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How You Can Respond to Ferguson

This week I have gotten many requests to help us here in the Saint Louis area. Often the offers have been for donations of food. This is my response. Thank you so much for your compassionate outreach.

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik's Weblog (Site / Info)

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From Whence Comes Ferguson

Michael Brown – killed by the police years before he or his aggressor were born. TO BEAR WITNESS – AGAIN This blog has published extensively on the inequitable treatment of racial and other minorities

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Blue Boat (Site / Info)

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The fracturing of America

Rick Perlstein's 2008 book, Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America occupied a chunk of my summer reading, filling in gaps of the near-history too close to current events to b

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fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia, and other UUs in the media

Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage in Virginia The U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier this week to delay an appeals court ruling that would strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. A consti

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uuworld.org : UUs in the Media (Site / Info)

UUs in the Media

Go Back to School with Beacon Press: Five Must-Read Progressive Education Titles

Whether you’re an educator, activist, administrator, parent, or socially-engaged citizen, here are five progressive education titles to put on your personal syllabus this fall.

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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Standing on the Side of Love in Ferguson

It is now Day Thirteen after the senseless death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. In the words of UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, “Ferguson is not about Ferguson. It is about the systematic dehuman

6 hours ago

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

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I’m working on making some changes around the house (its back to school time–time for post-summer vacay cleaning frenzy) and personal-life wise (nothing bad, just some post-summer slump recovery), whi

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musings of a kitchen witch (Site / Info)

Paganism blogging

Ferguson, mental health, radical love, and more

Who speaks for Ferguson? Plaidshoes, a twenty-year resident of the St. Louis area, is frustrated by opinionated outsiders and “agitators.” I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to hear people pontifi

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uuworld.org : The Interdependent Web (Site / Info)

Interdependent Web

UUAWL theme for September: free and responsible search for truth and meaning

The UU A Way Of Life monthly theme for September, 2014, will be "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning." Ideas, comments, essays, stories, poems are being solicited for publication that

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)

percival keene

I am in the midst of reading one of Frederick Marryat's books Percival Keene in which he describes the exploits of a young man growing up at the end of the 18th century in England. His books, being ou

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Teddy Gets a Ride

I read on Wikipedia that it was on this day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt was the first president of the United States to take a ride in an automobile. Digging a bit deeper I see that in fact that h

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


An Outsider at the Crossroads

“I still can’t believe you’re moving there. That neighborhood is dangerous.“ At that point, I had already had this conversation way too many times, with way too many well-meaning friends who simply co

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

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Ferguson and the liberal future

I took a break from blogging and — knowing I wouldn’t want get back to writing immediately — prepared several evergreen posts to run this week. (I’ll write about a couple of things I found in Toronto

12 hours ago

Boy in the Bands (Site / Info)

Political life

Can we enlarge our moral imaginations to include all living things in our circle of caring?

Chapter 10 in The Green Boat by Mary Pipher is entitled, “The Vast Sea Around Us: Interconnection, Deep Time, and Bliss.” She opens her chapter with this paragraph: “Our species is consuming, contamin

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UU A Way Of Life (Site / Info)


Take a Leap

Perhaps you seen, or even been, the child who approaches the high dive, looks down, pauses, climbs back down the ladder, climbs back up the ladder, goes back down the ladder, climbs up the ladder agai

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


August 22 – The Garden: Which Reality?

There is a vast difference between the way human beings experience the world, and how most other animals do.  This is often difficult to for us to remember – that what we perceive as reality is actual

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

The Garden

Becoming an All-Expense Paid Guest of Uncle Sam—Sandstone Settling In

Sandstone as it looks today--much as it did nearly 40 years ago.  It is now a low security facility. Note— This is the seventh installment in my memoir series about my experiences with the Draft and J

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

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Social Action Tidbits, August 22, 2014

• UUCF’s Book Drive & Sale to benefit Social Action The SAC book drive & sale is September 26 & 27, 10am-2pm, and September 28, 8am-2pm. Old books of any type or genre, from textbooks to paperbacks ar

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uusocialjustice.org (Site / Info)


Can You Isolate A Truth?

A recent article in Christian Century talks about Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder and his history of sexual misconduct. Do Yoder’s violations of his own theological claims undermine the content

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)


After a week of twelve hour days, getting everything set for the first day of Sunday school, I was ready for a break. When Carol suggested we go for a late-afternoon walk at Purisima Creek Redwoods Op

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif.