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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)

Obama’s Immigration Mandate: What the President Got Wrong

Immigration activist Aviva Chomsky takes a close look at President Obama's new immigration plan and finds it sorely lacking.

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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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

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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,

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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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)

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UUs celebrate marriage equality in three more states, and other UUs in the media

UUs celebrate expanded marriage equality Officiating a same-sex wedding in Shawnee County, Kans., the Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, felt it was a momen

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uuworld.org : UUs in the Media (Site / Info)

UUs in the Media

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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UU 102: What I Want in a UUA President

We’ve heard what Tony Lorenzen and Tom Schade want from the next UUA President. Now Rev. Cynthia Landrum speaks, and she’s using my language–numbers! Did you know the last four presidents of the UUA w

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John A Arkansawyer (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism UU 102

5, 5b and 6

I have been working on gifts 5, 5b and 6 and the chapter that includes these gifts. This photo shows the set of blocks that Froebel designed as set number 5. This was the set of blocks used by older c

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Mike Nichols—A Master’s Touch

Nichols and May in action. The stool and the director’s chair were two of the perches from which Mike Nichols made entertainment history in a career that spanned nearly than 60 years.   The stool repr

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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout (Site / Info)

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terms abused online: "straw man" and "goalpost-moving"

Straw man and Moving the goalposts both have useful meanings, but online, the more common definitions are: Straw man: "I don't have an answer to that, so I'm declaring it irrelevant." Goalpost moving:

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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

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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

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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Transgender remembrance, UUA politics, congregational matters, and more

Transgender Day of Remembrance Barb Greve recognizes the importance of a transgender day of remembrance, but wishes for more. It’s an important act: to memorialize the dead, particularly those killed

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

Interdependent Web

Column: What Lies Beneath

“My world, my Earth is a ruin. A planet spoiled by the human species. We multiplied and fought and gobbled until there was nothing left, and then we died. We controlled neither appetite nor violence;

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The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective. (Site / Info)

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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)

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Growing Religious Exploration, One Sunday Night Supper at a Time

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)

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Snowed In

For some people there is nothing better than being snowed in, cozy in their favorite retreat without any possibility of intrusion. For others being snowed in is a nightmare in which they are cut off f

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


November 21 – The Kitchen: Bread Magic

Baking bread from scratch is an act of diligence, faith, and extreme patience.  I have found nothing as centering as the task of baking bread.  It is an investment of time and energy and focus – deep

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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