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Play With Your Food!

My partner has been doing the low-carb thing. I'm still making bread once or thrice a week, but I'm also cooking an awful lot of veggies.  It's an excellent opportunity to get our vitamins and do some

1 hour ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

food surprises experiments

Give It Away! Spiritual Practice of Generosity, 4

Giving is a crucial part of your spiritual life, a necessary component of your spiritual growth, and nurturing spirituality and fostering compassion are the mission of Community Unitarian Church. It i

9 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Spiritual Practice of Generosity

A jazz blast from a jazz past — The Flanagan Ingham Quartet, 8pm Friday March 20th, Bury St Edmunds

In a reunion rarer than a sighting of Pink Floyd, the Flanagan Ingham Quartet (a band I was in during the 90s) re-convenes a few hundred yards from its birthplace for a one-off 2015 Spring Reawakening

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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Going to General Assembly? Taking the Family?

General Assembly is coming to Portland in June! GA is the annual gathering of the UUA and brings UU’s from all around the country together.  It can be an amazing experience to see so many UU’s in one

12 hours ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)


Sunday Services (March 2015)

Services for March 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Wisdom “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” — English proverb March 1st: “This Friendly Place

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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The Generosity Path

The Jewish tradition, with its tremendous respect for all we have inherited from previous  generations, reminds us that we often find ourselves “living in houses which we did not build, drinking from

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

Stewardship (Fundraising)

Lift Every Voice

Stony the road we trod Bitter the chastening rod We have come over a way that with tears has been watered…. It’s February 15, 1965, and the Rev. Dr. C. T. Vivian and 40 marchers arrive at the Selma co

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism civil rights Sermons and Homilies Spiritual Community Social Issues Selma Vocation and Calling Dr. C. T. Vivian ecojustice Lula Joe Williams Rev. James Reeb United Liberal Church

Selma Plus Fifty: Time For an Eight-Lane Bridge

WHERE ONLY BLACK MEN JAYWALK We are rightly celebrating the bravery of people—both the famous and the forgotten—who contributed to the events at Selma, Alabama fifty years ago, events that led to a se

18 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Zen in Western Poetry: Starting a List

An old and dear friend sent me a link to a reading of Wallace Stevens’ the Snow Man, suggesting here’s some winter Zen. I replied that I’d seen it used in the liturgy at at least one, and if I recall

18 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Happy birthday, Zenzile Miriam Makeba

Before “world music” experimenters like Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, and Paul Simon incorporated explicitly African sounds into western popular music, there was Miriam Makeba, a South African singer wh

23 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

music Women's History Month Miriam Makeba

Arriving in Birmingham

I write to you now from Birmingham, Alabama.  Far from the frigid snows of Minnesota, my first breath of Southern air made me think I’d landed at the aquarium rather than the airport — humid and warm!

1 day ago

Leaping Loon (Site / Info)

Trips 2015 Selma


This anole thinks he is hiding from us. See, he would love to be out on that dark wood trim, basking in the afternoon sun. But I am far bigger than him, and he's unsure of my intentions. Perhaps I wan

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

hope seasons

You Don’t Own Us

Confession: one of my favorite pop music genres is the girl groove, those all- female groups and soloists that hit their peak in the 1960’s.  On one of those public television pledge nights a while ba

1 day ago

UUWF (Site / Info)


A Miscellaneous Collection of Impractical Things

Somehow it got to be March while I was doing things other than updating the blog. That happens a lot now. I have not been idle. I have been occupied with an assortment of things – feeding my soul thro

1 day ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)


One Glove and Ten Percent: Spiritual Practice of Generosity, 3

" You can't think and hit at the same time. - Yogi Berra For hitting, as for many action, we must rely on habits, so the formation of the habits we'll need is crucial. For that matter, even when there

1 day ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Spiritual Practice of Generosity

Alabama Creating a Religious Jim Crow

On February 9th, same sex marriage became the law in Alabama. The grandstanding by Chief Justice Moore was a classic Governor Wallace move.  Probate judges refused to honor the federal court ruling. M

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

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dialectical theology

"Theology is about eternal things". Someone once said that to me, objecting to what he called "political advocacy" in church. And really, I suppose he was right in line with traditional theology. Theo

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

New congregations to be considered at March UUA Board meeting

The Unitarian Universalist Association Board meets, starting this Thursday (tomorrow).  Two congregations have applied for membership. Open Door Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Owensboro, Kentucky.

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalist Association

Isabel Allende

During this third day of Women’s History Month I’ve been reading El Cuaderno de Maya (Maya’s Notebook), by a female writer of historic significance, Isabel Allende. My Spanish teacher was shrewd: he b

2 days ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Books Women's History Month Isabel Allende Maya's Notebook My Invented Country

A More Tender Journey

Dear reader, I write to you on the eve of my departure — this time to Selma, Alabama.  I am volunteering for the next several days at the Unitarian Universalist Living Legacy event “Marching in the Ar

2 days ago

Leaping Loon (Site / Info)

Trips 2015 Selma