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The Liberal Pulpit

Paths to Freedom: The Half-Won Blessing, 4

Gloria The chains that bind us might be anger and blame. A few years back, I had friend, call her Gloria -- an activist. Gloria worked for good, for policy changes that would increase fairness and ... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

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Caute

One way of looking at a blackbird followed by thirteen more whilst I registered the Memorial (Unitarian) Church in Cambridge for same-sex marriages . . .

A blackbird bathes this morning in our church garden This morning I finally managed to sort out the matter of registering the Memorial (Unitarian) Church here in Cambridge for same-sex marriag... [read more]

Caute

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thelivelytradition

The Core Issue of Ministerial Nervousness

The Commission on Appraisal laid it out in their report "Who Is In Charge Here. "UU ministers have very little positional authority: authority that comes to them simply because they a... [read more]

thelivelytradition

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A Minister’s Musings

The Easter Sermon I Didn't Preach

Yesterday, Easter Sunday, I posted this as a Face Book status update: "The importance of the empty tomb, I think, is not just that it was empty. It was empty before Jesus' body was pla... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

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Sunflower Chalice

Uncle Walt and the Undying Dancing Man

I’m not feeling Easter-y this year.  I’m tired, generally grumpy, and I seem uninterested in many things that I used to be passionate about.  I’m not feeling depressed as much as exhausted.... [read more]

Sunflower Chalice

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Thousand Voices

Maybe this is what Spring feels like

Maybe this is what Spring feels like: a sadness in the heart. Steady summer is not here yet. The skies turn from grey to blue and back on a dime. There is no easy release from Winter. There is no c... [read more]

Thousand Voices

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

Easter Through a Unitarian Universalist Lens

It's been awhile since I last posted, but I've been rethinking my understandings of the Easter/Passover/Solstice season and am speaking about it tomorrow.   Here it is. EASTER THROUGH A UU L... [read more]

Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

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Rev. Cyn

And Let Them Know About It!

A colleague pointed out recently to me that I do something fairly naturally which is not something every minister or even every congregation knows how to do, which is to get the word out about sign... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

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PeaceBang

Maundy Thursday With Your Friendly Jesus Person

Today is Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. Maundy is an old English word or maybe an old French or Latin word that is derived from “mandate,” which Jesus gave during his last dinner pa... [read more]

PeaceBang

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Ideas from UU World

War zone sabbatical

IDEAS: I went to Afghanistan and Iraq to learn something about hope. [read more]

Ideas from UU World

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Planting God Communities

Palm Sunday 2014: The Three Americas, and What Has Been Going On, and What's Coming Up Here

Palm Sunday: Occupying The Abandoned Temples of the American Dream Empire First, before getting to the Palm Sunday message, it has been an exciting past month or so here in the 74126 area; we have ... [read more]

Planting God Communities

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Auspicious Jots

Holy Lessons at Lenten End - no, not exactly

I learned this stuff this week. What did you do? * Go to the damn support group. Are you listening to me? Do it. We all are working through something. Get out there, listen to someone else, admit y... [read more]

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Glowing Snake Skin

Recently someone asked me about two details in the new Russell Crow movie, Noah. They wanted to know what was up with the strange glowing skin, and were “the Watchers” from the bible or... [read more]

Rev. Thomas Perchlik

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Rev. John Morehouse

Fools and Heroes

Across the world millions of people play the lottery every day.   I have often wondered why this is, since the chance of winning the lottery are about the same whether you play or not. ... [read more]

Rev. John Morehouse

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RevThom

Sermon: "Faith for Religious Liberals" (Delivered 3-30-14)

Between services several people stopped me and told me that the beginning of my sermon covered the same material as the most recent episode of Cosmos with Neil de Grasse Tyson. I’ve not been watc... [read more]

RevThom

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Celestial Lands

Charge to the Congregation — Installation of Rev. Bret Lortie at the Unitarian Church of Evanston

