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The Third Reconstruction: Jan. 30, Feb. 6 & 13

UUA Common Read: The Third Reconstruction, by The Rev. Dr. William Barber.  Barber calls on us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, and to do the hard work of Coalition Building in society tha

3 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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MLK: Feeling Our Way

What Do We Do Now, Dr. King? part 2 Tom Rosenbaum (CUUC member) suggested to me that we might learn something from looking at the ways that King himself discerned to which threats and goals to devote

7 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

What Do We Do Now Dr King?

STLT#106, Who Would True Valor See

One of the tropes in musical theatre is the ‘my way’ trope: somewhere in the first act (usually toward the end of the act), a major character sings their song of defiance – the song that tells the aud

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

The Master Rujing Explains Mu

The current conceit would have it that in Zen koan introspection is something that Rinzai people do, but not Soto. Of course there is an element of truth in this assertion. In Japan where for some goo

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Of Words and Wonderings

Language is weird, English especially. We park in driveways and drive on parkways. While slim and fat are antonyms, slim chance and fat chance are synonyms, just like tie up and tie down mean the same

21 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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America’s deadly theological crisis

My special holiday guest blogger is Rev. Jim Foti, assistant minister at the congregation I serve. He delivered a version of this reflection over the Martin Luther King weekend. The first clear though

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Our Fucking City: A Review of Patriots Day

My interest in going to see Patriots Day was a mixed bag. I don’t have much of a taste for disaster films or their closely related. And I was, I admit, mildly put off by the idea of a “heartfelt tribu

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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The Iegitimacy of Donald Trump

Four reasons why Trump is an illegitimate President, in order of importance: 1. He lost the popular vote. The Electoral college is a anti-democratic vestige of the Constitution which violates the prin

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

The People Have No Inherent Authority

There is a myth that underlies much of American society, and this myth is the greatest support to those who wield authority in our country.  It is the myth that “We The People of these United States”

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Celestial Lands (Site / Info)

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STLT#105, From Age to Age

I swear I didn’t set this up this way, but I am so glad that I’m singing this hymn today. It’s not my favorite melody (as much as I love Tom Benjamin and have waxed poetic about him before). But if we

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

What Do We Do Now, Dr. King?

"Keep your lamps trimmed and burning." Sometimes it hard to keep shining the light of justice. There’s just so much darkness we cannot illuminate it all. No, you can’t. We can’t fix everything. No, yo

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Dr. King? What Do We Do Now

Top of the Mountain @UUP 1/15/17

  That song by Sweet Honey in the Rock (Would you Harbor Me), an a cappella group of African American women activists, almost always brings me to tears.  Who would you harbor?  As Unitarian Universali

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

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MARTIN’S DREAM: A Meditation on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr & the Dreams that Connect Us All

MARTIN’S DREAM A Meditation on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and the Dreams that Connect Us All A Sermon by James Ishmael Ford 15 January 2017 Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Congregation Mission Viejo, C

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Quieting the Prophet

This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 1/15/17 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. It looks at our cultural norm of silencing our prophets. Nat

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RevWho (Site / Info)

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“A being (l’étant) is a human being and it is as a neighbour that a human being is accessible — as a face.”

The Good Samaritan by Annie Vallotton READINGS:  Zechariah 7:8-10 The word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgements, show kindness and mercy to one a

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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STLT#104, When Israel Was in Egypt’s Land

I’m going to let you down, dear reader, because there is a distinct lack of content today. I feel like I have a lot more work to do to understand this song’s actual origins, the history of its use by

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

Recalling John Biddle, Unitarian Saint and Martyr

One of those memories I treasure for the years I served at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, Massachusetts, was the pulpit. I was always careful when speaking of the church and various things abo

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Winter sunset over Cambridge from Castle Hill

On Wednesday I had to walk up Castle Hill to the Shire Hall in order to deliver the quarterly marriage returns. My wife, Susanna, came with me and we took the opportunity to climb to the top of the ca

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Institutions and the Voices on the Periphery of Power

I am excited that a tactic currently being used by many social justice activists appears to be having some effect, at least in the short term, and that tactic is (of all things) mass calling legislato

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Celestial Lands (Site / Info)

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Joys and Sorrows Change

 by Jim Sanderson, Chair Sunday Services Committee Joys and Sorrows is an important part of our worship service, however it can either take up a great deal of time or it can cause individuals to rush

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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