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20 years

Twenty years ago this month, I began working as a Director of Religious Education (DRE) in a Unitarian Universalist congregation. During the recession of the early 1990s, I had been working for a carp

2 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif.

Plum Takes on Preschool. Wins.

Dang, baby girl.  You went to preschool this week. FREEGING PRESCHOOL! And you have taken this step with the sauce that only you possess. I can't even. I just can't believe how you conquered this.  Wa

2 hours ago

The Family Pants - Blog (Site / Info)


Why Have Black Men Had Such A Hard Time In The UU Ministry?…Broader Questions (#Ferguson)

While this seems to be a moment where UUs are willing to talk about race at more than a superficial level, before looking at the community outside of the congregation it might behoove us to have a con

2 hours ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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new shop

 I have my new wood shop/classroom almost ready to go and will have my first class in the morning. I particularly like my new pegboard tool carts, that allow me to put tools aside when not in use,  an

3 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

– Renouncing Its US Citizenship: Is Burger King’s Biggest Whopper a Pulpit Subject?

On the first day I arrived at my office in Cork, Ireland, I taxied past large office buildings with the following anchor tenants: Google, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, Reddit and a vast array of

3 hours ago

The New UU (Site / Info)

Online Ministry

The New Suffragettes

A quaint term, for sure, Suffragettes, used to describe women seeking the right to vote for females, especially British women who mounted militant protests in the United Kingdom in the early 20th cent

5 hours ago

UUWF Blog (Site / Info)


Essential Skills for a Modern World

Again I’ve been disappointed while on the internet. I should know better than to expect scientific accuracy and critical thinking skills in the world of social media, where opinions are valued over tr

6 hours ago

Quarks and Quirks (Site / Info)

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Last Day and Last Words

May  5 In the morning we gather for breakfast which has become rather predictable over the days but never boring .  Knowing that today rain was likely, and that this last portion had the steepest asce

7 hours ago

Aside From The Obvious (Site / Info)

Authority and Taqwacores: Boxes Too Small 2

Michael Muhammad Knight (Wikimedia Commons) We need the authority of individual conscience, and we also need religious teachers as guides and companions on the spiritual path to help us see our own de

8 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Boxes Too Small

Eve Was Framed, the Serpent Was Right!

On August 13, 1971, the cover of LIFE Magazine featured an image of two women standing side-by-side. On the right, an classical painted image of a tall naked woman stands head-and-shoulders above a mo

8 hours ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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Growing the Beloved Community, Twelve Months a Year

For all that is our life! by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard Not long after I’d moved to Connecticut in early 2001, I learned that there was a Unitarian Universalist congregation just up the road from me.  

8 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Summer camp for Pagan youth?

“Time and again, parents and community leaders have recounted to me how the American conception of camp offers an opportunity for a cultural, religious and, in some cases, linguistic immersion with ot

8 hours ago

The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective. (Site / Info)

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Emmett Till—The Lasting Lynching

Emmett and his mother Mamie Christmas , 1955.  Good times. It may have been pure coincidence.   Probably was.   And I don’t remember his name being mentioned through the long program that afternoon th

9 hours ago

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

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What We Do When We Don't Know What to Do

Maybe in our time of not-knowing, we who are white can realize that we should not try to be in charge for a change, that we should support the leadership of people of color, the experts in this moveme

10 hours ago

Rev. Meg Riley (Site / Info)

The Passion of Emmett Till

It was on this day in 1955 that fourteen year old African American Emmett Till was brutally tortured and murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi. Pictures of what they did to

11 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


The Transient and the Permanent in Liberal Religion

preached at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, September 30, 2007 My theme this morning is the transient and the permanent in liberal religion. When I talk about liberal religion I mean

11 hours ago

Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


6H for a Relentlessly Useful UUA (Cooley)

We all know that as the world around us changes, congregations need to change as well. Doing it the way it was done 50 years ago doesn't work anymore. And I don't believe it will work for our Unitaria

12 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Everything that Dies Someday Comes Back... and then it goes the other way, too, Boss.

Remember the Springsteen song, Atlantic City? When it came out, it was a resurrection song, a good one too. That wasn't too long before I left New Jersey for seminary, the ministry, and pursuits that

12 hours ago

A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

All I care to say about Anita Sarkeesian

Just left this comment at a friend's Facebook regarding Sarkeesian driven out of home by online abuse and death threats: I confess, I would love to know how much money she makes. She has the same prob

12 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

Anita Sarkeesian

The Spiritual Practice of Agnosticism

Wolf! The Aesop fable about the boy who cried wolf has long been viewed as a cautionary tale about lying. The boy knowingly cried “wolf!” merely to disturb the villagers. The boy eventually pays the p

12 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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