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Thomas Hobbes published in 1651 Leviathan, 

the most cogent attack of the times upon the voluntary principle. In his view the church should be only an arm of the sovereign; indeed, no association of any sort was to exist apart from state contro

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Stone By Stone (Site / Info)


Be a Part of Change You Can See!

Want to know how you can get involved in the local, healthy food movement in response to global climate change?  Want to enjoy one of our great potluck lunches?  What to learn more about the Earth’s m

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Singing the Way

Go ahead–you know you want to  sing a song ofthe earth to a new tune. The imagination more real than real—isn’t the song sung deep all songs, and madness firmly embraced, all clear-eyed sanity? Sing o

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

Religion spirituality Poetry unitarian universalist inspiration philosophy Writing poem theopoetics #uublogger

Pagans, Cheasters, and Nones: Easter and Open-Source Religion

This coming Easter morning, many people will rise and look east. Some will go to a Christian church for their only visit this year. Many will be reminded by priests and preachers that this one day is

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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It is like a dear home meal…

It is like a dear home-meal, a family supper, where the Elder and the younger brothers meet around their Father’s table. It is like a farewell meal just before a dear one goes away from home on a peri

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Holidays Religious Education Sacraments

Stopping the itch

The first time I learned about family systems theory, I was told "A system will do anything to stop pain." This week, I'm substituting "itching" for "pain." Have you ever been REALLY REALLY itchy? Lik

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Bring Out the Festal Bread: The Half-Won Blessing, 1

Exodus, Chapter 12, verses 21–34: “Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them: ‘Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Half-Won Blessing

My Reluctance To Do A Sermon on Emerson

Delivered April 14, 2014 - Rev. David A. Miller © Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito A Unitarian Universalist Association Congregation—Solana Beach, Ca A subject I have been pondering l

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Shift Happens (Site / Info)

The Joy of Taxes

There it is. It’s done. Whether you’re getting a refund or had to write a check, or if you just made it in the nick of time to file for an extension, Tax Day has come and gone, so we can rejoice. Yes,

19 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Monday’s drawings

My morning of drawing this week. I was enjoying the newsprint so much that I never moved on to charcoal paper. I like the smoothness and may try out some smooth white paper, like Bristol. A few of the

21 hours ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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What an effort it must have been To climb down from that cross So many centuries ago They thought you were dead forever It certainly looked like that You’d prayed your last prayer Healed your last lep

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

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The Circus comes to town and Barnwell Priory's "Cellarer's Chequer"

Gee Horsley's drawing of the Cambridge Church This afternoon I had to pick up a parcel from the Royal Mail depot that was delivered to the church whilst I was out. It was another glorious sunny day an

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CAUTE (Site / Info)

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A Well Toned 49

Last Friday morning I completed a 10.75 mile run.  This was my third such run in a week and, as it turns out, I did another, shorter run in Stockton the following morning, clocking in a total of some

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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The thrust toward the separation of church and state

could succeed only by carrying through a severe struggle for freedom of association. Initially, the authorities who opposed it asserted that the health of society was threatened by the voluntary princ

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Stone By Stone (Site / Info)


And Now Comes Spike

Terence Alan Milligan, better known to many as Spike, was born on this day in 1918. A founding member of the Goon Show, he is generally credited as central influence on the young men who would create

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Facing My Own Attachment to Separation

When I take seriously the interconnected web of all existence, when I begin to try to experience it, I also come face to face with my own attachment to separation. There is more to awakening than a my

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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An open table is — or was — the law

Pivoting from the Unitarians, and looking forward to Maundy Thursday. I’ll go into the Universalist laws of fellowship (and how they changed) later, but suffice it to say now that state conventions, p

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism Sacraments

Truth and Meaning: Women and Dignity

Our society treats women as second class citizens. Objectification in the media constantly barrages us with the message that women are primarily sexual objects. Our failure to prevent sexual assault,

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uujeff's muse kennel and pizzatorium (Site / Info)

Another eclipse photo

Carol took this photo of last night’s lunar eclipse, just as the earth’s shadow had covered all but the tiniest sliver of the full moon. The moon was partly obscured by the faintest of cloud cover — t

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif. lunar eclipse

Whittling away at limitations

I am not an especially crafty person--my hands are not skilled at transforming what is in my mind or in my vision to the situation in front of me. I cannot paint or draw, can only sew straight lines,

1 day ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations