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from The Handbook by Epictetus

3. Keep in mind the nature of things: delightful things; useful things; beloved things . . . Start with something small—a cup perhaps. Think: if this breaks, I can bear the loss. Now—work on thinking

3 hours ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion #Stoicism

Shooting Stars

A quick flash in the sky A shooting star, a dream Blink and it is gone The vision carried away Somewhere else, beyond But wait. Meteors hit the earth Carving a place For themselves So our dreams can W

9 hours ago

Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Poetry Religion and Spirituality

This Week's Prayer

Words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all

10 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

prayer

Truth and Meaning: Notoriety or Notorious?

When called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, I was pleased to be moving to the City of Modern Explorers. I envisioned living someplace known for innovation, forward thinking

15 hours ago

uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium (Site / Info)

Religion justice lgbt Midland disillusion

World Turtle Day

It is World Turtle Day! Okay, I’m not exactly sure what to do, beyond hugging a turtle. But, fortunately, others do. Here are some hints at other opportunities that might prove more useful…

16 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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THOSE DAMNED LEARNING MOMENTS Some Rules of Engagement in Discussing Matters of Race & Other Matters of Inequality in Our Culture

We had an event at our church in which a series of jokes were presented. The format in which they were presented was in the “Yo Mama” structure. When I first heard the phrase “Yo Mama,” I started. But

17 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Not Necessarily Progress

Diva, it appears, has become a gender neutral term. From a word-geek standpoint, this is sort of fascinating. Rather than coming up with a truly neutral term (moving from steward/stewardess to flight

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

In Response to the Police Shooting in Town This Week

I am deeply saddened by the shooting of two unarmed black men that occurred in our town this week, and even more so by the fact that in the larger context the question is “how can this happen again?” 

1 day ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)

Beloved Community We Are a Justice Seeking People

A Minister Not a Martyr

Ministers can refuse to be martyrs.  They can refuse to sacrifice themselves on behalf of people or institutions who either ignore them or who toss their help rather rudely back into their faces. I am

1 day ago

Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Ministry Musings Religion and Spirituality

Beat Summer Brain Drain! Join us for a three-session disucssion of the book “Elite”

Are UUs elitist? Are we sensitive enough to socio-economic differences inside and outside our congregations? Join us for a three-session discussion on Mark Harris’ book, Elite: Uncovering Classism in

1 day ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Announcements community connection compassion communication 2015 Adult Religious Education book group Classes

The United Methodist “worship web”

A little lunchtime Googling led me to this page, which has a large selection of United Methodist worship resources. Welcome to the collection of resources from The United Methodist Book of Worship (19

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Worship Christian Church

Bearing the Unbearable Ambiguity of Sexuality

The field of queer theory, then, examining the vastly different ways that sexuality manifests and is understood in different cultures and times, raises for us the possibility that our cultural changes

1 day ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Queer Theory

A writing evolution (2)

The second shift in my sermon writing and preaching was one of intention and attention. Anything can become a routine, and preaching was often a routine for me–an excruciating, four-in-the-Sunday-morn

1 day ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Writing preaching and worship

And A Glorious Harvey Milk Day to You!

American politician, San Francisco City Supervisor, and civil rights activist, Harvey Milk was born on this day in 1930. He would have been eighty-five today, but in 1978 he was assassinated together

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Learning By Play

(Everyone is OK. Just follow-up testing.) Getting an MRI can be scary for anyone. If you're lucky enough to get to do it at Texas Children's Hospital, though, you can figure it all out at this play st

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

A writing evolution (1)

My writing and preaching have changed dramatically and for the better in the last several years, and as I find it instructive to read other people’s accounts of such changes, here are three quick post

2 days ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Uncategorized preaching and worship

Oil Spills, Food and Local Culture

Another pipeline burst this week – Santa Barbara, this time. It’s big news, and of course the web is filled with pictures of ruined coastlines. But there’s more to oil spills than beaches – Santa Barb

2 days ago

The Song and the Sigh (Site / Info)

music Unitarian Universalism Poetry politics Spirit Public Life Ecology farming fishing folk music mountaintop removal oil spill Santa Barbara

A Prayer When Angry

It’s easy to be angry– and justified in that anger– Let us turn that anger into righteousness by using wisdom by using love by using forgiveness to shape our actions so we can create justice– a better

2 days ago

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

Unitarian Universalism spirituality Poetry Love forgiveness anger wisdom creating justice Least of These Prayers when angry righteous anger Righteousness

Happy B’Day, Fats!

Thomas Wright Waller, better known to most of us as “Fats” Waller, was born on this day in 1904.

2 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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That’s Why They Call It Practice

Sit Down, Kid When I was in my early 20s, I decided to dedicate myself to becoming a writer. Coming from a farming background, no one that I knew was a writers and no one that I knew had any idea abou

2 days ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

Religion spirituality prayer peace Unitarian Universalist gratitude healing values Faith Development #humanism #Stoicism