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The Oklahoma Black Mass: Controversy, Confusion and Religious Freedom

Amid a flurry of controversy and confusion, the Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City will be become the setting for a public Black Mass this Sunday, Sept. 21. The event, which is being bi

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

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A Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin: So What’s Our Excuse? (A Humanist “Theology” of Radical Welcome)

Mystical and Scientific The author of the Gospel of Matthew reports Jesus saying, “If you welcome your sisters and brothers only, what are you doing more than others? (5:47) Monk and mystic Thomas Mer

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the dovetailedness of things...

The development of everyday virtues and the dovetailedness of all things. It is nice to see woodworking talk infused in an understanding of educational philosophy. From the Kindergarten by Kate Dougla

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

So, this hasn’t been a weekly Thursday feature as I intended. Nor is this, properly speaking, a Ubuntu Linux-only feature, as it’s uses LibreOffice Writer, and that’s available for Windows and Mac OS

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Connected at the Root

If you looked at this tree from higher up, you might see it as a bunch of individual trees all leaning away from one another, rather than a single tree reaching out its branches. Perhaps we look at hu

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Fugitive Slave Law Catches More Northern Ire than Slaves

The infamous Fugitive Slave Act was passed by Congress on September 18, 1850.   It was one part of a larger Compromise of 1850 meant to ease tensions between slaveand free states.   It did not work.  

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

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Sleep And Other Overdoses

I love sleeping in. Oh, to sleep until noon would be so delicious. And yet... Like many people, I do best when I stick to a fairly regular sleep schedule. Messing with the timing or the total time muc

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Interfaith Candidate Accountability Night (18 September 2014)

This is a reminder to all our All Souls folks who signed up to turn out for the Accountability meeting: Interfaith Candidate Accountability Night Wednesday, 18 September 2014 7:00 – 8:30 PM Paradise B

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September 18–The Garden: Namaste

Many of us are familiar with the Sanskrit greeting/prayer, often used in yoga practices and other settings:  Namaste (pronounced “nah-mah-stay”).  The divine in me greets the divine in you.  Recently,

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Secret of the Incas

Just saw Secret of the Incas, the main inspiration for the Indiana Jones movies. I liked it more than I should've, given the erratic script, but I had fun mapping the characters on Casablanca and imag

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Shameless Self Promotion: Karen Wants to be a Minister on GoFundMe

CLICK HERE: http://www.gofundme.com/enriws This was the exact response from the husband when I brought up the whacky idea of doing some crowdsourced fundraising.  You know: Kickstarter.  Indiegogo.  T

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Millions of Adrian Petersons

First the good forecast — pro football player Adrian Peterson caught causing major permanent harm to at least two of his children newly exposes this nearly ubiquitous problem. That could well mean abu

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What “Redskins” Really Means: An Origin of Violence and Genocide

In the following excerpt adapted from An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, historian and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz discusses the violent origins of the term “redskins,” and the his

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Can Unitarian Universalism Speak To #Ferguson? (Thoughts One Month After)

With the news that the grand jury investigating whether charges should be levelled against Officer Wilson has been extended until January (not a good sign) and polls showing the wide chasm between how

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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The singularity will not be televised

Nicholas Carr handily distills George Lakoff's argument out of Michael Chorost's take on your brain on metaphors, a topic bound to be a rich stew. The longer item addresses the response I had to Lakof

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Thai Buddhist Festival (Special Invitation)

by Brad Garbus I wanted to extend a very special invitation from Wat Pasantidhamma, the Buddhist Temple in Carrollton, to attend their Festival and Thai market. I apologize for the extremely short not

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Why “Millennials” Leave

This blog post gives a conservative Christian “millennial” young adult’s perspective on the times and why young adults are not coming to church. The reasons seem more timeless than something to do wit

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Reflections (Site / Info)


The Day We Figured Out How To Stop Cancer… And Then Didn’t.

Oropharyngeal cancer is one of the hardest cancers to treat.  Hard on the physician, I mean. Hard on the patient, ... Continue reading

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Rebel With A Label Maker (Site / Info)


The Earthen Path

As we commence a year together focused on what it means to be a compassionate community, I am particularly curious to see what I will learn about compassionate boundaries between others and myself.  L

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The Grove (Site / Info)

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Take Action to Stop Deportation of Rosa Robles Loreto

As Co-Executive Director of UU Justice Arizona, I am called to stand on the side of love with my undocumented neighbors here in Arizona. For too long our communities have felt the pain caused by a mis

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Contradictions: On the Road 3

In real life, this Neal Cassady, with his crazy intensity of life, unstoppable energy, overwhelming charm, and savvy hustle, did only a little writing: published some poems and an autobiographical nov

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On the Road

History is Inspirational Not Authoritative

Ronald Hutton’s new book Pagan Britain shows how history can provide a framework and inspiration for our own beliefs and practices, but it cannot tell us the One Right and True Way. If history teaches

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Comic Book Gods: The Wicked + The Divine

Almost from the beginning comic books have lent themselves to repurposing mythology in order to tell stories. Usually this process was indirect, with new characters like Superman and Batman acquiring

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

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This morning my first through 4th grade students will attempt to carve wooden feathers. Almost the whole school from 1st through 9th grades are engaged in the study of Ornithology, as part of our 4 ye

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Motivation Toward Ministry, Part 3

In Parts #1 and #2, we created this chart and defined external/internal and history/future as dimensions of our possible call or deepest motivations. Let me place myself on this chart and explain my d

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“The Poetic Expression of Unitarianism”

I’m going to meditate on the tradition of “lyric theism.” But first, some documents to give some context. From Modern Words of Religion, edited by Carlyle Summerbell (1915) THE POETIC EXPRESSION OF UN

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Study Group

Students form themselves into study groups on the assumption that we can learn from each other, that each of us brings our own skills and needs, and together we have access to more complete informatio

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Sulkowicz’s story: universities treat assault with contempt

No justice, no peace. Emma Sulkowicz was not the first woman to be raped at a university in the United States. She is, unfortunately, far from the last. The epidemic of sexual assault in the college s

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Trying to Prove that Old Soldiers Never Die

You have to hand it to Jean Thurel, the Frenchman had stamina. As a strapping lad of 18 from Orain, Burgundy on September 17, 1716 he enlisted in the Régiment de Touraine with which he remained on act

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