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The Ferguson Challenge: Talking Across Race

I just returned from business travel that required flying in and out of Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. I had to take a taxi from the airport to where I was scheduled to work. Though

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Ferguson: Cynicism and a Smartphone

I have to admit that the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri have triggered mostly cynicism for me. In the US we have periodic paroxysms of piety triggered by events that happen every day but occasion

1 hour ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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The Sacred in Music

Poetry and music engage us in ways beyond what can be contained in prose alone. Poetry uses language playfully to gesture beyond the more straightforward meaning of most texts, offering the possibilit

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Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a new feature, hopefully helpful

With all the talk about student debt, low salaries, missing employment, unwanted bivocationality and plain-old poverty in the ministry, it makes some sense to address ways of saving money as a way of

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Knowing Your Limits

My Nissan Leaf, like all electric cars, has a range. In perfect conditions I might get close to a hundred miles on a full charge. We don't always get perfect conditions, though. If it's hot out (and e

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Drawing faces, finding one’s style

That was about the most exciting thing about drawing this week. I’ve been focusing on faces more often. Pleasingly, I liked the second better than the first, and the third better than the second. I go

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)



By Joanne Dingus The theme for September is “Belonging.” Each service in September will take a look at what it means to belong in terms of our community, our faith, our earth. The Good News of Unitari

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Children's Religious Education EDITION: September 2014

The Road to Hell Is Paved By People with Good Intent…or White Ferguson Is Living Life As Usual (#Ferguson)

Unlike Plaidshoes, who has only been here in the St. Louis area for 20 yrs., I am a second generation native (both of my parents were born here, but none of my grandparents were). When Brown v. Board

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)


American Intifada: Ferguson and the coming insurrection

At the beginning of the trouble in Ferguson, Missouri, a friend wrote on his Facebook page, “What is going on in Ferguson?” To which I replied, “An American intifada.” To be sure, it is not a perfect

17 hours ago

Held In The Light (Site / Info)

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This past week has been heart-wrenching for those of us seeking dignity, justice and equity for all people. The African American men, women and children in Ferguson, Missouri, have been subject to and

21 hours ago

UUWF Blog (Site / Info)


feeling impotent about Ferguson.

As a minister, I am called to pay attention; to pay attention to what is going on in the world around me, particularly when I would rather focus on much easier topics. To bear witness to the highs and

21 hours ago

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Go 90: Intercultural Sensitivity 5

The fourth stage in the development of intercultural sensitivity is acceptance. At this stage, there is nonjudgmental openness and curiosity about differences but a lack of skills for entering into th

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Intercultural Sensitivity

The Only Fight

The symbol to the left is normally used to denote support for cancer awareness.  I’ve turned it upside down as a symbol of my commitment to end the cancer of racism.  Upside down, its shape is also a

22 hours ago

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Micro-alterations in liturgy

One of the principles I brought into my morning and evening prayer practice is that I would read the prayers as printed until became accustomed to them. I would borrow their voice and let it become mi

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Noting a Revolution as It Births

It was on this day in 1858 that the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London published two articles, one by Charles Darwin and the other by Alfred Russel Wallace, both outlining the

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


#68 Suffering on Trial

In my latest article for the UU World magazine, “Suffering on Trial,” I explore how suffering plays a key role …<p>Continue reading →

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#Ferguson In Light of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, and Isaac

I got to preach at First Unitarian-St.Louis on August 3rd—six days before Mike Brown was killed. Unless I just can’t find one that fits, I always have one of my readings from the Bible (preferably Heb

1 day ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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A Make-ahead Recipe For A Day You're Not Home

The start of the church year means I'm busy busy, with lots of organizational meetings and such. Also summer in Houston means that cooking is a stress on my AC unit... Time for the crockpot. Crockpot

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Like many across our nation and the world, I am grieving the tragic events that have once again beset our country. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager by Ferguson, MO police is troublin

1 day ago

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

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Are We and Our Creations Natural, Spiritual or Beautiful?

1950 Mercury Sedan Main Street Reunion Napa CA      College Cove near Trinidad CA                  Being a lover of nature and the arts, I am accustomed to seeing beauty in natural scenes or in self-c

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Mediterranean Wisdom (Site / Info)