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Surprises in Flight

As I left work this evening, something zipped through the edge of my vision. Look! A butterfly! Yes, Houston is a mild clime, and this is the warmest day of the week. Still, this took me by surprise.

2 hours ago

Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

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Overcoming cynicism in today’s world

All are invited to join the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson on Sunday, March 22, in a service and workshop to reflect on the role cynicism in today’s society. We live in times when even the

6 hours ago

Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson (Site / Info)


One Extra Hour

One hour. I have just one hour. I spend a few minutes putting away groceries, a few more minutes returning some long overdue emails. 45 minutes left. Should I clean the kitchen? Should I write a blog

6 hours ago

Christine Organ (Site / Info)

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By Any Means Necessary

Sometimes dirty work is also necessary work, and if we are committed to justice and not just to keeping ourselves clean, we won’t be afraid to get our hands dirty.

6 hours ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Lent, Day 12, a side trip on St. Bernard…

I didn’t get a chance to read St. Bernard on grace today, but did manage to get a look at a very short book that Thomas Merton wrote on the occasion of Pope Pius XII’s encyclical, Doctor Mellifluus, o

7 hours ago

All-Soulo (Site / Info)


Couldn't happen to a nicer slumlord

Back when I lived in Arny's Trailer Court (35 years ago now), the septic system was on its last legs, and the well water wasn't that great, but I seem to recall I drank it without getting sick. Then t

8 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Mo Money Blues: Spiritual Practice of Generosity, 2

Timothy Judge (Notre Dame), Beth Livingston (Cornell), and Charlice Hurst (U of W. Ontario) published a study, "Do Nice Guys -- and Gals -- Really Finish Last?" ( Journal of Personality and Social Psy

9 hours ago

The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

The Spiritual Practice of Generosity

Christian Expressions of Love

I recently visited Northern Ireland, on the invitation of Reverend Chris Wilson and Reverend Sam Peden, to see more of the churches and people within the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland

11 hours ago

Life in 361˚ (Site / Info)

Religious Ramblings

General Assembly, Class Bias and a Democratic Faith

Registration and Housing reservations for General Assembly opened the other day, which signals the start of the annual discussion of how expensive General Assembly is, and how ordinary people cannot a

11 hours ago

thelivelytradition (Site / Info)

Privileged people love Privilege Theory, Example #1: Brianna Wu

I haven't looked into the background behind Brianna Wu declaring her opponent is privileged, but I don't think this requires context: Privilege Theory lets the privileged feel like they're Robin Hood

11 hours ago

it's all one thing (Site / Info)

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Be With Selma-In Whatever Way You Can

Fifty years ago, as Unitarian Universalist ministers in our thirties, we each answered Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s call to come to Selma to join the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that

11 hours ago

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

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Guifeng’s Five Styles of Zen, and Mine

I was talking with a friend about the mistakes we sometimes make in Zen, and I recalled something on the subject I’d read in the Three Pillars of Zen. When I found it I saw it was actually a reflectio

11 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)


Album Review: American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash *****

This is one of my favorite all time records and my second favorite of his under “The Legend of Johnny Cash.” To me, it’s the best of the American Recordings Sessions. Thank you Rick Rubin for getting

12 hours ago

Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Letter to a local school board about their use of an ethnic slur for a mascot

To the Lancaster School Board: I am a research analyst, mother, and current renter in the City of Buffalo. My family moved to Western New York a year ago, and are now looking into buying a home. We ar

13 hours ago

ChristineSlocum.Net (Site / Info)

Social Justice Commentary

Bolster Youth Programming with Chaplain Training

Chaplain Trainings foster key skills to bolster youth programming infrastructure With just a few days before Registration closes on March 4, I write seeking your help in connecting youth and adults wo

13 hours ago

Mountain Desert District (Site / Info)

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Percy Jackson: a Hellenic Hero or a Heel? Kids Speak Out

UNITED STATES –Since the publication of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief in 2005, Percy Jackson and the Olympians has been the leading pop-culture exposure to the Greek gods in the USA. Over the yea

14 hours ago

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

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The End of a Caliphate—Secularist Ataturk Pulls the Plug

The extent of the Umayyuad Caliphate at its peak circa 700 A.D. The word Caliphate is much in the news today thanks to the outfit variously called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, and I

14 hours ago

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

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The sticking points

Uber managed to round up 1,906 e-signees for its petition to the Boise Mayor and City Council, but those weren't enough. Just found the (print) story from the day before Uber called it quits here, lis

14 hours ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Study Guide for UUWorld Article: Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church (Hartland, WI)

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Growing Unitarian Universalism (Site / Info)