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Purses, Pockets, and the Malware Installed in Every Woman

  In August, I stopped carrying a purse. It started just with complaining with women friends about the lack of pockets in our apparel. I’ve got pantsuits with zero usable pockets. I’m a parish ministe

4 days ago

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

A gesture of love

Kimberly French When some felt excluded by his lyrics, Jason Shelton chose to reimagine ‘Standing on the Side of Love.’

4 days ago

uuworld.org: latest stories (Site / Info)

STLT#383, Alleluia Amen

I love alleluias. Sure, the word means “praise the Lord” and I’m not big on the word “Lord”, but as a word of praise, it’s gorgeous and lyrical and pretty much no matter how its sung, I am in. This on

4 days ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn Range: Moderate Singability: Simple/Easy Mood: Joyful Genre: Round

Oscar’s Mother

In honor of Oscar Wilde’s birthday, October 16, here is another outtake from Oscar’s Ghost. It seemed appropriate day to share a piece about Oscar’s mother. Before Oscar Wilde’s second criminal trial,

4 days ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

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hidden splines...

Yesterday, in addition to trying to re-conceptualize the Wisdom of the Hands book, I prepared for another article in Fine Woodworking and the visit of an editor from that magazine in two weeks. This a

4 days ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Growing Up

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability…. To be alive is to be vulnerable.” ―Madeleine L’Engle W

4 days ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


Curb Gun Violence

The gun violence that happened in Las Vegas is unacceptable. U. S. Gun violence results in 17,000 + American children and teens to be shot each year. 46 youths are shot daily resulting in 7 deaths. It

5 days ago

News – Promise the Children (Site / Info)


Introduction to Zen Koans is Now Available for Pre-Order

My next book is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons In her forward to the book Roshi Joan Halifax says, “This marvelous book opens t

5 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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We All Care What Other People Think of Us

What Other People Think, part 1 At last year’s congregational auction here at CUUC, the high bidder for the privilege of giving me a sermon topic wanted me to address the issue of other people’s opini

5 days ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

What Other People Think

Shame: The Heart and Soul of Control

An experience of shame makes us lower our heads, hearts pounding, eyes directed to the floor, while we imagine we might be anywhere else.  We sometimes use shame  to master our behavior.  Culture and

5 days ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


Being Small in a Big World

This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 10/15/17 and focuses on how small actions can have big impacts. It looks at baseball as a starting point for social c

5 days ago

RevWho (Site / Info)

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A Bill of Obligations

Last Sunday, I talked about the responsibilities that I believe go along with our rights. I even went so far as to suggest a “Bill of Obligations” that we might consider living by as part of being a g

5 days ago

Your Life Is A Gospel (Site / Info)


Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of a Foreign Student

Mia continues her story about her experiences as a foreign student in the United States. Mia presented Part 1 at the church service on June 19, 2016, and Part 2 on October 16, 2016. Both forums are av

5 days ago

Unitarian Church of Los Alamos (Site / Info)


Degas at home, Plato on holiday. Keeping ourselves talking about, living in and responding to this remarkable world.

Degas: "La classe de Dance"  READING: From §38 of “The Philosophical Investigations” by Ludwig Wittgenstein (his emphases) This is connected with the conception of naming as, so to speak, an occult pr

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

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A Symbolic Age

We are living in a symbolic age. Recently, as Puerto Rico had just been hit by hurricane Maria and tensions were mounting between our president and North Korea, I watched as a serious televised news p

5 days ago

Story and Self (Site / Info)

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Playful. Fierce. Free.

Playful. For the X-Men, all the suspicion, prejudice, and downright hate they encounter in the world is no excuse … to not dress fabulously. How they roll in a harsh world is in skin tight costumes, b

5 days ago

Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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Under the Ancient Oaks: Cernunnos

In this episode of Under the Ancient Oaks – The Video Series, I’m joined by Patheos Pagan Channel Managing Editor Jason Mankey for a discussion about our experiences with a deity we’re both devoted to

5 days ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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We’re looking for a new place to live — our landlord is finally selling the duplex where we live, so he can use the money to enjoy his retirement. We’ve been looking for most of a month now, and it ha

6 days ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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15 October 2017 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (15 October 2017) at 11:00 AM for  “They Left Me for Dead” by Mr. Lynn Cawthorne. We are pleased to welcome Caddo Parish Commissioner Lynn Cawthorne to our pulpit this Sunday

6 days ago

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

Worship Religious Education

Adult Religious Education — 15 October 2017

Please join us on Sunday (15 October 2017) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class.  Following on the heels of reading of Waking Up White by Debby Irving, we will discuss A Class Divided (t

6 days ago

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

Religious Education