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Unitarian Universalism: The Institution of Spiritual Freedom
Promoting Spiritual Liberalism

Featured Ministers

Caute

Klaas Hendrikse — ‘de atheïstische dominee’ — the atheist pastor.

For many reasons (not least of all that found at this link) I'm revisiting something of the Dutch Protestant minister, Klaas Hendrikse's thinking and work. In the Netherlands he is known as ... [read more]

Caute

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A Minister’s Musings

Can UUs Believe Anything We Want?

This is the text of a sermon (and preparatory remarks) delivered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist in Charlottesville, Virginia on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015.  If y... [read more]

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thelivelytradition

the difference between "principles' and "virtues"

 Unitarian Universalism backed into a type of moral reasoning based on principles when we adopted the Seven Principles. A "principle" is a formalized abstraction. "The inh... [read more]

thelivelytradition

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Thousand Voices

Becoming Minimalist

Less is more. AMEN. [sit down. ] Blame Leslie Freymann—she put me up to that. She’s the UUCA member who won the Sermon-of-Your-Choice item at the Fun For Funds Auction this past November, and h... [read more]

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The Liberal Pulpit

This Week's Prayer

Source of healing and wholeness we call by many names,We pray in order to cultivate gratitude, for gratitude makes life’s beauty and glory present to us. We are thankful for the longer, warmer, g... [read more]

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A Jersey Girl In Kentucky

Baltimore

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Ideas from UU World

What do we mean when we say ‘religious experience’?

IDEAS: The answer depends on whom you ask, of course. [read more]

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

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 u... [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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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

The Original Sacred Text and the Language It's Written In

THE ORIGINAL SACRED TEXT:  The Language “God” Really Talks Rev. Kit Ketcham, April 19, 2015            Over the pa... [read more]

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Rev. John Morehouse

Free to be WE

The following is from a sermon I preached to my congregation in California after I had informed them that I was taking up a new calling with the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT. "I believe... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Black Lives Matter: The church banner discussion

There has been much discussion about why Black Lives Matter; one might even say it’s a “sign of the times. ” As we become aware that a disproportionate number of African Americans... [read more]

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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]

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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]

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PeaceBang

How (Not) To Train A Beagle

Please click on the photos to enlarge them. – PB Please do not get a beagle if you don’t believe that dogs have real feelings. Beagles are truly sensitive and they most certainly get th... [read more]

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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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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

Peter’s video on “Welcoming Newcomers” with song by Joe Uveges!

One of the highlights of my years of  guest speaking at Unitarian Universalist congregations happened October 5th, 2014! I was leading the service at High Plains Unitarian Universalist Church in C... [read more]

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Odds & Ends

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

Ancient Greek marriage laws and same-sex marriage

During the Supreme Court argument session on Obergefell v. Hodges, according to the transcription, Justice Alito had the following exchange with Mary Bonauto, Esq. , representing the petitioners: J... [read more]

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

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Lefty Parent- Living and Parenting Without The Rule Book

Coop Goes to Europe Part 1 – Parting Company

Previously that summer of 1973 I had made a note in my journal… I missed the 1968 generation. I came too late. That’s when we were still all together moving in the right direction. Now the mome... [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

Preparing Today's Youth for a Life of Struggle for Justice

This book challenges us to liberate “prestige knowledge” and make it available to all, most particularly to African American, Latino, working-class, and women students. [read more]

Beacon Broadside

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Pro Se Plaintiff Asks Court To Declare Homosexuality A Sin

As reported by the Lincoln Journal Star, a 66-year old Nebraska woman last week filed a 7-page handwritten complaint (full text) captioned Sylvia Ann Driskell, Ambassador for Plaintiffs God, and Hi... [read more]

Religion Clause

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Universalism in practice

SPIRIT: Black lives matter. [read more]

Spirit from UU World

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UUA cuts regional committees that assess seminarians

NEWS: Board approves 2016 budget, ending funds for Regional Subcommittees on Candidacy; UUA will expand 'In Care' programs instead. [read more]

News from UU World

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Media roundup: UUs support Baltimore, racial justice

Congregations reflect on recent events, consider ways to help In response to the tragic events in Baltimore, members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Md. , gathered in small ... [read more]

UU’s In the Media

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Featured Podcasts

Unity Church-Unitarian of Saint Paul, MN

Bring Me the Rhinoceros! Coming of Age Sunday, Rev. KP Hong, April 26, 2015

This sermon podcast begins with a reflection on Coming of Age offered by Drew Danielson, Unity's Coordinator of Youth and Campus Ministry, and then a Collage of Voices of the 2015 Coming of Age cl... [listen to the episode]

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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]

The Pageless Book

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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]

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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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