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Devotion (2/11/16)

The word for the second day of UU Lent is "Devotion." When I think of devotion, the first thing I think of is the chapter that Ken Beldon contributed to my book The Growing Church. "In Thoreau's age,

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RevThom (Site / Info)

United States of America v. Cliven D. Bundy

Meanwhile, back in Portland, we see the complaint against Cliven D. Bundy is for a lot more than just one count of conspiracy to impede. Six charges, I'm guessing all felonies, and including assault o

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Down to one

One man, David Fry, stands against the United States, for reasons no one—least of all Fry himself—can explain. Something about "grievances." We can't explain it. But we have this strange invitation to

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All the News That's Fit to Print: How the Media Hide Undocumented Workers

By Aviva Chomsky This post appeared originally on TomDispatch.com. In our post-modern (or post-post-modern?) age, we are supposedly transcending the material certainties of the past. The virtual world

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Phoenix, Satan and the Constitutional Win-Win

PHOENIX, Ariz. — In January, The Satanic Temple of Tuscon was given the co-ahead to offer an invocation before the Feb. 17 Phoenix city council meeting. When the news was made public, there was an imm

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Chutes and Ladders, A Spiritual Journey

Joan D. Spengler, who belongs to the Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community, wanted to share her story of coming home to a place she had become afraid she would never find. We share her story,

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I am UU (Site / Info)

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Waves of memory and gravitation—a photographic meditation in Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge

Sir Arthur Eddington's grave This afternoon I went to visit the very fine letter carver Eric Marland in his workshop, an old chapel of Rest in the Ascension Burial Ground, just off the Huntingdon Road

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Black Lives of UU – The Power of Narratives – 130

Leslie Mac and Lena K. Gardner join the VUU to discuss callout culture, accountability, and compassion.

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Quest for Meaning (Site / Info)

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Jesse Fells Lit a Fire that Changed Everything

It turned out the anthracite coal burned hot and long under the right circumstances. When Jesse Fells lit a fire in the hearth of the common room of his Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania tavern and inn on Fe

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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout (Site / Info)

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Being Wrong, Being Right by Nancy Pace

Many thanks to Nancy Pace for allowing me to share the excellent thoughts she presented as part of the February 7, 2016, sermon. Photo of Nancy (on right) and Jeannette Bartelt was taken at Frederick

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Salvation by Bibliography: a Universalist Spiritual Discipline

In my opinion the only great Unitarian Universalist theologian, that is the only great religious thinker produced by the consolidated Unitarian Universalist denomination so far is James Luther Adams.

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


On Prayer

Emily Dickinson wrote, Of Course I prayed And did God Care? He cared as much as on the Air A Bird had stampd her foot And cried “Give Me” (#376) I grew up in a praying family. My parents both got on t

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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The Spirituality of Doubt

One famous definition of faith from the Christian tradition is Hebrews 11:1, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Etymologically, the root of the word faith

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May the circle be unbroken

The Final Four at the Malheur made the top of the NYT news feed this morning, as FBI agents encircled their driveway campout in the Oregon desert. It seems increasingly obvious that any revolution wil

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setting kids up to almost fail and learn from it.

I have a second grade student Oen who wants to make everything in the wood shop, including the tools we use. The importance for him of making things is in part related to the ownership and control tha

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

CUC Month

(bad) Unitarian Universalist Joke (but there is no other kind) Q: Why can’t UUs sing very well in choirs? A: Because they’re always reading ahead to see if they agree with the next verse. The post CUC

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Canadian Unitarian Council (Site / Info)

CUC Month

Turning the Soil of Soul: Ritual as Celebration

Ritual theory has shifted from ..."What do rituals do?" to ... "What do rituals mean?"

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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“There is no hospitality like understanding.” ―Vanna Bonta When have you been moved by someone offering you the hospitality of truly listening and understanding your perspective? The Daily Compass off

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Fear as the Root of Evil: An Explanation.

So, I started rereading The Gift of Fear.  I'm only a couple of chapters back into it and I'd forgotten most of it.   I think for a lot of it I'm going to need to have a sort of division in my head be

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The Chaliceblog (Site / Info)

Putting the Pieces Together

But while I have been not-writing on the blog, I have been occupied with other things, stories that are not mine to tell, and other stories that are mine but not yet ready for telling. Hard things, he

16 hours ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)