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On 'speaking white' and 'speaking middle class'

The debate over 'speaking white' is about a black woman who objected to the phrase "speaking white". She insists it's just "speaking proper". What she misses is that "proper" is what the local ruling

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it's all one thing (Site / Info)

LIVE BLOGGING THE 2014 BIENNIAL GATHERING OF THE SOTO ZEN BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION

My flight out from Providence to Clatskanie, Oregon, where Great Vow Zen monastery is hosting this year’s gathering began to take on the character of a quest, with adventures, misadventures, and digre

1 hour ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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UU and Buddhist . . . and Prophetic

I am a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist. I was born and raised a UU in white, middle-class, US culture. I think I was about 14 before I ever encountered Eastern religion of any kind (a friend took me a

3 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Reflection

"Democracy" is not a good management strategy

The fifth principle of Unitarian Universalism is the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large." The very thing that the founding fathe

4 hours ago

UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

Principle 5 right of conscience

Beliefs, A-Liefs, and Seeing the Way Things Are

Tis education forms the common mind, Just as the twig is bent, the tree’s inclined. Alexander Pope One of the major tourist attractions in Chicago is the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower and als

5 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Data’s Role for Social Change

I work with data. I love it. I love the puzzles, I lose myself in the tedium of data-cleaning, and I love being able to uncover something that was not known before. My work is a bit abstract; I help …

5 hours ago

This Too Will Pass (Site / Info)

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A follow-up to the Winchester Profession fellowship idea

There are (for me anyway) two truisms for this blog. The less time I put into a blog post, the more likely I’m going to get disproportionately large interest. The more time I put into a blog post, the

5 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Universalism "Independent Universalist"

I’m Not Sure They Really Want You to Know that this is the International Day of Non-Violence

Did you know October 2 is the International Day of Non-Violence?   Neither did I and it was a big surprise when I stumble on the information during my daily scrounging for something—any damn thing—to

5 hours ago

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

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Hajj

This evening marks the beginning of the time of Hajj, the pilgrimage that Muslims are enjoined to take at least once in a lifetime. All places in this world are holy, but some, through tradition and a

6 hours ago

Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Occupy Hong Kong: A coalition of resistance takes shape

The Nation is reporting that some 10,000 union workers in Hong Kong have decided to strike in solidarity with the Occupy HK movement. Just a week ago the protest movement was catalyzed (and moved forw

10 hours ago

Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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Cinematic Multitasking

I am a a champion channel-flipper, especially when commercial avoidance is involved.  On rare occasions, I find fun pairings of movies to flip between with some common themes.  Tonight? 10 Things I Ha

11 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

October 2–The Labyrinth: Revelation

Labyrinths invite us into themselves but only so that they can invite us down deep into our own souls.  They require something of us once there:  to touch, to connect, to be present, to be aware.  You

12 hours ago

Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Labyrinth UU 4th Principle

making birdies...

Yesterday, my elementary school students made wooden birds, as part of their study of ornithology. Randall sent a link on "How to avoid a fully automated future." So much has already been automated, t

15 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Nichelle Nichols on her Star Trek costume

BBC Online - Cult - Star Trek - Nichelle Nichols: How did you feel about your costume. It was very revealing. So? I was wearing them on the street. What's wrong with wearing them in the air? I wore 'e

16 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

sexism

Good Enough: 10 Tips for Sucking Less

Recently Christine Organ (a blogger for this UU Collective) published a lovely post on “good enough” parenting in this competitive age. Frankly, as someone who feels like “good enough” parenting is pr

16 hours ago

UU Collective (Site / Info)

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Many Voices Reading Circle-October Book Selection

The October Book Selection is “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe. The Reading Circle will meet at the home of Sally Cummings on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Sally at 201-816- 8841 for dire

17 hours ago

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The Remarkable Annie is Born

Annie Besant was born on this day in 1847. When George Bernard Shaw recruited Annie Besant to the Fabian Society in 1885 he called it a major victory for the cause, as he declared she was “the greates

17 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Seeking Justice Together

The CUC’s 2015 Annual Conference and Meeting will be held from May 15 – 17th at Algonquin College in Ottawa. Hosted by the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, the theme is “Seeking Justice in a Ch

21 hours ago

Canadian Unitarian Council (Site / Info)

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Hitting Ledge

I didn’t have the camera with me last week when we pulled out of the driveway of the convalescent facility where a family member has been recovering after surgery. Utility crews have been laying gas l

21 hours ago

The Sand Hill Diary (Site / Info)

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Bullets for Sharecroppers—the Elaine Massacre of 1919

The twelve defendants sentenced to death. 1919 was a hell of a year in America.   In the wake of World War I long pent up tensions boiled to the surface from coast to coast.   The decades long open cl

21 hours ago

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

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