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It’s all about who you know

        Mom was right when she said you had to be careful who you associated with. Or as Ben Franklin wrote, “He that lieth down with dogs shall rise up with fleas.”         Growing … Continue reading

3 weeks ago

Changing the World (Site / Info)


In the Permanent Emergency

as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, Museum district campus, August 19, 2018 The course is set on hope. The course is set on hope. Our second reading comes from the Russian

4 weeks ago

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


Middle School Plans for 2018-2019

Last Saturday we had a wonderful Middle School Group party at a local park. The Middle School grades have a lot to look forward to this year, with Neighboring Faiths/Building Bridges as their Sunday p

08/21/2018 12:40:55 PM

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)


Two Words to Help You Have Better Conversations in a UU Church

"I Believe...." "I believe" are two words we need to hear more of in UU churches .... I believe. First, wouldn't it be great to be having more of the deep conversations about meaning, God, Spirit, pur

08/21/2018 09:11:00 AM

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

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Living Beyond Cancer: All Souls Trekkers makes space for knowledge, hope, and love.

In 2003, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins lymphoma with 25% bone marrow involvement. This cancer of the blood became jarring reality. Our children were in college, my husband, Dan and I were

08/20/2018 01:37:38 PM

BeyondBelief (Site / Info)

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What More Will It Take?

“Hate the sin and not the sinner” is an expression that I loathe.  It disconnects people from their actions and expunges culpability for transgressions and creates a tool to selectively vilify human n

08/20/2018 10:57:29 AM

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This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 8/19/18 and looks at the importance of spiritual practices.   I just came across a favorite fake quote of mine as Fac

08/19/2018 11:30:17 AM

RevWho (Site / Info)

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Donald Trump is a racist…duh.

Donald Trump is a racist.  Not a surprise, not news (fake or otherwise) this is a fact.  He is also not the first racist to occupy the Oval Office.  The troublesome part is that there are so many peop

08/19/2018 08:35:49 AM

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Welcoming Pain into our Lives, a sermon delivered on 8/12/2018

Meditation in preparation The following meditation was written by self help author and speaker Arjuna Ardagh. I invite you into a time of meditation.  Each of you has your own way of entering this way

08/18/2018 11:32:00 AM

The Human Spirit (Site / Info)

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Reverie of an Accidental Minister

--> REVERIE OF AN ACCIDENTAL MINISTER PUUF             Something about Astoria, Oregon, had always called to me.   When my family would visit Cannon Beach, some 30 miles south of Astoria, for a week a

08/18/2018 11:29:44 AM

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

Dying Young

In all of the hubbub of the upcoming release of Omarosa’s book, the news of another Ferguson protestor dying on Friday didn’t make it into the zeitgeist. His name is Allen Frazier and he leaves behind

08/14/2018 04:35:31 PM

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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A Charge To The Congregation

Given to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA The Installation of Rev. Hank Istvan Peirce March 8 2018 It is good to be back with this congregation. Twenty-one years ago, and freshly ordai

08/14/2018 02:17:33 PM

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The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart

as preached at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Museum District campus, August 12, 2018 It is good to be with you this morning. And it is good to be in Houston. The opening words of

08/13/2018 12:09:06 PM

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


Forgiving Our Way Home

This homily was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 8/12/18. This family friendly homily looks at grudges and forgiveness. Grudges. Our story this morning packed them al

08/12/2018 12:43:12 PM

RevWho (Site / Info)

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Hope Calls Us On

Here we are, and by “here” I mean The Mystery.  That’s what “here” means in the largest of senses.  Mystery calls us forth, to be changed in ways we cannot now predict.  Mystery calls us forth, to bri

08/12/2018 08:02:39 AM

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Interim Senior Minister's Column, August 2018

Dear Members of the First Houston Community: I am excited to be joining you this month for our time of interim ministry! My first day in the office will be August 7th. August 12th will be my first Sun

08/11/2018 02:37:11 PM

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


Protected: Moveable Feast: CRB brings fresh food and people together

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Moveable Feast: CRB brings fresh food and people together appeared first on BeyondBelief.

08/10/2018 01:55:36 PM

BeyondBelief (Site / Info)

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Why I Need Afro-Futurism (An Anniversary Day Thought)

I am not an optimist by nature. Never have been. This is why I need afro-futurism; to remind myself that there are black people in the future. I need afro-futurism so I can imagine what Mike Brown wou

08/09/2018 03:24:21 PM

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)


It doesn’t matter who’s to blame

Whether we want the 700-plus immigrant children being held in our custody or not doesn’t matter because they aren’t leaving. And, since we can’t match them up with their parents because we don’t know

08/08/2018 05:06:40 PM

Changing the World (Site / Info)


Kids > Guns

It was 1851, and the great Unitarian minister Theodore Parker decided he needed a gun. “I have been obliged to arm myself.” He told the gathered assembly of Unitarian ministers that May.  “I have writ

08/06/2018 03:53:36 PM

Another Possibility (Site / Info)

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