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October 22 – The Library: Shared

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.” ― Charlotte Brontë I remember when I was a child, and the books in the school library each had a small card in an envelope

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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It appears that my voice-recognition software is not as much of a time saver as I thought it would be.  Any ideas what I meant  to say here? universal is in disney big dreams for what could be a kiss

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Thankful on an autumn day

Daisy the Dog has been recovering from an injury and today was a high point. Clean dressings, fewer drugs and no vet visit tomorrow. She’s on the mend. We’ve gone to the vet every day for several days

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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A Game of Chess: The New Jim Crow Over & Over (Part II)

As I have written about in Part I, I am currently “reading” (listening as I drive) to Michelle Alexander’s amazing book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This book wa

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irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found this morning.  Tonight we poured out our stories and our songs, our prayers and our tears. Tonight we reminded ea

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Crazy Making: The Short Road from Boston to Ferguson

October 22, 2014 is the 19th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation.  This day has received renewed interest in light of the events

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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The Chicago Couriers Union: a lesson for IWW solidarity union organizers

Recently  Juan Conatz put a copy of my 2007 article "The Chicago Couriers Union: a lesson for IWW solidarity union organizers" up on libcom. The piece appeared in the Industrial Worker and served as t

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


UNCO 14: the vocation of ministry

Christy led a session at UNCO 14 on the vocation of ministry. First, he had us list everything that a minister does, or should do, or that people want them to do, under the heading of “Describe the vo

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: writing as a spiritual practice

Mindi convened a session at UNCO 14 on writing as a spiritual practice, and as a way to make money. Participants in this session included several bloggers, a novelist or two, and nonfiction writers wr

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: pastoral self-care

Derrick convened a very helpful UNCO session on self care for pastors. As the 15 pastors who were present talked about this issue, one thing stood out for me: most congregations may be willing to hear

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14: ecclesiology and entrepreneurship

During the UNCO 14 session on ecclesiology and entrepreneurship, convened by my old friend Ms. M, I got to hear a little about innovative ministries, and innovative approaches to ministry, that UNCO p

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Why I Worship the Gods

This is why I worship the Gods, and why I think that’s a good thing even if the Gods aren’t always as pleasant as we’d like them to be.

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Like Sands Through the Hourglass, So Are the Days of Our Lives

Please listen to this James Taylor song before reading the sermon, it was the meditation preceding the sermon and is woven into the sermon.  It was sung live by the wonderful muscian Peter Mayer - htt

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Shift Happens (Site / Info)

On Fall and Long Goodbyes

Fall tends to be a somewhat polarizing season, I have noticed. People either love it. Or they hate it. There are so many things to love about this time of year. Football and school routines. Bright re

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Christine Organ (Site / Info)

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Protected: The Difference When You Make a Difference

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Growing Vital Leaders (Site / Info)

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Hitch in their gitalong

After the north Idaho City of Coeur d'Alene passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination for "sexual orientation and gender identity/expression" in housing, employment and public accommodations, the

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

saga of the 3-d printed lego...

Today we printed our first lego™ using a makerbot 3-D printer. This was our prototype to find out if it will indeed work. It did. Now the students are excited that they will each get to print their ow

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Outbreak, continued

We just this week got around to watching our DVR'd copy of Frontline's Sept. 9 piece on the current Ebola outbreak (the "deadliest on record" as they subhead it, in that deadly serious narrator's voic

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Adult Religious Education – November 2014

Classes meet on Wednesday nights 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. and Sunday mornings 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Childcare is available. The schedule is subject to change; please click the link

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FUUN Blog (Site / Info)

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Turn it down, shut it off, keep it small: Heating

The leaves are turning and falling. Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are coming on. So are our heating systems. If you care at all about climate change and the environment, or if you simply care

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (Site / Info)

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