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Transcendence for Atheists

Let’s begin with a neurological reality: we humans are limited in what we can experience. The finite human nervous system can only absorb about 10% of the information around us. The other 90% goes unp

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Dennis McCarty (Site / Info)

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" . . . named after an utterly forgotten divinity" — a set of Hipstamatic photos from Wells-next-the-Sea

Susanna and I have just returned from a week away on the North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea — a lovely, calm and restful time was had by us both. When we got there the cold, overcast and windy

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Fear Not

“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but “fear not.” And if there is one thing that we need in our world, if there’s one thing that we should write on ou

10 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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And a Blessed Evolution Day to You!

Some good news this year from the Pew Research Center for those who care about science and equally, about the long standing campaign against science, particularly biological science (okay climate scie

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Moments of Grace

A couple of days ago, I had one of those grace moments. I woke up earlier than usual and decided to take a walk. It was just before dawn as the first light been to chase away the darkness. We live in

1 day ago

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palisades » Blog (Site / Info)


UU's, Microaggressions and "PC Culture"

Lest any UU get caught up in the hysteria about "PC Culture" and other people's sensitivities about microaggressions, let's review our own experience with these concepts. Nativity scene in front of El

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Helping Black Lives Matter at the White Thanksgiving Table

Apparently, some people are hoping for Adele to come to their Thanksgiving dinner and soothe angry arguments between family members. For the rest of us, preparing for tough conversations is one way to

1 day ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Wrapping Up a Case for Atheism

For the past few weeks I’ve been sharing the text of a presentation in which I debate with myself about whether a personal God exists. In the previous installment, the theist, “Pastor Chris,” conclude

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Theists & Atheists: Communication & Common Ground (Site / Info)

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When Confronted with Unbridled Fear

When confronted with unbridled fear I have only one response:  Love one another. Let me say that in another way:  Be gentle with one another. Let me say that in another way:  Be mindful with one anoth

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South (Site / Info)

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A SONG OF THANKSGIVING James Ishmael Ford 22 November 2015 Pacific Unitarian Church Rancho Palos Verdes, California I really love Thanksgiving. I mean I love the whole thing, soup to nuts. Well, that

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


November 22nd. Pausing. Remembering.

Hard for me to believe it was fifty-two years ago. What a season of sadness. John, Martin, Malcom, Bobby. Shaped the rest of my life…

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


A Big Fat Thumb’s Up for Jade Dragon Mountain

I’ve just finished Elsa Hart’s debut mystery, Jade Dragon Mountain. Mystery queen Donna Leon blurbs it, “This debut historical mystery deftly combines ingenious plotting and suspense with a subtle und

3 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


A podcast before podcasts on hymnology

I took a course in hymnology during my Master of Divinity program at Brite Divinity School around 1996, when the Hymn Society will still housed on campus. The textbooks were written by esteemed hymnol

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Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)


"Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness."

“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.” - Alejandro Jodorowsky (via...

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RevSean (Site / Info)

Bilious Bale is Born

John Bale, most of all a controversialist of the first water, hence the nickname “Bilious Bale,” but also variously a Carmelite friar, an Anglican bishop, literary antiquarian, poet, and playwright, w

3 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Tevye and Trump

Last night I saw a local community theater production of Fiddler on the Roof.  Interestingly, the show opened a revival production on Broadway last night while I was attending the performance here in

3 days ago

Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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Resisting Reactive Fear

A political response driven by reactive fear will not achieve the goal of neutralizing the threat we face from any terrorist organization. These international bad actors need to face the condemnation

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Rev. Sam Trumbore (Site / Info)

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How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

Food Family Friends Paying your pledge this Sunday Or online now!

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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The Fierce Sun

  The sun was fierce this morning It was not a gentle rising No soft breezes were blowing in the new day. The light was bursting With a fire that burned into my eyes Blinding me to beauty Stark the tr

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

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TDR, Terrorism, and Binary Thinking

Today is the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day began in 1999 as a vigil remembering those who have been murdered because of their gender identity.  It has grown from a vigil in San

4 days ago

Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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