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Hope 2

Why is hope so important? Is there something to it beyond wishful thinking, living in the future instead of the present, and being in denial about reality? Let's explore these questions. Serenity Pray

3 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Address Opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

At the request of students from Adrian College, I was asked to speak at a protest on the Capitol steps in Lansing in opposition to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) on December

3 hours ago

uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium (Site / Info)

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Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is a Good Start, But There’s More Work to Be Done

On Dec 17th, Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking in New York State because of health concerns. It's a huge victory for activists, say Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of "

4 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Formell education?

The following is from an earlier blog post, November 7, 2007. Today the words "formal education" refer to learning that takes place within the context of established educational institutions, as contr

4 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Gone with the obituary

Cross-post note: This appears at my non-political blog, Harrumph! As it is marriage related, it seems apt here too. A college chum made his family vanish in his self-written obit. A wife and four daug

5 hours ago

Marry in Massachusetts (Site / Info)

A Disappeared Family

A college chum made his family vanish in his self-written obit. A wife and four daughters vanished in his detailed recap of life and kin. I feel a double connection. I introduced, really connected, hi

5 hours ago

Harrumph! (Site / Info)

Religion Death Marriage Manners

Renewable Energy – You can buy it.

If you support renewable energy, buy it.  You can do so by purchasing “Renewable Energy Certificates”. What is a REC? A REC (pronounced: rěk) represents the property rights to the environmental, socia

5 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (Site / Info)

Green Team Blog

The New Alexandrian Library: One Step Closer to Opening its Doors

The New Alexandrian Library, a research and reference facility focused on magic and the occult, is another step closer to opening its doors. In early December, the library received its certificate of

6 hours ago

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

Paganism Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Between the Worlds Ivo Dominguez Jr. Michael G. Smith New Alexandrian Library Project Sacred Space 2015

Heartbroken in America

This week my guest blogger is Jim Foti, the assistant minister at the congregation I serve. He delivered a version of this reflection over the weekend. We hold in our hearts the United States, as our

6 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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When Power Intersects a Lack of Consequences

The news made me sick, revealing some lingering belief I had in American exceptionalism. I exaggerate not: for a week after the release of the CIA torture report, I had a bloodless feeling in my limbs

6 hours ago

This Too Will Pass (Site / Info)

Social Justice Commentary

In My Father's House There are Many Mansions...

In John 14:2, the Christian Bible reads "My Father's house has many rooms." This verse, actually a prooftext for Trinitarian Christianity, is not one you'll hear often in UU selections from the New Te

6 hours ago

A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

Faith House: A Divided Community Tries to Find a Solution

Friend (both Quaker and friend in traditional sense) Annette Breiling sent me the following letter. You may have seen an article in the Frederick News-Post about the contention of opening Faith House,

6 hours ago

uusocialjustice.org (Site / Info)

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The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs

The most famous pin-up of all time. All right, she lacked the dramatic chopsof a Bette Davis.   Ginger Rodgers or Eleanor Powell could out dance her.   Judy Garland and half the thrushes in Hollywood

6 hours ago

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

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Expect nothing. Live frugally on surprise. —Alice Walker How do you open yourself to surprise? The Daily Compass offers words and images to inspire spiritual reflection and encourage the creation of a

8 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Hanukkah Experiment

It's Hanukkah! Tonight I assigned one son to making the matzoh ball soup, the other to the latkes. All went well and was coming together deliciously. And then secondborn called out, "Mom, I have an id

14 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

December 18–The Kitchen: Recipe in the Making

My dad made the best lasagna! Christmas dinner was magical every year – sausage meatballs, lettuce with olives, fresh tomatoes, cheap grocery store Italian salad dressing, fresh Italian bread picked u

14 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Kitchen UU 4th Principle

December 17, 2014

Awe-struck; We are shaped and held so intimately by the stories that we are told, and that we tell each other; their words weave us together, stitching souls into the images that define us. It feels l

17 hours ago

The Grove (Site / Info)


shape to fit, or fit to shape...

Gift number 7 with obtuse angle and two equal sides. Today, I worked on Gift number 7, its variations and the chapter that will include it. Swedish Sloyd and Finnish Sloyd were both intended as means

20 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Celebrate the magic of Christmas Eve with FUUN, Family, Friends and Music!

Join Us for FUUN Christmas Eve celebrations December 24th!   5:30 p.m. Family Celebration: All church Christmas Pageant, child dedication, family choir and candlelight **If you would like your child t

20 hours ago

FUUN Blog (Site / Info)


Huckered Down and Huddled Together

A version of this post was originally published almost two years ago, in the midst of a long and stressful winter. And although there is no snow on the ground where I live and we are gearing up for Ch

21 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

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