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Expanding Sanctuary Today

‘Sanctuary’ is a word that many faith communities are engaging heavily with since Election Day. This word means many things to many different people. For some, it is about making sanctuary in our plac

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Our Stories - Standing on the Side of Love (Site / Info)

"Privilege" has been neoliberalized and "inequality" is next

The Ford Foundation made a vapid video that discusses inequality in identitarian terms, focusing on race and gender almost exclusively. Doug Henwood shared it on Facebook, where Michael Pollak left th

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Pagan Community Notes: Dana Eilers, Oroville Dam, Holly Emore and more!

CAPE COD, Mass. — Word spread quickly this weekend that Pagan and Witch Dana Eilers had died unexpectedly. Born Sept. 15, 1956 in North Chatham, Mass, Eilers spent much of her adult life using her kno

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Introducing Sacred Flexibility to the Hymn Sandwich

I’ve noticed that ... the Protestant-style “hymn sandwich” that UUs have inherited from our Puritan roots can actually be “pagan-i-fied” fairly easily.

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)


Announcing, “Feel The Slowness”!

I am proud to announce that my long-awaited second soundscape album called “Feel The Slowness” has dropped via my Bandcamp (https://devinmurphyartist.bandcamp.com/album/feel-the-slowness). And Feel Th

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Lyricsofmylife (Site / Info)

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CUC Month 2017

QUUiz time! In what year did the UU church officially affirm same-sex marriage? Check back at the end of the month to see how you did on this year’s CUC Month QUUiz! The post CUC Month 2017 appeared f

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Canadian Unitarian Council (Site / Info)

CUC Month

Six ways of looking a fenland reeds— a light that gives clarity and sharpness . . . that subdues and blurs

I've recently been re-reading Edward Storey's book "The Solitary Landscape", his 1975 journal about the Fens that I first read not long after it was published. As regular readers of this blog know tha

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CAUTE — An archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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STLT#140, Hail the Glorious Golden City

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Holy cow this is a terrible hymn. Technically, it’s not terrible – the tune is a favorite – Hyfrodol, made fresh by Peter Mayer in 1064, Blue Boat Home (which will get its day ne

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Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

hands-on thinking

It may appear to some, particularly those of an academic persuasion, that thinking is just a head trip. It may be for some, but it you are involved personally in the real world, it's not likely that a

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Be a patriot

Timothy Snyder Twenty lessons for citizens of an imperiled democracy, from a scholar of twentieth-century catastrophes.

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uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

Low Tech

High tech tools are far more efficient, and allow us to get more done, but low tech tools often give us a more physical sense of connection to the task at hand. For what do you prefer a low tech optio

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


February 20–Fire of Commitment: Fired Up and Ready to Go

I know that I need to be present with my Beloved Community now more than ever before in my life. The level of danger and tension in my World, Country, State, County, and Neighborhood looms as large to

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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The Inept, Foolish, and Knavish all get Presidents Day Honors

45 Presidents are celebrated today--the good, bad, indifferent, and the Deplorable Donald. Presidents Day this year may not make your heart leap in your chest.   Especially when you realize that in ad

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Heretic, Rebel, a Thing to Flout (Site / Info)

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The fiduciary rule seems likely

Catching up on my reading, here's a timely update and amplification to the issue brought up on the 7th. The NYT editorial board reports on a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern Dist

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

More grid drawings

I’m loving exploring this idea from different angles. When does a grid stop being a grid? What is it then? The tension between the formal rules of the grid and the movement that arises through and in

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)


Some Are More Equal Than Others

Yesterday, I went to the Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale Law School. The excellent closing keynote by Purvi Shah talked about although the law says it’s equal, it’s designed to help the people

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Tidying up: An apology for Julia Sparkymonster, Micole Coffeeandink, and Mary Dell

April 2015/February 2017 Dear Julia, Micole, and Mary, Like most artists, I try to keep track of online mentions of my name. Often the results are nice. Perhaps the nicest was when I saw someone prais

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

INTIMATE, INTIMATE: On Friendship & the Spiritual Life

INTIMATE, INTIMATE On Friendship & the Spiritual Life James Ishmael Ford 19 February 2017 Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach Long Beach, California You may have noticed Valentine’s Day was ob

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Power of art: an interview with artist Laura Tempest Zakroff

SEATTLE, Wash. — Laura Tempest Zakroff, known to many by the name Tempest, is a Pagan artist and Witch from the Seattle area. She travels the country attending festivals and conferences, sharing her w

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Broken Heart

This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 2/19/17 and looks at the unsatisfying quest for perfection. Some years ago, I maintained a regular practice of Zen Me

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RevWho (Site / Info)

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