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How the Unitarians and the Universalists Saved Christmas

HOW THE UNITARIANS SAVED CHRISTMAS Rev. Kit Ketcham, Dec. 21, 2014 Pacific UU Fellowship PART I,   THE ROOTS OF CHRISTMAS          I hope I don’t sound too snarky, but something happened recently that

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Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show: A New Gig (Site / Info)

A Prayer From the Mall of America

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult

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Rev. Meg Riley (Site / Info)

A Mouse On A Cat On A Dog

[I wrote this as a church newsletter column in 2000. Enjoy. - PB]   A Mouse On A Cat On A Dog After a lunch appointment one day last year in downtown Washington, DC, I walked around a corner and … Con

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PeaceBang (Site / Info)

Mind of the Minister Greatest Hits Theological Reflection

Question of the day: Why aren't women's bicycle saddles the default for bicycles?

I've ridden on women's saddles because Emma and I share bikes sometime, and I've never thought a woman's saddle was less comfortable.

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

December 21, 2014

And so the longest night begins...

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My Buddhagan Chronicles (Site / Info)

The Longest Night @BFUU

It is the dark time of the year. Each day has grown shorter as we have approached the winter solstice. So often we use light as a positive symbol. Our flaming chalice is only one example. The Hanukah

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism Sermons winter solstice

Our Holiday

Christmas! It’s OUR holiday. What do you mean? Unitarians made this season what it is. Consider: what does Christmas mean? It means the mass of Christ, the celebration of the birth of a Palestinian pr

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)



A MULTIGENERATIONAL, ALMOST TRADITIONAL, CHRISTMAS PAGEANT As Celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Providence (This service was first based upon one originally designed for the First Parish in

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


parsimony and craftsmanship

How to drill from corner to corner? A couple years back I was accused of being parsimonious, and was puzzled at being insulted before it was explained to me that parsimony was a good thing. My underst

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

A Blessed Solstice

Today marks the Winter Solstice, unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case its the Summer Solstice. The day is traditionally thought to be the longest night and shortest day of the yea

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

Paganism winter solstice Yule

Christmas Bells

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Call And Response (Site / Info)

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St. Mary, Mother of God, pray with us

Less a proper blog post than a thought, perhaps to amplify later. I’ve read — but forget where — that Christmas is the time when Protestants become (more) Catholic. A higher regard for the saints and

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Holidays Unitarian Universalist family matters Saints

The Holly King

In the Celtic tradition the winter solstice brings an end to the reign of the Holly King, and the ascendency of his brother the Oak King. While this time of the longest night marks the beginning of wi

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Cathedral of the soul

Stepping, noisy footfalls echo within the cathedral of the soul; upon the rough-hewn altar, without a single dab of ostentation lays communion, not yet begun for the person who owns this hallowed chur

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

Poetry poem Soul verse cathedral

Everybody Does it Whether they Know it or Not

“Everybody celebrates Solstice,” the smug pagan said, “They just don’t know it.” Don’t you hate a smug pagan about as much as an outraged Bible thumper or a self righteous atheist?   O.K. maybe not.  

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

Paganism Christmas winter solstice Yule Chanukah Christina Rossetti In the Bleak Midwinter Meán Geimhridh Mōdraniht Sol Invictus Stonehenge

Dear Mary: A Letter to the Mother of Jesus

One of the best-known images of this season is that of the Manger. The figures tell the story of a mythic scene from 2000 years ago, and they are perfectly silent. A wall of silence separates THEN fro

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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Important times for Solstice

All are Eastern Standard Time. 12/21 4:47 pm sunset - longest night begins 12/21 6:03 pm solstice proper 12/21 8:36 pm new moon 12/21 12:03 am mid-night 12/22 7:23 am sunrise - longest night ends

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My Buddhagan Chronicles (Site / Info)

The Little Things

Palindrome on the odometer! And when it first rolled to 56065, the temp outside was 56 degrees. It dropped a degree while I was trying to get a picture. (At a red light. While spouse was behind the wh

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Jenni suggested the Ferry Building in San Francisco, so that’s where Ray, Tara, and I met her a little after three this afternoon. Both our tenors were ill, but we figured no one would notice that bot

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Christmas Bay area, Calif. Musical arts

December 21–The Kitchen: Winter Solstice

The story is older than recorded history, but history does record it, over and over again.  A special mother.  A bigger than life father.  A baby born into harsh circumstances, visited by special visi

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Kitchen UU 7th Principle