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Caute

A walk across Magog Down, to the River Granta and back via Wandlebury — a set of photos and a few words about Knud Ejler Løgstrup (1905-1981)

Knud Ejler Løgstrup Yesterday I cycled up to Wandlebury and then took a lovely walk across Magog Down towards Stapleford and the River Granta, and then back up to the Roman Road and home. I've be... [read more]

Caute

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The Liberal Pulpit

Thank You, Warriors

In the Civil War, following the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, regiments of African American soldiers formed. One of them, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, featured in the 1989 film, ... [read more]

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A Minister’s Musings

They Shall Beat Their Swords Into Plowshares

This is the text of the sermon delivered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist.  You can listen to the podcast if you prefer to hear a sermon rather than read it. ... [read more]

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thelivelytradition

Memorial Day: Expanding the Circle of Grieving

This is the sermon that I delivered at the First UU Church in Toledo, Ohio. May 24, 2015 Memorial Day Reading: From Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory by David Blight African Americ... [read more]

thelivelytradition

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Rev. John Morehouse

In The Memory of Trees

I had the opportunity to spend some time in the woods that bear John Muir’s name north of San Francisco.   I wondered what would happen if we tugged so hard on growing our nearby cities if... [read more]

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

A Prayer When Angry

It’s easy to be angry– and justified in that anger– Let us turn that anger into righteousness by using wisdom by using love by using forgiveness to shape our actions so we can cre... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Boston & Cabaret Church

I will be away from Evanston the next two weekends. It always makes me sad when I’m not at church on Sunday — but there is work out there in the world to be done, and I will return home soon. B... [read more]

Bytes of Grass

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Thousand Voices

A House Which Becomes a Home

I want to tell you about a meeting that happened recently at UUCA. Five people and myself in the conference room, meeting with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Director of Ministerial Tra... [read more]

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

Flaming Chalice Redux

I've revamped an oldie-but-goodie for today's sermon, updating it a bit. [read more]

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PeaceBang

The Bible: A Love Story

I gave this sermon in 2011. I post it here in response to a Twitter exchange with @Eugene_Debs. Here is the secular reading I used in the service. I think it’s great background. “What Is th... [read more]

PeaceBang

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A Jersey Girl In Kentucky

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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

Event: UU Social Media and Membership Growth – May 16, Framingham, MA

Friends, if you want to rock your social media and grow your congregation come the Fall, join me on May 16th for a day-long training at our UU congregation in Framingham, MA.   We have a tiny win... [read more]

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Planting God Communities

A Pauline Guide For The Liberal Church: The First Century Teaches The 21st

An Ancient Voice, Revealed Anew, For The 21st Century: A Guide To Faith In The Margins From St. Paul For the Liberal Church Today Sermon at Unitarian Universalist Church of Stillwater, OK, April 19... [read more]

Planting God Communities

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#69 How To Read the Qur’an?

How to approach the Qur’an? This is a pressing question, given the Qur’an’s powerful influence on decisions and events that …Continue reading → [read more]

The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

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Sunflower Chalice

Silly String

The monthly theme at my church for March is Joy.  What to do with joy? With happiness? With Fun?   There’s a lot to take into consideration when presenting joy as your spiritual theme, not the... [read more]

Sunflower Chalice

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

The Better Secularist

In his editorial column of February 3, “Making a Better Secularist”, David Brooks has made three terrible mistakes.   In responding to Phil Zukerman’s vision of secularists, Brooks has ove... [read more]

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Rev. Cyn

Regarding Starr King: A Heartfelt Call

I began this blog article in late November, and worked it through several drafts and researched it as thoroughly as I was able, and then had it reviewed by several trusted people, and then, after a... [read more]

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RevThom

My Favorite Books from 2014

Each year I set a goal of reading at least 52 books. This past year I came close to reaching my goal finishing 46 books. (And, that’s if you don’t count all 22 volumes – more than 2,800 pages... [read more]

RevThom

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The Reverend Dr.

