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Just because you can...doesn't mean you should.

Oh, Blacklist. Having an episode THIS WEEK about a plague spreading globally? This might be exciting television, but it is not responsible in the current climate of fear and panic. Ugh. And of course,

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Soto Zen Buddhist Association Conference, 2014

The 2014 Biennial Gathering of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association at Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon Photographs by Hoko Karnegis

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Are We Becoming an Intolerant World?

“This year, Teaching Tolerance teamed up with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding to bring educators a webinar series called Religious Diversity in the Classroom…Participants asked s

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The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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Open Session Times: Oct 24-25, Atlanta

Friday, October 24 9:00 AM Closed Session 2:00  –  Open Session: visitors welcome to observe 4:45 – Public Comment 5:00 adjourn for evening Saturday – October 25 9:00 AM Gathering 9:30 Open Session 11

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UUA Presidential Search Committee (Site / Info)


Muscle of Ministry

They ache sometimes My arms my legs The work is hard The path is steep The lifting can be heavy Sometimes my sweat drips down Into my eyes My hair a wet halo cap A crown of tears One could imagine   N

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

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UNOC 14: Morning prayer

Laptops open. Smartphones in hand. Banjo and guitar. Child running around. Progressive reading from Proverbs. Twitter feed projected on the screen at the front of the room. Live Web stream. People who

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Congregational growth

Special Collection Update for UCN!

Submitted by Alan Sheeler I’m happy to report that Sunday’s special collection for our sister congregation in Norfolk totaled $1,343.  You may proudly view the results of your contribution here:  http

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

EDITION: September 2014

Sloppy Kiss of Now

The world is too beautiful to blink. Oops. There. You missed that. But there’s always more. That’s one of the beautiful things. This flame is here. Perhaps you remember from last year those leaves, th

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

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Expanding the Circle 3

The Moral Frontier So what’s next? Where else shall we consider expanding the circle? What moral progress might we be on the verge of making? Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832) Princeton philosophy professo

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Expanding the Circle

"removing barriers to participation in governance". by Rev. Dawn Cooley

Join me on a thought experiment, won’t you? In this blog posting, I want to explore an idea, not advocating a particular pathway; to think outside the box and see what happens. Imagine with me that th

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

UUA polity


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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Thankful on an autumn day

Daisy the Dog has been recovering from an injury and today was a high point. Clean dressings, fewer drugs and no vet visit tomorrow. She’s on the mend. We’ve gone to the vet every day for several days

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Kingdom of God

A Game of Chess: The New Jim Crow Over & Over (Part II)

As I have written about in Part I, I am currently “reading” (listening as I drive) to Michelle Alexander’s amazing book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This book wa

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irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found this morning.  Tonight we poured out our stories and our songs, our prayers and our tears. Tonight we reminded ea

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Crazy Making: The Short Road from Boston to Ferguson

October 22, 2014 is the 19th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.  This day has received renewed interest in light of the events

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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The Chicago Couriers Union: a lesson for IWW solidarity union organizers

Recently  Juan Conatz put a copy of my 2007 article "The Chicago Couriers Union: a lesson for IWW solidarity union organizers" up on libcom. The piece appeared in the Industrial Worker and served as t

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Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


UNCO 14: the vocation of ministry

Christy led a session at UNCO 14 on the vocation of ministry. First, he had us list everything that a minister does, or should do, or that people want them to do, under the heading of “Describe the vo

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: writing as a spiritual practice

Mindi convened a session at UNCO 14 on writing as a spiritual practice, and as a way to make money. Participants in this session included several bloggers, a novelist or two, and nonfiction writers wr

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: pastoral self-care

Derrick convened a very helpful UNCO session on self care for pastors. As the 15 pastors who were present talked about this issue, one thing stood out for me: most congregations may be willing to hear

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: ecclesiology and entrepreneurship

During the UNCO 14 session on ecclesiology and entrepreneurship, convened by my old friend Ms. M, I got to hear a little about innovative ministries, and innovative approaches to ministry, that UNCO p

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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