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The suitcases are unpacked. One of them isn’t back in the basement yet, but they are unpacked. I have washed three loads of laundry today. One of them is still in the dryer. I put some of my “travel k

7 hours ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)


Recalling the Faithful Fool Kay Jorgensen

          I’ve just learned the Reverend Kay Jorgensen died today. She had just turned eighty-six. A Unitarian Universalist minister, she was co-founder with a Franciscan nun Carmen Barsody of the Fai

10 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Endless Gratitude: A Zen Priest Pauses and Reflects on Community

        Yesterday evening the Zen priest Gesshin Greenwood and her husband Gensan Thomson came over to our condo where, they, Jan Seymour-Ford and I outlined the schedule for our upcoming inaugural Bl

14 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


We Can’t Just Wait

I preached this sermon at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula on February 26th 2017. I was an impatient child. I wasn’t very good at waiting for ordinary things, but I was particula

15 hours ago

Life's Too Short To Sing The Melody (Site / Info)

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STJ#1058 Be Ours a Religion

I want to start with a word of gratitude for the STJ hymnal commission, who thought to include some short responses in this slim volume. It would have been easy to only include bigger songs and hymns,

17 hours ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn Mood: Moderate Range: Moderate Singability: Moderate Mood: Welcoming Genre: Response

Stayed on Freedom

Our reading came to us from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” If our religious tradition is anything, it is a vastly storied one. Though we are, by all accounts, a ne

1 day ago

Cheno Words (Site / Info)

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A Letter From Martin

Fifty-five years on, Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” still has a message we need to take to heart.

1 day ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


January 14, 2018

THIS IS OUR GREAT COVENANT:   Shared Ministry at PUUF Rev. Kit Ketcham, Jan. 14, 2018             Before I launch into my sermon for today, I want to take a moment to express my horror and outrage at

1 day ago

Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show (Site / Info)

Lessons for a New Judge

Judge Shaffer was recently appointed to the bench in the First Judicial District, which includes Los Alamos County, as well as Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties. Judge Shaffer will share the nature of

1 day ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


STJ#1057, Go Lifted Up

Lord, the days are hard. No sooner do we wrap our brains around one major news story than another one, or ten comes barreling down on us. What we need is something warm and loving and sweet. Sometimes

1 day ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn Range: Moderate Singability: Simple/Easy Personal Favorite Mood: Comforting Liturgical: Benediction

Sacred Objects: Tears

“There is a sacredness in tears,” writes American author Washington Irving. “They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.” But how so? I want

1 day ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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The True Rebel never advertises it, He prefers his joy to Missionary Work—An address for the Season of Epiphany

READINGS: The story of the Magi or three wise men Matthew 2:1–12 From Ethics without Philosophy: Wittgenstein and the Moral Life by James C. Edwards (pp. 236-237). Wittgenstein’s abhorrence of rationa

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

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Who gets to make a hymnal?

While working on a sabbatical project, I discovered that Louis F. Benson, in his book The English hymn: its development and use in worship (New York: Hodder & Stoughton, George H. Doran Co., 1915), li

2 days ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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The Influence of the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Today’s Religious Faiths

Delivered at the 2nd Annual Cobb County SCLC/MLK Interfaith Forum Days before his assassination, Dr. King said to Harry Belafonte, “Are we integrating into a burning house?” Now this is a remarkable q

2 days ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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2 days ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)


Baby, it’s cold outside!

Please remember the Foodbank this Sunday or on-line now. Advertisements

2 days ago

Changing the World @ the UUFP (Site / Info)

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STJ#1056, Thula Klizeo

One late December day in the mid 1990s, my partner Trish and I got in the car and drove from our home in Durham, NC, to spend Christmas with my family in Round Lake, NY. The drive is long – about 13 h

2 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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A few photos of a fen-edge footpath between Westwick Hall park and Histon

Yesterday, on the way back from visiting a member of the congregation, I thought I'd take the opportunity to walk the footpath that runs between the park surrounding Westwick Hall (here is a link to s

2 days ago

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

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angel Kyodo Williams on a Possible Emerging American Zen Buddhism

      I found this at Youtube, and thought it worth sharing. Zen teacher angel Kyodo Williams speaking in 2015 at St Francis College. Soup to nuts its a few seconds less than forty minutes. Also, you

2 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Philosophy Group

We began discussing From Bacteria to Bach and Back: the Evolution of Minds by Daniel C. Dennett on January 3, 2018, and anticipate completing the discussion on April 28. For the ongoing schedule, plea

3 days ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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