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Motivation toward Ministry #2

We are talking about where our deepest motivations for ministry come from. In Part#1, we talked about the difference between an external call and internal motivation.  We represented that dichotomy wi

2 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Ordinary Heroism

I was driving down the highway. While the radio was on to my favorite local NPR station, to be honest I wasn’t really listening. Then I caught a fragment of a sentence, from a Boston doctor who was ob

3 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Saw in Toronto: picture of the church inside on the outside

I saw something clever when Husband and I vacationed in Toronto this summer. We passed by a United Church of Canada parish church — a huge edifice, with what I guess is historically small congregation

4 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Religious architecture Mission and Polity

So Much Chart Paper...

We do a fair amount of brainstorming and sharing of ideas around here, and while we have white boards in most classrooms, we still go through rather a lot of those sticky easel pad sheets.  Yes, I pur

10 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Amidst the din of global news and professional things-to-do, one of my great joys and daily forms of calming-my-soul-and-mind the past several weeks has been the recipe. What a wonderful meditative ac

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Walking Back from the Edge – A World Overcome with Posturing

Delivered September 14, 2014 - Rev. David A. Miller © Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito A Unitarian Universalist Association Congregation—Solana Beach, Ca (quickly edited version)  Las

15 hours ago

Shift Happens (Site / Info)

Dean/Neal: On the Road 2

Neal Cassady In Kerouac's iconic novel, On the Road , the first-person narrator is Sal Paradise, who is Jack Kerouac himself, is haunted by the idea of Dean Moriaty. This Dean Moriarty represents wild

21 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

On the Road

In Memoriam: Jonathan Harrison (1924-2014) — On the religious benefits of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds and of having one’s cake and eating it

Prof. Jonathan Harrison (1924-2014) Professor Jonathan Harrison died last Sunday (14 September) just a few days short of his ninetieth birthday. Jonathan was born in Liverpool in 1924 but was brought

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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What Are Your Tricks?

I am, ostensibly, a grown up. I've lived more of my life in the years since turning eighteen than in the years before. I  have a family and assets and stuff. I used to think that grown ups just gain a

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


 A Sermon James Ishmael Ford 14 September 2014 First Unitarian Church Providence, Rhode Island This summer has been filled with so much, some of i

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Why Are We Here?

Opening Words (here) Sermon notes: The words church and God in the reading may have made some of you uncomfortable. Remember what I said the other week? Listen to your discomfort. It can be a good thi

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

Unitarian Universalism Ministry Sermons Mission Religion and Spirituality

Sermon: Home When It Is Hard To Find

This updated sermon was preached at the UU Fellowship in Huntington on 9/14/14 and explores the intersection of violence and gender. It reflects on cases of Domestic Violence (Rice and NFL), sexual as

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RevWho (Site / Info)

sermon violence domestic violence gender Ray Rice Columbia University Mattress Thesis NFL Rape sexual assault Steubenville

That September Morn... Published in Sunday Eunice News on September 14, 2014

Alan Jackson's song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning on that September Morn?” came to mind this week as we approached the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Life was idyllic for me as a

2 days ago

About Our Inherent Worth (Site / Info)

faith hope Love peace Iraq 9/11 America teaching band Alan Jackson Army Reserve Choir Iran Nine-Eleven rural terrorist attacks Where were you on that September Morn

Motivations Toward Ministry: Exercise #1

Ministers often talk about their "call", the time that they became conscious of the deep motivations which led them to the ministry. You have to recognize that the phrase, "the call" is theologically

2 days ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Considering NaNoWriMo 2014

For the past eight years, I have taken the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. Each November I have written at least fifty thousand words in some work-- not always fiction, per se, but

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

The Heart Sutra (A Paraphrase)

When the heart of compassion walked through the gate of wisdom, she looked into the body of the world and each of us, seeing each of us and the world itself is boundless. And with this all suffering v

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Landrum Prison Files 2

When I step out into the prison yard for the first time, I'm overwhelmed.  It's a large open space, and it's a bright and sunny August day, and this is free time.  That means hundreds of men in prison

2 days ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)


Why are we here #BFUU

Why are we here? Living at the intersection Of Cedar and Bonita This beautiful tree Has deep roots Watered by love And sacrifice A passion for justice A yearning for peace. The branches a shelter For

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

Unitarian Universalism Poetry Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists

Truth and Meaning: Pain

When I was in college, I commuted every day by bus. One day, I stood on a narrow island on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh as the bus approached. I moved backwards slightly and accidentally stepped on th

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uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium (Site / Info)

justice Women

Four Bits from the Drunk Vet at the Bar

1. –I’m done with war, that’s my point. 2. You ain’t better than the guy you’re killin’. 3. Five tours, not hit once. What is that? 4. If I’d followed you guys, been middle class, I would’ve stayed ho

3 days ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Poetry war #uublogger