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Deepening in Faith Together, with Theme-Based Ministry

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Call And Response (Site / Info)

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Micro-alterations in liturgy

One of the principles I brought into my morning and evening prayer practice is that I would read the prayers as printed until became accustomed to them. I would borrow their voice and let it become mi

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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The blind leading the blind or a transcendent miracle?

In Chapter 9 of her book, The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture , Mary Pipher writes about the growth the Nebraskan coalition to fight the TransCanada XL pipeline crossing their s

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)


Noting a Revolution as It Births

It was on this day in 1858 that the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London published two articles, one by Charles Darwin and the other by Alfred Russel Wallace, both outlining the

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


No Parking

Who, do you suppose, really wants to park alongside this ramshackle building? And don’t they have larger concerns to worry about? And yet, so many of us expend energy defending ourselves against the r

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


#68 Suffering on Trial

In my latest article for the UU World magazine, “Suffering on Trial,” I explore how suffering plays a key role …<p>Continue reading →

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The Naked Theologian (Site / Info)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

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

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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

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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

15 hours ago

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

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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

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Speaking of... (Site / Info)

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