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California initiatives: special interest slugfests and yet more bonds!

I received my ballot in the mail today. Living in California, we have vestiges of the Progressive era. These are not at all universal across the states. One is the power of recall, which we used back

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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The theory behind an unconference: some of the most interesting conversations take place in the times between the formal sessions. The reality of an unconference: some of the most interesting conversa

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Cliven Bundy in Bizarre Video for Black Candidate: ‘It’s Almost Like Black Folks Think White Folks Owe Them Something’

[Cross-posted at Hatewatch.] Cliven Bundy, the defiant “Patriot” Nevada rancher who led an armed confrontation with federal agents in April – and who has still not faced any consequences in its afterm

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Orcinus (Site / Info)

Restraint, Of A Sort

Last year I came home from this work conference with nearly two dozen books. This year I only brought home six books. Mostly because I have a bunch of last year's reading left to do. And I wasn't chec

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Furtive Movements: The New Jim Crow Over & Over (part I)

Maybe you were like me when the George Zimmerman trial was going on, shocked (not necessarily surprised) that the defense would come up with something so totally messed up as to say that Trayvon Marti

6 hours ago

irrevspeckay (Site / Info)

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Do We Live in an Anti-Enthusiasm Culture?

I hate the expression “too much time on your hands.” People usually use it after someone has shared something they put a lot of work into for the pure joy of creation. For example, a friend spent mont

8 hours ago

The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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Some Thoughts on the War in Iraq and Terrorism

Was reading this outstanding article about how the word terrorism changes how states can act in the New York Times today “The Reign of ‘Terror'” and I had this response thinking about the War in Iraq

11 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Expanding the Circle 2

Inclusion Strenthens, Rather than Weakens “For I was seeing in the sacred manner the shape of all things of the spirit, and the shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sac

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Expanding the Circle

Letting Go For the Blessing

Reading - "Letting Go," a selection from Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges Why is letting go so difficult? This is a puzzling question, especially if we have been looking

11 hours ago

Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


Holding On For the Blessing

Worship Story - Orpheus and Eurydice Sermon - Preached on October 5, 2014 (Listen to this sermon on podcast here)When we lose someone or something we deeply love, we don't know it right away.  We thin

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Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


The Curious Kick of Hearing an Actor Reading Your Writing

I’m stealing this headline from an article in The Millions.  It is an article about the reactions a fellow Detroit author, Bill Morris author of Motor City Burning, on hearing his words read by an act

14 hours ago

The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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How to Live a Lie in Mercury, Pennsylvania

An excerpt from CINDERLAND, Amy Jo Burns's haunting memoir of growing up in a town that both worshipped and sacrificed its youth.

15 hours ago

Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Beautiful Sacred Lives are at Stake—Getting out the Vote!

This message is part of our Voting Rights Campaign blog series. Today we hear from Susan Leslie, UUA Congregational Advocacy And Witness Director. Click here to see more about the Campaign. Get inspir

16 hours ago

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

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Breaking Humanist Ground

Tufts University – which has long has a relationship with Unitarian Universalism(UU) – became the first college campus in the United States to hire an humanist chaplain. Tufts has created the position

16 hours ago

Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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The Johnny Bright Incident—A Brutal and Indelible Stain on College Football

Drake star Half Back/Quarter Back Johnny Bright in 1951, It was the most brutal and flagrant on-field racist attack in NCAA college football history.   The irrefutable evidence was splashed on front p

17 hours ago

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

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Pagan Community Notes: Facebook freezes Pagan Accounts; PEC challenges Cuomo; An Art Competition and more.

Pagan Community Notes is a series focused on news originating from within the Pagan community. Reinforcing the idea that what happens to and within our organizations, groups, and events is news, and n

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

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The best Wonder Woman page and cover ever?

Yes, I'm setting the bar high, but how can you beat this? If I was working for DC, I would pitch the return of Marya the Mexican Giant. You can read the whole short story at Pappy's Golden Age Comics

19 hours ago

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JULIA & SAMUEL A Meditation on Liberal Religion in an Age of Crisis

JULIA & SAMUEL A Meditation on Liberal Religion in an Age of Crisis James Ishmael Ford 19 October 2014 First Unitarian Church Providence, Rhode Island Text I went to bed that night as usual, and slept

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Gift number 4

A gift number 4 beauty form Froebel's gift number four consisted of a small sliding top box and 8 small tiles, each 1/2 in. x 1 in. x 2 in. The tiles were used to create "knowledge," a sense of relati

20 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

An Empty Hall

In a few hours this empty school hallway will be utterly transformed, full to bursting with young life. The fact that it’s quiet doesn’t mean it isn’t useful, just that it’s waiting. What have you lea

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)