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Being ‘Just Black’

Originally posted on Jairo Lobo: ? This morning I wrote an article in Dutch and after seeing the reactions and how often it was shared, I realized that it was also internationally relevant. Here is th

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)


sometime this week....

My first through 6th grade students will be camping this week, so I have this day to work in the shop. I'll be drilling matching holes in the tops and bottoms of pen boxes for my book on tiny boxes an

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Why I Celebrate Cinco de Mayo, And maybe Why You Might Want to, As well

I do love Cinco de Mayo. What a lot of folk may not know is how it is a quintessential American holiday. And by American I don’t mean that broader use standing for all of us who occupy the two contine

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Cinco de Mayo—When Celebrating Does Not Equal Honoring

A typical culturally sensitive Cinco de Mayo promotion cartoon. Note:   This is the fifth year I have run essentially the same post with a little tinkering on the margins. And, damn it, I will continu

3 hours ago

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

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May Flowers

April showers, we are told, bring May flowers. With any luck, May flowers bring June fruit. But it would be a shame if you didn’t enjoy the showers or the flowers because you were only looking for the

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


May 5–The Grove: Finding Asylum

Some people have a place that they like to go to that is outside, a place that has some connection with nature–the woods, a stream, trees or even a tree.  Some poeple have had a place like that at one

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Summer Reading?

I spent much of today reading. Fiction, even! A lovely way to spend a quiet day off. And it reminded me--soon enough summer comes and vacation. A couple of weeks to read whatever the heck I want. Sure

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


The Garland Shooting: Innocents Get Hurt

The two men who attacked an anti-Islam gathering in Garland last night are dead and I can’t say I’m sorry. But I wonder if the organizers of the event understood that innocent people could also get hu

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Ancient Greek marriage laws and same-sex marriage

During the Supreme Court argument session on Obergefell v. Hodges, according to the transcription, Justice Alito had the following exchange with Mary Bonauto, Esq., representing the petitioners: JUSTI

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Ancient Order of Hibernians Organize in NYC at Epicenter of Gang Warfare

The Ancient Order of Hibernians official shield. In 1835 the New York neighborhood known as Five Points centered on   intersection created by Orange Street, now Baxter Street; Cross Street, now Mosco

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

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"The Burning Truth in the South": MLK on Peaceful Student Protests

Tension and conflict are not alien nor abnormal to growth but are the natural results of the process of changes. A revolution is occurring in both the social order and the human mind.

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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A Litany of Blessings (for Tori Jameson)

(At my current seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, it is tradition that at the last UU worship before graduation, we recognize those of us who are graduating.  Each graduating senior is bless

18 hours ago

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What “Normal” Is Baltimore Supposed To Get Back To?

Back in August, people kept talking about how Ferguson (and St. Louis more broadly) needed to “heal.” That same talk has been mentioned in regards to Baltimore. The other thing that keeps getting talk

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)


Pagan Community Notes: The Seeker’s Temple, The Patrick McCollum Foundation, CUUPS and more!

The Seeker’s Temple, based in Beebe Arkansas, has announced that it is closing its doors. In a Facebook statement, High Priest Bertram Dahl said, “The city of Beebe has not only managed to make things

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

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Red Door

This sermon was preached at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Huntington on 5/4/15. It explores the role beauty can play as an inspirational role model in building a diverse, justice-centered c

22 hours ago

RevWho (Site / Info)

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the difference between "principles' and "virtues"

 Unitarian Universalism backed into a type of moral reasoning based on principles when we adopted the Seven Principles. A "principle" is a formalized abstraction. "The inherent worth and dignity of ev

22 hours ago

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Encountering Reality: a Mind Bubble

Deleted from something else I’m writing, but thanks to having a blog, it doesn’t go onto the cutting room floor. Whether it should or not, of course, is an entirely different question… My personal mot

22 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Spiritually Speaking: Two Words That Really Bother Me

It can be dangerous to share with a large number of people something that irritates you.  I never had siblings, but even in my house I knew caution around sharing pet peeves.  Yet, we are a trusting,

1 day ago

Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church (Site / Info)

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On the Silence of the Pulpit

It is a pleasure to be with you today to celebrate the installation of the Rev. Sarah Stewart as your twelfth senior minister. I have known Sarah for more than two decades. We became friends in high s

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


Happy birthday, Pia!

Pia Zamora, that is, who was born on this day in 1953, and who, among her many credits played Girmar in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians…

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)