Despite It All

Just recently, the conductor has once more begun calling my train stop by name. Each time I hear it echo, I feel a touch more relieved, a bit closer to home. When I hand him my green Metro-North Ra... [read more]

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RadicalHapa

The Evils of Weaponizing Campus Security Forces

The forces of fear and ignorance are alive in Portland.  The Portland State University Board has authorized arming security forces with weapons that can kill.  Check out Rebel Metropolis.  As ou... [read more]

RadicalHapa

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Our Inherent Worth

Choose Carefully! As published in Sunday Eunice News on November 30, 2014

As the holiday season begins, our television stations, movie theaters and sales racks are filled with touching holiday stories that melt the heart, and sometimes, make you think about how you could... [read more]

Our Inherent Worth

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Auspicious Jots

It's like that thing when something does you know

I have a bad case of CRS. It's better than Alzheimers but worse than just being a dingbat. CRS for you youth who don't have to worry yourselves with these sorts of problems is Can't Remember Stu... [read more]

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Odds & Ends

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area

As promised to E, photos of Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, from my birding trip there yesterday. This wildlife area is huge. It covers about 25 square miles along the Sacramento River, and when you... [read more]

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

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Lefty Parent- Living and Parenting Without The Rule Book

Coop Goes to Europe Part 2 – On My Own

With all the bravado I could muster I left the hotel and my travel companion Angie, the two of us having decided to part company, I to continue some version of our original planned trip to the cont... [read more]

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traveling tUUsome

Come June

Come June, the lilies will be blooming, the summer birds will return, and I will be back in the RV headed to New England! [read more]

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Sexuality and Religion: What’s the Connection?

#Bringbackourgirls For Mother's Day

It’s been almost a month since more than 270 young women were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria, and only a week since the world’s news media, the United States, and the Nigerian Presiden... [read more]

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What's Your Real Religion?

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UU News

Reach for the Stars?: The Collective Fantasy of Celebrity Culture

We live in a world where people increasingly turn to celebrity culture as a way of thinking about and striving for social mobility, whether through real life choices or merely through fantasies abo... [read more]

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More Alabama Same-Sex Marriage Developments

Alabama has been "ground zero" for opposition to same-sex marriage.  Two more developments help it keep that title.  According to the Montgomery Advertiser, in Prattville, A... [read more]

Religion Clause

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Media roundup: Minister recounts harrowing train crash

Minister recounts harrowing train crash In a Washington Post article, the Rev. Carol Cissel describes the experience of being on the Amtrak train that derailed on May 12. Though it is not mentioned... [read more]

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Blog roundup: Doubts are holy spaces, too

Building character The Rev. Dr. David Breeden draws connections between the neglected work of building character and the decline of religious affiliation. [We] too often forget nowadays—that the... [read more]

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Olbermann: GOP self-destruction imminent

In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann advises Republicans that clinging to obsolete ideas and resorting to extremist rhetoric will only undermine the party's relevance and America wi... [read more]

Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann

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Featured Podcasts

The Pageless Book

Cosmetic Fillers Advantages

There is a great abundance of anti aging creams in the market, but only some of them are capable of providing results when it is related with getting rid of wrinkles or other signs of aging. You li... [listen to the episode]

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DMUUC Message

Resting in the Neutral Zone: Revs. Heather and Cathy Rion Starr

Jan. 12, 2014 - Between one ending and another beginning lies what William Bridges describes as the “neutral zone. ” Once we have accepted that there has been an ending in our lives, we tend to... [listen to the episode]

DMUUC Message

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Bull Run Unitarian Universalists

"Now is the Time: Stewardship Sunday" - April 10, 2011

Come celebrate the gift of our beloved community as we reflect on what this moment in our congregational history calls us to do. We'll also have a child dedication at this service. [listen to the episode]

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