of religion participated in the program
On Friday evening, members got together for a sumptuous dinner at Eucalyptus
Grove. The scheduled speaker was not able
make it, so David Miano filled in and gave an interesting slide
presentation on archaeological finds related to the Bible.
On Saturday morning, the session convened with a talk by Professor David
Noel Freedman, a scholar of the Hebrew Bible, who is best known as the
editor of the Anchor Bible Project. Professor Freedman discussed
advances made in the study of the Hebrew Bible since he began in the
profession some 60 years ago.
Following his talk, the Reverend Robert Jordan Ross, who heads the Pacific
Southwest Chapter of the Unitarian Univeralist Christian Fellowship
joined us to give a presentation entitled, “Apostles of the Immortal
Good.” The text of this talk appears in the present issue of the
David Miano then gave a presentation on the tools that God has given us to
differentiate between right and wrong. We hope to publish his talk,
“Conscience, Spirit, and Interchange,” in a subsequent issue.
In the afternoon, we had a communion service, hosted by the Pacific
Southwest Chapter of the UUCF and led by Reverend Ned Wight of the
Summit Fellowship in La Mesa, CA. Rev. Wight gave a sermon on the
dangers of a love of money entitled, “The Life that Really is Life.”
Hymns were sung as well.
On Saturday evening, there was another dinner hosted by the AUC. Attendees
related their past religious experiences and talked about how they came
to be Unitarians.
On Sunday morning, Professor Lisa Lampert joined us to discuss “The Legacy
of Medieval Passion Plays.” She surveyed the history of the passion
play and pointed to its modern-day counterparts, including Mel
Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.
presentation on Sunday was given by David Burton, President of the AUC.
Burton discussed William Ellery Channing and the concept of “self-culture” in early Unitarianism.
All of us at the AUC extend a warm thank you to David Miano for his efforts in making the annual meeting a success.
Desert Star Fellowship
have a new AUC-affiliated congregation starting up in Hesperia,
California under the leadership of the Rev. Jonathan Devlin, who was
recently ordained as a Rabbi. The fellowship has six members to date and
meets by appointment usually in one of the members’ homes. They hope
to grow into a more formal fellowship, but for now are strictly a
“Small Group Ministry.” Describing the group, Rev. Devlin says,
“We maintain an interfaith perspective, viewing the spiritual needs of
all people as paramount—regardless of prior or current denominational
affiliation, or lack thereof. We are non-doctrinal, non-judgmental, and
inclusive. We seek to address the fundamental spiritual issues and
concerns of human life at their most fundamental and universal level.
Until we grow into a ‘full-blown’ and more formal congregation, the
Desert Star Fellowship might best be called a “Ministry Without
Walls.” I, as the
minister, go to where services are needed, providing life-cycle services
(e.g. baptism, marriage, memorials) visiting the sick, and performing
pastoral counseling as needed. I’m
also available to meet/greet Unitarians and others who might be passing
through the area and who might be in need of pastoral services
(Hesperia, CA is on the main route between Las Vegas and Los Angeles, so
there is also a lot of transient traffic in the area).” Best wishes to
the new fellowship!
The AUC Fourth Annual Meeting
The AUC's fourth annual meeting will be held September 24-26, 2004 in sunny San Diego, California. Members from across the United States will gather to build relationships, worship, learn, and conduct the business of the AUC. The Directors of the AUC cordially invite you to join us for this historic meeting. It promises to be the best one yet.
the featured speakers will be David Noel Freedman, Endowed Chair of
Hebrew Biblical Studies at the University of California, San Diego and
author of The Nine Commandments (2000). He is general editor of
the Anchor Bible Dictionary, the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, the
Anchor Bible Commentary Series, the Anchor Bible Reference Library, and
the Eerdmans Critical Commentary Series. Professor Freedman has been at
the forefront of Hebrew Biblical scholarship for the past 60 years.
meeting will be held on the UC San Diego campus in La Jolla. Dinner will
be catered on Friday and Saturday evening. A block of rooms has been
reserved at the Radisson Hotel La Jolla for annual meeting participants.
The hotel is within walking distance of the UCSD campus. Please make room reservations as soon as possible. The AUC block of rooms
will be held until August 30, 2004.
Hotel La Jolla
Holiday Court, La Jolla, California 92037
September 2003 Update
The American Unitarian Conference program is designed to enable American
Unitarian Conference members and friends to find congregations where
they would feel welcome and find worship to be consistent with their
Several congregations have agreed to provide an open door
to members of the AUC. Most recently, the Universalist National Church
in Washington, D.C., a liberal Christian church affiliated with the UUA,
voted to become an Open Door Congregation. Find out more about
this church and its pastor, Scott Wells, at their website: www.universalist.org.
