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Not Too Shameful Confession

I admit it--I am a sucker for a good commercial. Usually something funny, though I also cry at that darned coffee commercial when Peter! comes home in the early morning... I'm supposed to be above the

7 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Labor Day Parade

Middle TN Jobs with Justice, the local AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (CLC) and Workers’ Dignity have teamed up to organize a Labor Day Parade, Saturday, August 30, beginning at 2pm. The march will sta

8 hours ago

FUUN Blog (Site / Info)

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A history of outside agitation: the role of UUs

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer; with it, a chance to reflect on the history of outsider agitators. That term gained currency in reaction to movements like the Freedom Rides

13 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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All Hail Mable

She spelled her name Mable or Mabel on her caprice. No matter, my maternal grandmother was a hell of a baker. Come to write that, I don’t believe I ever heard her use hell or damn, much  less the vulg

14 hours ago

Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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Effective Faithfulness

“Yes, we want to be effective in pursuit of important goals. But when measurable, short-term outcomes become the only or primary standard for assessing our efforts, the upshot is as pathetic as it is

15 hours ago

Losing My Religion...and Keeping Faith (Site / Info)

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UU History…It’s Complicated

Last year, I spent Oct. 25th (Friday) through Oct. 28th (Monday), 9-5, in Boston for an immersion course covering Unitarian Universalist history in America. That is, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) hi

16 hours ago

Vive Le Flame! (Site / Info)

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William James on Lynching

A friend of mine, Peter Reilly, who writes a blog on tax matters, and studies history on the side has discovered a forgotten essay by William James, the great psychologist of religion. The essay is an

16 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Buzz Coil: August 2014

A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: My Village Witch: In her Aug. 22 post, Byron Ballard writes about "Garden as Metaphor, Gardener as Priestess," including earthy

16 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

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Under the hood

Back in the day I started blogging, there were a lot of people making up the whole business of how to put posts together and make links and allow comments (or not) and have a blogroll and so on as the

17 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Birthdays (September 2014)

Many Happy Returns to our UUFP members and friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in September!  They are: Larry Baer John Kelly Sara Drees Bob Smith Lin Chambers Rachel Bevins Victoria Schmi

17 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Sunday Services (September 2014)

Services for September 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Belonging “All those of good will are welcome to join with us in our individual and collective search for t

17 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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“Black Pirates”: The Amistad Rebellion 175 Years Later

On the 175th anniversary of The Amistad's capture, historian Marcus Rediker takes us back to a time when the idea of “black pirates” would ignite the imagination of early America and take these 53 Afr

17 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Because it is the Faithful Thing To Do

{Editor’s Note: Due to technical difficulties, this post, originally scheduled for August 19th, was delayed – posting now!} I spent two weeks out of state, mostly away from the internet, TV, and newsp

18 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Showing Up for Love: Ferguson & Beyond

It’s so quiet. So intimate. Those were my first thoughts when I stood in the street right next to the spot where Michael Brown was shot, where he died, and where his body lay for hours. For the last f

18 hours ago

Standing On The Side Of Love » Blog (Site / Info)

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Superheroes and Magic-Spreaders

While we still have this one last day of summer left, I want to tell you a few secrets. Important secrets. Secrets that you can never, ever forget.

19 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

Story of the day - Can kisses make things all better?

Alicia said to Greg half way between anger and tears, "I don't know what's wrong with me! My people never win in elections. I fight for stuff all the time, and lose. I argue with people and they just

20 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

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Review: Models for Writers (Short Essays for Composition)

Perhaps the best part of teaching writing to other people’s children is the curriculum I accumulate along the way. Over the past two years, I’ve purchased more writing books than I could have ever jus

21 hours ago

Quarks and Quirks (Site / Info)

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The Trouble with Beginnings

preached at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, September 16, 2007 And so we find ourselves at the beginning of things. This month marks the start of our ministry together. This is my fir

21 hours ago

Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


Tangling in the Vine of Obstacles

There is, and appropriately so, a great interest in living into the Dharma through the interwebs. Lots going on. Many people offering what they have to offer. And, of course, people should be wary and

22 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


cookies from down under...

olive wood Launched by tree cookies at Clear Spring School, Richard Bazeley has been cutting tree cookies in his own school in Australia. these small slices of wood are an excellent correlation betwee

22 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Becoming an All-Expense Paid Guest of Uncle Sam— Coming Home and After

I winged from Duluth to O'Hair in a plane just like this. Note— The tenth and last installment of my memoir series about by experiences with the Draft, Justice System, and prison during the waning day

22 hours ago

Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout (Site / Info)

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Pagan Community Notes: A Vigil in DC, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, COG Environmental Statement, and More!

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and n

22 hours ago

The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective. (Site / Info)

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The purpose of blogging? ministry? churches?

I’ve enjoyed blogging less lately. Looking back, the every-day blogging schedule was too demanding. The main reason I would write some days was the certain knowledge that, once the daily chain broke,

23 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Fighting for the environment: resilience in the face of defeat

In Chapter eleven of The Green Boat by Mary Pipher she describes the setbacks and defeats as she and her Transcanada Keystone XL pipeline coalition try to block its construction across her beloved sta

23 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)


Updating the Sermon Archive

I am finally taking the time to port my old sermons from my time at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland over from the congregation’s site. I will be posting them in chronological order, st

1 day ago

Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


Unlikely Friends

There’s nothing so cute as a picture of a dog that’s befriended a rabbit, or a moose that is best friends with a cow. It warms the heart to think of love flourishing in unlikely places. But sometimes

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 26–The Garden: Sacred Time, Sacred Hope

Morning has come, arise and greet the day! Dance with joy and sing a song of gladness!   The light of hope here shines upon each face. May it bring faith to guide our journey home.* The words of this

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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A thousand rainbow colors

A single shard tells a tale far beyond the buoyant embrace words supply traced in toil imbued with life awoken from a crumbling tomb to searing light a collage of a thousand rainbow colors! day breaks

1 day ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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The Secret is Egg Salad

You spend enough time at church, you learn to host a lunch. For the past few years, we've done a lunch for Sunday School teachers before the church year begins.  Since it's a 'Back to School' sort of

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

California’s drought: how long until this is the new standard?

The drought marches on. Though I’m hardly an old sourdough, I have been through resource crises. In third grade we often had to switch to writing or going on early recess because the rolling blackouts

1 day ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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