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How of Now: Holding this Earth, Our Gratitude, Our Pain (sermon)

First Parish Church of Groton, April 26, 2015  Audio version here. Perhaps you know this parable, which invites us to see with new eyes, or eyes that are willing to see newly: There once was a simple

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Perils of Perfection

An overachiever’s high-stress lifestyle was causing a whole complex of stress-related issues: migraines, backaches, heart palpitations, and climbing blood pressure. Alarmed, her doctor told her she ne

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Quest for Meaning (Site / Info)

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A Druid With a Camera

The stereotypical tourist with a camera is a stereotype for a reason – it’s easy to get caught up in taking pictures and miss out on experiencing a new place or event. But photography has taught me a

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sex, secrets and the “p” word (power/polyamory, you choose)

Note: This sermon deals primarily with the struggles of a particular congregation from the period of 2000-2005. I share it here so that current and previous congregants might be able to reference it,

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Idealism, Existential Depression, and Hope

(Somewhat edited text from my sermon given on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington.) “Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love

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Finding My Ground (Site / Info)

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Alabama Lives Matter!

Alabama lives Matter!  But you wouldn’t know this to be true if you consider the actions and behaviors of our state legislators or governor.  It is time for the people of Alabama with a united voice t

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in the South (Site / Info)

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Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 1909-1915

Rev. Clarence Reed served longer than any of the other ministers of the old Palo Alto Unitarian Church, for six years from 1909-1915. Arguably, these were the best years for the congregation: they bui

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif. Ewald Fluegel Abdu'l-Baha Annie L. Corbert Clarence Reed Florence Buck Karl Rendtorff

We Pray for Nepal

Unitarian Universalists around the world are turning their caring thoughts and prayers to the people impacted by the disaster unfolding in Nepal. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the U

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UUA Top Stories (Site / Info)

Mills Pagan Alliance Wins Student Organization of the Year Award

[Editor’s Note: Before continuing with our regularly scheduled story, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the many victims of the Saturday’s Earthquake in Nepal. The Wild Hunt has reached ou

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

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National Poetry Month—The Self-inventing Harry Kemp

Harry Kemp circa 1920 in a suit two sizes too small.... In the visual arts stuff variously labeled folk art, outsider art, and primitive art has become a hot commodity, as any addict of Antiques Road

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

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food for thought.

Finland has one of the highest rates of school literacy, and one of the very lowest amounts of time spent in instruction. That indicates a high level of efficiency in teaching, and a low waste of stud

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

How Can I Know I Am Growing?

It’s just like what happens in Flatland. You are a square, a circle, a triangle, and what you know is how to scurry about doing your flat business in your flat world. You know left-right and you know

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Soul Seeds (Site / Info)

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An Assembly of Presences — A short address for the church AGM and my brief remarks written for the annual report

The Memorial (Unitarian) Church Readings: Genesis 1:27: So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them . From “The Coming Insurrection” by

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CAUTE — Just travelling hopefully (Site / Info)

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Shadow

A shadow casts a distorted image, taller or shorter depending on the angle of the sun. Details are lost, and as anyone who has played with making shadow images on a wall knows, you can end up with sha

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)

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Thank you, Bruce Jenner, Diane Sawyer and ABC

So far I haven’t been able to access the Bruce Jenner interview here in the Netherlands, but of course I’ve read much about it. There’s a nice little recap on ABC and a really great overview by Gabrie

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She Was the Man of My Dreams (Site / Info)

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April 26, 2015

Our favorite movie theater has a bar and kitchen. Some films inspire drink specials. This one made me laugh out loud. No, I did not order one. It sounded a little too sweet. Not unlike every Nicholas

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

The Unitarian Church of Palo Alto, 1905-1909

Here are documents that tell the story of the early years of the old Unitarian Church of Palo Alto. The Women’s Alliance (1906) PALO ALTO. Branch Alliance of the Unitarian Church, 25 members. Pres., M

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Bay area, Calif. Religion: people & places Unitarian history Bernard Maybeck Ewald Fluegel Sydney B. Snow William H. Carruth

Mistakes

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." —Scott Adams

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Quest for Meaning (Site / Info)

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This Week's Prayer

Dear Source of Hope, We pause to collectively acknowledge the world’s sadness, which is our own -- and to face plainly what is real. Our hearts go out today to Nepal where a massive 7.8 earthquake has

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

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Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence

Tanya Coulter is representing Columbine UU church in an organization called Colorado Faith Communities United (CFCU).  There are twenty-three participating congregations united with the purpose of dec

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