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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)


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

7 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Dear Mary: A Letter to the Mother of Jesus

One of the best-known images of this season is that of the Manger. The figures tell the story of a mythic scene from 2000 years ago, and they are perfectly silent. A wall of silence separates THEN fro

11 hours ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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The Little Things

Palindrome on the odometer! And when it first rolled to 56065, the temp outside was 56 degrees. It dropped a degree while I was trying to get a picture. (At a red light. While spouse was behind the wh

13 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Jenni suggested the Ferry Building in San Francisco, so that’s where Ray, Tara, and I met her a little after three this afternoon. Both our tenors were ill, but we figured no one would notice that bot

14 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Christmas Bay area, Calif. Musical arts

This Week's Prayer

Christmas: the anniversary that we, by convention, celebrate -- of the time when, according to legend, God became flesh and was simultaneously human and divine. Like those shepherds in the field in th

16 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


So Much Stuff

It is December 19th. So far this month we've had two Sundays, a big potluck and decorating event, rather a few meetings and projects and deadlines. Twelve days left in the year. One big concert, two S

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Flood: Items of Interest

high water up and the cats are out to watch plastic flowers wash down the hill, floating, bright, bobbing along ditches Tagged: #poem #poetry

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

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Conscious Aging?

“When Old Monk reaches for her pen, a moment of shock. Whose hands are these, she asks? Deep blue veins rise to the surface, prominent against rice paper skin, cracked like desert clay. Only one thing

2 days ago

The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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Focusing On the Good

The end of every year brings with it lists. Lists of the best movies, best albums, best books, and best television series. My blog is not a “best of,” but rather an ongoing attempt to capture the good

2 days ago

UUWF (Site / Info)


Hope 3

Embracing reality just as it is doesn’t mean we don’t work for change. Indeed, as we practice loving what is, we become more engaged with that reality in ways that can lead to our own and our world’s

2 days ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


The Mystery of the Season

One of the down sides to becoming a professional church person is that your opportunities for Saturday night parties become extremely limited. Last weekend I took advantage of one, while I still have

2 days ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)


Christmas Morn: Advent's Mental Health Day

I know you want to turn away.  It is a hard image to see that you cannot then unsee.  It will be there with you forever.  Yes, that is a collapsed fruitcake.  I was cooking it.  You may remember that

2 days ago

Burbania Posts! (Site / Info)

Advent Calendar Posts 2014

We are not powerless

As we approach Christmas, and before our collective attention span shrinks as short as the daylight, I want to put a concluding thought on the series of posts around Unitarian Universalist social enga

2 days ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Theology Unitarian Universalist family matters Political life

Slice of Life - Meet the Neighbors

Among our "natural"* neighbors are free range peafowl. The peahen shown in this picture was a few feet from my front door when I first saw her today. They're pretty brazen--getting treats from adorers

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Trauma-Informed Meditation Protocol

During my upcoming trip to Burma, I will be leading daily meditation sessions for my study group.  Most of these fellow travelers have only a minimal familiarity with meditation.  We will be spending

2 days ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Self-Care: Throw a Rockin' Pity Party!

I have given my little speech on pity parties to three different people this past week, so it seems something is in the air. Let me share my view on pity parties with anyone who needs it: Namely: I'm

2 days ago

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Policy Board Message: Food & Drink in Sactuary

A message from the Policy Board. Dear fellow UU’s.  At last night’s policy board meeting the Sunday Services Committee requested that we not have food and drink in the Sanctuary during services.  This

2 days ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Hope 2

Why is hope so important? Is there something to it beyond wishful thinking, living in the future instead of the present, and being in denial about reality? Let's explore these questions. Serenity Pray

3 days ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Address Opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

At the request of students from Adrian College, I was asked to speak at a protest on the Capitol steps in Lansing in opposition to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) on December

3 days ago

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