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Using our Anger @thebfuu March 1, 2015

What should we do with our anger? Shall we hold it inside? Until it explodes Scorching the earth with hate Fight like there’s no tomorrow Burn down every bridge that we see? What should we do with our

5 hours ago

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

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What I’m reading: March 1, 2015

I’ve not been blogging much lately, and I don’t have much zeal to do so. I’m a little sad that Leonard Nimoy died, but mixed with that hope that I too might live long and prosper. I could walk though

6 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Art and culture Sustainable living

HEAVEN & HELL: A Love Story

HEAVEN AND HELL A Love Story 1 March 2015 James Ishmael Ford First Unitarian Church Providence, Rhode Island Text One day while walking quietly together, out of the silence the Buddha’s attendant Anan

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Autobiography of a Yogi

As I write this month, I’m coming to the end of my annual reading retreat and seminary reunion. Each year in February, we gather to discuss a common read, share our favorite reading from the past year

13 hours ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos : Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)

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Interfaith Connections

March happens to be a month full of holidays on the Hindu religious lunar calendar. This year, the celebration of Holi (a celebration of good over evil) begins sundown on March 5 th and is celebrated

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Unitarian Church of Los Alamos : Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)

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And then, Winter

It seems like yesterday that I was writing an article and discussing fall, and then, winter. We seem to be at the cusp of spring, and a few short months until the end of the church year. I want to tha

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Eating Cake with Holocaust History and Mr. Spock

This past Tuesday some conservative Texas state lawmakers joined by the Lt. Governor of Texas and other conservative leaders held a ceremonial cake cutting celebrating the 10th anniversary of legislat

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Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

Holocaust The Spiritual Life gay marriage The Political Life Cecil Bell Dan Patrick dehumanization GLBTQ rights Leonard Nimony Mr. Spock

Liberation from Body Shame

In her poem “homage to my hips,” Lucille Clifton says: these hips are big hips they need space to move around in. they don’t fit into little petty places. these hips are free hips. they don’t like to

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

Sermons and Homilies Spiritual Growth and Development Social Issues queer Health and Wellness Aidan McCormick Body shame Lucille Clifton Tony Morrison wattles

Consider once more the fowls of the air: On letting Christian language go in the spirit of Jesus (Part 2)

Because the north Norfolk coast is well-known for its astonishingly rich variety of bird-life, spending two weeks in Wells-next-the-Sea inevitably calls one into a contemplation and consideration of t

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

Jesus Marcus Borg Edward F. Mooney Heidegger Michael McGhee birds of the air Emily Dickinson liberal Christian tradition Norfolk Philosophy as spiritual practice Stephen Fry Wells-next-the-Sea

A Theology of #SexUUality

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of courage in tackling issues around human sexuality—from campaigning for human rights, to pioneering innovative work in the Our Whole Lives sexuality curri

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

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“Total Consolation in the Face of Death”

Today I’ll say a little more about Sam Harris’ lecture on death and religion, which is available on YouTube. According to Harris, one reason theists are uncomfortable with atheists is that atheism den

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Theists & Atheists: Communication & Common Ground (Site / Info)

Sam Harris Bridging the God Gap God and mortality

Winning His Battle with Brain Cancer: A Good Man Has Died

Yesterday, my friend Mark Green died.  We knew each other in college.  In our first year, we narrowly avoided a one-night stand without loss of dignity or friendship.  In later years, at mutual friend

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Truth and Meaning: American Feudalism

Every day, we hear the mantra of the conservative extremists crying for less government, a plea that I share. We should have less government spending on the military industrial complex. We should have

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This Week's Prayer

Dear Great Unknown, Some theoretical physicists are now suggesting that there was no big bang, no beginning point of time, and that the age of the universe is infinite. We do not know if this is true.

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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The Spiritual Life

One day while walking quietly together, out of the silence the Buddha’s attendant Ananda declared, “Teacher, to have companions and comrades on the great way is so amazing! I have come to realize that

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge

This afternoon, I spent about three hours at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Refuge, some 25 saure miles of managed habitat for waterfowl just east of Davis, Calif. Above: Yolo Bypass Refuge, near parking lo

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Breakfast and Transformation

Behold - a farm fresh egg, gently fried, served over cheese grits, with a big dot of chipotle Cholula. Whenever I can, this is what I make for breakfast. Isn't it lovely? Of course, lovely doesn't get

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

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Noticing the Passing of the Espresso Priest

In the wake of noted actor Leonard Nimoy’s death, people may have missed that the Reverend Canon Malcolm Boyd has also died. An Episcopal priest, he first gained public attention in the nineteen sixti

2 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Meeting Report February 2015

Conversations: MJ and WA scheduled a meet-up at the UUMA Institute at Asilomar.  It was a small group and a good conversation.  One person talked with WA about potentially applying, and 4-5 people in

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UUA Presidential Search Committee (Site / Info)

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Meeting Report January 2015

Blog Report January 2015 Methods of meeting: We need different ways of meeting according to the needs of the meeting. We will make a decision month by month – the default will be meeting via conferenc

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UUA Presidential Search Committee (Site / Info)

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