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December 22–The Kitchen: The Flavors of Chanukah

Jewish holiday is often centered around the kitchen, as it is tradition that the food we eat reflects the holiday we celebrate. What comes from this is a variety of rich traditions based in the kitche

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Kitchen UU 3rd Principle

The where will be

I do not know when it will end, but history has given me the hint the where will be the beginning

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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When The Words Don't Come

I write a lot. Daily journaling, these small blog posts, and rather a lot of material for work. I like to think that my fluency is good and that I keep the words flowing.  Right up until the moment wh

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

When Light Breaks In (Audio and text of my Christmas sermon)

This Sunday, I preached a sermon about Mary, God’s presence in the world as experienced in the person of Jesus, and how this can be understood in light of recent […]

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Window On Religion (Site / Info)

Written Reflections

The coast is now sea

The coast is now sea honeymooner footprints gone the special sand lays among coral, brilliant white where fish swim in the moonlight

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Sanctions in Cuba: the half-guarded gate

So the Cold War has ended (twenty-three years ago), and the United States is now looking to a more normal relationship with Cuba. The embargo is still untouched and would require a hostile Congress to

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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How the Unitarians and the Universalists Saved Christmas

HOW THE UNITARIANS SAVED CHRISTMAS Rev. Kit Ketcham, Dec. 21, 2014 Pacific UU Fellowship PART I,   THE ROOTS OF CHRISTMAS          I hope I don’t sound too snarky, but something happened recently that

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Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show: A New Gig (Site / Info)

A Prayer From the Mall of America

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult

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Rev. Meg Riley (Site / Info)

A Mouse On A Cat On A Dog

[I wrote this as a church newsletter column in 2000. Enjoy. - PB]   A Mouse On A Cat On A Dog After a lunch appointment one day last year in downtown Washington, DC, I walked around a corner and … Con

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PeaceBang (Site / Info)

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Question of the day: Why aren't women's bicycle saddles the default for bicycles?

I've ridden on women's saddles because Emma and I share bikes sometime, and I've never thought a woman's saddle was less comfortable.

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

December 21, 2014

And so the longest night begins...

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My Buddhagan Chronicles (Site / Info)

The Longest Night @BFUU

It is the dark time of the year. Each day has grown shorter as we have approached the winter solstice. So often we use light as a positive symbol. Our flaming chalice is only one example. The Hanukah

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

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Our Holiday

Christmas! It’s OUR holiday. What do you mean? Unitarians made this season what it is. Consider: what does Christmas mean? It means the mass of Christ, the celebration of the birth of a Palestinian pr

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Christmas

A MUTLIGENERATIONAL, ALMOST TRADITIONAL, CHRISTMAS PAGEANT

A MULTIGENERATIONAL, ALMOST TRADITIONAL, CHRISTMAS PAGEANT As Celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Providence (This service was first based upon one originally designed for the First Parish in

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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parsimony and craftsmanship

How to drill from corner to corner? A couple years back I was accused of being parsimonious, and was puzzled at being insulted before it was explained to me that parsimony was a good thing. My underst

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

A Blessed Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case its the Summer Solstice. The day is traditionally thought to be the longest night and shortest day of the yea

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

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Christmas Bells

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Call And Response (Site / Info)

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St. Mary, Mother of God, pray with us

Less a proper blog post than a thought, perhaps to amplify later. I’ve read — but forget where — that Christmas is the time when Protestants become (more) Catholic. A higher regard for the saints and

18 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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The Holly King

In the Celtic tradition the winter solstice brings an end to the reign of the Holly King, and the ascendency of his brother the Oak King. While this time of the longest night marks the beginning of wi

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Cathedral of the soul

Stepping, noisy footfalls echo within the cathedral of the soul; upon the rough-hewn altar, without a single dab of ostentation lays communion, not yet begun for the person who owns this hallowed chur

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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