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A Minister Not a Martyr

Ministers can refuse to be martyrs.  They can refuse to sacrifice themselves on behalf of people or institutions who either ignore them or who toss their help rather rudely back into their faces. I am

1 hour ago

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

Unitarian Universalism Ministry Musings Religion and Spirituality

Beat Summer Brain Drain! Join us for a three-session disucssion of the book “Elite”

Are UUs elitist? Are we sensitive enough to socio-economic differences inside and outside our congregations? Join us for a three-session discussion on Mark Harris’ book, Elite: Uncovering Classism in

5 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Announcements community connection compassion communication 2015 Adult Religious Education book group Classes

The United Methodist “worship web”

A little lunchtime Googling led me to this page, which has a large selection of United Methodist worship resources. Welcome to the collection of resources from The United Methodist Book of Worship (19

7 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Worship Christian Church

Bearing the Unbearable Ambiguity of Sexuality

The field of queer theory, then, examining the vastly different ways that sexuality manifests and is understood in different cultures and times, raises for us the possibility that our cultural changes

9 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Queer Theory

A writing evolution (2)

The second shift in my sermon writing and preaching was one of intention and attention. Anything can become a routine, and preaching was often a routine for me–an excruciating, four-in-the-Sunday-morn

9 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Writing preaching and worship

And A Glorious Harvey Milk Day to You!

American politician, San Francisco City Supervisor, and civil rights activist, Harvey Milk was born on this day in 1930. He would have been eighty-five today, but in 1978 he was assassinated together

12 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Learning By Play

(Everyone is OK. Just follow-up testing.) Getting an MRI can be scary for anyone. If you're lucky enough to get to do it at Texas Children's Hospital, though, you can figure it all out at this play st

19 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

A writing evolution (1)

My writing and preaching have changed dramatically and for the better in the last several years, and as I find it instructive to read other people’s accounts of such changes, here are three quick post

1 day ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

Uncategorized preaching and worship

Oil Spills, Food and Local Culture

Another pipeline burst this week – Santa Barbara, this time. It’s big news, and of course the web is filled with pictures of ruined coastlines. But there’s more to oil spills than beaches – Santa Barb

1 day ago

The Song and the Sigh (Site / Info)

music Unitarian Universalism Poetry politics Spirit Public Life Ecology farming fishing folk music mountaintop removal oil spill Santa Barbara

A Prayer When Angry

It’s easy to be angry– and justified in that anger– Let us turn that anger into righteousness by using wisdom by using love by using forgiveness to shape our actions so we can create justice– a better

1 day ago

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalism spirituality Poetry Love forgiveness anger wisdom creating justice Least of These Prayers when angry righteous anger Righteousness

Happy B’Day, Fats!

Thomas Wright Waller, better known to most of us as “Fats” Waller, was born on this day in 1904.

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


That’s Why They Call It Practice

Sit Down, Kid When I was in my early 20s, I decided to dedicate myself to becoming a writer. Coming from a farming background, no one that I knew was a writers and no one that I knew had any idea abou

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

Religion spirituality prayer peace Unitarian Universalist gratitude healing values Faith Development #humanism #Stoicism

Marking Milestones

My spouse is in the next room, watching the final episode of Letterman. It's likely the first episode he's watched in five years. And yet. We feel compelled. To witness, and to be part of something bi

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Kentucky joins the unincorporated nonprofits club

I’ve written about the option of organizing churches as unincorporated nonprofit associations in states that provided for them by law. That provides structure and protections more like what you have i

1 day ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Church administration

What Making “Black Lives Matter” Requires

Building the Beloved Community can both heal and break our hearts on the same day.

2 days ago

Rev. Sam Trumbore (Site / Info)

Religion Unitarian Universalism general Anti-Oppression anti-racism transformation Standing on the Side of Love spiritual commentary black lives matter #blacklivesmatter white privilege insensitive joke micro-aggression White Supremacy

UUA: Emerging Ministries process announcement

Saw this today. Will examine later and hope to come up with creative ways to make use of this new UUA status. Emerging Ministries are any new group or project that is grounded in Unitarian Universalis

2 days ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)


An adaptation from Epictetus, the Handbook

2. Remember: desire means grasping at what you are desire. Hatred means avoiding what you hate. Not getting what you desire equals disappointment. Getting what you hate means misery. Avoid what you ha

2 days ago

Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion #Stoicism

Brooks on prayer

I’m moving through my copy of Elbridge Gerry Brooks’s 1874 Our New Departure: or, The Methods and Work of the Universalist Church of America — his manifesto for the Universalist church — to his chapte

2 days ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Worship Universalism

Accountability Measures

Today was deadline day at work. Newsletter and e-blast and reports. I struggled to get it all done, but I managed.  And now I am home and there's a blog entry to put up? Honestly, I would rather find

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Writing work/life

Lifeline: A Reflection on Vocation

In the early 1990s, the popular avant-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson climbed the Himalayas. She was accompanied by about a dozen other climbers, eight sherpas (Tibetan guides), and a number

2 days ago

Held In The Light (Site / Info)

church Ministry vocation Faith Formation