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The Mystery of the Season

One of the down sides to becoming a professional church person is that your opportunities for Saturday night parties become extremely limited. Last weekend I took advantage of one, while I still have

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The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)


Christmas Morn: Advent's Mental Health Day

I know you want to turn away.  It is a hard image to see that you cannot then unsee.  It will be there with you forever.  Yes, that is a collapsed fruitcake.  I was cooking it.  You may remember that

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Burbania Posts! (Site / Info)

Advent Calendar Posts 2014

We are not powerless

As we approach Christmas, and before our collective attention span shrinks as short as the daylight, I want to put a concluding thought on the series of posts around Unitarian Universalist social enga

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Slice of Life - Meet the Neighbors

Among our "natural"* neighbors are free range peafowl. The peahen shown in this picture was a few feet from my front door when I first saw her today. They're pretty brazen--getting treats from adorers

9 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Trauma-Informed Meditation Protocol

During my upcoming trip to Burma, I will be leading daily meditation sessions for my study group.  Most of these fellow travelers have only a minimal familiarity with meditation.  We will be spending

13 hours ago

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Self-Care: Throw a Rockin' Pity Party!

I have given my little speech on pity parties to three different people this past week, so it seems something is in the air. Let me share my view on pity parties with anyone who needs it: Namely: I'm

14 hours ago

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Policy Board Message: Food & Drink in Sactuary

A message from the Policy Board. Dear fellow UU’s.  At last night’s policy board meeting the Sunday Services Committee requested that we not have food and drink in the Sanctuary during services.  This

18 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Announcements food policy EDITION: January 2015 GROUPS Policy Board Beverages sactuary

Hope 2

Why is hope so important? Is there something to it beyond wishful thinking, living in the future instead of the present, and being in denial about reality? Let's explore these questions. Serenity Pray

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Address Opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

At the request of students from Adrian College, I was asked to speak at a protest on the Capitol steps in Lansing in opposition to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) on December

23 hours ago

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Heartbroken in America

This week my guest blogger is Jim Foti, the assistant minister at the congregation I serve. He delivered a version of this reflection over the weekend. We hold in our hearts the United States, as our

1 day ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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In My Father's House There are Many Mansions...

In John 14:2, the Christian Bible reads "My Father's house has many rooms." This verse, actually a prooftext for Trinitarian Christianity, is not one you'll hear often in UU selections from the New Te

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A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

Hanukkah Experiment

It's Hanukkah! Tonight I assigned one son to making the matzoh ball soup, the other to the latkes. All went well and was coming together deliciously. And then secondborn called out, "Mom, I have an id

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

It Kicks off with the Saturnalia

The good folk at Wikipedia assert that on this day in 497 before our common era the Romans first celebrated the Saturnalia. It occurred at the dedication of a temple to Saturn, god of agriculture, and

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Donwanna Grow Up!

Being a grown up means being responsible and making healthy choices. Like, say, not staying up until midnight when the alarm goes off at 5:45 AM. But "When Harry Met Sally" is on.

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Winter Walk

Desiccated bronze orphans, aligned along branches, rustling symphony trembling in the wind. Brittle flags hanging, minor testament to doggedness, multiple casualties dropping to ground. I know they ar

2 days ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Tonight's Statement to the Jackson City Council

Earlier this year, Jackson Together, with the support of the HRC, Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association, PFLAG, and more, asked once again for this City Council to take up the issue of a Non

2 days ago

Rev. Cyn (Site / Info)

No Hope?

"Hope" isn't always a good thing. Sometimes "hope" urges wishful thinking when a dose of reality would be more helpful. Hope might consist of dreaming when awakening might be what's called for. Hope d

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Last two Coming of Age Statements

Asher Meyer Hello everyone, my name is Asher. Now I have been asked to write a speech about faith and what I believe in along with my three great friends who took the coming of age program with me inc

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)


New Member Recognition Biographies

Amy Hedges returned to the Hampton Roads area this summer with her two boys Robert and Dylan after more than a decade away. Amy grew up an Army brat, went to Southern California for college, Eastern V

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Uncategorized 2015 EDITION: January 2015 New Members

Don’t Let the Light Go Out

The Feast of Hanukkah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in particular and the resistance of a religious people to eradication and assimilation in general, begins at sundown today, to be ce

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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