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Independence Day 2006

I'm about to make a major life change by going back to school to pursue a master of divinity degree and a new career as a Unitarian Universalist minister. Tomorrow I'll give six weeks' notice at my pu

07/04/2006 06:56:00 AM

Eclectic Ascetic (Site / Info)

This may explain a lot.

From a Harvard School of Public Health press release: Public release date: 27-Jun-2006Harvard School of Public HealthSmoking and obesity may increase the risk of erectile dysfunction Physical activity

06/28/2006 09:36:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

The Journey Toward Wholeness at General Assembly 2006

The JTWTC is hosting several events in St. Louis that we want you to know about: On Friday, June 23 at 2:15 pm in America's Center Room 231: Staking Our Place on the Journey This session will provide

06/15/2006 04:13:07 PM

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General JTWTC Business

Tienanmen Square Anniversary: The Day After June 3rd is June 4th

Despite Google's promise to the People's Republic of China that "the day after June 3rd is June 5th", the 17th anniversary of the Tienanmen Square crackdown did in fact come and go this weekend, thoug

06/05/2006 10:42:00 AM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

A memorial day barely observed

From Jurist:THIS DAY AT LAWWednesday, May 31, 2006Tulsa race riot began On May 31, 1921, the Tulsa race riot was touched off after a black elevator operator was alleged to have attacked a white woman

05/31/2006 03:16:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

Da Vinci Code: Why Now?

Why is The Da Vinci Code so popular? I had the misfortune of first experiencing it as a book on tape, which renders it ridiculous, perhaps because Dan Brown's adjective-laden descriptive prose doesn't

05/30/2006 08:42:00 PM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

If You Care About the UUA…

Read this: http://journeyfromcalgary.blogspot.com/

05/29/2006 02:19:47 PM

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General JTWTC Business Anti-Oppressive Theology

Speech and Debate: No Immunity from Corruption or the Constitution

Arguments that the Speech or Debate Clause of the Constitution does not cover bribery often invoke existing caselaw that has found that it applies to activities directly involved in legislating (even

05/25/2006 04:00:00 PM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

Letter to our Liaison Groups

Dear Colleague, The Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee is excited about our recent decision to refine our mission. Over the past several years we have realized that our broad focus, in

05/23/2006 11:36:41 AM

step by step (Site / Info)

General JTWTC Business

Hybrid Cars: The Indirect Solution to Oil Prices?

The Quaker Economist recently posted an article arguing that the benefit of hybrid cars is not in the short-term fuel economy they provide, but as a technological springboard to developing small enoug

05/17/2006 08:50:00 PM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

Literacy Test

Read the first article's extract, then the second.From the 1 April 2006 British Medical Journal [note: always check the date]:BMJ 2006;332:745 (1 April), doi:10.1136/bmj.332.7544.745-aNewsScientists f

05/17/2006 02:46:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

Preserve Net Neutrality!

My pal Gigi Sohn runs an outfit called Public Knowledge. I would not post this video were it not for two things: 1. the fight for Net Neutrality is important; and 2. Gigi's a cool gal. So, watch the v

05/12/2006 08:10:00 AM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Lessons from China on Dealing with Africa

The US needs to relearn how to win friends and influence nations, and the Chinese experience in Africa holds good lessons, according to a recent American Foreign Policy Council report. How does China

05/11/2006 11:21:00 AM

The Modo Blog (Site / Info)

Black Ants, Buddhists, and Walking Beyond the Text

(This is from my current newsletter column. The book is excellent - you should buy your own copy and get one for the teacher's resource room at your local school.) Black Ants and Buddhists is the titl

05/10/2006 06:49:00 PM

kblog (Site / Info)

Another invitation to promiscuity

Remember Dr. Janet Woodcock, deputy operations commissioner of the FDA, who was ordered to give a deposition on her objection to the emergency contraception, "Plan B"? Dr. Woodcock refused to approve

04/27/2006 09:09:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

FDA prude, concerned that emergency contraception may lead to promiscuity...

...is named after a dildo.FDA grilled about Plan BcontraceptiveBY KATHLEEN KERRNewsday Staff WriterApril 24, 2006Attorneys for a New York women's group plan to grill Food and Drug Administration offic

04/27/2006 08:53:00 PM

Exiled from the Underworld (Site / Info)

The politics Jesus wouldn't do...

"There is no such thing as a "Christian politics." If it is politics, it cannot be Christian. Jesus told Pilate: "My reign is not of this present order. If my reign were of this present order, my supp

04/24/2006 02:45:00 PM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)

Roles of communication

Our UU fellowship held a town hall today, organized by its Committee on Ministry, having to do with growth, I think. Two thoughts and one piece of feedback filtered through my sugar-imbued brain durin

04/22/2006 02:12:00 PM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

The openness of committees

From Page 33 of TMJ, the following suggestions to *test* a committee's openness to newcomers: · Does your congregation publish a guide to its groups and activities that can be handed to newcomers? Do

04/22/2006 02:07:00 PM

Slyypper's Outward Orientation (Site / Info)

Then there is the Gospel of Barnabas...

Unfortunately, any debate over this text is wrapped up in Muslim-Christian rivalry . But, perhaps out of all the extra-biblical sources in the hunt for the historical Jesus, this is the most controver

04/19/2006 06:29:00 AM

Jesus who?!? (Site / Info)