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"We Were Young. We Have Died. Remember Us."

The young dead soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: W

1 hour ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

peace war and Remembering

Asking Micah Bales’s question: Are we capable of planting churches?

A cautionary tale. I’ve worshipped with Micah here in D.C. so I sawa little of what he described but I’m certainly no Quaker, and (happily) have since gone back to my old church. But the critical mass

2 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Quakers Church development Church mission and identity District of Columbia

Overload

There is so much.. too much, really. Too much bad news, too much good news. Too much stimulation. Too many articles to read. Too many new ideas. Too much movement to respond to. Too much death. Too mu

3 hours ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Featured Musings Personal Growth spiritual formation

A service without…

At the risk of austerity-mongering,  it’s worth asking what a small, or new, or fragile church can do without in its worship to make worship sustainable, and to free up money and energy for other part

3 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Mission and Polity

A Peek at Long Beach

Yesterday Jan & I were up for almost twenty-four hours in the madness of moving Jan & Helen the cat to our new home in Long Beach. I’ll remain here for a few days as we try to get a few things togethe

4 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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RevSean (Site / Info)

Birthdays (June 2015)

Many Happy Returns to our UUFP members and friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in June!  They are: Jeannine Christensen Alicia Hofler Helene Drees Susan Lopater Carrie Sheeler Lydia Disney

6 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

2015 Birthdays EDITION: June 2015

Less Successful Deadline Excuses

Golden Girls was on, and I hadn't hear that Sicily story before.   I wasn't feeling it. The colored pencils needed sorting. Chocolate chip pancakes do not make themselves.*  My kids were using my comp

11 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Writing

Bleg: how does the lectionary or church calendar work in once-a-month churches?

This is a blog-beg for preachers and ministers of any denomination who preach or have preached in churches that meet less than weekly, and who use a lectionary or observe a traditional church calendar

16 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Worship Christian Church Preaching

Memorial Day: Expanding the Circle of Grieving

This is the sermon that I delivered at the First UU Church in Toledo, Ohio. May 24, 2015 Memorial Day Reading: From Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight African Americans

16 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

On Not Waiting to be the Hummingbird (sermon)

On Not Waiting to be the Hummingbird: The Life and Death of Lee Hawkins First Parish Church of Groton May 24, 2015 Two decades ago, I had the chance to speak with the coordinator of my grandmother’s h

1 day ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Death Sermons Forrest Church nancy shaffer Chaplaincy Daily Hampshire Gazette Eleanor Lee Hawkins facing death facing mortality hummingbird Lee Hawkins managing one's own death While Still There is Light

Pentecost —The democratic state as a descendent of the Free Church of the Spirit

Readings: Acts 2:1-21 Our responsibility in Society ( The Essential JLA , Skinner House Books, 1998, pp. 163-164) by James Luther Adams We of the Free Church tradition should never forget, or permit o

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

democracy Jesus pluralism Acts Address Church of the Spirit Harris Manchester College James Luther Adams Pentecost Radical Reformation Whitsunday Wycliffe Hall

Central East: more interim ministers needed than available

Submitted without comment. An unlikely circumstance, given the fact there are far more ministers in Unitarian Universalist Association fellowship than settlements. But there you are. We are in an unpr

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalist Association ministers

Ezra Bayda on True Contentment

TEN GUIDELINES TO TRUE CONTENTMENT Ezra Bayda Zen Center of San Diego Everyone wants to be happy, but rarely do simple formulas for happiness really help. To be genuinely happy—not just the superficia

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

As promised to E, photos of Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, from my birding trip there yesterday. This wildlife area is huge. It covers about 25 square miles along the Sacramento River, and when you’re in

1 day ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Road trips

Hidden Talents

My sons often play video games while talking to friends online. They have headsets so we do not have to hear the whole gaggle and the game.   But this also means that to get their attention we have to

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Children

from The Handbook by Epictetus

3. Keep in mind the nature of things: delightful things; useful things; beloved things . . . Start with something small—a cup perhaps. Think: if this breaks, I can bear the loss. Now—work on thinking

1 day ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion #Stoicism

Shooting Stars

A quick flash in the sky A shooting star, a dream Blink and it is gone The vision carried away Somewhere else, beyond But wait. Meteors hit the earth Carving a place For themselves So our dreams can W

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

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This Week's Prayer

Words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all

1 day ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

prayer

Truth and Meaning: Notoriety or Notorious?

When called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, I was pleased to be moving to the City of Modern Explorers. I envisioned living someplace known for innovation, forward thinking

2 days ago

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

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