Here are my top three recent works on Universalism by Unitarian Universalists:
The Cathedral of the World: A Universalist Theology, 2009 by Forrest Church
Universalism 101, God is Love: An Introduction for Leaders of Unitarian Universalist Congregations, 2009 by Richard Trudeau
The Gospel of Universalism: Hope, Courage and the Love of God, 1993 by Tom Owen-Towle
Yesterday, I lamented that Unitarian Universalists were conspicuously absent from the discussion of our core theology, Universalism that has been growing over the last decade. It’s not that Unitarian Universalists no longer say anything about Universalism, it’s that what we say is not said to the larger Universalist, Christian, and religious world. We play small. We want to be the religion for our time, yet there has been little effort made it seems to promote these three works as major players in a resurgent movement surrounding our own theology. Viral YouTube videos accompanied the release of Rob Bell’s Love Wins and the upcoming All is Grace by Brennan Manning. Where was the major media (mainstream and alternative) promotion of these three works by Unitarian Universalists? Perhaps the subtitle of Trudeau’s book is telling – “An Introduction for Leaders of Unitarian Universalist Congregations.” Nothing wrong with that – it’s a good thing to teach our congregational leaders about Universalism. But why stop there? Is it assumed no one else would want to know or no one else would care? The long list of titles in yesterday’s post disagrees with that approach. There’s a growing number of videos on sites such as uutv.magnify.net and YouTube about Unitarian Universalism. Perhaps the next book on Universalism by a Unitarian Universalist will get the promotion and energy it deserves. I hope so. There’s a growing number of people out there who are taking up our theology. Shouldn’t we be the ones teaching it to them?