It should come as no surprise when a blog named Transient and Permanent makes some changes, while still sticking to an overall framework. For 2009, several features are being tinkered with. First of all, this year the Universalist Quotes of the Day will no longer be drawn willy-nilly from the entire corpus of historic Universalist writings. Instead, the quotes will come from the third edition of Voices of the Faith: A Birthday Book, Containing a Selection for Every Day in the Year from Writings Expressing the Universalist Faith, edited by J.W. Hanson and published in 1887 in Boston by the Universalist Publishing House. A further change to this feature is that the quotes will be published every day of the week, instead of just Monday-Friday. This project was supposed to begin on last Thursday but illness and technical difficulties delayed it. Therefore, for those keeping score, today’s first post from that book is actually for the date of January 5.
Second, the Unitarian-Universalist Trivia Question of the Day will now become the UU Trivia Question of the Week. The questions will remain focused on UU, not Unitarian or Universalist, trivia. In keeping with a weekly format, the questions may well get a little tougher this year.
Third, expect to see more Book Notes here in 2009. This feature was neglected in 2008 but is due to return shortly. Along with books on the subject of liberal religion, relevant articles and other media may well appear here (a change in feature title or the addition of a new feature may be necessary, therefore).
Fourth, there will probably be an increasing amount of material on the intersection of liberal religion and Buddhism. This includes both reflections on how Buddhism operates as a liberal form of religion in many instances, and notes on the historical interactions between Unitarianism/UUism and Buddhism, both in the East and the West.