When my colleague and dear friend in the ministry, Rev. Bret Lortie, asked me if I might participate in the service to install him as the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, I knew... [read more]

Celestial Lands

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Phil’s Little Blog on the Prairie

The Church of the Twenty-First Century

[This is a  draft of a sermon I'm delivering in Fargo, North Dakota this Sunday. I haven't preached in ages, so I'm a bit rusty. Hope I manage to get my point across. ] Headline, UU World, Mond... [read more]

Phil’s Little Blog on the Prairie

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

The Tightening Noose Around Women’s Rights

In the past several weeks the Alabama state legislature has proposed and passed ever stricter laws surrounding issues of a woman’s right to govern the trajectory of her own health.    In ra... [read more]

A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#67 Which family comes first?

Theistic religions ask us to put God’s law—a higher, universal law that applies to the human family—above the needs of …Continue reading » [read more]

The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

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RadicalHapa

Breaking Legos

I loved legos as a kid.  I had this huge tub of those classic multi-colored blocks in my bedroom.  I’d pull them out and root around with my hands as the legos made that crashing sound that onl... [read more]

RadicalHapa

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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

UU Social Media Year in Review for 2013

Here are a some thoughts in response to Rev. Daniel Harper’s The year in review: UU social media in 2013. I’ll share more thoughts when I have time. Thanks for kicking off the review, D... [read more]

UU PLANET Ministry and Media

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Just Wondering

Queering Paul and Jesus: Wrapping It All Up

The Bible queers itself. Because it is both an inspirational spiritual document and an historical text covering thousands of years, it sets up social norms then knocks them down. The Pentateuch exc... [read more]

Just Wondering

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Odds & Ends

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

Diné bahané, part three

4. The Men and Women Live Apart Now at that time there were four chiefs: Big Snake, Mountain Lion, Otter, and Bear. And it was the custom when the black cloud rose in the morning — as there w... [read more]

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

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traveling tUUsome

MidAmerica photo blog

Traveled to Bloomington, Indiana, for the first Mid America Regional Assembly! [read more]

traveling tUUsome

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Lefty Parent- Living and Parenting Without The Rule Book

Coop’s Childhood Part 5 – Burns Park & Divorce

While the events of the U. S. civil rights movement and the Vietnam War were roiling the larger society, the first big event that I was privy to in our little family’s cataclysm was in early Apri... [read more]

Lefty Parent- Living and Parenting Without The Rule Book

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Sexuality and Religion: What’s the Connection?

Prayers for the Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Religious Institute staff co-led a faith rally before the Supreme Court hearings on contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act.   I've written about that elsewhere but I... [read more]

Sexuality and Religion: What’s the Connection?

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What's Your Real Religion?

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UU News

Autism and Overdiagnosis: A Q&A with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati

For Autism Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati, clinical psychologist and author of the recent book Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Diso... [read more]

Beacon Broadside

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Georgia Lawsuit Is Latest To Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Lambda Legal announced yesterday that it has filed suit in federal district court in Georgia on behalf of three same-sex couples and a widow challenging Georgia's statutory and state constitutiona... [read more]

Religion Clause

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Board wants new process for handling complaints about clergy misconduct

NEWS: UUA Board of Trustees also votes to support business resolution on fossil fuel divestment. [read more]

News from UU World

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How to know God

SPIRIT: An atheist mystic meets the goddess of love. [read more]

Spirit from UU World

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A roundup of reader suggestions

The Rev. Heather Christensen, in addition to curating the Interdependent Web and blogging at Nagoonberry, is the administrator of a Facebook group for UU bloggers. This week, in Heather’s abs... [read more]

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Featured Podcasts

The Pageless Book

Affordable and Dependable Flower Delivery Service

Finding reliable flower delivery firms sometimes may be hard especially if you are not well oriented with the firms to send gift flowers for any occasion. As a sender you want delivery firms that w... [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... [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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