The newly-formed Epiphany Church in Owasso, Oklahoma,
which is also affiliated with the UUA, has also agreed to welcome warmly
any and all AUC members who would be interested in attending. The
website for this Unitarian and Universalist Christian congregation,
presided over by the Rev. Ron Robinson, is to be found at: www.epiphanyspirit.org.
In Rhode Island, a small group called the Peacedale
Christian Deist Fellowship has also joined the ranks as an AUC Open Door
“The Peacedale fellowship continues to plod onward, finding small gains
here and there. We just finished a DVD course on the early Christians by
Bart Ehrlman from Chapel Hill University. This thought-provoking course
and discussion has been a great tool for the fence-sitting Christians to
discover their real history, and to find that the early followers of
“the way” experienced much diversity in thought and belief. It’s
our purpose to lead others to understand that reason and common sense
aren’t two deadly sins! They are God’s gift to us; mechanisms to
ensure our survival as thinking and compassionate humans.
“The big news is that we are planning a move in May
of 2004. We are relocating to the central coast of North Carolina, and
planning to open a separate Christian deist meeting house. We are
re-examining our goals and methods in light of the fact that North
Carolina is dominated by evangelical Christians. I’m looking to find
someone to take over here in Rhode Island,
“This summer we held several nature photography field trips to help others
find greater appreciation for God’s creation. Next on the agenda will
be a water color field trip in the spring for more of the same.
“We are going to be moving soon to a beach rental over the winter,
planning to move south in early June. Our fellowship activities will
downsize shortly, as our new winter digs may be too small to host group
meetings. This will be a time for us to make plans for the future
however, as we are hoping to work with Trinitarian Christians in our new
location. For some reason, we seem to be the enemy to many orthodox
Christians, even though we like them!” —Donald Towne.
How the Open Door
The congregation’s governing body must formally agree to become an AUC
Open Door Congregation. Open
Door Congregations agree to be open and welcoming to AUC members.
The AUC will list the congregation as an Open Door Congregation on its web
site and will place a link to the congregation’s web site on the AUC
web site. The AUC will refer people who make inquiries about
congregations to the congregation if they live nearby. The AUC will
notify its members that live in the area that the congregation has
become an Open Door Congregation. The AUC will note that the
congregation has become an Open Door Congregation in this journal,
distributed to all members.
The Open Door Congregation status is permanent until either the congregation
or the AUC discontinues the status.
The AUC reserves the right to discontinue the status in the very
unlikely event that the congregation is not in fact open and welcoming
to AUC members or if the congregation takes actions that are
inconsistent with its religious or governing principles.
July 2003 Update
- Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington D.C. has voted to become an Open Door Congregation.
- Columbus, Ohio - AU Fellowship of Central Ohio has
begun meeting monthly.
Annual Meeting 2003
The third Annual Meeting of
the AUC was held in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on May 2-4, 2003.
The meeting was graciously hosted by the Grosse Pointe Unitarian
Church which opened its sanctuary and activity area for the AUC meeting.
The Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church has a beautiful building and grounds
located in the midst of a residential area. The minister, Rev. John
Corrado, and members of the congregation hosted and participated in the
AUC events all weekend.
On Friday evening a welcome
dinner was held at a local restaurant. Our first speaker for the evening
was Ellen Heron, Curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Public
Museum of Grand Rapids. Ellen gave an excellent after dinner talk
providing an overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls – their history, the
historical importance of the scrolls, details about what is in the
scrolls, information about the Essene people that used the scrolls, and
how they came to be exhibited in Grand Rapids.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are comprised of Biblical texts (portions of
what we know as the Old Testament), extra canonical texts of the time,
and documents that governed the life and practice of the Essene people.
These documents are written in four different alphabets and three
Also speaking Friday night
was the Rev. Arpad Csete, a Transylvanian Unitarian minister serving the
Rava Unitarian Church in Rava, Romania.
Rev. Csete gave a wonderful overview of the theology, history,
and, polity of the Transylvanian Unitarians and the situation facing the
people in the region.
On Saturday, the morning was
filled with seminars on pastoral care and another lecture on the Dead
Sea Scrolls. The Rev. David Abbott gave a seminar on the importance of
listening in the practice of pastoral care, with practice sessions for
the participants. Next, a
lecture on the Dead Sea Scrolls and new theories about the Essene people
who used them was given by Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini, professor of Second
Temple Judaism and Early Rabbinic Literature at the University of
Michigan. Prof. Boccaccini, author of the book, Beyond
the Essene Hypothesis: The Partings of the Ways between Qumran and
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998), kept the audience spellbound for nearly
three hours with his theories about the Essenes and development of early
Saturday afternoon the AUC
business meeting was held along with discussions about the direction of
the AUC. Two new board
members were elected to replace outgoing board members Paul Yonge and
Barbara Bachner. The AUC wishes to thank Barbara and Paul for their
service on the board. The new board members are Alan Cousin and Nathan
DeMay. Biographies of our board members are available on the AUC
website. AUC president David Burton recapped the accomplishments of the
last year, including the publication of our journal, The
additions to our website, continued outreach to individuals and
congregations, and other accomplishments.
