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A Zen Buddhist Tries to Define God

When I was in seminary, and so much smarter than I am today, I was asked what I thought that word God meant? I replied that God is a hole in the language into which we throw all our hopes and fears. T

4 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

Religion god wisdom Zen Buddhist

The Overland Stage--St. Louis to San Francisco in 25 Days or Less

A Butterfield Overland Stage departing San Francisco in 1858. On September 15, 1858 two new Concord Coaches, one in Saint Louis, Missouri and one in San Francisco, California set off in opposite direc

4 days ago

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

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Bicycle Drerangement Syndrome

Confused drivers get very angry. BDS is a thing. (I've seen it.) A continuing series. Michael Deeds tried the SHUT UP EVERYBODY approach for the Idaho Statesman . No pun intended. That ought to work w

4 days ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

So far, Florida congregations largely spared by Irma

Michael Hart As Unitarian Universalists clean up, though, no word about Virgin Islands or Key West fellowships.

4 days ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

190: Charlottesville with Christina Rivera

With great humility and candor, Christina Rivera describes in detail the call to rise against hate in Charlottesville, how she and other activists prepared for the counter protest, and what exactly ha

4 days ago

Quest for Meaning (Site / Info)

The VUU

Interdependent Web: Do just a little more, holding vigil for the planet, resource of our faith

Heather Christensen A weekly roundup of blogs and other user-generated web content about Unitarian Universalism.

4 days ago

UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

Rant: Captain Marvel, Crossovers, and Going Mainstream

I have a lot to do today and it’s going to take basically all my focus and motivation to do it…so I’m going to write a kind of ridiculous unplanned blog post first! That probably sounds counter-produc

4 days ago

Spirit of Squee (Site / Info)

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Some Ferlinghetti

Poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, read at the Sunday service on Aug 27. I Am Waiting I am waiting for my case to come up and I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder and I am waiting for someone to really d

4 days ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Lighting the Chalice and Turning the Wheel

I found the ceremony of putting a single flame into a bowl to mark the beginning of the service and then extinguishing it to mark the end a timeless and comforting ritual that seemed to say, “...this

4 days ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)

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Mosaic

Resilience could be defined as the ability to not be broken by circumstances. But it could also be understood as the ability to make something beautiful from the pieces after we break. What have you m

4 days ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Dawn Crush Thing Revisited: The Incidental Dear Lord of the Oscar Wilde’s Destruction

Ah Google Translate. If you do not understand the title, see Dawn Crush Thing. So I came across a Turkish article on Lord Alfred Douglas, and not speaking Turkish, I put it through a computer translat

4 days ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

Language Lord Alfred Douglas Translation

Oh Stay, My Lovely Oscar Stay.

I discovered that there is an old Scottish ballad called “Oscar’s Ghost.” ‘O see that form that faintly gleams! ‘Tis Oscar come to cheer my dreams; On wings of wind he flys away; O stay, my lovely Osc

4 days ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

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Random Delights

I’m traveling this weekend and in the Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia area. Really the other side of the hill but it’s not a separate zip code.  And dropped my wife Lanna at her conference.  And then I

4 days ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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The Pivotal Soft Skill for Web Professionals

Lately I’m seeing more and more published about the importance of soft skills in Web design and development. (See, for example, Chris Coyier’s So You Want To Be a Senior Developer and Rich Schwerdtfeg

4 days ago

Happy Web Diva (Site / Info)

Miscellaneous

Houston congregations rally around members, neighbors displaced by Harvey

Elaine McArdle Donations to UUA-UUSC relief fund are approaching $250,000.

4 days ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

FUUN participates in 26th Annual Nashville AIDS Walk & 5k Run

Join our FUUN Team and help us fund raise for Nashville Cares. See the event page to sign up to fund raise or to donate.

5 days ago

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (Site / Info)

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“When You Deny Black People Their Humanity, All Things Are Possible”

Story time… On my father’s side, the family is from Mississippi. (both of my grandparents were born there)  Yet, if asked, my father will tell you that he never set foot in the state of Mississippi un

5 days ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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No promise is credible

After dinner, Pelosi and Schumer said they have deal with Trump to replace DACA, without the stoopid wall. (But still, a "massive" increase in border security. See here: No deal was made last night on

5 days ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

The Revolution in Bioethics is Already Here: from “Gene-editing” to “Genome Engineering”

(This post is a continuation of my topic yesterday on “Bioethics, CRISPR, & “Our Children Redesigned.”) The best metaphor I’ve seen for how CRISPR works—for those of us who don’t have a doctorate in b

5 days ago

Carl Gregg (Site / Info)

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cats

In wood shop at the Clear Spring School yesterday, as some students were finishing their pen sets and whittling pens, I invited others to make "super-heroes." One first grade girl announced, "I want t

5 days ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)