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Smiles, sparkling

The water locks eyes with the sky and smiles, sparkling for under a clear, fatherly sun, there is no place for quarrel.

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Erupts staccato

The flute-like vine erupts staccato daylight fireworks each flower yawning sprawling green naiveté now pastel pink each day deepening shrinking, stepping aside for a new performance is about to begin.

3 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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July 29–Departures: Fire Practice

What you will need for this practice: A small piece of paper something to write with a match a small bowl or pan Take a moment to get yourself quiet and centered. Let your body settle into a calm and

3 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Departures UU 4th Principle

The Last Day Of Vacation

Tomorrow I head back to the office. So today? I didn't set an alarm, but didn't sleep the day away, either. There was delicious coffee. I encouraged some small household projects into happening. I loo

4 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

indulgence in the improbable...

I am in Indiana, and have completed day one of box making at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. I will have 18 students in this week-long class in box making, and then will have an equal number of

8 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Following Our Bliss: Summer Camp

There is little else more excellent than watching your children bloom. I mean, right? It can bread and butter even the most composed of parents. But let's be real. I'm nowhere near composed. I'm a dam

8 hours ago

The Family Pants - Blog (Site / Info)


In Memoriam: Margot Adler 1946-2014

With a great sense of loss yet gratitude for a life well lived, I inform you of the death today of Margot Adler from cancer. She was 68. Many are they who came to Goddess and Paganism through Margot's

10 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

In Memoriam Margot Adler

Rev. Dawn Cooley with a new twist on an Old Question

Today I am welcoming the Rev. Dawn Cooley to the Lively Tradition.  Dawn is the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Louisville, KY.   Is Unitarian Universalism a Christian denomination? Some say

11 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

O.W.L. Facilitator Training

Our Whole Lives Facilitator Training for Sexuality Education Levels K-1 / 4-6 OR 7-9 /10-12 September 19 – 21, 2014 Hosted by First Unitarian Church, Albuquerque, NM Sponsored by the Mountain Desert D

12 hours ago

Mountain Desert District (Site / Info)

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Just Because You’re Paranoid, Doesn’t Mean You’re Wrong (on the Death of Eric Garner and Emmett Till)

July 25th, had he lived, would have been Emmett Till’s 73rd birthday. July 17th, had he lived, would have been just another day in 43-year-old Eric Garner’s life. Both of their deaths show the ability

12 hours ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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Why We Can't Wait: The 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Classic

On the 50th anniversary of its publication, Dr. King’s 'Why We Can't Wait' reminds the world why we must continue to struggle toward a nation of peace and social justice.

13 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Make money fast

Once upon a time, the internet was non-commercial, in the sense that all the companies that used it for more or less essential purposes did not use it as an advertising medium. I know, this is hard to

13 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Faerieworlds: Leaving Emerald Meadows

“This is a Pagan event” a visiting California-based Pagan exclaimed to me at Faerieworlds this weekend, and she was not wrong. I replied as I have often replied: It’s a Pagan event, but it isn’t a Pag

15 hours ago

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

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Esther Day: Love out Loud

It is not a secret to anyone who knows of the I Am UU project AND the brothers John and Hank Green that the guy in charge of I Am UU, namely me, is a Nerdfighter. In short, Nerdfighters are fans of th

16 hours ago

I am UU (Site / Info)

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Buzz Coil: July 2014

A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: Works of Literata: In her July 4 post, "Columbia's Day," blogger Literata notes that the upcoming Bibliotheca Alexandrina antho

16 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

Buzz Coils

Malcolm X on Zionists and Palestine

"Only a thousand years ago the Moors lived in Spain. Would this give the Moors of today the legal and moral right to invade the Iberian Peninsula, drive out its Spanish citizens, and then set up a new

16 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

A Bomber, a Building, and the Fog

Smoke and flames engulf the higher floors of the Empire State Building after being struck by a B-25 Bomber. On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was in the office of Briargate Elementary School in C

17 hours ago

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

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Evening prayer alterations: Prayer for the President

Twice a day now, I pray for the President of the United States and others “in civil authority” as part of my morning and evening prayer practice. It is not only a hallowed practice, but one that gets

21 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us

It is written in A Course In Miracles: “Forgiveness is the central theme that runs throughout salvation, holding all its parts in meaningful relationships, the course it runs directed and its outcome

21 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)


Story of the day, STD free since 1995

Back in the 70s there was this cheesy, romantic movie starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neil, heart throbs of the day, entitled, "Love is never having to say you're sorry." which was extremely popular at

21 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

Story of the day

Joshu Sasaki Dies

I’ve just learned that Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi died at 4:25 pm, this Sunday, the 277th of July, 2014, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was one hundred and seven years old. Sasaki Roshi wa

21 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


The Larger Community

“The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human. To damage this community is to diminish our

22 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Stop Making Scents

We live in a world with so many artificial things. Reality TV that is as far from reality as it is possible to get. An American dream that is more marketing than reality. A cloak of “security” that al

23 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


July 28 – Departures: Time to Breathe

There have been weeks when I have restricted myself from bingeing on social media.  During those weeks I realized how much there was to do – and how much I couldn’t think of to do.  With all of the ti

1 day ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Time choices Departures

Breathing summer

Breathing summer dappled sunlight like black coffee, bit by bit it filters through to invigorate every view stitched into a quilt stored in mind’s obscurity brought out in darker days to warm one’s fu

1 day ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Overcoming Obstacles: Meet Johnna and Tay

“God is love. God is love.” —Tonex (Gospel singer-songwriter) Married in June, Johnna and Tay Tidwell are young newlyweds—though their wedding didn’t happen exactly the way they envisioned. When they

1 day ago

Loved For Who You Are (Site / Info)

Love Without Exceptions

God Revised - Sermon on July 27, 2014

Several years ago, I was sitting at the desk in the Chaplain’s office at the Denver Women’s Prison, waiting for one of the inmates, and I could hear my own breathing.  It was heavy, and quick, which w

1 day ago

Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


Seminary 3.0

IDEAS: Meadville Lombard has transformed its approach to theological education.

1 day ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

From dormitory to transformational community

NEWS: Bethany House, a Universalist-founded boarding house for young women in Boston, adds transitional housing mission.

1 day ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

Colossus walks

The Wood Bison is enormous. It’s a subspecies of the American bison, which gringos from Europe called buffalo. They are rather widespread in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, but not so much in B

1 day ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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