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Modern Uncertainty: “Meeting the Universe Halfway”

A member of the congregation I serve emailed me recently on the topic about modern uncertainty: In the nineteenth century, Robert Browning could write, “God ‘s in His heaven — All’s right with the wor

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)


pattern recognition

After removing 25 feral hogs from the immediate neighborhood we had had some hopes of returning to normal and have begun restoring the rock wall that form the garden beds around our home. I am pretty

1 hour ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Resetting the Conversation on Purity

We have been unable to separate debate on polytheist concepts from our feelings about individual polytheists. Our discussion of the role of purity in polytheism has been derailed by impurities in our

2 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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The Mindfulness of Stoicism: Practice Self Control

I have been blogging about Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). Number one is Write and Reflect in the Morning. The second is Focus on Your Goals. T

2 hours ago

meditations, translations (Site / Info)

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The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Four

Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual practice nowadays). http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uucollective/2016/08/the-mindfulness-of-

2 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Bad Magic

In the medical profession informed consent is the basis for medical ethics, patients must understand the planned treatment and consent to it before it can start. Such consent belongs at the center of

3 hours ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Take a Chance

They say that you have to play to win, but the saying leaves out an important part of the equation. What is the prize that you really want? Are you buying your tickets for the jackpot that really mean

4 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 25–Return Again: Our Principles-7

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explici

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Return Again UU 7th Principle

Everyone everywhere wants to tell women what to wear

The move against religious attire in France- in practice meaning various types of coverings used by some Muslim women- is not new. Recently, however, the brand of secularism touted by French authoriti

8 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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435 rigged elections

Give or take. The House has been so well gerrymandered that even after Clinton wins by a landslide and the Senate tips back to the Democrats, the GOP and Paul Ryan will still be swinging the gavel. Da

10 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

CPAP, da da CPAP

I’ve done the two sleep studies and tried the CPAP the second time. I remember I had wicked drymouth but do have Biotene spray. I got the machine today and did nap but upstairs so I haven’t tried it h

11 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Kubo and the Two Strings — mini-review, no spoilers

I enjoyed this but didn't love it as much as some people have, for a number of small reasons that aren't worth going into. So much depends on endings, and this one has a smart ending, but I felt like

12 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)


Urban Decay’s “Razor Sharp” Ad

Urban Decay, a make-up company I adore and have written about many times in positive terms, produced this ad [click to enlarge]: Rightly called out for going over the edge of their self-description as

19 hours ago

PeaceBang (Site / Info)

Cultural Commentary

Buzz Coil: August 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog): HecateDemeter:

20 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

Buzz Coils

Now this more alluring offer

Paul Ryan asks me "Who are you rooting for?" and offers a flight, hotel & tickets to go see... the Wisconsin Badgers hosting the LSU Tigers in Green Bay, to open the college football season. That woul

23 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Pagans Take a Public Stand for Florida Everglades

[The Wild Hunt welcomes Nathan Hall as today’s guest journalist . He makes his home in South Florida where he works for a local media company and lives with his wife and soon-to-be first child. He gre

23 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Honoring the Goddess

UUFP member Allison Black offered the following homily as part of recent Sunday services on the subject of “Kinship with the Earth”. Goddess Circle is a discussion group that is open to everyone who w

23 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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poliiticians love charter schools. Scientists have other things in mind.

This exposé of charter schools is interesting, and while it might be unfair to paint all charter schools with the same broad brush, when politicians of both parties climb in bed with an idea, perhaps

1 day ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

HymnsoftheSpirit.org is back

I had some site problems this last week. My old main blog, BoyintheBands.com, was badly hacked and in the process of hardening the other sites against attack, I ruined the WordPress install for my hom

1 day ago

Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Media roundup: UU church sues to install solar panels

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

1 day ago

UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)