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Why I Take Pictures

I keep my camera and my camera phone nearby most of the time.  Not because I am an award-winning photographer. Not because I am much for selfies. But because I want to remember the sweet crazy wonderf

2 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

We All Own a Small Portion of the Truth

I was browsing YouTube today when I came across a wonderful video of Karen Armstrong called “Author Karen Armstrong’s Thoughts on God.” In it, she speaks on the nature of God […]

7 hours ago

Window On Religion (Site / Info)

Religion spirituality Interfaith Islam Written Reflections mysticism incarnation interfaith dialogue ground of all being videos

#Thanksgiving at the Greyhound Station

1. Hell is a bus station on a holiday. I read as I wait, thinking Sartre most likely had something figured out. 2. Thanksgiving eve with a crowd so large even TV news joins in and little kids gather b

9 hours ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion #poem #poetry

Dear Strapped Student

This post is regarding a controversy at Starr King School for Ministry, one of our Unitarian Universalist seminaries. You can read about the conflict at the New York Times, the UU World, and a recent

10 hours ago

Speaking of... (Site / Info)


Thinking of JFK

He died today fifty-one years ago. I don’t need to see that bit of film showing his being murdered. This is what I find myself thinking of today…

13 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


The radiant life

Last week, Dad spent quite a bit of time talking with my sisters and me about World War II. I think it is very difficult for us now to understand how traumatic those war years were, and to understand

17 hours ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Meditations James Luther Adams Ralph Waldo Emerson Reinhold Niebuhr Rufus Jones

Responses to "A More Beautiful World"

My friend Rev. Ian White Maher stirred up a bit of conversation when I published his guest post "A More Beautiful World: The Challenges of Unitarian Universalist Military Chaplaincy." In addition to s

19 hours ago

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


A strange compulsion

Today I briefly considered rendering lard from pork fat.  Maybe I am getting a little too obsessed with next week's tamalada...

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

The Danger of a Single Story

Sermon and Story from Worship Service November 16, 2014Story (from various sources) Apparently the commander of a vessel that was engaged in maneuvers in heavy weather was on the bridge late one night

1 day ago

Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


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

1 day ago

RevThom (Site / Info)

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

1 day ago

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,

1 day ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Concord, Mass. Assabet River

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

1 day ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Transgender Poetry Standing on the Side of Love Genderqueer OWL ministerial formation trans* Dante's Inferno definition of cisgender gender binary gender spectrum healthy sexuality It Gets Better Let the Foul Harpies Starve the GENDER book

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

1 day ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Ministry UUA

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

1 day ago

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

1 day ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Spiritual practices walking


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

1 day ago

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

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Technology Church administration


I'm taking a couple of days next week to hang out with a couple of friends. Packing has started, in my own special way. #1. Presents #2. Books I might have time to read #3. Groceries for a cooking adv

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Picture Book Advent For UU Children

One cool idea for Advent that I have seen is to wrap a picture book for each day of advent, then the kids get to unwrap it and you all read it together.  This made me think that there are … Continue r

2 days ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)

Faith Formation At Home Books I Recommend