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Emerson's Ecstasies: Taking Religious Experience Seriously

This lecture was delivered on 9/11/2014 at The Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, as the kick-off for the 2014-2015 Spiritual Education for Adults program. The topic I’ve chosen

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RevThom (Site / Info)

The Ground of Hope

“Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.” - Radio DJ Casey Kasem’s signature sign-off Hope can go bad. We can use hope to evade reality and escape into rosy fantasies. In the nam

2 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Tail race from Damon Mill

Dad’s condo is across the street from Damon Mill in West Concord, a mid-nineteenth century brick mill building now converted to offices. The old outflow stream from the mill, technically a “tail race,

3 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Concord, Mass. Assabet River

The Gender Spectrum: A Workshop, A Blogpost, A Poem

“Sexuality is who you go to bed with. Gender identity is who you to bed as.” So sayeth the authors of The GENDER Book at a workshop I attended last night. In the summer and fall of 2010, there was … C

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irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Transgender Poetry Standing on the Side of Love Genderqueer OWL ministerial formation trans* Dante's Inferno definition of cisgender gender binary gender spectrum healthy sexuality It Gets Better Let the Foul Harpies Starve the GENDER book

Ministry and Beyond* [Landrum]

 Our UUA President, Peter Morales, wrote a well-known position paper titled "Congregations and Beyond," in which he talked about how our Association can cultivate organizations beyond congregations th

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

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What I Want in a UUA President [Landrum]

The call for applicants for the next UUA president from the Presidential Search Committee is happening, and it has a lot of people talking about who should throw their name in to the PSC, and what thi

8 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

The spiritual adventure of city walking

I took up regular walking because I needed to tend my physical self better. Most weeks, I walk five days, and usually, I’m walking around San Francisco. I took it up as exercise for the body, but it’s

8 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Spiritual practices walking


My memory is a little messed up. In 2007-early 2008, I had severe back problems and was on pretty heavy pain meds for about 18 months. Within that year, I had three surgical procedures, each one requi

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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Serving the online church

I’ve signed up for so many accounts to manage my business relations with companies lately that I wonder what services a church — say, program-sized or larger — might offer online. I’m not suggesting t

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Technology Church administration


I'm taking a couple of days next week to hang out with a couple of friends. Packing has started, in my own special way. #1. Presents #2. Books I might have time to read #3. Groceries for a cooking adv

18 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Picture Book Advent For UU Children

One cool idea for Advent that I have seen is to wrap a picture book for each day of advent, then the kids get to unwrap it and you all read it together.  This made me think that there are … Continue r

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The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)

Faith Formation At Home Books I Recommend

Jazz At The Movies play "Meglio Stasera" from the film "The Pink Panther" (1963)

L. to r., Joanna Eden, Alan Barnes & Chris Ingham One of the bands I'm enjoying playing with at the moment is "Jazz At The Movies". Last month we played at the Mumford theatre, Cambridge, England, (10

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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direct democracy in the UUA.

This post originally appeared at the Lively Tradition. Please leave any comments there.    Assumption #1: That we want to bring more diverse voices to the table of governance at General Assembly. Assu

1 day ago

Speaking of... (Site / Info)

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Subjectivity, Existence, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

All of us are born into a world we do not understand. All human beings who have ever lived were born into a world they did not understand. What has humanity done with the mystery of our existence? We

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Thinking about Universalist conventions and clear paths

I developed a better appreciation of Universalist conventions this year, largely following my research at the Universalist archives at Harvard-Andover library. On the one hand, it makes me appreciate

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism Mission and Polity

Dick Turns Eighty Four

Dick Smothers turns eighty-four today. He & his brother Tom were pretty important cultural figures in the great uproar that became the “nineteen sixties.” Their brief two-year run “Smothers Brothers C

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


It's a Hard Life

But someone's got to nap.

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Sane Holidays

I wrote this yesterday on my Facebook Page and it got a lot of “shares,” so I’m posting it here, too: Now is the time to strategize the holidays so that you don’t get suckered into doing things or goi

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PeaceBang (Site / Info)

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Current and Future State of Unitarian Universalist Scholarship

Tomorrow I am going to participate in a panel at Collegium on the Current and Future State of Unitarian Universalist Scholarship. Here are the remarks, based largely upon the survey I conducted, I pre

2 days ago

Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


Direct Democracy in the UUA? by Rev, Dawn Cooley

Assumption #1: That we want to bring more diverse voices to the table of governance at General Assembly. Assumption #2: What we have been doing is not working. Assumption #3: Continuing to do the same

2 days ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)