“...I loved those poems you wrote from your more urban, multi-cultural environment, years ago. (Where was that, exactly?) ...”
Providence, Rhode Island. Sometimes (affectionately) referred to as ‘Rogues Island’. I still visit my wonderful step-daughter there, and I stay in touch with friends as well. I’ve even enticed a few to come to the Blue Ridge and rusticate a bit.
“...I'm wondering about the "Universalist" part....”
In the late fifties or early sixties the Unitarians merged with another liberal
religious denomination, the Universalists. Each had been formed in the early nineteenth century when they took exception to an article of Christian orthodoxy. The Unitarians among other things rejected the notion of a Trinity and affirmed the UNITARY nature of the Deity, while the Universalists rejected the idea that a loving God could condemn ANYONE to eternal damnation -- hence they posited the doctrine of ‘Universal Salvation’ --- ie. EVERYONE is saved.
UUism has continued to evolve and no longer sees itself as a ‘Christian’ faith per se. It is a very diverse ‘United Nations’ of a church which makes no specific doctrinal requirements of its members and contains Humanists, Christians, Buddhists, Pagans etc etc.
“...I will most definitely check out jstreet.org. Even give you feedback, if you want...”
by all means tell me what you think.
“...always lovely to see "lapsed" folk from the past, like you, pop up again!...”
Lapsed but not least?