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"In your well-marked footprints now I plant my resolute steps"—Lucretius—Spring blossom in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden

I'm currently re-reading Lucretius' sublime poem "On the Nature of Things" (De Rerum Natura) and this afternoon I thought I would, like Lucretius, plant my own resolute steps in the footprints of the

3 days ago

CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Tree of Life Social Justice Committee Supports Local Jewish and Islamic Institutions

A wave of Events like this Jewish cemetery desecration motivated the Tree of Life UU Congregation Social Justice Committee to reach out to local synagogues and an Islamic center.  After a devastating

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

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Neither Blame Nor Sympathy

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy (2016) describes the poor southern and midwestern culture that Vance himself comes from – a culture that President Obama had characterized eight years before: “You go into

3 days ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Reflection

In This Moment: A Passing Thought on the Necessary Contours of Modernist Buddhisms

The Christian theologian Karl Barth said that one needs to preach holding the Bible in one hand, and a newspaper in the other. That reminds me of a recent flurry of thoughts and comments on various co

3 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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What you lose if you make Iron Fist or Dr. Strange Asian

I get why some fans wish Iron Fist or Dr. Strange had been Asian. If no one else had argued they should be, I probably would have. Old comic books have no shortage of white male heroes. But. Let's be

3 days ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Whales and Me

The ocean, with its beauty, its power and its amazing creatures has always been a source of wonder for me. I’m 86 and I’ve been a Crone already for 26 years. I just might like a new title of Whale!

3 days ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Potpourri of Thoughts from UUCF Members

From Carol Antoniewicz: Many of us have been admiring Kenny Wiley’s writing and work as shared in UU World. Please, please , please visit his website www.kennywiley.com. If you identify as Black, I ho

4 days ago

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STLT#169, We Shall Overcome

My first instinct this morning was to talk around the history of this song to get to a discussion of grammar – namely the meaning that shifts when we go from singing ‘we will overcome’ to ‘we shall ov

4 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

divided sphere part two

By gluing square strips of wood together with layers of brown paper between, I was able to make the eight separate parts of a divided sphere.The problem came in attempting to use very tiny brass hinge

4 days ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

From a Distance

From on high these mountains are shrouded in a mysterious beauty—which may or may not be any more mysterious or beautiful than what you would see if you were actually standing on the mountainside. How

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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March 21–Everything Possible: In the Mirror

The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again the

4 days ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Everything Possible UU 4th Principle

Spring is here

The snow melts The sun out past seven, Daylight is saved.  Lenny is still frisky Naps in a chair are wonderful,  Although three hours can mess up your back.  Spring is here.  May the green ones and th

4 days ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Register by Mar. 24 for Southern Region’s Spring Gatherings, Apr. 7-9

Register NOW!  April 7-9, 2017 Click here to register on Eventbrite. (Registration closes Thursday, March 24 at midnight) Our Vital Faith is Blooming! Hosted by our congregations in Nashville, TN, Cha

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First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (Site / Info)

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A Win for Rights, But the Struggle Goes On

The courts say it again: the President’s refugee ban is unlawful and discriminatory. But, we need more than one institution to stand up for human rights. The post A Win for Rights, But the Struggle Go

4 days ago

Recent Updates – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Site / Info)

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For Colored Girls Who Were Mistaken for the Nanny By a Public Who Didn’t Know Enough

By Lori L. Tharps By now you’ve probably seen the video. The one of White American South Korean expert Robert Kelly being interrupted by his two children while he was in the middle of a live interview

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Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press (Site / Info)

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Pagan Community Notes: Interfaith Partners of SC, Pagans in the Park, Claire Hamilton and more!

COLUMBIA, S.C. — After the rise in reported cases of vandalism and threats made against U.S. Jewish Community Centers and temples, the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina (IPSC) took immediate actio

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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The Zen of You & Me: A Review

I’ve just finished reading Diane Musho Hamilton’s The Zen of You & Me. The subtitle is “a Guide to Getting Along with Just About Anyone.” Me, I’m not really a fan of self-help literature. So, not exac

4 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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STLT#168, One More Step

A few short thoughts today. First, composer Joyce Poley is one of the sweetest people I have ever met and very much wrote this before we had an awareness of ableist language. But despite how sweet she

5 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

making a divided sphere, part one

Some time ago I bought tiny brass hinges with the plan of making a divided sphere like those that were made and used in some Kindergarten classes. The divided sphere was not the kind of object that wo

5 days ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Contribute to the Mission of CUUPS

The CUUPS nominations committee invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the following board positions:

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Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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