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Soul Tired

I said I was very soul tired this afternoon to my wife and it’s very accurate. I got some tough news on Monday and it’s still sinking in. Will be good to go out tomorrow and talk about religion with s

2 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Knowth and Dowth

Knowth and Dowth are beautiful and powerful places that connect us to our ancestors and to the Otherworld. They also remind us that while visiting the popular tourist sites is a great thing, there’s v

6 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

Paganism travel Pagan polytheism Brú Na Bóinne Dowth Knowth Newgrange

A Danish kind of day of bicycles, theology and music

This morning I took a spin out to Horningsea to get two new tyres for my Copenhagen-Pedersen at the excellent Ben Hayward Cycles. I went out along the main road from Cambridge but came back along the

8 hours ago

CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

Knud Ejler Løgstrup Argent Film Simulation Ben Hayward Cycles black and white photography Cambridge Carl Nielsen colour photos Copenhagen-Pedersen Dursley-Pedersen Horningsea iphoneography Lenka

Nuestra bendición en español (Our benediction in Spanish)

A member of my congregation has translated the benediction we say each Sunday into Spanish (the English version is at that link). He’s an excellent linguist, fluent in German and English as well as hi

9 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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Of Witches and History: an afternoon with Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone

HIGHLAND MILLS, N.Y. –Throngs of people smiling under sunny skies after days of chilling rain, a festive maypole, live music, rows upon rows of vendors hawking their wares.  This was the scene that we

10 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Defying the Nazis: Discovering the Heroic Legacy of Martha and Waitstill Sharp

By Artemis Joukowsky,III It was 1976, and I was a freshman attending the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City. My history and social studies teacher, John Pariseau, assigned a class report on the s

11 hours ago

Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press (Site / Info)

Religion History Biography and Memoir Artemis Joukowsky, III Defying the Nazis

Welcoming our new galactic overlord

The Republican Party has been barking at the bus and running after it for all these years, and now... they caught it! The day of reckoning, or at least one hell of a hangover must now be dealt with. T

13 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

A wonderful wedding!

It was a joy to marry Tony and Dani this past weekend at Wildridge Golf Course in Eau Claire! However shelter’d this port and however calm these waters, we must not anchor here, However welcome the ho

15 hours ago

mUUsing (Site / Info)

The Holiday of Rising Energy

presented at the Unitarian Church of Quincy, Illinois on May 1, 2016 Opening Words The opening words are from Camelot: It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May.  That lovely month when everyone goes

16 hours ago

Free and Responsible Search (Site / Info)

schooling in a nutshell

I am nearing the end of the school year, and the month of May is always packed with extra activities. My students are finishing their box guitars. Some are on the funky side. Some are very nice. The k

17 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

#Mindfulness and the View We Take of Things

One on Every Corner There’s a lot of talk about spiritual practice these days. “Mindfulness” is everywhere—I have three apps that claim to encourage mindfulness on my phone. In the marketplace of idea

17 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Behind Barbed Wire

Looking at this image of a massive wall topped in barbed wire, it is clear that it is designed to be as harsh and impregnable as possible. What you can’t tell is whether it is made to keep people in o

19 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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May 5–Belonging: The Web of Belonging

The elusive sense of belonging to something. When we have that sense we feel more relaxed, more confident, more capable, and more at ease with ourselves and those around us. Without that sense we can

21 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

UU 7th Principle Belonging

Hurray! It’s Cinco de Mayo!

A while back I saw a meme on Facebook promising that this year Cinco de Mayo would fall on Taco Tuesday. Mildly amusing. And wrong on a couple of levels. First, obviously, as Cinco de Mayo falls on a

21 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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An Ascension Day post on the democratisation of heaven—a religious and secular interpretation

In connection with Ascension Day last year I gave the following address: “Tribunus plebis from first to last” — an Ascension Sunday meditation on the democratisation of Heaven Naturally, it was direct

22 hours ago

CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

Jesus Ernst Bloch Christian Atheism Ascension Day Cambridge Unitarian Church Culture Matters

Cinco de Mayo—How Americans Get it Wrong

Young Americans honor Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo. Note:   This is the sixth year I have run essentially the same post with a little tinkering on the margins. And, damn it, I will continue to do

22 hours ago

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

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Nest building

On my dinner break this evening, I made a quick visit to Baylands Nature Preserve, where Cliff Swallows are building nests along the wall of the small building that controls the outflow from Casey For

1 day ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif. Palo Alto

I Guess This Counts

No idea what to write. But, I am blogging every day so have to write something. Exhausted the last 2 days and didn’t leave the house on my days off. I should have run to Target and the library. I had

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Lessons From Youth Group

Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious educa

1 day ago

Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Site / Info)

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Four Tips From Seasoned Bloggers

Bits of blogging wisdom from recently featured writers on Discover.

1 day ago

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Doreen Valiente – Witch, Spy and Friend to Royalty

[The Wild Hunt welcomes journalist Claire Dixon to our weekly news team. She is our U.K. correspondent and will be covering news and events specifically in that region, as well around the world. To le

1 day ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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White Crosses: Vigil Along the US/Mexico Border

By José Orduña A large bearded man named Tommy rolls a shopping cart full of wooden crosses into a small square off the Pan American Avenue. Someone has painted them all white. One block south of wher

1 day ago

Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press (Site / Info)

Politics and Current Events American Society Race and Ethnicity in America Literature and the Arts Biography and Memoir José Orduña The Weight of Shadows

Semifinal

As the vapors suggesting we might have not one but two contested national party conventions this time around burn off in the bright sun of the final primary contests (Bernie's "big win" in Indiana, af

1 day ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Industrial strength white privilege

It's one thing to get elected Governor in one of the states that started as a colony, and then to accept a "gifts in return for favors" (as Zephyr Teachout delicately puts it for the New York Times ),

1 day ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

consciousness, ants and ukuleles...

In the photo at left, you can see that my ukuleles are beginning to come together, with the sides being joined into a completed shape. I have no training as a luthier, and know that real luthiers woul

1 day ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Sword of Justice

Perhaps you are used to thinking of angels of mercy, but this sword-wielding angel is more interested in justice. When have you chosen ferocity over gentleness in the cause of justice? The Daily Compa

1 day ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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May 4–Belonging: Some Place to Belong

Do you know about the rainbow chalice? It’s a Unitarian Universalist mnemonic device for children. The colors of the rainbow help us remember UU’s seven principles. It goes like this: Red–Begins with

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Two Lives. One Life.

On Facebook I just ran across the epigram, “We live two lives. The second begins when we discover we have one life.” It’s attributed to Confucius. I found the sentiment compelling, and in the very sam

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Looking Back—My Own Private Kent State

Ohio National Guardsmen take aim to fire on students at Kent State on May 4, 1970. Note: Versions of this have been posted before but not since 2013 so it should be knew to most readers.   Memoir stor

1 day ago

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

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A candid welcome

2 days ago

UUA Top Stories (Site / Info)