Each year during March Madness, millions of folks make predictions for the NCAA basketball tournaments and then debate their choices with other fans. In that spirit of healthy banter, UU World thought it’d be fun to get Unitarian Universalists in on the action. The question was simple: What’s the Most UU Thing of All Time?
With the help of some friends, we narrowed it down to sixteen Really UU Things—mixing in praise for our values and some self-deprecating humor—and set the first matchups. The items were ranked 1 to 16 by our estimation of each one’s chances to win it all. (I told anyone willing to listen before the tournament that “Spirit of Life” would assuredly win; I’m not quite over its Alaska-sized loss in the title round.)
In the end, UU World’s online readers selected Lighting the Chalice as “The Most UU Thing of All Time” over some fierce competition. The flaming chalice received more than 670 votes throughout the four-round tournament, in which we asked our online followers to vote on matchups such as Congregational Polity vs. Committees, and “Spirit of Life” vs. NPR Voice. Dozens of UUs took to Facebook to comment on the competition as it unfolded, and we got some thoughtful—and hilarious—suggestions for next year’s tournament (2017 preview: Really Long Announcements vs. Sunday Morning Forum at 9:15 in the Margaret Fuller Lounge). Lighting the Chalice will be there to defend its title; we hope you’ll join us online to check out this year’s tournament, and help us ordain a 2017 winner next year!