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Hitting Ledge

I didn’t have the camera with me last week when we pulled out of the driveway of the convalescent facility where a family member has been recovering after surgery. Utility crews have been laying gas l

2 hours ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)

Ruminations being human storytelling

P. G. Wodehouse on individualism

P. G. Wodehouse, a novelist of ideas? How absurd! And it is true that most of his dozens of novels are bits of fluff, with no more intellectual content than the brain of Bertie Wooster, one of his mos

4 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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giving thanks in all circumstances.

Dear one, My heart ached for you when you got the phone call telling you that your child had suddenly died. It is a tragedy to lose our children, no matter how old they might be. We always love them,

5 hours ago

Speaking of... (Site / Info)

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UUA Board packet for October?

There’s a UUA Board meeting scheduled for October 16 to 19, but the Board packet isn’t up yet. Does this seem late? Surely I’m not the only one who (tries to) read it?

6 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Sunday Services (October 2014)

Services for October 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Gratitude “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns de

7 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Who is the Organization Behind the Building?

By the time you’re holding this edition of the Voice in your hands, there’ll be trenches dug up around our building. It’s not the construction project (it’s only the utilities move), but it’s a precur

8 hours ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


A Panoramic UU View

I have always been drawn to the expansive views in life, starting from the plains in the Midwest, to the horizon line at the ocean, to the sunsets over mountains, and now here in the high desert. Thes

8 hours ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


It Has Been a Busy Month!

It has been a busy month! The Coming of Age program kicked off with a retreat for the youth and leaders at Ghost Ranch. What an amazing group of youth and adults — a big thank you to everyone who supp

8 hours ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


Cri de Coeur: On Swearing and Godtalk

I probably spend too much time swearing.  And thinking about swearing.  And appreciating particularly clever or inventive swearing.  I mean, I am a seminarian and we are, supposedly, not supposed to s

9 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Things We Should Talk About as Long-Term Ministers

One of my greatest weaknesses as a pastor is--quite simply--that I am not the most organized person to ever wear a Geneva gown.  It is a problem that members of my church are rather familiar with.  Ov

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Burbania Posts! (Site / Info)

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Five reads about Universalism

I was recently asked by a serious, but still developing, student of Universalism what five books I would recommend. That’s a hard question to answer. While I’ve been reading for a long time on Univers

11 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)



Yes, the CDC has confirmed that a patient in Dallas has the Ebola virus. Am I worried? Not so much.  Dallas is a four hour drive from here. The patient is in isolation. We have some of the best medica

18 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Message Toolkit for Bold Reproductive Justice

The gathering a couple of weeks ago in Washington, D.C. of nearly 200 reproductive justice advocates from all over the country under the auspices of the All Above All coalition to restore and sustain

1 day ago

UUWF (Site / Info)


Pain and Suffering

"Pain is Inevitable. Suffering is optional.” Contemporary Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami Last week I had the flu.   High fever, body chills, sweats, coughing, congestion, body aches…<span>  You get

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The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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A Summer Memory

for Maggie and Lewis   As the dimming fall welcomes me back, a summer memory feeds me still. We have risen with the sun, the smell of toaster waffles, and the demand that I read to you. Last night’s b

1 day ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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"The Religion of Autumn" and "Unity" by John Goodwyn Barmby (1820-81) — a nineteenth-century Unitarian Christian Pantheist

Today I spent a long while in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden mostly walking and thinking but also reading a few selected passages of Henry Bugbee's "Inward Morning" and Bashõ's "Knapsack Note

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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Preachers of Love

September 30th is a big day in American Universalist history. Elhanan Winchester was born in Brookline, MA (apparently in those days Brookline was called Muddy River Village…) on this day in 1751. And

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


The could-have-been Southern seminary

With the building sales at Meadville Lombard, the leadership crisis at Starr King, the closure of Bangor and the God-knows-what at General (Episcopal) (one, two)… well, it’s easy to have misgiving abo

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Youth Cons, and Why to Try One

What is a Con?  Cons, short for Conferences, are gatherings of Unitarian Universalist youth or young adults from many congregations, usually for a weekend of immersion worship, workshops, and crazy fu

1 day ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)

Ministry with Youth Growth Edges


A couple of hours ago, a kaleidoscope started in my eyes. it was beautiful and fascinating but also terrifying because ...my eyes. And then I remembered that it was likely a migraine coming on. I took

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)