I do look at what has been going on. The Unitarian General Assembly has been going on and student and minister to be at Bank Street, Bolton (a traditional Unitarian congregation) has been there and blogged on its three days. Liberal Christian Stephen Lingwood's blog is called ReIgnite: he claims to deliver a Radical Emergent Unitarian Blog. Humm. First of all I don't know him. From just reading I find it all rather restrained, and I have to say that no matter how he dresses for services his theology is rather mainstream related. This theology in a typical chapel won't make much difference whether he wears suits or jeans. It is hardly relevant. On the other hand he sees the issues and would try some solutions (but it all depends on the committee and the trustees - where power resides).
Anyway, he likes the new hymn book (Unitarians do do good hymn books - the words tend to be more sensible with the pluralistic hymns); the Hibbert Trust has paid to create a 'liberal alternative to the Alpha course' called A Course in Practical Spirituality which would seem not to be specifically Unitarian and have wider appeal (he regrets it is not specifically Unitarian); most business resolutions were dull; Art Lester preached that Unitarianism had lost its soul and there should be more prayer; Stephen Lingwood thinks that if Unitarians knew how to grow they would be and found sessions on growth limited; and a Transylvanian had a hypnotic way of preaching.
The NUF (National Unitarian Fellowship) Forum has more responses to the GA.
Earlier on Stephen summarises his attempt at a Unitarian theology of the cross, which again is too locked in to the mainstream to be anything particularly distinctive - it rather falls between two stools. I seem to ignore such stuff now and move on from what he is still considering. When I did this within the Unitarians I received short shrift in his part of the world, and it is why I am with the broader Anglican community where there is a stronger spirituality across a whole range of theologies, and my kind of theology I push to and probably beyond the Anglican limit.
I appreciate the comment here and mine in response has a quick summary of my theological outlook.
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