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What Legacy Are We Leaving? Reflections on Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

(This post is a continuation of my previous post on The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. — for Today.) In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Holmes to the United States Supreme Court. De

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)



This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 3/26/17 and looks at how adulthood is defined by the risks we take, and how we own the choices we make. A few days ag

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RevWho (Site / Info)

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The Church Budget

Curious about how we pay for our building, personnel and programs? Then come to this informative Forum, where George Hrbek, our steward, will explain the church’s budget.

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Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


STLT#174, O Earth, You Are Surpassing Fair

Remember back when the news was bad and I was singing happy cheerful hope-filled hymns?  It was hard; I struggled to get past my own fears and anger and see the message those songs at those times held

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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Mark Gorkin, the “Stress Doc,” offers us a poetic anthem to burnout and beyond: For the phoenix to rise from the ashes One must know the pain To transform the fire to burning desire. Each of the servi

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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‘Empowered Creatress’ Venus—A religious naturalist Mothering Sunday meditation

Venus in the Cambridge Manse garden Opening Prayer from ‘Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times’ by Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury (1671-1713) (ed. Lawrence Klein, Cambridge

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CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Muncie, Indiana Universalist records online

The Unitarian Universalist church in Muncie, Indiana has a Universalist foundation, and so I was happy to find a digitized archive online today while I was casting around for citations for today’s Uni

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The Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. — for Today

My tradition of Unitarian Universalism has a habit of making lists of famous UUs. As the saying goes, “We believe in deeds not creeds,” which can prompt us to lift up the lives of our most exemplary a

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


Holy, Holy, Holy: Recalling Ginsberg’s Howl

It was on this day in 1957 that US Customs seized a shipment of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems. The title poem Howl was purportedly largely written at the Caffe Mediterranean in Berkeley. A cof

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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All the Water Is One Water, #4

In honor of World Water Day, I am sharing the fourth part of my chapter, “All the Water Is One Water,” from Finding Our Way Home. Some Indigenous stories of North America say we are like a younger sib

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Resist at every turn

It’s time for the next bus trip to Washington on April 29.  Organized by the Peoples Climate Movement, this march is your chance to stand up for our community and to make your voice heard. When leader

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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All the Water Is One Water #3

In honor of World Water Day, part 3 of my chapter “All the Water Is One Water”from Finding Our Way Home. At the Earth Activist Training we learned about Permaculture, a science of designing systems th

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Canvass Update

The 2017 pledge drive to support the UU Fellowship may turn out to be the most successful in our history! And it makes sense if you think about what we have to offer. If you have kids, the religious e

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)


Smells Like White Racism

A friend posted on Facebook, upset that a qualified person of color had been overlooked for a position of denominational leadership, and a white man hired instead. There were a lot of words in all cap

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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A Zen Priest Watches as Kali Swallows the World

Until I’d discovered Ramakrishna through the writings of Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood and their associates, my idea of what gods looked like was informed by my conservative Baptist upbringi

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

X. 35. A healthy eye is ready to see anything and doesn’t say, “I only want to see green things.” Such an eye would be diseased. And healthy hearing and smelling ought to be ready for anything. And a

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STLT#172, Siph’ Amandla

This is another freedom song from South Africa, from during the time of apartheid. It’s got energy and power and a sense of urgency that is compelling and captivating. And while it isn’t the only thin

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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All the Water Is One Water, #2

In honor of World Water Day, part two of my chapter All the Water Is One Water. My little bottle of the waters of the world also reminds me that we need not only ritual, but also practical action to t

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Zen Teacher David Loy Points to the Intimate Universe

The Universe is not a place where evolution happens, it is the evolution. It is not a stage on which dramas unfold, it is the unfolding drama itself. Loyal Rue, in Everybody’s Story If the universe is

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Anniversaries of Meetings and Partings

“Life is full of meetings and partings. That is the way of it.”  – Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit A few months from now I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of my ordination as a Unitarian Universal

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Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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