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poliiticians love charter schools. Scientists have other things in mind.

This exposé of charter schools is interesting, and while it might be unfair to paint all charter schools with the same broad brush, when politicians of both parties climb in bed with an idea, perhaps

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

HymnsoftheSpirit.org is back

I had some site problems this last week. My old main blog, BoyintheBands.com, was badly hacked and in the process of hardening the other sites against attack, I ruined the WordPress install for my hom

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Rev. Scott Wells (Site / Info)

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Media roundup: UU church sues to install solar panels

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

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UU World Editors’ Blog (Site / Info)

A Gentle Path

There is much to be said for the amazing views at the top of a rigorous mountain climb, but there’s also a lot in favor of a gentle walk in the woods, with nothing more remarkable before you than the

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 24–Return Again: Our Principles-6

In Unitarian-Universalism, we gather ourselves and our faith around seven Principles. Our Principles are not religious dogma in content.  They are ethical principles in that they embody rather explici

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

Return Again UU 6th Principle

Very Bad Day at the Summer Resort—Pompeii, 79 AD

The Eruption of Vesuvius by Edward Turner, early 19th Century. On August 23, 79 AD by traditional accounts Mount Vesuvius near the shores of the Bay of Naples erupted destroying of the Roman cities of

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

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Reading Stephen Batchelor’s After Buddhism

The book opens with two quotes. The first from the Buddha himself. “The dharma is clearly visible, immediate, inviting, uplifting, to be personally sensed by the wise.” Paired with it is one from the

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Lenny – The Adventure

Lenny is adorable and weird. An awesome cat even though he likes to wake me up at 6:30 on my day off. The kitties also love to spray cardboard across the floor. And he loves to bat me to play and sit

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)



With a printmaking class coming up starting September 3, I thought it would be a good deadline for finishing the various half-done pieces I have in process. It’s been luxurious to start any piece that

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Sermons in Stones (Site / Info)

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You Are What Your Record Says You Are

The AFA’s recent announcement drops all pretense, but their record has long shown they’re a racist organization. What does your record say you are?

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John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Dropped in to sample Neal Larson's talk radio show, just happened to be the day back in January when Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump (working headline: "Dumb and Dumberer"), with an electronic thump

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(8-23) Boston at last

The ride down on 1-A was fast & getting hot. From Salem on was city & between my & drivers' recklesness I'm surprised I made it. Hitched thru the tunnel & into downtown. The Haymarket, the Commons. Go

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Social Action Sundays

Upcoming Social Action Sundays: We will be undertaking collections for the following organizations.  Unless noted, please make your checks out to the organization listed. Sept 18 Schenectady Home Furn

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Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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Go See Kubo & the Two Strings: You Don’t Need to Read Anymore Than That

But if you want a little more. The other day an old friend who is Zen teacher as well as a math professor said that on a scale of one to ten, Kubo and the Two Strings is a twelve. For a math professor

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Ministerial Search Committee

The Search Committee has been focusing a great deal of its time lately on familiarizing ourselves with the information required to be included in the Congregational Record. The Record, whose format is

19 hours ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

Ministerial Search Committee Upcoming Activities

Sacred Well Congregation Earns EEO Status Opening Doors for Chaplains

BUTLER, Mo. – The Sacred Well Congregation (SWC),  a universalist, independent, non-evangelical Wiccan Church, announced it ise an Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization (EEO) for the Department of Vet

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The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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President’s Blog – John Reschovsky: Sept. 2016

A Time for Change As summer comes to an end, church is shifting into high gear. I hope your summer has offered some joy and relaxation. For me, it has been an intense time but with much joy as Sandra

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Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

Circles - Highlights President's Column

“Mansfield Park:” Black Suffering And White Romance

Last night I watched Patricia Rozema’s 1999 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, which I looked forward to because I knew there would be an irrepressible heroine and lots of sexy 19th century r

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PeaceBang (Site / Info)

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Life Is Not a Utilitarian Calculation

In 1990, I was a graduate student at the University of Virginia, studying simultaneously in government: political theory, and in philosophy. In an ethics seminar taught by Cora Diamond, we were consid

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Attain the Good You Will Not Attain

Have we lost our minds?

Or are we just headed that way? The old saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" comes to mind, reading Anna Nemtsova's Letter from Moscow on Politico , "Trump Is Already Helping Putin Consoli

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)