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veterans day...

This is the day set aside in the USA to express appreciation to those who have served in the military to defend this country. Yesterday we held classes for Veterans at ESSA and were visited there by S

5 days ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Come Closer: A Few Words to a Zen Priest Being Installed as a Unitarian Universalist Minister

      As most who follow my blog know, I am a Zen Buddhist priest within the Japanese-derived Soto school. But, and I hope that’s also clear, I am also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. And

5 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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What the Devil is Going On?

Movies of the 1960s told people “the devil’s in your kids and we need traditional institutions to get him out.” Today’s TV shows tell us the devil is running these institutions and we must face him on

6 days ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Armistice Day 1918—The Long Winding Road to an American Holiday

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that finally ended the meat grinder horror of the Great War which ushered in the era of industrial scale warfare.   The aftershocks of the carnage ar

6 days ago

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

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Someone Tried to Use My Humorous Book to Prove Global Warming is Good For You

Like many writers, I have enough of an ego to want to know when one of my books gets a mention somewhere. I was surprised today when I got an alert saying that one of my older books The 100 Most Dange

6 days ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

Risk 100 Most Dangerous Things

What it looks like when people are really singing

You are unlikely to see people looking like this when they sing hymns at a Unitarian Universalist church: I took this photo at today’s Sacred Harp singing in Davis, California. Everybody, even the peo

6 days ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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In defense of "agreeing to disagree"

Two years ago on Facebook, I posted this:I just saw someone say he didn't like the phrase and thought it was used by people who could not defend their position. I'm a great fan of the phrase. I use it

6 days ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)


NPR Builds a Social Justice Relationship

NPR brought Dr. Willie Parker and Rev. Barbara Prose together. Read their conversation about women’s reproductive rights and what it means to be an ally for each other. Core to the All Souls’ mission

6 days ago

BeyondBelief (Site / Info)

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This Grandmother Pine Lost

It must have been a big machine that cut down the grandmother pine tree.  I found no disturbance around the stump when I climbed up to it to offer my grief and respect.  The weeds and small brush near

6 days ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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United States of Autocracy

Doctored videos are distributed for propaganda purposes; Children and parents continue to be separated in defiance of law, kept in prison without trial or access to lawyers; Administration initiates f

1 week ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)


11 November 2018 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (11 November 2018) at 11:00 AM for “Tribute, Solace, Challenge:  Some Thoughts on  Veteran’s Day” with Steve Caldwell, Jennifer Russell, and Susan Caldwell. On this Sunday mor

1 week ago

Announcements – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana (Site / Info)

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Adult Religious Education — 11 November 2018

Please join us on Sunday (11 November 2018) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — “From Jesus to Nicea:  A Flash History of the Early, Early Christian Church.” Although the Unitarianism

1 week ago

Announcements – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana (Site / Info)

Religious Education

The Reverend Mr Ford’s Day in Court: Juror Number Four’s Tale of Theory & Practice

    Okay, I took advantage of the standard offer to put off responding to my jury summons. I had the opportunity to set it at a date that seemed without conflict. Well, assuming nothing untoward happe

1 week ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Interdependent Web: Breathing instructions, saved by broken people, tactical democracy

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

1 week ago

UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

completed bridges

My 5th and 6th grade students finished making their arched bridges. Now my decks are cleared in preparation for my class for veterans at ESSA tomorrow. I and my students will be making boxes. The miss

1 week ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Trump’s New Rule Strikes at the Heart of U.S. Asylum

Lives depend on a functioning, accessible asylum system

1 week ago

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Site / Info)

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Looking Back at the Killing of Marcelo Lucero, Ten Years Later

By Mirta Ojito | On November 8, 2008, having had a few beers and an early dinner, Marcelo Lucero, an undocumented Ecuadorian immigrant, took a late-night stroll with his childhood friend Angel Loja ne

1 week ago

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

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The battle over Proposition 10

Not the battle to win it, I don’t mean. Just the battle to understand it. I hope we’re going to try again to repeal the Costa Hawkins Act, and when we do, we’re going to make it clear that that’s what

1 week ago

Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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236: Post-Election Roundup with Alison Miller

Join us live this Thursday at 11am ET as we chat on The VUU with Rev. Alison Miller about all that’s current in the post-election news. Rev. Alison Miller is the Senior Minister at Morristown Unitaria

1 week ago

Quest for Meaning (Site / Info)


She Might Be a Saint: Recalling Dorothy Day And Her Way of Nonviolence, Voluntary Poverty, Prayer, and Radical Hospitality

      Dorothy Day was born on this day in 1897. In my youth there were two Catholic Christians who particularly influenced me. The first of these was Thomas Merton. He occupies my dreams to this day.

1 week ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

Uncategorized Dorothy Day