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Peach Blossom Spring

“Peach Blossom Spring,” or “Peach Blossom Fountain,” is a well-known Chinese story by T’ao Yuan-ming, whose literary name was T’ao the Hermit (or recluse). I put part of this story on an earlier blog

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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A Spirituality for Non Believers: Pointers on the Way

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating suga

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Another Two Preaching Engagements

I am delighted two more preaching engagements. On October 18 I will be preaching at the Unitarian Church in Fall River, MA. And on October 25 I will be preaching at Bell Street Chapel in Providence, R

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Colin Bossen: Writer, Preacher, Organizer (Site / Info)


The Subtext was Racism

Last week, Pastor Thomas Linton of Bethel Baptist Church called for all Christian Clergy to gather in prayer because of the racial tensions in the city and in the nation.   Tuscaloosa News reported th

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

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Over the past three weeks, I have had adequate time to reflect upon three words.  Black. Lives. Matter.  Since I am a "word person," an English major, a writer, a preacher, and a reader, words are my

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A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

Little Celebrations #3: Liturgical Quotables

    “We gather to seek truth in the knowledge that the truth we find may not be the truth we seek. We gather as humble community, in the knowledge that we all need mutuality and affirmation, even in o

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Dennis McCarty (Site / Info)

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A Trip to the Moon

It was on this day in 1902 that Le Voyage dans la Luna was first screened. It is generally considered the first science fiction movie.

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Celebrating Mixed Religion: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Syncretism

The summer after my freshman year in college, Sarah McLachlan released her album Surfacing. Among the many singles from that album that seemed to be playing on every radio, in every elevator, and in e

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Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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Most Americans will never see Alaska. Most will never see Denali. Most Americans couldn't report a single fact about William McKinley beyond that he was assassinated. If that. Most Americans don't liv

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thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

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And Still We Rise

The poet Mark Nepo writes that when “we find ourselves in an emergency at night, in a life-changing crisis or a passage that feels quite dark, we need to lean into life, not away, and strike ourselves

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UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Chinese proverb

No image-maker worships the Gods. He knows what they are made of. trans. Herbert Giles, Gems of Chinese Literature, p. 245, from a collection of Chinese proverbs.

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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gaycommunion: Stonewall Riots + 5 Names To Know

gaycommunion: Stonewall Riots + 5 Names To Know

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RevSean (Site / Info)

Poems, Prayers, and Mary Oliver

For LoraKim, who rose with Mary for a year, and then more than a year, and then ever afterward, and shows me every day that my work is loving the world. SPOKEN INVOCATION “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliv

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Karma and Rebirth Debate Within Contemporary Western Buddhism: Some Links to Follow

Way back when he reviewed the Buddhist monk Stephen Batchelor’s lovely book “Alone With Others,” The Western Buddhist John Blofeld wrote an introduction praising the young monk scholar and his writing

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Happy B’Day, Jerry!

Jerry Ivan Allison was born on this day in 1939. He was the drummer for the Crickets and continued as their leader following Buddy Holly’s death. A fun factoid, his then namesake and later wife is the

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Epictetus, from the Handbook

12. If you hope to get better, you’ve got to stop saying, “If I leave time for thought, I will starve to death.” Isn’t it better to starve than to survive in agitation? Peace of mind has a cost. Tagge

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)

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

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I Could Be Darren Wilson

Institutional racism harms everyone it touches, even the privileged from brilliant Thomas Jefferson to rather average me. It is a rot which eats away at our common humanity. I feel a lot of compassion

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Dennis McCarty (Site / Info)

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Some Good Books on Different Aspects of Buddhism & Zen

I’m working on a book introducing koan introspection. I was considering weaving in a bibliography for people who wanted to go deeper into various aspects that I touched on, but which could profitably

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Returning To the Present Moment

Our search for greener housing has brought me an intense focus on a worthy project and a burning desire to bring it to completion. But one of the side effects of this project has been that I easily lo

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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