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A prayer at eventide

I’ve moved from a traditional Universalist prayerbook’s evening prayer to vespers — a related service, but very different in structure and tone — because it is more meditative, more focused on the nig

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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Different ways to “sing” the psalm

Each evening, for vespers, I “sing” the Bonum Est Confiteri, Prasm 92:1-4 as it read in the rubrics, and included in the Coverdale version: ¶ Then shall be sang the following Psalm: Bonum Est Confiter

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Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

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The Emerging UU Consensus [Tom Schade]

Unitarian Universalists like to think that we are a fractious lot, each with our own opinion on everything and unable to agree on anything. Whenever that was, that was then and this is now. Oh, we dis

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Story of the day - How racism is learned

Our little Mary, Shirley Temple look alike, came home from kindergarten, and said with a pout, "I don't like black people!" My wife and I were horrified. How could our darling little white girl with t

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Story of the day

Are we looking for the divine spark in everyone?

This month, August, 2014, UU A Way Of Life will be considering and discussing the third principle of Unitarian Universalism: We covenant to affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encourageme

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Principle 3

August 1 – Journeys: Where Are We Going?

When you set out on a physical journey, it helps to have a destination in mind, to know where you are headed so that you can recognize when you’ve arrived.  No matter how long the trip or circuitous t

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

UU 4th Principle Journeys

Before There Was Amelia Earhart, There Was Harriet Quimby

Harriet Quimby in a Bleriot monoplane. Harriet Quimby was one of a kind—actress, journalist, screenwriter, pioneer aviatrix, barnstormer before there was a word for it, and a colorful, defiant indepen

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

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A Meditation on Earth

It is helpful to understand the interconnectedness of all the Earth. But when it comes to forming meaningful relationships and to taking action that results in tangible change, there really is no plac

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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7 Good Things

Today I will just be lazy and just post my 7 good things for the day. I feel like a lot of my blogging and writing goes directly to Facebook. Three good things: Day 11 1. The success of my poem “Write

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Nerdy Religion Time

Once again I will be filling in for Rev. Robin for her column. We’ll be tackling another fun subject this month in our Nerdy Religion time together. One of the questions I get most often about Unitari

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Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church (Site / Info)

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When being a Chalice Lighter trumps the elevator speech

If you have been a Unitarian Universalist for long, you have heard about the elevator speech.  This is the speech you should always be prepared to make when entering an elevator with a stranger who sh

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Paying For Ministries

Clergy finance is a big topic these days, with articles in magazines, blogs, Facebook conversations and more. Seminary and other formation costs can be staggering, student loans are painful, and churc

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Dawn Cooley on UU's and Christendom, Part 2

Dawn posted a second part of her post over on her blog.  Go read it there.

7 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Pretty fireworks, and this journey is done

The trip is over, and I have come back to the United States. Here’s a gif I made of the epic Celebration of Light fireworks competition that Vancouver has each summer.

7 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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day 4...

I concluded my fourth day of box making at Marc Adams School of Woodworking and completely forgot to take photos to record our progress. I have about 6 unfinished boxes in the  works, and have had fun

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Happy birthday, Gary!

Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis & the Playboys was born on this day in 1945…

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


A Big and Wide Perspective

I have been doing this Photo Inspiration Challenge with Angie McMonigal Photography for more than two years now, and if there is one thing that our collaboration has reinforced week after week (aside

12 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

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Why I go to church…

Working at a peace and justice non-profit is an emotional double-edged sword plowshare. It is emotionally fulfilling to have a small part in making the world a better place. It is emotionally cripplin

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What's My Age Again? (Site / Info)

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Deer at Rossmoor Parkway / D.H. Ryle Watching my son sweep shards of glass from the seats after his car was broken into during the day in front of the condo where I lived, I knew if I wanted him and m

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Economic Risk Greater for Minorities

Economic Justice is for Everyone Jamelle Bouie explains the relationship between home ownership, poverty and risk, noting that the recession of 2008-2009 obliterated fully 31% of wealth and 28% of hom

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Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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