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No More Whitewash, The Fire Next Time

With the MLK holiday coming up and UU congregations across the country marking it in worship this coming Sunday, my friend Kim Hampton wrote to white UU preachers like me in her blog  last week and as

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Sunflower Chalice (Site / Info)

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Homily: Christmas Eve 2018

as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Museum District campus, December 24, 2018 And in despair I bowed my head: “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “for hate is strong a

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Colin Bossen: Preacher, Writer, Organizer (Site / Info)

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Speaking for Himself Dr. Kings Still Speaks to Us if We Will Listen

Martin Luther King in the Birmingham Jail. Note:   Today is the actual birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.   The public Holiday in his honor will be held next Monday, January 21.   I will hav

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

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5 Better Things To Do With 5 Billion Dollars

There are many ways Trump's border wall money could be better spent to enrich people's lives.

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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Site / Info)

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Resilience in Portland

I really believe that permaculture offers a way to live in this time of ecological crisis. In Portland, we have a wonderful resource for learning permaculture skills, and offering mutual aid as we lea

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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Deep Roots

In the native tall grass prairie, roots go several feet down into the earth. The grass might be burned or frozen or eaten to the ground, but even when it looked to be gone, most of the plant was just

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Books Are Wealth and That Brings Me Joy

I get not hanging on to things you don’t use. I go through my closet every season and either throw away or donate the stuff I’ve stopped wearing. But when I heard Marie Kondo say that everyone should

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Joshua trees

I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside… I feel like a Joshua tree today. Reaching toward the sky, rooted in sand; prickly. I’m ready to survive my forty days and forty nights. Even if it’s

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Necessary but not sufficient… (Site / Info)

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Creating an on-air ministry

David H. Messner How a congregation’s community radio station makes church participatory, provocative, and fun.

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uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

Tragedy in Tijuana: Denying Asylum and Repeating History

The U.S. is repeating the mistakes of World War II by sending asylum-seekers to their deaths.

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Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Site / Info)

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Announcing, “Alien Landscapes Volume Two”!

I am taking a little pause from posting my poetry so I can bring you an announcement. I am proud to announce that my fourth soundscape album called “Alien Landscapes Volume Two” has dropped via my Ban

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Lyricsofmylife (Site / Info)

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Stop Death in Yemen: Ask Your Legislators to Act!

Supporters of Promise the Children would like to think that our country values all families and children. The image that is foremost in our minds now is that of the birth of  Jesus. This is the time o

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News – Promise the Children (Site / Info)

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Sermon: Where to Begin?

as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Museum District campus, January 13, 2019 This is my first Sunday in the pulpit since we began live streaming our sermons to our Tapes

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Colin Bossen: Preacher, Writer, Organizer (Site / Info)

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Flower Power Takes the Stage—The Human Be-in

A poster promoting the Human Be-in at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It has been dubbed it beginning to the Hippie Era.   It was more like a coming out party for a counterculture that had been deve

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

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A Western Zen priest’s Random Collection of Favorite Songs of Longing, Loss, Hope, and Finding…

A Western Zen priest’s Random Collection of Twenty Favorite Songs of Longing, Loss, Hope, and Finding… I am Millenial, so, of course the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius But of songs from that era, it’s

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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White Fragility Decoded

WHITE FRAGILITY DECODED How our defensiveness undermines our racism efforts Rev. Kit Ketcham, PUUF, Jan. 13, 2019 During these last months of my being your minister, I’ve discovered in myself a need t

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Ms. Kitty's Saloon and Road Show (Site / Info)

Musical Invocation for the New Year

This month I composed a musical invocation of the directions that’s appropriate for the beginning of the new year or at the start of any new venture. The post Musical Invocation for the New Year appea

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Nature's Sacred Journey (Site / Info)

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On the Utter, Complete, Total Ordinariness of Mu: A Meditation on One of Zen’s Most Famous Koans

          On the Utter, Complete, Total Ordinariness of Mu James Myoun Ford Empty Moon Zen (a version of this talk is published in The Book of Mu) The Case A monk asked Chao-chou, “Has the dog Buddha

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Composting the Ministry

It is January, and I am finally feeling the urge to clean up files and books in my basement office.  It took a while.  Many of these I had brought home after cleaning up my office at the church when I

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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What If . . ?

The story of Unitarian Universalism is the story of reaching towards what seems impossible – an experiment in diversity seeking unity. What does it mean to be a people of possibility?

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Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)

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