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Ten Rules for Social Engagement: A Zen Priest Ruminates on Promise & Peril

          Thursday I was invited to talk about my experiences as a very long-time Zen practitioner at a survey of Buddhism class at the University of Southern California. As I understand these things

11 hours ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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paint and tangles...

Yesterday my high school students applied more paint to our Bevins Skiffs, and my elementary school students ran with their kites until their strings were tangled in knots. Some of the kites will need

16 hours ago

Wisdom of the Hands (Site / Info)

Aging in Place: Living in My Own Home as I Grow Older

Focus talk given on 19th April 2018 on the topic of "Aging in Place: The Village Movement"       —Carol Goldman Carol has been a member of TOP/WE for 40 years. She has served on the board several time

1 day ago

TOP of My Mind (Site / Info)

Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2018

This year's Glastonbury Goddess Conference has been announced by Conference co-organizers, Marion and Katinka, in an email at the Vernal Equinox. The Conference theme is "Moon Maiden." The conference,

1 day ago

Medusa Coils (Site / Info)

Not Letting Up! Poems in Honor of the #NationalSchoolWalkout Today

Today is the third of three major actions led by students address gun violence in the United States.   It follows the March 14 #Enough walk-out on the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Mar

1 day ago

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

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Welcome to the Growing Season!

For the past 12 weeks, I have been engaged in looking at what health, not just for me personally, but for the groups and organizations which I am involved in. The post Welcome to the Growing Season! a

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Nature's Sacred Journey (Site / Info)

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Heathen cookery web series comes to YouTube

OTTAWA, On. – A new web series, featuring Austin “Auz” Lawrence is gaining popularity and fans on YouTube. “Heathen Hearth” was debuted in October, 2017; in the first seven months 18 episodes have bee

2 days ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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So Long ‘Frisco! 1906 Quake and Fire Inspire Turgid Verse

Survivors pick through the still smouldering rubble of the San Francisco Earthquacke and Fire of 1906. When the morning fog finally lifted over San Francisco on April 19, 1906, the air hardly cleared.

2 days ago

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

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Know Our Sacredness

Grateful to bring you our next installment in our bi-weekly messages with a prayer, an ancestor and a song speaking to our spirits. This week Megan Selby, who is supporting some of our work while Nora

2 days ago

Our Stories - Standing on the Side of Love (Site / Info)

8 Things To Do For Beltane As a Solitary Pagan

Most traditional activities for Beltane are designed for large groups or for couples, but many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. Here are eight things you can do to

2 days ago

John Beckett (Site / Info)

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Mindfulness and the elite

From my files: Three years ago, the New York Times Magazine published an article by Virginia Heffernan on the craze for mindfulness (“Mind the Gap,” 19 April 2015, pp. 13-15). Citing a Time magazine c

2 days ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

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Godless gather under the full moon

HEALDSBURG, Calif –The light of the full moon which shines down on the mighty redwoods here will, in August, illuminate a gathering of non-theistic Pagans as the second annual Moon Meet is convened. H

3 days ago

The Wild Hunt (Site / Info)

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Maybe there was something more we could have done, sooner, to reduce the horror of the war Syria is waging on itself with too many people aiding chaos. Susan Rice's take and advice for strategy is sur

3 days ago

fortboise.org (Site / Info)

Gary Snyder Points to the Ancient and Modern and Future Paths of the Buddha Way

  For me the most effective way of being in the world is to move in the direction of the stream of the Dharma. But one is not automatically “in the stream of the Dharma.” That’s where practice comes i

3 days ago

Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Asparagus Drama

I am trying to catch up on my blogging about all the garden excitement last week, but then we had some more drama this week.  On Saturday, I was able to plant the second asparagus bed, along the side

3 days ago

Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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April 18, 2018

Some how I got the reputation as THE poet of the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation in McHenry, Illinois largely on the strength of being pushy and obnoxious about putting myself forward

3 days ago

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

National Poetry Month Patrick Murfin Sue Rekenthaler Tree of Life U U Congregation Anne Porter Gale Harris Jane Richards Phylis Cole-Dai poetry group Rev. Sean Parker Dennison

The 2018 Children’s Annual Meeting

Each year, we hold a “Children’s Annual Meeting”. It is the children’s main opportunity to practice congregational polity, just as the adult voting members of our congregation do when they attend a co

3 days ago

The Children's Chalice (Site / Info)


Religious Education – Week of April 16th

This past week was full of fabulous experiences for this DLRE! After the Coming of Age trip to Boston last weekend, the ministers and I headed to Hamilton for a Minister(s)/DRE retreat. When the retre

4 days ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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I was an awkward child My short polio leg Threw my balance off My knees were always skinned The scabs barely healing Before I fell again running Tripping when my legs Did not land quite right My bike

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

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Save the Date of May 20th for Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting will take place after the worship service on Sunday, May 20, at which time members of the congregation will vote on the proposed 2018-19 budget and on nominees for two seats on the

4 days ago

Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (Site / Info)

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