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All the Water Is One Water #3

In honor of World Water Day, part 3 of my chapter “All the Water Is One Water”from Finding Our Way Home. At the Earth Activist Training we learned about Permaculture, a science of designing systems th

15 hours ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Canvass Update

The 2017 pledge drive to support the UU Fellowship may turn out to be the most successful in our history! And it makes sense if you think about what we have to offer. If you have kids, the religious e

16 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Smells Like White Racism

A friend posted on Facebook, upset that a qualified person of color had been overlooked for a position of denominational leadership, and a white man hired instead. There were a lot of words in all cap

19 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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A Zen Priest Watches as Kali Swallows the World

Until I’d discovered Ramakrishna through the writings of Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood and their associates, my idea of what gods looked like was informed by my conservative Baptist upbringi

22 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Marcus Aurelius, from Exhortations to Himself

X. 35. A healthy eye is ready to see anything and doesn’t say, “I only want to see green things.” Such an eye would be diseased. And healthy hearing and smelling ought to be ready for anything. And a

22 hours ago

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STLT#172, Siph’ Amandla

This is another freedom song from South Africa, from during the time of apartheid. It’s got energy and power and a sense of urgency that is compelling and captivating. And while it isn’t the only thin

1 day ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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All the Water Is One Water, #2

In honor of World Water Day, part two of my chapter All the Water Is One Water. My little bottle of the waters of the world also reminds me that we need not only ritual, but also practical action to t

1 day ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Zen Teacher David Loy Points to the Intimate Universe

The Universe is not a place where evolution happens, it is the evolution. It is not a stage on which dramas unfold, it is the unfolding drama itself. Loyal Rue, in Everybody’s Story If the universe is

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Anniversaries of Meetings and Partings

“Life is full of meetings and partings. That is the way of it.”  – Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit A few months from now I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of my ordination as a Unitarian Universal

2 days ago

Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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An Antidote to Racial Theatre

Review of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. New York: Broadway Books, 2017. Whatever your political leanings, Democracy in Black is an essential boo

2 days ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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STLT#171, N’kosi Sikelel’ i Afrika

I started this post thinking it was random thought day here at the Far Fringe, but as I write, I realize I do have some thoughts, largely because what I have learned about the song. So here goes: Firs

2 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

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All the Water Is One Water

In honor of World Water Day, I offer this excerpt from a chapter in my book, Finding Our Way Home: A Spiritual Journey into Earth Community.  I will share further excerpts during the next few days.  T

2 days ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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San Francisco Buddhism: Passing Memories of Convert Buddhists From Before the 1960s

It was 1969. I threw my lot in with the English Zen priest Houn Jiyu Kennett, who’d just arrived in the San Francisco Bay area and after a brief stay at the Zen Center in San Francisco opened a small

2 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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#Trypod: What Is Your Favorite Podcast? Or, Why You Should Start Listening to Podcasts

This month, many podcast producers are partnering together to encourage new listeners to try podcasting for the first time: “Listeners will be asked to share stories of why they listen and their favor

2 days ago

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STLT#170, We Are a Gentle, Angry People

The downside of this spiritual practice is that it demands attention even on days when attention is hard to give. And more often than not, it is demanding the exact kind of attention I want to hide fr

3 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

"In your well-marked footprints now I plant my resolute steps"—Lucretius—Spring blossom in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

I'm currently re-reading Lucretius' sublime poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura) and this afternoon I thought I would, like Lucretius, plant my own resolute steps in the footprints of the

3 days ago

CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Neither Blame Nor Sympathy

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016) describes the poor southern and midwestern culture that Vance himself comes from – a culture that President Obama had characterized eight years before: “You go into

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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In This Moment: A Passing Thought on the Necessary Contours of Modernist Buddhisms

The Christian theologian Karl Barth said that one needs to preach holding the Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other. That reminds me of a recent flurry of thoughts and comments on various co

3 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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STLT#169, We Shall Overcome

My first instinct this morning was to talk around the history of this song to get to a discussion of grammar – namely the meaning that shifts when we go from singing ‘we will overcome’ to ‘we shall ov

4 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

The Zen of You & Me: A Review

I’ve just finished reading Diane Musho Hamilton’s The Zen of You & Me. The subtitle is “a Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone.” Me, I’m not really a fan of self-help literature. So, not exac

4 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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