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There Has To Be More Than Emerson (The Canons We Have and What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day pt.2)

I knew it would happen as soon as the title for my last post came to mind. I knew that some well-intentioned white people would send me private messages telling me I was wrong to use the word “crazy”

5 hours ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)


Lazy Tuesday

Nice to just have a lazy Tuesday on my day off.  Slept in, watched the NASCAR race that had a one day rain delay. Watched the first half of the Warriors game. Played Dominion and Splendor with my wife

6 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Midweek Message from our Lead Minister

April 25, 2017 “White people: I don’t want you to understand me better, I want you to understand yourselves.”  –Ijeoma Oluo Black Lives UU asked our churches to dedicate this Sunday or next to a White

14 hours ago

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (Site / Info)


Community experience at Raven’s Knoll documented in new book

EGANVILLE, Ont. — The staff and a group of regular visitors of the Pagan owned and operated campground and festival site, Raven’s Knoll, have announced the launch of a book titled Rites of Raven’s Kno

15 hours ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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The Nepal Earthquake: Two Years Later

While the earthquake has faded from the news and even the memories of many outside of Nepal, UUSC continues to work with grassroots partners that are empower survivors and protect their rights as they

17 hours ago

Recent Updates – Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (Site / Info)

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Ministerial Transition and Children

Our congregation is going through an unexpected ministerial transition right now, throwing many of us into a state of uncertainty, sadness, and confusion. For the most part, our children and youth are

17 hours ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)


Poems for Ella at 100

Ella Fitzgerald, the incomparable jazz singer whose career spanned decades would have turned 100 years old today.   There will be plenty of tributes and memorial concerts for the beloved First Lady of

17 hours ago

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

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A few photos of the Histon Road Cemetery and St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road

This morning I thought I’d wander up to St. Giles' Cemetery off the Huntingdon Road (going via the very interesting Histon Road Cemetery). I took a flask of tea and sat reading Tolstoy's Gospel in Bri

18 hours ago

CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Then and Now—Resistance, Free Speech and the ACLU

Socialist Party leader, fiery orator, and war opponent found speech a ticket to prison. This week two events in McHenry County involve the venerable American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and together

18 hours ago

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

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What Looks Like Crazy On An Ordinary Day (A Question for the UUA Presidential Candidates)

(this is the first of three questions that I will pose to the candidates. if you aren’t interested in UUA politics, check back in about a week-and-a-half.) Susan. Alison. Jeanne. As always, it was goo

19 hours ago

East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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STLT#205-206, Amazing Grace

This is the second of what I realize now are three times when the same lyrics are applied to two different tunes. Now in the case of Light of Ages and of Nations, and later, O Little Town of Bethlehem

21 hours ago

Notes from the Far Fringe (Site / Info)

Hymn by Hymn

action figures...

Yesterday we made caped action figures in wood shop, inspired by the student's study of "community helpers".... people who make our small city work for the benefit of all. I prepared for the lesson by

21 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Why I Had To Make a Clean Break With Christianity

I grew up in fundamentalism and so I had to make a clean break with Christianity. Nothing is worth letting that fear back into my life. I will not open that door, not even for access to two thousand y

22 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple—that’s creativity.” —Charles Mingus What have you made more beautiful through simplifying it? The Daily C

23 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)


April 25–Come, Come Whoever You Are: No Despair

We are no caravan of despair. Come, yet again, come. On some level, we want the whole experience, and we need to know that the whole experience of our humanity is accepted, is not judged, is welcome.

23 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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Everyone feels grief when cherry blossoms scatter

I took a gentle walk over to the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Monday to see the last of the spring blossom. It's always a bittersweet time of year but, as most of us know, life's deepest mea

1 day ago

CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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Marcus Aurelius: Fairly close is not bad

when you think about the benefits of understanding and knowledge, isn’t is clear that wisdom is the way to go?

1 day ago

Nature’s Path (Site / Info)


The Short Review: We Saw “Their Finest.” We Liked It. You Might, as Well.

Jan and I took off for our regular weekly movie and a dinner this past Sunday. Our rhythm had been interrupted by various events, and one or two of the films we saw didn’t fit for my review standards

1 day ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

Culture film review Their Finest

Xfinity X1 DVR ***1/2

We’ve upgraded our cable and have had the Xfinity X1 DVR for a few months now. It’s very shiny but is missing some key features.  First, the ability to have voice commands is very, very cool. I use it

1 day ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)


Two black people on the Titanic in fact and a third in folklore

The Titanic had at least two black passengers, and more if you count one passenger's children. The story of Joseph Laroche is in Was a Black Man on the Titanic? His white wife and their daughters were

1 day ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

class and race history vs folklore