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Both sides in the Gaza conflict are ill-defined

There are certain issues that I don’t often write about; this isn’t due to apathy but rather the toxic nature of the debate. Guns are one, abortion is another. The discussion has calcified, and most w

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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3 August 2014 Worship and Religious Education

Please join us on Sunday (3 August 2014) at 10:30 AM for “Gifts of the Elders” by Pamela Carlisle with Worship Associate Sarah Boswell. Information is not wisdom and often — in this “information age”

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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana » Announcements (Site / Info)

August 2014 Newsletter Now Online

The August 2014 Newsletter can be found online here.

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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana » Announcements (Site / Info)

Slowly, slowly

Yum, dried apple rings. My parents put these up last fall.  My father spent hours at the apple slicer, cutting countless spirals of fruit. My mother sat nearby, carefully arranging the slices on sheet

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Guardians of the Galaxy—my quicktake, no spoilers

I give it a 9 out of 10. What's strange is I don't think it's objectively as good as several other Marvel movies, yet my desire to see it again soon is stronger than it was with those movies. Maybe it

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

Guardians of the Galaxy recommended TV and movies

Red light, green light

My time in Driver's Ed was long ago and far away, and I have no idea what the law was there and then, but I very much doubt "permissive yellow" was part of the curriculum. Last time I raised an eyebro

8 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

class act

My box making class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking came to a conclusion today with a photo opportunity. These are not all the boxes we made, and a number of them are headed home with my students

8 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Inverted morality

Someone and the inscrutable inner workings of Facebook brought a message from Robert Reich to my attention today, in the ever-popular quickmeme format of text over a picture. ("Because it's pithier wi

10 hours ago

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August 1, 2014

Roy J. Hoxworth Retirement 7/31/14. A commission from my coworkers for a special man and our HR Director. The HR Department: Sheryl Bragg, Kathy Antonucci, Lynne Gracie, Lauren Gilbert and Barbara She

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Body Shame Triggers Mental Illness, Body Love Heals

I have a great TEDx talk to share with you all today: "Change Your World, Not Your Body," given by Jes Baker at TEXx Tucson. It is a fantastic talk about how embracing body love is not just good for u

11 hours ago

Bipolar Spirit (Site / Info)

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How Lord Alfred Douglas is Not Entirely Dissimilar from Potato Salad

A few days ago, I posted a proposal on Kickstarter for research into the life and work of the poet Lord Alfred Douglas.  To my tremendous surprise, even though I told one or two friends about it, my i

12 hours ago

Author Laura Lee (Site / Info)

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Policy amnesia

What makes the news is mostly things going wrong. Props to Jill Replogle and KPBS for answering the question I hadn't seen discussed anywhere: Why Nicaraguan Kids Aren’t Fleeing To U.S. The lede is

13 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Including people with disabilities at church

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InterConnections Tipsheet (Site / Info)

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Responding to hate in New Orleans, and other UUs in the media

UU minister discusses the violation of a New Orleans church In a segment on The Rachel Maddow Show, the Rev. Deanna Vandiver of First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, La., offers a firsth

14 hours ago

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UUs in the Media

Life in American Christendom, remembering Margot Adler, and more

Life in American Christendom The Rev. Dawn Cooley makes a provocative statement about the relationship between Unitarian Universalism and Christianity. Unitarian Universalism may or may not be a Chris

16 hours ago

uuworld.org : The Interdependent Web (Site / Info)

Interdependent Web

PowerUp on “Grieving Well”

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PowerUp with Rev Monica (Site / Info)


Why I Mark the Turning Wheel of the Year

I’m not Buddhist, but I am sort of Buddh-ish.  Compassion, peace and lovingkindness resonate with me. I do meditate.  I’m not a Christian, but I do follow the teachings of a Jewish carpenter from 2000

17 hours ago

Breath and Water (Site / Info)

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How to make Evil Banal (Slavery and Freedom Summer, too)

Inadvertently this blog has stumbled into a little series on the function of covenant in the endless war between banality of evil and civic courage. Given that a few of us are attending to the centena

19 hours ago

Politywonk (Site / Info)

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The DIY Future of Religion in the US

Hevy Keeping the church doors open after the Boomers are dead is the question. I’m not trying to be a controversialist. Like many ministers, I’m betting millions of dollars of other people’s money on

20 hours ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)


Different ways to “sing” the psalm

Each evening, for vespers, I “sing” the Bonum Est Confiteri, Prasm 92:1-4 as it read in the rubrics, and included in the Coverdale version: ¶ Then shall be sang the following Psalm: Bonum Est Confiter

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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