This week I've been carrying around a little (OK, not so little) smile of joy at all the excitement I've seen my UU friends and fellow bloggers generate online for spreading the Good News of universalism far and wide. Let's recap the awesomeness of these past few weeks - and why the UU community should feel like we all are "winning" at this moment -
- Half of America right now is debating "universalism"... still! The fact that Rob Bell denies being a universalist only exacerbates this debate since he in many ways is one! Keep the conversation coming... which is, if nothing else, fantastic word association marketing!
- The President of the UUA actually answered my call to action and published a well-timed HuffPo article about Universalism to coincide with the Rob Bell Loves Wins book release! It's great!
- Even better was the grassroots efforts coming out of the UU Growth Lab and UU Social Media Lab, which, thanks to Rev. Naomi King, organized a Speak Up for Universalism social media event - the ripples of which were felt on Facebook, Twitter, blogs and elsewhere. I was tweeting up a storm that day (@deepriverfaith) and enjoying all the controversy raging on the #lovewins conversation!
- Of course - there is finally the actual book that started it all. Rob Bell's Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived did not disappoint. I'm about 70% of the way through and loving every minute of it. A couple things that strike me so far - #1 He is self-admittedly not saying anything new #2 Therein lies his genius. It's AMAZING how his conversational writing style and straight-to-the-point thinking can make very old and very complicated theological questions and arguments so simple and straightforward. Bravo!
Now that's what I call winning.