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The freedom to be tomorrow what we are not today—becoming Free Spirits and Archeologists of Morning—A paper given to the "Sea of Faith" Annual Conference, July 2016

SoF Panel—click here for details Before I begin I’d like to add just one caveat saying that this piece is, to borrow some words of Herbert Fingarette, an outcome rather than a realised objective and t

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

nietzsche Charles Olson Ernst Bloch Gianni Vattimo Gordon Bearn Heidegger Henry David Thoreau Herbert Fingarette Paul Wienpahl Peter Thompson sea of faith Simon Critchley Terry Eagleton Verwindung

July 24, 2016

A stunned and grief stricken Chicago firefighter holds the body of a drown child. Note— A couple of days ago we compared the crash of the Wingfoot Express to the more famous and deadly Eastland disast

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

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Nickel and Dimed at Hotels

We are staying at a Westin in Greater Boston tonight. Basically an inner suburb. Yet, it’s $15 for parking. I confirmed that the Extended Stay America next door is free. Wi-Fi is $9.95 in the room. Of

9 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Here comes the sun

There's still time (but get a move on—just over a week left) to take advantage of the Solarize the Valley program to get a free solar site assessment and installation bid, with prenegotiated prices. T

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Column: What Do Your Deeds Make You?

All years are full of death, just as they are full of life. This year, however, seems particularly violent. Admittedly, this dark feeling is encouraged by the mainstream media, the alternative media,

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

Paganism justice violence black lives matter terrorism Heathenry personal accountability reckoning

Tribal wisdom

Just finished Sebastian Junger's compact, powerful book, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging this morning, and the stories of war and trauma and catastrophe and the generally positive way humans meet t

17 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

These people aren’t rich, but they make a decent celery

Last Friday night, our happy cut-ups made dinner for forty-eight folks with plenty of time to visit with them. All because of our Share the Basket program! Your gifts of money make this possible!

19 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Jah! Rastafari! A Song of Redemption

As anyone vaguely familiar with this blog is aware of, I am fascinated with religions. Love most all of ’em. And I particularly adore the minority faiths. Well, many of them. So, here we go. Another m

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Ben Franklin

No character in American history who had not served as president of the US had greater effect on life and on politics than Ben Franklin. He was an inventor, an author, and scientist whose writings had

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Midst the Great Railway Strike of 1877 a Commune Rises in St. Louis

  Unlike much of the country during the Great Railway Strike of 1877, under a declared Commune and strike committee, closing the rail yards and warehouses was orderly and spread into the first General

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

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After the Fire

In 1988 hundreds of thousands of acres of Yellowstone National Park were burned in massive wildfires. The devastation was immense, but the lodgepole pines that make up most of the park’s forest depend

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Erie, Penna., to Hudson, Ohio

Front page headline on this morning’s Cleveland Plain Dealer: TRUMP TIME NOMINEE VOWS, ‘I WILL WIN FOR YOU’ Speech caps mixed week for GOP, but Cleveland gets high marks I have an uncle who lives in H

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

Roseland Apizza vs. Chili’s

We probably eat out too much. I like to eat and actually like to cook and need to try new things. On Tuesday night we went to Chili’s. I actually wanted ice cream for dinner at an ice cream stand whic

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


A moment with St. Margaret of Antioch

I know today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, equal-to-the-apostles, but you’ll forgive me if Iook back two days to St. Margaret of Antioch, a fourth century virgin-martyr who is reputed to have be

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Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)


A Path to Simplicity

The Gift to be Simple, part 3 The Greeks had a concept of paideia . They meant that life at its best was a continuous self-transformation of our person; that this lifelong project of transformation wa

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Gift to be Simple


Shall we tremble and shake Hide in our homes Afraid of the streets No neighbors around Just a posse of hate As a madman demands we Cast our ballots in fear   I want to be brave As the flowers that blo

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

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Media roundup: Getting out and getting organized to end systemic racism

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

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UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

Youth Pilgrimage to our Partner Church in Transylvania

From July 4—16, 2016, eight youth and 4 adults visited Transylvania (which is in Romania) to foster deeper understandings of our shared historical Unitarian roots as well as to enhance mutual understa

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Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

news Circles - Highlights Partner Church in Transylvania

Four years later

Facebook pops up with these "memories" of things I posted "on this day," however many years ago. Today, it popped up a memory from this blog; really, one of the last public blog posts I made since ent

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Seeking Divinity (Site / Info)

Interdependent Web: Law and order

A weekly roundup of blogs and other user-generated web content about Unitarian Universalism.

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UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)