Friday, January 25, 2008

where are the men?

The UUMeN Steering Council debated "where are the men?" at our annual winter meeting last week, hosted by the good people of the River of GrassUU congregation. In our (and most Protestant, and probably Catholic) churches, in our universities and medical schools, fewer and fewer men are participating. A possible explanation is that contemporary men are feeling a bit of an identity crisis. We know we want/need to grow beyond old stereotypical roles, but we are having trouble defining a "mature masculinity" for the 21st century. Just like Feminism has gone through several waves, so will masculine identity change and grow. Masculinism is one possibility, but what should/will/might be our religiously liberal approach?

Suggestions for poems, readings, stories, or other worship elements addressing the issue are welcome!


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