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Alternative Growth Strategy Summary

The strategy of "building religious community" was based on the observation that there is a hunger for community, and it UU churches and congregation built a truly welcoming community, people would wa

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

The Kiwi Contender for First Powered Flight You Never Heard Of

Luckily for the Wright Brothers this famous photo and the presence of uninvolved witnesses from the near-by Lifeboat Station helped provide them with documentation of their famed Kitty Hawk flight. Fo

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

Alberto Santos-Dumont Alexander F. Mozhaiski aviation Clément Ader first powered flight Félix du Temple Gustave Whitehead Richard Pearse Samuel Langley Wright Brothers

Three quotations from Universalism and Problems of the Universalist Church

So, I’ve finally begun reading Universalism and Problems of the Universalist Church (1888) and I recognize some themes. The idea that their faith was so logical that it would prosper as an inevitabili

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism Mission and Polity

A Single Bluebird

“A [person’s] interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.”  —Henry David Thoreau What has become precious to you because you have taken t

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Go Big or Go Home

They say that there comes a time when you have to go big, or go home. That time is coming up for the I Am UU project. I have done almost all the work on the project for the last 5 years. For the last

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A Material Sojourn (Site / Info)

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March 31–Foundations: Salvation?

“Indeed, I promise you,” he replied, “today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 Each of the gospel writers tell the story of Jesus’ dying words very differently.  We should understand that ea

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Foundations UU 4th Principle

John Renbourn

Once upon a time, I had a copy of John Renbourn’s recording “A Maid in Bedlam” on cassette tape. I used to play that cassette tape while driving up to the White Mountains to go hiking. I think this wa

7 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Musical arts

April 2015 Newsletter Available

The April 2015 newsletter can be found online here.

9 hours ago

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana » Announcements (Site / Info)

Technical Difficulties

I had a picture post I wanted to make tonight, and I cannot get the pictures up here. The gremlins are wicked and my problem-solving skills are limited right now. Perhaps I should grab a little extra

9 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

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Moving Beyond Guilt-Laden Christianity Into A New Vision

The following are lectures given by the retired Bishop John Shelby Spong at Community Christian Church of Springfield, Illinois on August 3rd, 2013. In his first lecture, Bishop Spong speaks about the

10 hours ago

The Loving Room (Site / Info)

Living the Good Life

Foxie rug rolls in our new small space. Where have I been these last three months? In a muddle of moving. In early February I see I posted about going to a lecture at East Bay Meditation Center. Rerea

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spirit flows thru -- Alison Rittger's spiritual reflections on finding the holy in the daily - blog (Site / Info)

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Whoops, let us clarify

GOP leaders of the Indiana General Assembly want you to know they didn't mean to do what people are saying they did, and they'll fix it right up if it turns out the law enables discrimination. They in

13 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Fiorina: lacks a track record of accomplishment

Just a little snippet I heard on the radio yesterday, and fortunately I wasn't drinking anything at the time, because I would have seriously spewed. Carly Fiorina, who is thinking about exploring a ca

14 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Indiana Jonesing

Originally posted on Stone of Destiny: So you’ve heard about the new law in Indiana, right? I mean, it’s made the news…

16 hours ago

(formerly) Musings of a Kitchen Witch (Site / Info)

Paganism

Healing the Heart

In the hubbub around the Jewish and Christian religions’ major holidays this week, we should not forget today, at least by Ovid’s reckoning is also a time to recall the Roman goddess Salus. Her origin

18 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Self-Publishing and “Economically Privileged Authors”

I read an article on a blog called “it’s all one thing” (lowercase title in the original) with the title “I Challenge You To Stop Reading Economically Privileged Authors for One Year.” I agree wholehe

19 hours ago

The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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Pagan Community Notes: Environmental Statement, Kenny Klein, Indiana RFRA and more!

Over the past seven months, a large group of people came together to craft a “Pagan Community Statement on the Environment.” The idea was born after Covenant of the Goddess issued a similar statement

19 hours ago

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

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Only in Congregations

Everywhere we turn, we are liable to find people offering heart, meaning, connection – in a word, spirituality – from kinder, gentler doctors, to our movies, to our theme parks. If you step inside a y

19 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

One Hundred Years from Now

A Child Haven Fundraiser: You’re Invited to Neighbourhood UU

Many Unitarians have a history of supporting Child Haven and no doubt many of you have been to these fundraisers. Child Haven provides shelter, education, food, healthcare, clothing, and a loving envi

19 hours ago

Canadian Unitarian Council (Site / Info)

fundraising e-News

Point made

While working through emails this morning, more sending than receiving, but keeping track of what was coming in, I saw the latest Alertbox from the Nielsen Norman Group and took a quick look to see if

20 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Falling in Love: My Encounter with a Homeless Man

I am not often on the subway but the other day I was on the Red Line from Park Street to Harvard Square. In the same car, across the wide aisle, there was an older white man, clearly homeless. Weather

21 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Sales are down because we don't know what we are selling

Richard Trudeau writes in his book, Universalism 101: "First, in 1961, when the denominations joined forces, there were a total of 151, 557 adult UUs. Forty years later, there were 156, 968 adult UUs

23 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

lively minds...

Yesterday, one day late, I referenced Comenius' 423rd birthday. There was no party for him in American education where we seem to have neglected to watch children at work. Lilian G. Katz, like Comeniu

1 day ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Mother’s Nature

My own beliefs, including my Unitarianism, Universalism, and Paganism, are the direct result of being a mother. In many ways my spiritual journey began when my sons were very young and my love for the

1 day ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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UU Growth: Alternative #5 to Community Building Strategy

Disclaimer: We are never NOT building a community. Building up the community around what we are doing is an essential part of organized religion. However, we don't have to make that the central piece

1 day ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

#uupublictheology #uugrowth #UUA

Palm crosses: the result

Home and work life will be busy this week, so the blogging will be necessarily light. I hope y’all had a stirring Palm Sunday, and great prayers for Holy Week. Here are the palm crosses I made yesterd

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Christian Church Art and culture

Prickly

Eventually this spiny seed case will open and spill out the start of new life. Not yet. For now it is just going to defend itself by being prickly. What do you find yourself defending by being prickly

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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I’ll Take Geek Favorites for $50, Art

The original men of Jeopardy!-- Anouncer Don Pardo, creator/producer Merv Griffith, and host Art Flemming. This week you will not be able to turn around without bumping into somebody’s Holy Day.   And

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

NBC Alex Trebeck Art Flemming Emmy Award game show geeks Jeapardy! Ken Jennings Merv Griffith syndication TV

March 30–Foundations: Forsaken?

At about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46  These are not comfort

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Foundations

Please Stop and Get Milk

I am planning to eventually start a band with some friends called Milk Supply. Mostly with silly songs that kids and hipsters will like that parody very popular songs with milk. Another snippet would

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

Poetry Music Monday