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Slice of Life - Meet the Neighbors

Among our "natural"* neighbors are free range peafowl. The peahen shown in this picture was a few feet from my front door when I first saw her today. They're pretty brazen--getting treats from adorers

5 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

December 19–The Kitchen: Heartbeat

I clean the kitchen every night before I go to sleep. Bob unloads the dishwasher and puts the dishes away every morning. We have grown into this tender pattern of daily care for our home and for each

6 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Kitchen UU 3rd Principle

Trauma-Informed Meditation Protocol

During my upcoming trip to Burma, I will be leading daily meditation sessions for my study group.  Most of these fellow travelers have only a minimal familiarity with meditation.  We will be spending

9 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Self-Care: Throw a Rockin' Pity Party!

I have given my little speech on pity parties to three different people this past week, so it seems something is in the air. Let me share my view on pity parties with anyone who needs it: Namely: I'm

10 hours ago

Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Revised Congregational Bylaws (14 December 2014)

At last Sunday’s congregational business meeting (14 December 2014), our members approved several changes to our bylaws.  The revised bylaws are now online in PDF format: Revised Bylaws Revised Bylaws

11 hours ago

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

Dark Times – A Winter Solstice Meditation

The dark times we are experiencing now will not disappear when we light our Solstice candles, yet we light our Solstice candles anyway. We do this not because it will make everything nice and easy but

11 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)

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Planning for failure

Props to Lt. Levity even though his (?) Christmas in Blunderland post is not so jolly, or perhaps as his illustration suggests, jolly to a fault. It's a familiar seasonal tale by now, poor housing, ne

12 hours ago

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Policy Board Message: Food & Drink in Sactuary

A message from the Policy Board. Dear fellow UU’s.  At last night’s policy board meeting the Sunday Services Committee requested that we not have food and drink in the Sanctuary during services.  This

14 hours ago

UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Announcements food policy EDITION: January 2015 GROUPS Policy Board Beverages sactuary

Hope 2

Why is hope so important? Is there something to it beyond wishful thinking, living in the future instead of the present, and being in denial about reality? Let's explore these questions. Serenity Pray

19 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)


Address Opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

At the request of students from Adrian College, I was asked to speak at a protest on the Capitol steps in Lansing in opposition to the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (HB 5958) on December

20 hours ago

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Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is a Good Start, But There’s More Work to Be Done

On Dec 17th, Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking in New York State because of health concerns. It's a huge victory for activists, say Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of "

20 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Formell education?

The following is from an earlier blog post, November 7, 2007. Today the words "formal education" refer to learning that takes place within the context of established educational institutions, as contr

21 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Gone with the obituary

Cross-post note: This appears at my non-political blog, Harrumph! As it is marriage related, it seems apt here too. A college chum made his family vanish in his self-written obit. A wife and four daug

21 hours ago

Marry in Massachusetts (Site / Info)

A Disappeared Family

A college chum made his family vanish in his self-written obit. A wife and four daughters vanished in his detailed recap of life and kin. I feel a double connection. I introduced, really connected, hi

21 hours ago

Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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Renewable Energy – You can buy it.

If you support renewable energy, buy it.  You can do so by purchasing “Renewable Energy Certificates”. What is a REC? A REC (pronounced: rěk) represents the property rights to the environmental, socia

22 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke (Site / Info)

Green Team Blog

The New Alexandrian Library: One Step Closer to Opening its Doors

The New Alexandrian Library, a research and reference facility focused on magic and the occult, is another step closer to opening its doors. In early December, the library received its certificate of

22 hours ago

The Wild Hunt | A modern Pagan perspective. (Site / Info)

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Heartbroken in America

This week my guest blogger is Jim Foti, the assistant minister at the congregation I serve. He delivered a version of this reflection over the weekend. We hold in our hearts the United States, as our

22 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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When Power Intersects a Lack of Consequences

The news made me sick, revealing some lingering belief I had in American exceptionalism. I exaggerate not: for a week after the release of the CIA torture report, I had a bloodless feeling in my limbs

22 hours ago

This Too Will Pass (Site / Info)

Social Justice Commentary

In My Father's House There are Many Mansions...

In John 14:2, the Christian Bible reads "My Father's house has many rooms." This verse, actually a prooftext for Trinitarian Christianity, is not one you'll hear often in UU selections from the New Te

22 hours ago

A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)