Rev. Christine Robinson of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, NM states that Unitarian Universalism is an open source faith. A term used in internet circles. She also talks about their Branch Ministry where they are using the Internet, DVDs to provide resources for folk in the rural areas of New Mexico where there are no Unitarian Universalist congregations. This is an exciting experiment that is being developed there with great promise for other parts of the country, like Mississippi.
The UUA’s Mid-south District is adapting her congregation’s idea to provide resources to the congregations of Mississippi. I will be moving to Tuscaloosa, AL to serve that congregation on a part time basis and will continue to serve Our Home Universalist Church in Ellisville, MS on a once a month basis. In addition with the generous cooperation of the Tuscaloosa congregation, I will be developing a series of DVDs of sermons and adult education programs that will be subscribed to by Unitarian Universalist congregations in Mississippi, as of this writing four of the six congregations are participating. These DVDs can be used to supplement their worship services with a sermon or for their adult education programs. I will also over the course of the year visit these congregations and provide a to be determined workshop, consultation, etc on a Saturday and then worship on Sunday. It is the intention of the Mid-south District and my intention, that this resource will aid in the furthering of Unitarian Universalism in Mississippi by offering professional ministry to congregations that perhaps are not able to have a called professional ministry. Who knows, perhaps these DVD sermons will also be posted on You Tube or on this blog for others to witness.
This is an exciting time and a wonderful opportunity for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa to extend their ministry in an innovative manner to support the ministries of the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Mississippi. Blessings,