President Burton also reviewed our current goals and projects:
ongoing work on the hymnal, development of a set of Boy Scouts of
America Religion manuals for American Unitarians, our project to bring
Channing’s Collected Works back into print, and efforts to grow the
organization, among other objectives.
Saturday evening, our
Special guest speaker was the Rev. Carl Scovel, minister Emeritus of
King's Chapel in Boston. The Rev. Scovel spoke on “Beyond
Channing and Beyond the Church: The Gospel Then and Now.”
The emphasis of Rev. Scovels talk was on the present state of
theology within Unitarian Universalism, its historical path, the
theological misdirection at the beginning, and his thoughts on how to
correct the problems.
Following his talk, the Rev.
Scovel officiated for a Unitarian Christian Communion Service for those
wishing to partake.
For Sunday morning worship,
the AUC attendees joined the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church congregation
for their regular worship service. Rev.
Corrado gave a superb sermon on the sacrifices that many of our
religious predecessors gave to secure our religious freedom. That sermon
is printed in this issue of The American Unitarian for your enjoyment.
The final event of the
meeting was a lunch event at a local restaurant with a lunch talk on
Stephen Ministries given by Nancy Chase Burton, a Stephen Ministries
trainer. Stephens Ministries offers pastoral care training for Christian
Churches that can be a model for Unitarians as they develop pastoral
care programs to suit their needs.
always, one of the most important and heartwarming aspects of the
weekend was the opportunity for all of us that could attend to make new
friends and get reacquainted with old friends from past meetings.
The AUC Annual Meeting attracts an interesting and stimulating
group of people from around the world, the friendships we make there are
critical to the renewal of American Unitarianism.
AUC Third Annual Meeting
The AUC's Third annual meeting will be held May 2-4, 2003, in the Detroit,
Michigan area. The meeting is being graciously hosted by the Grosse
Pointe Unitarian Church, in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan.
Members from across the United States will gather to build relationships,
worship, learn, and conduct the business of the AUC. The Directors of
the AUC cordially invite you to join us for this historic meeting.
As of press time, the speakers planned include the Rev. Carl Scovel,
Minister Emeritus of Kings Chapel in Boston.
A Saturday afternoon excursion is planned to visit the beautiful estate of
Edsel and Eleanor Ford.
The planning is in the early stages so please check our website as
more details will become available in the coming months. For
those of you who wish to join the AUC News e-mail list, updates will be
posted as they are available. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to the e-mail list. To be put on the mailing list for a
registration packet, contact the AUC at the address inside the front
Our recommended hotel is the Baymont Inn & Suites, 20675
13 Mile Rd., Roseville, MI 48066
September 2002 Update
AUC Accepted as a Faith Group Member of the
Association of Clinical Pastoral Education
Recently the AUC was accepted by the ACPE for membership as a Faith Group.
In so doing the AUC will gain recognition nation wide amongst chaplains of
all denominations. The ACPE is a
multi-faith organization devoted to providing education and improving the
quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers
through the clinical educational methods of clinical pastoral education.
ACPE students receive hands-on and classroom education at over 350 centers
accredited by the ACPE and staffed by certified CPE supervisors.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was begun in 1925 as a form of theological
education that takes place not exclusively in academic classrooms, but also
in clinical settings where ministry is being practiced. CPE is offered in
many kinds of settings: in hospitals and health care facilities; in prisons;
in parishes and congregations; in hospices and other places that care for
the dying; in psychiatric facilities and community care; in workplace
settings; in retirement homes; in rehabilitation centers such as those for
physical illness and injury as well for the addicted; and in communities,
both urban and rural. Nearly 65,000 individuals from the United States and
many other countries have earned CPE credit. CPE students come from many
different religious, ethnic and cultural groups. You can learn more about
the ACPE and their mission from their website at http://www.acpe.edu
AUC Receives 501(c)(3) Status as a
The Internal Revenue Service has issued a favorable determination letter to
the American Unitarian Conference with respect to its section 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt status. This determination is
Annual Meeting 2002
The AUC's second annual meeting was held May 3-5, 2002 in Newton, Massachusetts. Members from across the United States gathered to build relationships, worship, learn, and conduct the business of the AUC.
Among the presentations made were:
At the business meeting portion of the Annual Meeting two new board members were elected, Paul Yonge of Syracuse, NY, and Barbara Bachner of Haverhill, MA. Both have been active in the AUC from the very beginning, they are welcome additions to the AUC Board of Directors.
The AUC’s publishing, religious education and outreach efforts were discussed in detail.
