The following list has 7 organizations
that have some features
similar to the First Unitarian Universalist Church of the Internet.
If you know of other similar e-mailing lists and organizations,
please send a description like the following—with hyper-link—
so that others might also discover such alternatives.
The people responsible for each of these organizations and lists
have been asked (or will be asked)
to read, correct, & extend the information provided.
New e-mailing lists and organizations can be
at any time.
The UUA also maintains over 150 e-mailing lists,
most of which are not similar enough to FUUCI to be listed here.
Here is the complete list of UUA e-mailing lists:
If you know of other organizations similar to FUUCI,
please call them to our attention.
To comment on the following profiles,
send an e-mail to James Park, webmaster of FUUCI:
"C*UUYAN, the Continental Unitarian Universalist
Network, is a grassroots organization fostering community and
spirituality among UUs between the ages of 18 and 35."
—quoted from the top of the C*UUYAN home page:
The C*UUYAN attempts to provide connections
for the many young adult UU groups in North America.
The C*UUYAN website will help you locate
the nearest UU young adult or campus group.
If you cannot join one, create one !
By visiting the home pages of other groups,
you will get some ideas for creating your own
young adult or campus group.
Suggestions and resources for creating your own group
are provided and linked from the C*UUYAN home page:
HOW C*UUYAN DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
The First Unitarian Universalist Church of the
was originally called The World Wide Young Adult Congregation.
It was an attempt to create a young adult group in cyber-space.
Later its scope was expanded to include all interested adults.
Most of the members of FUUCI never meet one another in person.
This is the strongest contrast between FUUCI
and all the local groups that have connections with C*UUYAN.
Nevertheless, FUUCI still operates much like a
local UU group:
There are 'programs' offered to all members.
These are called "cyber-sermons".
The cyber-sermons are selected by the members
from three proposals which can be submitted by anyone.
After each cyber-sermon is distributed, the discussion begins.
This was an e-mailing list for young adults
(ages 18-35—age-centered but not age-exclusive).
It is no longer in service,
but it remains on this list as an illustration of past services,
which might be re-created in some new incarnation in the future.
Here is the self-description, taken from the list itself:
"UUYAN-L is a communications, planning,
and random discussion mailing list
for the Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network.
HOW UUYAN-L DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
UUYAN-L provides a forum for unlimited
any subject, any length, any frequency, etc.
FUUCI originated by way of UUYAN-L.
Announcements encouraged interested young adults
to get involved with the FUUCI.
Later adults of all ages were invited to join.
"The UU-Community Mailing List exists
to provide Unitarian Universalists with a moderated electronic forum
to exchange information and discuss topics
as they would in a UU Congregation.
UU-Community intends to be the Internet equivalent of
Joys and Concerns, Shared Reflection, Sermon Talk Back,
Congregational Response, Forum, Congregational Meeting,
and Coffee Hour, rolled into one."
—quoting the PURPOSE of the UU-COMMUNITY
from their home page:
UU-COMMUNITY is a UUA mailing list for people
who are members of local UU congregations
(and/or the CLF, which is discussed below—number 5)
who nevertheless want to communicate
with one another by way of an e-mail list.
The ICUU is an organization composed of member
Unitarian and Universalist congregations and associations
in more than 20 countries
in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, & New Zealand.
It works through a council that meets every second year
and an executive committee that meets more frequently.
The ICUU e-mail list (ICUU-L) is open to anyone
and is intended for general discussion of international UU issues.
The ICUU sponsors leadership training,
visiting ministers, & other activities.
Member groups help each other.
Here is the ICUU home page,
which includes information on how to subscribe to ICUU-L:
HOW ICUU DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
Occasionally subscribers to ICUU-L share
their experiences with local congregations where they live
and their philosophical and spiritual perspectives.
Most of the efforts of the ICUU are organizational in focus.
The FUUCI does not duplicate the efforts of the ICUU.
Rather the FUUCI is content-rich, focused around the cyber-sermons
and the responses to cyber-sermons from members.
Under one of the orginal proposed names
—World Wide Unitarian Universalists—
there might have seemed to be more similarity between these two organizations.
This is actually the largest congregation of the
Founded in 1944, CLF now has about 3,000 members world wide.
CLF differs from all other UU congregations
because it has no single location.
It is basically a church-by-mail and cyber-space,
supplying many ideas and support
to isolated UUs anywhere in the world.
The CLF has four e-mailing lists for members
CLF-L is for all CLF members,
CLF-RE is devoted specifically to religious education issues,
XXXX is for youth and young adults,
YYYY is for CLF members in military service.
The Church of the Larger Fellowship also has
an extensive library of materials to lend to members:
40 different printed Month of Sundays Sets,
which consist of four complete Sunday services,
with the complete texts of the sermons
created by leading Unitarian Universalist ministers.
About 40 different audio-tapes of Month of Sundays Sets,
each usually containing four sermons or lectures.
Almost 200 videotapes of sermons, etc.
of leading Unitarian Universalist ministers.
About 300 books and other printed materials on Unitarian
many not readily available anywhere else.
For complete information, go to the home page for
HOW THE CLF DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
The CLF is much older and better organized than
It has a professional and clerical staff,
which is supported by the members,
who make voluntary contributons.
Because FUUCI has no paid staff,
it costs nothing to be a member.
The CLF will be expanding its Internet presence
the next few years.
But right now it is concentrating on what has proven to work:
its monthly printed magazine—Quest—sent to all members,
a website, a children's magazine,
the lending library, and the e-mail lists.
This Internet group no longer exists,
but it illustrates the kinds of things that are possible with electronic communications.
"Soc.religion.unitarian-univ is the usenet group
dedicated to Unitarian-Universalists.
Since its inception in August 1994,
topics of discussion have ranged from
the inspirational to the silly to the practical and back again."
—quoted from the home page.
HOW SOC.RELIGION.UNITARIAN-UNIV DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
The mailing list of soc.religion.unitarian-univ
which means that almost all comments
were distributed to the subscribers and saved in the archives.
This electronic group has probably also
but it illustrates another form of Internet group.
UUS-L was an unmanaged e-mailing list
with a very heavy volume of exchanges,
20-30 messages a day.
You can find out all about it,
including archives of past message, at this URL:
HOW UUS-L DIFFERS FROM FUUCI
Because UUS-L was an unmoderated list,
anyone could post anything, limited only by their own restraints.
This led to a lively but unorganized discussion
of whatever happened to be on people's minds.
This allowed isolated UUs anywhere in the world to share ideas.
And there is no need to duplicate such a service.
FUUCI is at the opposite end of the spectrum
with respect to content and frequency.
The discussion is organized around cyber-sermons,
which are selected by the members from three proposals.
Anyone may propose a cyber-sermon.
But only the most compelling synopsis and outline
will draw enough votes
for that cyber-sermon to be distributed by FUUCI.
Even at its peak operating capacity,
there will probably not be more than one cyber-sermon per month.
FUUCI discusses only one theme each month.
Subscribers who want to discuss other themes
are encouraged to propose cyber-sermons on those themes
for future months.
Members of FUUCI
appreciate this selectiveness of discourse.
Those who want a wide-open discussion
of anything that comes to mind
are welcome to join one of the other alternatives listed here.
Subscribers who have been disappointed by random
and sometimes very high volumes of e-mail and Facebook postings
will appreciate the very disciplined approach offered by FUUCI.
All such discussion systems differ so profoundly
that there may no reason to give them individual profiles here.
However, if someone discovers one of these that is similar to FUUCI,
please draw it to our attention.
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