Blog in review: July-September 2005

A good bit of Katrina-related blogging — ephemeral — mixed with thoughts about polity in the third quarter of 2005.

The first PDF to download for planting churches

Saturday, July 2nd, 2005

If your planting a church and are collecting good resources, download this first.

Infection and the common cup

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

I bring this up because of the plain division in communion practices seen in Protestant churches. I’ve only served (and now attend) churches that use small glasses in trays, derisively (if descriptively) called “shot glasses” by the uninformed or dismissive.

Other people are talking about clerical collars

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Provoke me, will ya’ fellas? Actually, I’m not-so-secretly pleased that seminarians Joseph Lyons-Santos and John Cullinan are considering their merits.

Church cooperative?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2005

Let’s think for a moment of how a church is organized; not the theological justification for its being, but the social models for its running.

UU and Emergent?

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

The Rev. Thom “Deuterophilocrites” Belote asks if there can be an Emergent Unitarian Universalism. Would it have to be Christian? My answer: Perhaps. Maybe. I don’t know. I doubt it.

Christianity for non-Christian clergy, part one

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

So what’s fair use and what’s abuse? Both are possible — despite what certain theological hedonists might say — but where to draw the line is a judgement call. Here’s a first go.

Young pleasant Humanists

Saturday, August 6th, 2005

Shawn, in the middle of one of his comments at Philocrites, commented (in so many words) that the he’s not an angry Humanist, and I realized I never thought he was. But I know of what he refers.

“Unitarians Face a New Age” online

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Formerly hard to get, now you can keep it on a hard drive: the landmark American Unitarian Association report Unitarians Face a New Age.

Enter the masochist

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

First, why aren’t there more new minister-organized churches? We have a surplus of ministers, some who want to organize churches, and a few who have tried.

Should churches be taxed?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Why should a church be tax-exempt?

About Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 45, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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