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UNCO 14: the vocation of ministry

Christy led a session at UNCO 14 on the vocation of ministry. First, he had us list everything that a minister does, or should do, or that people want them to do, under the heading of “Describe the vo

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UNCO 14: writing as a spiritual practice

Mindi convened a session at UNCO 14 on writing as a spiritual practice, and as a way to make money. Participants in this session included several bloggers, a novelist or two, and nonfiction writers wr

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UNCO 14: pastoral self-care

Derrick convened a very helpful UNCO session on self care for pastors. As the 15 pastors who were present talked about this issue, one thing stood out for me: most congregations may be willing to hear

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UNCO 14: ecclesiology and entrepreneurship

During the UNCO 14 session on ecclesiology and entrepreneurship, convened by my old friend Ms. M, I got to hear a little about innovative ministries, and innovative approaches to ministry, that UNCO p

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Why I Worship the Gods

This is why I worship the Gods, and why I think that’s a good thing even if the Gods aren’t always as pleasant as we’d like them to be.

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Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives

Please listen to this James Taylor song before reading the sermon, it was the meditation preceding the sermon and is woven into the sermon.  It was sung live by the wonderful muscian Peter Mayer - htt

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On Fall and Long Goodbyes

Fall tends to be a somewhat polarizing season, I have noticed. People either love it. Or they hate it. There are so many things to love about this time of year. Football and school routines. Bright re

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Protected: The Difference When You Make a Difference

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Hitch in their gitalong

After the north Idaho City of Coeur d'Alene passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination for "sexual orientation and gender identity/expression" in housing, employment and public accommodations, the

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saga of the 3-d printed lego...

Today we printed our first lego™ using a makerbot 3-D printer. This was our prototype to find out if it will indeed work. It did. Now the students are excited that they will each get to print their ow

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Outbreak, continued

We just this week got around to watching our DVR'd copy of Frontline's Sept. 9 piece on the current Ebola outbreak (the "deadliest on record" as they subhead it, in that deadly serious narrator's voic

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Adult Religious Education – November 2014

Classes meet on Wednesday nights 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Childcare is available. The schedule is subject to change; please click the link

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Turn it down, shut it off, keep it small: Heating

The leaves are turning and falling. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are coming on. So are our heating systems. If you care at all about climate change and the environment, or if you simply care

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Green Team Blog

removing barriers to participation in governance.

Join me on a thought experiment, won’t you? In this blog posting, I want to explore an idea, not advocating a particular pathway; to think outside the box and see what happens. Imagine with me that th

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Artists: Please Stop Apologizing for Wanting to Make a Living.

In my other life I manage a ballet dancer. So I get a lot of ballet-related posts in my media stream. Today I started to read a story called Why All Those Rules? It was written by ballet teacher Amand

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UNCO arts and crafts

UNCO is not all talk. Deb brought supplies from her crafts closet to UNCO 14, and set up a table with collage materials, including a couple of old hymnals. She put a placard on this table: “Revision A

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Summer Seminary’s Emergent Properties

Some of the programming at Summer Seminary 2014 was structured, like our time spent at Meadville Lombard Theological School learning about discerning the call, theology, faith formation, UU history an

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The Meaning of the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) for Today

Parker Palmer, in his modern spiritual classic A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life relates the classic Daoist tale known as “The Woodcarver”: A master carver, made a bell stand of

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The Shifting Landscape of Marriage Equality

The movement towards marriage equality in the United States has taken on a different tone in the year 2014. The term “marriage equality” itself is a seismic shift from the debate over “same-sex marria

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education of the senses...

In my woodshop, I have begun work on the boxes for gifts number 5 and 6 which are larger than the boxes for gifts 3 and 4 as you can see in the photo above. The techniques used to make the boxes can b

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