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Becoming an All-Expense Paid Guest of Uncle Sam—The Interim

The IWW's General Defense Committee adopted me as a Class War Prisoner. Note:   This is the fifth in a series of posts about my experiences with the Draft and Justice System during the Vietnam War era

1 hour ago

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

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What My Cat Taught Me About Perceiving Others

I am a cat person. For those of you out there who are cat people as well, this one is for you. For those of you who aren’t really that fond of cats, this one may also be for you. I’ll invite you to ke

2 hours ago

Loved For Who You Are (Site / Info)


#Ferguson In Light of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac

I got to preach at First Unitarian-St.Louis on August 3rd—six days before Mike Brown was killed. Unless I just can’t find one that fits, I always have one of my readings from the Bible (preferably Heb

4 hours ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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A Make-ahead Recipe For A Day You're Not Home

The start of the church year means I'm busy busy, with lots of organizational meetings and such. Also summer in Houston means that cooking is a stress on my AC unit... Time for the crockpot. Crockpot

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Driving while black

My early driving career was a bit checkered, and I was stopped for and received tickets for a few of my moving violations. I think I might have been "let off with a warning" once or twice, but those i

7 hours ago

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Graduation day

Tom Luna weighed his options and measured himself for a pleasant ride out the revolving door between Idaho government and the education non-profit realm, into an executive position at Project Lead the

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)


Like many across our nation and the world, I am grieving the tragic events that have once again beset our country. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager by Ferguson, MO police is troublin

9 hours ago

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South (Site / Info)

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Guns and butter

Now that we've all been searching the web for a decade or more, the folks who have collected all the data can analyze what it all means, or at least who's looking for what, where. David Leonhardt repo

9 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Setting The World Straight

I have always argued for free will. But at times like these the wrongs of our world seem so large and so entrenched they might as well be fate.

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Broken Borders: The US Roots of Central American Gangs

In an excerpt adapted from 'Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption,' sociologist Jorja Leap explores the real origins of the Central American gangs at the heart of

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Report Out from the FACT People Gathering, part 1

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)

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Are We and Our Creations Natural, Spiritual or Beautiful?

1950 Mercury Sedan Main Street Reunion Napa CA      College Cove near Trinidad CA                  Being a lover of nature and the arts, I am accustomed to seeing beauty in natural scenes or in self-c

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Mediterranean Wisdom (Site / Info)

Figuratively/Literally on the Move? – Keep Connected!

“Life is a Journey”, and, “You Can’t Take it With You”: True AND False Striking out on new adventures – whether moving around the block or across the country – also means leaving your youth group behi

14 hours ago

Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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book chapter.

A huge part of my sabbatical is working on a book that reflects on lessons and experiences I had in Roller Derby and applies them to sociological/theological topics. Each chapter has two titles: the f

14 hours ago

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a solar proposal...

Some of my reasers wil know that I and friends have been pitted against one of the largest power transmission companies in the world, in an attempt to stop them from destroying our properties for a po

14 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

The Meaning of #Ferguson

Generally I write about things on my blog that are not the same things as I'm preaching on -- the blog is an outlet for thoughts that aren't about something I will be preaching on, but still want to g

14 hours ago

Rev. Cyn (Site / Info)

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Denial, Polarization, Minimization: Intercultural Sensitivity 4

Development of intercultural sensitivity happens in stages. There are five stages, which I’ll first describe briefly and then go back to add some detail. Stage 1: Denial. There is a lack of awareness

15 hours ago

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Intercultural Sensitivity

Hear Our Voices: Symposium on the Protection of the LGBTI Refugees in the US

The Refugee Congress LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex) Caucus was established in December 2013 two years after the formation of the Refugee Congress in August, 2011. The Refugee C

15 hours ago

Standing On The Side Of Love » Blog (Site / Info)

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The Only Thing We Can Do

The news reached me, like most people, last Monday evening. Almost instantly the country was awash with stories, news reports, articles, celebrity tributes, talking heads offering their two cents abou

17 hours ago

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Spreading SALT Coast to Coast!

Spiritual Activism Leadership Training Comes to Massachusetts The Spiritual Activist Leadership Training program (SALT) was pioneered by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California,

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Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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