Freedom is our half-won blessing. The first half is straightforward and negative (in a good way): no slavery, no masters or overlords, no chains. The second half is paradoxical. We arrive at liberatio
The Half-Won Blessing
Here is the beautiful truth—saints and sinners are the same from the start. Hsu Yun, Chinese Chan Buddhist (freely adapted by me) As a young writer, I read everything I could find on the subject of wr
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When we encounter old unfinished feelings within our hearts, we may be tempted to try to sweep them up and move them along, to push them out of the way. But unfortunately, this doesn’t really work. I
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It was today in 1800 that President John Adams signed legislation authorizing $5,000 to create a library for the Congress. Much of this would be lost in the War of 1812 and restarted with the 1815 pur
I’ll be refering to this chapter (“The Worship of a Unitarian Church”) from the 1901 Handbook for Unitarian Congregational Churches for a few, scattered blog posts,to consider what habits and attitude
The pragmatic part of me understands that a sandwich makes an excellent lunch--simple to prepare, no need to heat, the bread containing the stuffing so you can eat it easily and neatly. Blah blah blah
I would have loved to post this closer to Easter Sunday, which was three or four days ago now depending how you count them, but better late than not at all. Easter Sunday was its own kind of beautiful
There were two more tragedies this week in Northern Utah involving young children. A three year old girl shot and killed her 2 year old brother with a rifle that their father had left in the living r
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Categories: Featured, Musings Tags: personal growth, uu I am not a mother. I have no children, either those I have born or those I have adopted or fostered. I don’t have any spiritual or emotional chi
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Common & Kanye West Want To Create 15,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth Over The Next 5 Years | Clutch Magazine
Common & Kanye West Want To Create 15,000 Jobs For Chicago Youth Over The Next 5 Years | Clutch...
by Maenad WiddershinsMaenad answered the Living Text Project question, "Is there something in you that is struggling to be reborn?" I have spent the last year or so trying to reinvent myself as a fitt
enables them to maintain affluent pressure groups at all levels of government and these pressure groups exercise their power by means of a coalition (or better called collusion.)…Because of this featu
Gloria The chains that bind us might be anger and blame. A few years back, I had friend, call her Gloria -- an activist. Gloria worked for good, for policy changes that would increase fairness and red
The Half-Won Blessing
One way of looking at a blackbird followed by thirteen more whilst I registered the Memorial (Unitarian) Church in Cambridge for same-sex marriages . . .
A blackbird bathes this morning in our church garden This morning I finally managed to sort out the matter of registering the Memorial (Unitarian) Church here in Cambridge for same-sex marriages. The
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When you read the 1899 and 1935 Universalist basis of fellowship, you realize the talk of anti-creedal absolutism isn’t right, or isn’t quite right. But what did Universalist ministers (and presumably
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About 15 years ago I reached some kind of crack in the sidewalk of my life--nothing discernible happened, or at least nothing stands out in my memory. I just decided that if I really couldn't eat anyt
For about ten years my kids did not eat dairy. There were good health-related reasons for this at the time, but it was never easy. Restaurant kids' meals are full of mac'n'cheese, pizza, cheeseburgers
"What pisses me off the most about the term “special needs” isn’t that it’s cutesy or euphemistic,..."
“What pisses me off the most about the term “special needs” isn’t that it’s cutesy or...
The Commission on Appraisal laid it out in their report "Who Is In Charge Here." UU ministers have very little positional authority: authority that comes to them simply because they are the minister.
"Being a victim of oppression in the United States … is not enough to make you revolutionary, just as..."
“Being a victim of oppression in the United States … is not enough to make you revolutionary,...