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A Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin: So What’s Our Excuse? (A Humanist “Theology” of Radical Welcome)

Mystical and Scientific The author of the Gospel of Matthew reports Jesus saying, “If you welcome your sisters and brothers only, what are you doing more than others? (5:47) Monk and mystic Thomas Mer

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Ubuntu Linux for Ministry: a feature for orders of service

So, this hasn’t been a weekly Thursday feature as I intended. Nor is this, properly speaking, a Ubuntu Linux-only feature, as it’s uses LibreOffice Writer, and that’s available for Windows and Mac OS

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Sleep And Other Overdoses

I love sleeping in. Oh, to sleep until noon would be so delicious. And yet... Like many people, I do best when I stick to a fairly regular sleep schedule. Messing with the timing or the total time muc

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Shameless Self Promotion: Karen Wants to be a Minister on GoFundMe

CLICK HERE: http://www.gofundme.com/enriws This was the exact response from the husband when I brought up the whacky idea of doing some crowdsourced fundraising.  You know: Kickstarter.  Indiegogo.  T

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Can Unitarian Universalism Speak To #Ferguson? (Thoughts One Month After)

With the news that the grand jury investigating whether charges should be levelled against Officer Wilson has been extended until January (not a good sign) and polls showing the wide chasm between how

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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Thai Buddhist Festival (Special Invitation)

by Brad Garbus I wanted to extend a very special invitation from Wat Pasantidhamma, the Buddhist Temple in Carrollton, to attend their Festival and Thai market. I apologize for the extremely short not

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Why “Millennials” Leave

This blog post gives a conservative Christian “millennial” young adult’s perspective on the times and why young adults are not coming to church. The reasons seem more timeless than something to do wit

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Reflections (Site / Info)


Contradictions: On the Road 3

In real life, this Neal Cassady, with his crazy intensity of life, unstoppable energy, overwhelming charm, and savvy hustle, did only a little writing: published some poems and an autobiographical nov

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

On the Road

Motivation Toward Ministry, Part 3

In Parts #1 and #2, we created this chart and defined external/internal and history/future as dimensions of our possible call or deepest motivations. Let me place myself on this chart and explain my d

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

“The Poetic Expression of Unitarianism”

I’m going to meditate on the tradition of “lyric theism.” But first, some documents to give some context. From Modern Words of Religion, edited by Carlyle Summerbell (1915) THE POETIC EXPRESSION OF UN

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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After a long long day, I pulled through the McDonald's drive-thru for a small order of fries. I am not sure when I last had McDonald's fries. But I was looking forward to these suckers. And they were

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

An invitation to the party (haiku)

Your experience Bound with collective vision Shapes our work today Courage, friends!

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Sanctioned Prejudice

Cardinal Francis George, Head of the Archdiocese of Chicago, writes in a column for Catholic New World (September 7-20, 2014):   “In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval t

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The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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Motivation toward Ministry #2

We are talking about where our deepest motivations for ministry come from. In Part#1, we talked about the difference between an external call and internal motivation.  We represented that dichotomy wi

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Ordinary Heroism

I was driving down the highway. While the radio was on to my favorite local NPR station, to be honest I wasn’t really listening. Then I caught a fragment of a sentence, from a Boston doctor who was ob

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Saw in Toronto: picture of the church inside on the outside

I saw something clever when Husband and I vacationed in Toronto this summer. We passed by a United Church of Canada parish church — a huge edifice, with what I guess is historically small congregation

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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So Much Chart Paper...

We do a fair amount of brainstorming and sharing of ideas around here, and while we have white boards in most classrooms, we still go through rather a lot of those sticky easel pad sheets.  Yes, I pur

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Amidst the din of global news and professional things-to-do, one of my great joys and daily forms of calming-my-soul-and-mind the past several weeks has been the recipe. What a wonderful meditative ac

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Walking Back from the Edge – A World Overcome with Posturing

Delivered September 14, 2014 - Rev. David A. Miller © Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito A Unitarian Universalist Association Congregation—Solana Beach, Ca (quickly edited version)  Las

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Shift Happens (Site / Info)

Dean/Neal: On the Road 2

Neal Cassady In Kerouac's iconic novel, On the Road , the first-person narrator is Sal Paradise, who is Jack Kerouac himself, is haunted by the idea of Dean Moriaty. This Dean Moriarty represents wild

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

On the Road