A moment of silence was observed for the Rev. Jason Clark, pastor at the All Souls Church in Enid, Oklahoma (an AUC member congregation) who was killed in an automobile accident on Easter Sunday, 2002.
education is a large part of the AUC program. We plan to devote a
large part of our resources over the coming year to developing RE
materials. We have three adult RE projects underway relating to
Unitarian history and theology. We have one children's RE program
underway relating to the ten commandments.
The great end in religious instruction is:
At this early
point in the history of the American Unitarian Conference, we do not have
a paid staff. Accordingly, everything that gets done is done by
volunteers. We can only achieve our aims if people give of their
time to make our dream of a reborn Unitarianism a reality. Our
greatest needs are set forth below.
Our Scattered Friends
The American Unitarian Conference to date is largely an
internet phenomenon, that is to say that most of our members were made
aware of the Conference via websites or e-mail lists, and much of our
ongoing contact is via the internet. As a result, our membership is
geographically dispersed, with members from Maine to Arizona and Alaska to
Florida (as well as Canada and Hungary!). However, this condition is not a
new one for American Unitarians. The brief article below, gleaned
from the January 1854 issue of the Quarterly Journal of the AUA, bears
witness to how widespread geographically Unitarianism has been over the
years. Communications technology has changed dramatically since then.
Today we use the internet at the speed of light, or we use mailings
that deliver such things as this journal in a few days, rather than in a
few weeks, as was the case in 1854. However, the human issues are the same
- American Unitarians have friends, many and warm, in nearly all places,
and we need to reach out to them. It is the sincere desire of the
American Unitarian Conference to assist in forging a bond of union amongst
all friends of our faith.
One of the great objects for which the American Unitarian Association was formed was to be a bond of union, and a fountain of sympathy and help, to all friends of our faith wherever they may be. The Secretary of the Association may promote this object by an extensive correspondence with these scattered believers, offering to send them books or tracts, and giving them from time to time assurances of sympathy and affection. To enable him to do this, he has commenced recording the names of all decided and earnest Unitarians of whom he may hear as living in places where no Unitarian Societies have been formed; and already he has a large number of such names on his list. The object of this statement is simply to express the pleasure he will feel in receiving additions, from any quarter, to his catalogue, that he may, to some considerable and useful extent, put himself in communication with the believers that are “scattered abroad”.
AUC Press Coverage in 2001
The AUC enjoyed a considerable amount of press coverage in the past year. Most articles focused either on the AUC’s effort to bring God back into Unitarianism, or on our independence from the UUA. Below is a list of some of the press coverage in 2001.
Chicago Tribune, front page, Saturday, April 21 “Unitarian group splits, wants God in its religion” by Julia Lieblich
Wall Street Journal, Friday, May 11 “God, Optional” by Dave Shiflett
Observer (Religion News Service), April 21 "Will the Unitarian-Universalists
split" by Kevin Eckstrom
This list is but a sampling of the press we've appreciated, along with articles in the Dallas, Boston, Salt Lake, Orlando and other daily newspapers that we don't have on file. If you have any articles not mentioned, we would enjoy a clipping for our archives.
September 25, 2001
Dear AUA members and
Defending the lawsuit was consuming a great deal of our time and some of our financial resources. The lawsuit had reached the stage where it was about to consume many hundreds of hours and significant financial resources. The lawsuit had very substantially reduced our ability to do the work of the association, namely to give rebirth to the American Unitarian tradition and the development of an independent Unitarian voice in North America. Dean and I reached the conclusion that our time and limited financial resources would be better spent doing the constructive religious work of the American Unitarian movement rather than continuing the legal struggle to keep the AUA name.
Accordingly, we have agreed to change the name of the American Unitarian Association to the American Unitarian Conference. We thus retain the term American Unitarian and will continue to refer to ourselves as American Unitarians. The term conference is broad enough to encompass the fact that we may have both individual and congregational members. Under the agreement, we have the right to adopt any name our membership may choose so long as it does not include "American Unitarian Association." We will retain our web site www.americanunitarian.org. The legal steps necessary to effect this change will be completed within the next two weeks. Shortly, the American Unitarian Conference and the UUA will release a joint statement.
We have accomplished a great deal within a short time. We have achieved national recognition, including prominent coverage in many national newspapers. We have created a new community of people who share our faith in God and who value and are willing to work to maintain the Unitarian tradition. We have begun the work of creating religious education materials true to the Unitarian tradition. We are developing liturgical materials and a hymnal. We will now have more time and resources to achieve these goals.
have made a difference. We offer hope to many who value our tradition. The
heartfelt support that so many have expressed for our undertaking gives us
strength. We can now move forward with a renewed vigor to achieve our aims.
Dean and I appreciate the support you have given us and we look forward to
working with you in the future to promote the American Unitarian tradition
and to breath life into our faith.
Joint Press Release of the AUC and the UUA
Boston, MA and