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A Liberal Decalogue: Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments of Critical Thinking & Democratic Decency—A brief address for the AGM

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) Today is our church's AGM and, consequently, it seems worth briefly articulating why I think it is worth supporting (either by joining as a formal member being associates

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

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The Truth About George & the Dragon, Long Suppressed, but Now Revealed

As it happens today is the Feast of St George. Thanks to the scholarly investigations of Stan Washburn, we have access to what really happened in those days of yore when the dragon and George walked t

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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“Alexander Hamilton” (Hamilton song by song, 1)

I’m sorry to add to the sorrows of anyone who didn’t wangle a ticket, but I’m very excited: we are going to see Hamilton in July! Around the time we got tickets, my mom asked what she should give us f

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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safety, comfort, law and order.

As conversations around racial justice and white supremacy (both covert and overt) dominate our culture and my faith tradition, I have found myself thinking about the difference between safety and com

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Preparing an online version of “Ancient History of Universalism”

I’ve been writing a blog since 2003, and this is post #4,000. I saw this coming and thought it deserved a little something extra. Earlier this week I was speaking with a friend and colleague about Uni

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Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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A brief thought on commitment in British (English?) liberal religious and politcal circles

The Cambridge Unitarian Church taken today from Christ's Pieces Tomorrow is the AGM of the Cambridge Unitarian Church where I am minister and at this time of year I often find myself thinking about ab

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

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Earth Day, the March for Science, and Three Things We Should Know

Today across the nation there are a number of public demonstrations set as a “March for Science.” I’m an enthusiastic supporter of anything that holds up science. And, these days of political turmoil

21 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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STLT#202, Come Sunday

I wonder how many denominations have Duke Ellington in their hymnals? A hat tip to our hymnal commission for finding a place for this piece. And, as I’ve talked about before, this fits in the ‘not eve

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

Lessons On Leadership

April 5, 2017 Dear Colleagues, I have been in leadership since I was eight years old when my mother came home from the hospital after her first suicide attempt (and her divorce from my dad) and told m

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Calltrepreneurship (Site / Info)

The Retreat from Freedom and Democracy

Twenty years ago Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997) laid out a story of the rise of European wealth and power as geographically determined. Temperate climates, suitable soil, and availabili

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Reflection

STLT#201, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!

I have stared at the screen for probably twenty minute ago, unsure how to start today’s post. Do I talk about how joyful this song is, in the midst of crisis? And how joy comes out of pains, sorrows,

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

How the Christian Gospels Became Increasingly Pro-Roman & Anti-Jewish

(This post is a continuation of yesterday’s post on Is the Bible “History Remembered” or “Prophecy Historicized?”) To give you a thumbnail sketch of how the canonical Christian Gospels of Matthew, Mar

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On the Nothingness of God: A Zen Meditation

Back in 2008 I read a review of the book Merton & Buddhism: Wisdom, Emptiness & Everyday Mind edited by Bonnie Bowman Thurston. The reviewer cited a particular line that I’ve not been able to shake. “

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Our Commission of Compassion

There's Something About Mary, part 3 Between the first and fourth centuries, there existed a Magdalene Christianity, characterized by emphasis on ending the oppression of the world’s powerless. Unfort

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

There's Something About Mary

Noted with comment

“The contemporary version of religion is sport. It is sport, with its sacred icons, revered traditions, symbolic solidarities, liturgical assemblies, and pantheon of heroes, which is the opium of the

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Is the Bible “History Remembered” or “Prophecy Historicized?”

From the theologically conservative Christianity of my childhood, I learned to read the Bible literally—as a record of history as it had actually happened. And although I would occasionally question d

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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America’s Buddhist. Happy Eightieth, George!

George Hosato Takei was born in Los Angeles, California, on this day, April 20th, 1937. Today, he is probably best known for his social media presence as a wit and social commentator. He is, of course

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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STLT#200, A Mighty Fortress

Happy Two Hundredth Hymn-by-Hymn Post Day! Only 290 more to go. Gulp. That seems daunting, but then, holy cow, how are we 200 in already? Time does fly, friends, even through hard, dark days. Thanks t

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist

Why would a Humanist want to be a Unitarian Universalist? As the president of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association, I get that question a lot. And, to be frank, I ask that question of mysel

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Thank you to the UUA Board

I keep trying to write long pieces about this and feeling like others have said the same thing better. So I will just put it in two sentences. I am thrilled that the UUA Board has committed significan

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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