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Gardiner, Maine church gets new (secular) life

I got an email from Doug Drown yesterday: Several years ago I sent you a link informing you of the sad demise of the Gardiner, Maine Congregational Church (UCC), formerly the First Universalist Church

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism Religious architecture

Variations On A Theme

Yes, we all have a tendency to say the same thing over and over again. But I just drafted a full blog entry, then realized that I already posted the message a couple of months ago. It was nothing espe

9 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


America Has A Problem

Being youthful, black and male should not be a crime, but Freddie Gray’s death is Baltimore is the latest in a string of police assaults on unarmed African American men.  Before that, just in the last

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REVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS: Faith, Politics, Opinion (Site / Info)

We Need A Different Framework For Understanding Evil

I lead a religion book club that has been very enthusiastically reading The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics, by Princeton professor Elaine Pagels. Using what she c

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Window On Religion (Site / Info)

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This Week's Prayer

Source of healing and wholeness we call by many names, We pray in order to cultivate gratitude, for gratitude makes life’s beauty and glory present to us. We are thankful for the longer, warmer, green

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Dirty Laundry

You can burn it in the fireplace Bury it beneath a rock. Dump it in the lake Throw it in the trash. You can leave it stinking up A corner of your room You can take it to the river and beat it against

21 hours ago

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


Truth and Meaning: Hope

Nepal.  Baltimore.  Marriage Equality.  Black Lives Matter.  Deportations.  Bomb Trains.  Benghazi (again?!).  The list goes on and on. Anger. Frustration.  Exhaustion.  Helplessness.  Betrayal.  Hope

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

Religion justice Beloved Community

Old news

I lose consciousness of ugly bestial raid and repetitive affront as when they tell me 18 cops in order to subdue one man 18 strangled him to death in the ensuing scuffle (don’t you idolize the diction

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Political culture

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

The whole "Cool Christian" vibe is new to me. I grew up Catholic (and at one point could tell you the names of ALL the priestly garments) and now I'm Unitarian Universalist, at a church where the mini

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


Baltimore is a poem that is writing itself.  Through a five day migraine I wake and sleep, its echoes my mantra, my feet and heart itching to go, to be in the poem, to be of its pulse. Instead I hold

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A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

The Next White Flight?

I was speaking with a colleague from Detroit this week, lamenting our position as activist, black, gay men who are also clergy and we realized that we are often in situations where we are asked to cho

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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I’m Glad You’re Here

UUFP Board Member At-Large Connie Keller gave this member testimonial at a recent Sunday morning service. I’m so proud to be a long-term member of this Fellowship!  I’m going to talk a little bit abou

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Retelling our story

The following is excerpted from “Symbolic Storytelling, Freedom Movements, and Church Education: Cesar Chavez as a Virtuoso of Identity,” Ted Newell, Religious Education, vol. 109, no. 5, p. 550: “Wor

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)


To Get To The Right Answers, You Must Ask The Right Questions (Baltimore, Freddie Gray, and Black Life In America)

Not that long ago, the six officers who were directly related to the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on April 19th were charged with various crimes ranging from 2nd-degree murder down to misconduct

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

Uncategorized Unitarian Universalism racism race Liberal Religion liberal theology

Oh, Boy! It’s Beltane!

There are so many things that could be noted, some celebrated on the 1st of May. But, me, I’m going whole hog for Beltane! It’s a holiday in the calendar of my ancestors, or, some of them, anyway. It’

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Feral Unitarian Universalists

It is an old joke, in many organizations, and certainly over(used) in Unitarian Universalist churches, that working with a designated group of people is "like herding cats." So ... what if we didn't?

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Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Chances are Good

I smell the smoke. I don’t see the fire. Somewhere in the tangle of “that’s too bad” is flame enough to fix it. I smell the smoke. Chances are that always fixes it.

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Theopoetics (Site / Info)


Ceremonial deity, Phillippines

Above: Sketch of a “ceremonial deity,” Philippines, c. 1930. Wood and shell. Asian Museum of Art. One of delights of going to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is seeing the diversity of depiction

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Sunday Services (May 2015)

Services for May 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Universalism May 3rd: “Finding Abundance Within” — 11am only at Sandy Bottom Nature Park Hosea Ballou and the oth

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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The Spicy Soup Protocol

Meh. My throat hurts and my ears ache and my tonsils are probably huge. (I'm too whiny and lazy to find a flashlight and look in the mirror.) Given that it's allergy season and contractors made big ho

2 days ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)