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April 21–The Grove: In Touch

The human need to be in touch with wild nature is inherent in us.  That need is often masked, but with just a little probing, it’s there for all to see.  Our vacations are almost always to some place

4 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Grove UU 7th Principle

First Bloom

Behold, the first gardenia bloom of the season. Not the most lush or symmetrical, but given the weekend's storms, this seems miracle enough. The weather has been warm enough for flowers for weeks--I'v

6 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Did not see this coming

Soon after our fraud report, and provisional credit, and sending in an affadavit, Key Bank affirmed the credit and closed the incident from someone having helped themselves to $600-some out of our acc

7 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

“The Mask is Our Truer Self”

I’ve given a lot of thought to Oscar Wilde’s phrase “give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth,” if for no other reason that the post I wrote on it a while back is my most perennially popular,

7 hours ago

The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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Earth Day in Roanoke: Saturday April 25th

The Green Team of UUCR will be there.

9 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (Site / Info)

Green Team Blog

I See You Rekia Boyd…

I’ve just returned from an incredible, celebratory and relaxing time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I am not rich and nor do I have a glamorous lifestyle.  I had a little money on a credit card, some de

9 hours ago

spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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Movement or Stillness, Destruction or Growth?

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look l

12 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

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The Big UhOh

A Volvo that looks worse than my car. I dropped by Quality Body and Fender to look in on my little Scion IQ, which couldn’t be driven until a new bumper came from Southern California and could be pain

12 hours ago

spirit flows thru -- Alison Rittger's spiritual reflections on finding the holy in the daily - blog (Site / Info)


A mess of beans

Praise muscle memory and felt sense. Let us not get into the emotion-driven impulse decisions that so taint our lives. Instead, marvel in how our senses take note in background. From infancy, we learn

13 hours ago

Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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Wheel Change

I sit at the roadside; The driver changes the wheel. I don’t like where I’m coming from. I don’t like where I’m going. Why do I watch this wheel-change Impatiently? Translated from the German of Berto

15 hours ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

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On Being an Advocate For the Earth

As Earth Day approaches Wednesday, we are encouraged to remember and lift up to what we can do for planet’s wellbeing.  Some, however, use the day to predict doom and catastrophe.  They lament about t

16 hours ago

Rev. Sam Trumbore (Site / Info)

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Not Just a European Union Responsibility

Way back in what seems like another lifetime,the end of the French-US wars in Indochina sent thousands,if not millions, of desperate Vietnamese, Cambodians, Loatians fleeing the victors by any means a

16 hours ago

Politywonk (Site / Info)

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Simplicity For You, For the Earth

For You Most of us have complicated lives. E-mails, phone calls, working long hours. Carrying the kids to music lessons, soccer practice, play dates or scouts – church. It’s a fast culture and just tr

16 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


The Blank Screen

I did not update this blog last night. It wasn't that our power was out (that was Friday.) It wasn't that I couldn't get to my computer (it was next to me on the couch.) I just couldn't think of a sin

17 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Identity in the online world, or Dr. Alice Dreger Live Tweeting Sex Ed

I’m sure that last week many of you followed the sex ed story of the week that went massively viral about @AliceDreger, the mother who live tweeted her son’s sex ed class. I first saw the story on Vox

17 hours ago

Adolescent Sexuality by Dr. Karen Rayne (Site / Info)

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Pagan Community Notes: Pagans attend Vigil, James Bianchi, Kindred Irminsul and much more!

On Sunday, April 12, nearly 100 people gathered together to honor the life of Yuvette Henderson, a 38-year old woman who was killed in Oakland in February. The vigil and march, organized by the Anti P

18 hours ago

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

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National Poetry Month—Archibald MacLeish, Public Poet

Archibald MacLeish. Archibald MacLeish was born in swanky Glencoe on the Lake Michigan shore north of Chicago on May 7, 1892.   He became one of the most important American poets of the 20th Century a

19 hours ago

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

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The industrialization of American education.

I have been reading How Dewey Lost: The victory of David Snedden and Social Efficiency in the Reform of American Education by David F. Labaree. It is really the story of how a nut case's vision of sch

21 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Pagan and UU Theology: Missiology

I am trying to draw circles around Pagan and Unitarian Universalist (UU) Theologies to see where they overlap. I sense that they are in harmony.

22 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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This seagull is quite literally reflecting—casting a reflection—at the edge of the water. But perhaps, like many people, the seagull also enjoys a time of reflection along the shoreline. Where do you

23 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)