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Would you have inner peace and unconditional love? Purifications are necessary first.

As we consider the third principle of Unitarian Universalism, "acceptance of another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations" one might eventually be drawn to the role that sacrific

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

Principle 3

Your Roots are Showing

If you could wash away the sands of time you might be able to see your roots—the things you learned in your earliest childhood, the teachings you gleaned from your parents and ancestors without ever b

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Not Too Shameful Confession

I admit it--I am a sucker for a good commercial. Usually something funny, though I also cry at that darned coffee commercial when Peter! comes home in the early morning... I'm supposed to be above the

9 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Labor Day Parade

Middle TN Jobs with Justice, the local AFL-CIO Central Labor Council (CLC) and Workers’ Dignity have teamed up to organize a Labor Day Parade, Saturday, August 30, beginning at 2pm. The march will sta

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FUUN Blog (Site / Info)

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A history of outside agitation: the role of UUs

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer; with it, a chance to reflect on the history of outsider agitators. That term gained currency in reaction to movements like the Freedom Rides

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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All Hail Mable

She spelled her name Mable or Mabel on her caprice. No matter, my maternal grandmother was a hell of a baker. Come to write that, I don’t believe I ever heard her use hell or damn, much  less the vulg

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Harrumph! (Site / Info)

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Effective Faithfulness

“Yes, we want to be effective in pursuit of important goals. But when measurable, short-term outcomes become the only or primary standard for assessing our efforts, the upshot is as pathetic as it is

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Losing My Religion...and Keeping Faith (Site / Info)

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UU History…It’s Complicated

Last year, I spent Oct. 25th (Friday) through Oct. 28th (Monday), 9-5, in Boston for an immersion course covering Unitarian Universalist history in America. That is, the Unitarian Universalist (UU) hi

18 hours ago

Vive Le Flame! (Site / Info)

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William James on Lynching

A friend of mine, Peter Reilly, who writes a blog on tax matters, and studies history on the side has discovered a forgotten essay by William James, the great psychologist of religion. The essay is an

18 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Buzz Coil: August 2014

A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond: My Village Witch: In her Aug. 22 post, Byron Ballard writes about "Garden as Metaphor, Gardener as Priestess," including earthy

18 hours ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

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Under the hood

Back in the day I started blogging, there were a lot of people making up the whole business of how to put posts together and make links and allow comments (or not) and have a blogroll and so on as the

19 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Birthdays (September 2014)

Many Happy Returns to our UUFP members and friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in September!  They are: Larry Baer John Kelly Sara Drees Bob Smith Lin Chambers Rachel Bevins Victoria Schmi

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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Sunday Services (September 2014)

Services for September 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula theme: Belonging “All those of good will are welcome to join with us in our individual and collective search for t

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

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“Black Pirates”: The Amistad Rebellion 175 Years Later

On the 175th anniversary of The Amistad's capture, historian Marcus Rediker takes us back to a time when the idea of “black pirates” would ignite the imagination of early America and take these 53 Afr

19 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Because it is the Faithful Thing To Do

{Editor’s Note: Due to technical difficulties, this post, originally scheduled for August 19th, was delayed – posting now!} I spent two weeks out of state, mostly away from the internet, TV, and newsp

20 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Showing Up for Love: Ferguson & Beyond

It’s so quiet. So intimate. Those were my first thoughts when I stood in the street right next to the spot where Michael Brown was shot, where he died, and where his body lay for hours. For the last f

20 hours ago

Standing On The Side Of Love » Blog (Site / Info)

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Superheroes and Magic-Spreaders

While we still have this one last day of summer left, I want to tell you a few secrets. Important secrets. Secrets that you can never, ever forget.

21 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

Story of the day - Can kisses make things all better?

Alicia said to Greg half way between anger and tears, "I don't know what's wrong with me! My people never win in elections. I fight for stuff all the time, and lose. I argue with people and they just

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

Story of the day

Review: Models for Writers (Short Essays for Composition)

Perhaps the best part of teaching writing to other people’s children is the curriculum I accumulate along the way. Over the past two years, I’ve purchased more writing books than I could have ever jus

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Quarks and Quirks (Site / Info)

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The Trouble with Beginnings

preached at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland, September 16, 2007 And so we find ourselves at the beginning of things. This month marks the start of our ministry together. This is my fir

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

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