Rev. Scott Wells, a well-known figure in modern Universalist circles, has debuted a new online journal dedicated to Universalism, Unitarianism, and other liberal Christianities. The Liberal Christian features two feature articles, an inaugrual editorial, and some interesting news notes.
In the first article, Making a Ministry, readers are treated to a description of Unitarian Ministries. This is a very interesting development of Unitarian spirituality outside of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The author is Scott Wells.
In Doing More with Less, Rev. Derek Parker takes the Swedenborgian Church as a model for what UUism might do in relation to its theological studies and training. Parker’s suggestions include downsizing the financially-at-risk Starr King School for the Ministry so that it runs more efficiently within the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, perhaps as a unit at the Pacific School of Religion. This is probably the first time in a long, long time that the Swedenborgians (a small, liberal and mystical church) have been used as a model for larger denominations in North America–but that doesn’t mean their innovations should be ignored.
In Behold, I am making all things new, editor Scott Wells announces the purposes of The Liberal Christian, which he intends to publish on an approximately bi-monthly basis. His vision is that the journal will start modestly and grow in size and quality as new contributors add their voices to the mix. The Liberal Christian is published using a Creative Commons licesnse, an appropriately open model Rev. Wells has championed at his blog, Boy in the Bands, and elsewhere.
The news notes are admirably international, including tidbits from the United States, Great Britain, France, and Denmark.
All in all, a nice start for “another voice for Unitarians, Universalists, and kindred Christians.”