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The Meaning of the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching) for Today

Parker Palmer, in his modern spiritual classic A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life relates the classic Daoist tale known as “The Woodcarver”: A master carver, made a bell stand of

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The Shifting Landscape of Marriage Equality

The movement towards marriage equality in the United States has taken on a different tone in the year 2014. The term “marriage equality” itself is a seismic shift from the debate over “same-sex marria

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

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education of the senses...

In my woodshop, I have begun work on the boxes for gifts number 5 and 6 which are larger than the boxes for gifts 3 and 4 as you can see in the photo above. The techniques used to make the boxes can b

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Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Thank you for the warm welcome!

Submitted by Chris Hockman Hi UUFP! I just wanted to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have shown me in these past months. I’d like to offer some extra-special gratitude to the newly-appointed

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UU Fellowship of the Peninsula (Site / Info)

Sermons EDITION: November 2014

Ignacio “Nacho”Anaya

Ignacio “Nacho”Anaya, imortal inventor of Nacho's especiales. Today is International Day of the Nacho, so declared under somewhat murky circumstances and murkier authority for this date in 1975 after

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

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Look Outward Angels!

I asked 'why did the UUA not issue a national call to Ferguson with the same reach and urgency that it did for the Moral Movement March in North Carolina, or the People's Climate March?'. It was a wro

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October 21–The Library: Introduction to Joy

Do you remember the first time you ever visited a library?  I grew up in a small town of about 500 in northern Alabama.  In the early 1960’s our town still had its own public school.  It served first

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Words of Wisdom? (Site / Info)

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A Wing and a Prayer

Even if you know perfectly well how the aerodynamics of an airplane help it stay suspended in the air, and even if you are familiar with the statistics on how safe it is to fly, you might find yoursel

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Daily Compass (Site / Info)


California initiatives: special interest slugfests and yet more bonds!

I received my ballot in the mail today. Living in California, we have vestiges of the Progressive era. These are not at all universal across the states. One is the power of recall, which we used back

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Unspoken Politics (Site / Info)

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UNCO 14 West day one

The theory behind an unconference: some of the most interesting conversations take place in the times between the formal sessions. The reality of an unconference: some of the most interesting conversa

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Cliven Bundy in Bizarre Video for Black Candidate: ‘It’s Almost Like Black Folks Think White Folks Owe Them Something’

[Cross-posted at Hatewatch.] Cliven Bundy, the defiant “Patriot” Nevada rancher who led an armed confrontation with federal agents in April – and who has still not faced any consequences in its afterm

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Restraint, Of A Sort

Last year I came home from this work conference with nearly two dozen books. This year I only brought home six books. Mostly because I have a bunch of last year's reading left to do. And I wasn't chec

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Remembering Attention (Site / Info)

Furtive Movements: The New Jim Crow Over & Over (part I)

Maybe you were like me when the George Zimmerman trial was going on, shocked (not necessarily surprised) that the defense would come up with something so totally messed up as to say that Trayvon Marti

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Do We Live in an Anti-Enthusiasm Culture?

I hate the expression “too much time on your hands.” People usually use it after someone has shared something they put a lot of work into for the pure joy of creation. For example, a friend spent mont

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The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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Some Thoughts on the War in Iraq and Terrorism

Was reading this outstanding article about how the word terrorism changes how states can act in the New York Times today “The Reign of ‘Terror'” and I had this response thinking about the War in Iraq

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Ramblings of an EdMan (Site / Info)

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Expanding the Circle 2

Inclusion Strenthens, Rather than Weakens “For I was seeing in the sacred manner the shape of all things of the spirit, and the shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sac

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Letting Go For the Blessing

Reading - "Letting Go," a selection from Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes by William Bridges Why is letting go so difficult? This is a puzzling question, especially if we have been looking

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Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


Holding On For the Blessing

Worship Story - Orpheus and Eurydice Sermon - Preached on October 5, 2014 (Listen to this sermon on podcast here)When we lose someone or something we deeply love, we don't know it right away.  We thin

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Discerning a Call  - Another Possibility (Site / Info)


The Curious Kick of Hearing an Actor Reading Your Writing

I’m stealing this headline from an article in The Millions.  It is an article about the reactions a fellow Detroit author, Bill Morris author of Motor City Burning, on hearing his words read by an act

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The Power of Narrative (Site / Info)

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How to Live a Lie in Mercury, Pennsylvania

An excerpt from CINDERLAND, Amy Jo Burns's haunting memoir of growing up in a town that both worshipped and sacrificed its youth.

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Beacon Broadside (Site / Info)

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