Blog in review: July-September 2003

The blog matured, but I still didn’t post much. And software failings left some posts lost forever, including earlier installments of my Universalist quotation series. (See Transient and Permanent for a new series of Universalist quotations.)

Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round

Monday, July 21st, 2003

There’s a hymn — sadly missing in the 1993 Singing the Living Tradition but present in the 1937 Hymns of the Spirit we use at Universalist National Memorial Church, Washington; you can also read the full text at CyberHymnal, even though I prefer it matched to the tune Stockport (Yorkshire)

Entirely proper

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Here’s what I promised, based on what we’ll have in worship this Sunday, as suitable for a commemoration of George deBenneville.

Trinity I: Roll call

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

As early as 1830, you can read embarassment that there are or might be Trinitarians in the Universalist ministerial college, presumably by those who don’t want any.

Big Sermon I: What is Christian?

Monday, August 11th, 2003

The Christian cohort within the UUA, while producing some good minds, devoted laypersons, and godly pastors, hasn’t exactly been the hot-place-to-be these forty-plus years since 1961. We’re certainly guilty of our own kind of sectarianism, and always worried when one of our beloved got ecumenically active: if a minister, this person often transferred to a Christian denomination with its greener pastures.

Baptism II: the Letter

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

Today is an in-the-office day, and I’m trying to use this blog to make church administration easier by networking with others, thus proving that blogs are more than exercises in self-indulgence.

Universalist quotation XXVII

Thursday, August 21st, 2003

“God is not to be propitiated, but served and loved and enjoyed. Religion is not a scheme of rescue, but daily manna from heaven.” (Isaac M. Atwood)

Universalist quotation XXVIII

Saturday, August 23rd, 2003

“To me it appears reasonable that we shall be together in the after life as we are here — still pupils in one great school; that the wise will continue to instruct the ignorant, the strong to help the weak, the good to reclaim the erring.

Universalist quotation XXIX

Tuesday, August 26th, 2003

“We are children born of God. There are differences of degree — but all are of the same spirit, birthright sons of God. From this affirmation we are to look upon men; according to it we are to direct our conduct.” (Lee S. McCollester)

This Sunday’s sermon on the Winchester Profession

Sunday, September 21st, 2003

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