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Unitarian Schism!


Hot off the press from Christianity Today Online:

Of all the things you could possibly call a Unitarian Universalist, "extremely intolerant" would be just about the worst. But at least two dozen dissidents who are leaving the church say that's exactly what it is. So they're leaving, and forming the American Unitarian Association.

"An organization that believes in everything really in effect believes nothing," says David Burton, one of the founders. Most of the new members of the AUA, he says, are Unitarian Christians. "Jesus is central to their religion. In most UU congregations, if you got up and started talking about Jesus, you'd be run out on a rail. The UUA [Unitarian Universalist Association] is extremely intolerant."

Chief among Burton's other complaints is that the UUA is largely full of atheists and "almost devoid of religious content." Whether or not the UUA is "extremely intolerant," they're not letting the AUA form without a fight. "They're trying to steal our identity," UUA president John Buehrens tells The Boston Globe, "and they're not going to get away with it."

Full story can be found at

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/printedition/article/0,2669,SAV-0104210175,FF.html

and


http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/111/metro/Unitarian_Association_torn_by_division+.shtml

In the words of that grand old hymn. . .

At the sign of triumph, Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers, on to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before.

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.

James Gibson
Marshallville United Methodist Church
 
Come, sinners, to the Gospel feast
Let every soul be Jesus' guest
Ye need not one be left behind
For God hath bidden all mankind
                                             --Charles Wesley

 

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