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JULIA & SAMUEL A Meditation on Liberal Religion in an Age of Crisis

JULIA & SAMUEL A Meditation on Liberal Religion in an Age of Crisis James Ishmael Ford 19 October 2014 First Unitarian Church Providence, Rhode Island Text I went to bed that night as usual, and slept

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Ready For Home

I like hotel beds and seeing my colleagues and learning things, but I also enjoy *My own bed *My own shower *Having toiletries in sizes over 3.3 ounces *Fresh fruits and veggies whenever I want them *

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Only a fool

Children and youth attendance in September was up 45% over the same month in 2013. These are not large numbers — up from about 50 to about 70 — but the increase in attendance has been enough to requir

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Reflections on Freedom Responding to Bishop Scharfenberger

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to read an edited version of Bishop Scharfenberger’s address that gave at the Capital Region Theological Center dinner on October 6th. I appreciated the opportunit

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Rev. Sam Trumbore (Site / Info)

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Unchanging steel vs. malleable clay: Thoughts on how we interpret the Bible

It occurred to me that we do indeed think of the Bible as something that has been "given" to us by God, when we should think of the Bible as a collection of texts to which we've given numerous interpr

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Window On Religion (Site / Info)

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RevSean (Site / Info)

Fighting for the Seven Principles.

Some say the UU Seven Principles are bland generalities  that could be affirmed by any Rotary club. They are not. Many UU's put them up on the wall of their sanctuaries.    They recite them as Respons

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

"The newer testament — the Gospel according to this moment" — being, in part, a meditation upon the differences between Thoreau’s scimitar and that wielded by ISIS

Walking in Copperas Wood, Essex Readings: Henry David Thoreau — from “Walking” Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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"Threat is Real" Published in Sunday Eunice News on October 19, 2014

With constant media coverage of the Ebola virus, you may have missed news reports that the Pentagon released its Climate Change Report, assessing international threats to our security when coastlines,

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About Our Inherent Worth (Site / Info)

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Begin With the Children

The story is told about an incident that happened in a courtroom in New York City during the thirties, when America was in the grip of the great Depression. The judge on the bench was hearing a compla

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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“Ministry to and with children and youth often gets the left-overs of pastoral attention … [yet] ‘the last and the least’ should be the first and greatest in pastoral priorities.” Brian McLaren, recom

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Half-formed Thoughts

Professional conferences mean lots of new ideas forming in my head, but none of them are especially ready for articulating. So instead, amusing link--http://worstcats.tumblr.com/

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

The First Source of Unitarian Universalism

SOURCES OF UUISM:   #1, DIRECT PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Rev. Kit Ketcham, Oct. 19, 2014          From the meditation manual published by the UUA and edited by the Rev. Kathleen Rolenz:            “Moses en

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Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show: A New Gig (Site / Info)

Personal Infrastructure: Building the Post Ferguson Beloved Community

Often when the expression “Personal Infrastructure” is used, it is in reference to either technology or specific systems and ways of being in the business world. But I believe there is a much more imp

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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More thoughts on copyright

I got in a discussion behind the walled garden of Facebook about hymns, copyright and what we (as ministers and content providers) and I’ve brought some of my comments here. In particular, what do we

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Are You Ready?

            On Tuesday, I started to wonder if the universe had some plan.   You see the theme for this Sunday was set several months ago- before I even went on family leave.   Guess what it was? Livi

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Piedmont Preacher (Site / Info)

Definition Poem

It’s the looming horror of looming horror. It’s not seeing the ice for the freeze. It’s seeing the jumble or not that defines a thought outside the distracted noise and noisome breeze. It’s the faint

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

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Time To Observe International Necktie Day

Most of my male friend decry the very idea of the tie. “The symbol of my subjection to the Man,” moans one friend. Me, I’ve always liked ties. In addition to my regular collection, I have bow ties, an

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


This Week's Prayer

Majesty of Earth, glory of life, and wonder of the cosmos: Beauty and truth abound. Each of us is as a hurricane – swirling winds of beliefs, desires, and intentions – without a distinct border, witho

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Sweet Traditions

Whenever I go on a trip, my son sneaks a stuffed animal into my suitcase. I then take pictures of said animal around the hotel/conference center/tourist spot. I could say that this started when my son

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)