Monday, 01 September 2014, 01:57 pm PDT

Featured Ministers

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banish that earworm

Got a song stuck in your head? Are you driving yourself to distraction because you cannot stop singing “All the Single Ladies,” or “Seasons in the Sun,” or maybe some jingle from a commerc... [read more]

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the yes church

God Made Non-White Farmers, Too

“Maybe God did make farmers, but why’d Dodge [show us primarily] white ones? ” asks Alexis C. Madrigal: “It’s true that whites are the managers of 96 percent of the nation’s farms…Bu... [read more]

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Hanukkah and Sandy

Once upon a time, perhaps about a month ago, in a makeshift kitchen in Rockaway, New York, Chef Lorence Du Page provided free meals for several hundred people who had lost their homes to Superstorm... [read more]

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pet blessing report

When the girl dropped the mice into the minister’s hand, the look on his face was priceless. He kept it together long enough to bless the tiny creatures, but he was reaching for the hand sanitize... [read more]

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Eraser, Mirror, Compass: Back to School

Eraser, Mirror, Compass: Back to School Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 26 August 2012 Rev. Chip Roush OPENING WORDS “The great end in religious instructi... [read more]

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Sikh Opening Words

In honor of our Sikh cousins, and in sympathy for the tragic mass murder at their temple in Oak Creek, WI, last Sunday: Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of the ten gurus that created and shaped the... [read more]

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Brave film fears females

I can’t think of one good male role model in Disney/Pixar’s “Brave. ” Nor does it treat its female characters very well, either, although the full explanation requires a spoiler alert. Not ... [read more]

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sermon bingo

Just seeing the phrase makes me angry. Seeing it as a featured article in the UUWorld made me angry and sad. “Sermon Bingo. ” Author Cheryl Gardner (who is undoubtedly a wonderful person; I am ... [read more]

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Thunderous Real Hugs

My shouts of glee must have woken Lilly, because she raised her head and looked at me quizzically. “What are you so excited about? ” she asked, “I thought you were rooting for the Heat. ” L... [read more]

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Mother's Day Prayer

Let us open ourselves widely to Life, and share a few moments of quiet attention… {silence} We call upon the Hopi Earth-Mother, Tuuwaqatsi, and Cybele, the Magna Mater; we think of Parvati, p... [read more]

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general strike creatively

The Occupy movement is calling for a General Strike: “no work no school no housework no shopping” on May 1, 2012. Natasha Lennard suggests that there are many ways to participate, even if you m... [read more]

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tenth annual Fast Day observation

Fast Day was once a national holiday. The “opposite of Thanksgiving,” instead of a feast and celebration, it featured a fast and contrition. It was even at the opposite end of the calendar, in ... [read more]

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NACCS address take two

I attended the “Save Ethnic Studies” fundraiser at the 40th annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference because I believe that cultural diversity makes us str... [read more]

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UU spiritual 1%

In our second reading this morning, Mary Oliver’s fox says,“…I see you in all your seasonsmaking love, arguing, talking about Godas if he were an idea instead of the grass,instead of the star... [read more]

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culture gleams through the dust of politics

There is often a separation between people and their governments. This was elegantly demonstrated during last night’s Academy Awards, in Asghar Farhadi’s acceptance speech. Farhadi‘s A Separa... [read more]

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sex-positive religion

Sex-Positive Religion Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 12 February 2012 OPENING WORDSDenver Butson was born in Maryland, in 1965; this is his poem, “Tuesday... [read more]

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Imprisoned Lightning

Service celebrated at the First Unitarian Church of Hobart, Indiana, on 05 February 2012 Rev. Chip Roush OPENING WORDSOne of my favorite poets, Wislawa Szymborska, died last Wednesday, of lung c... [read more]

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six-word teaching descriptions

We owe a great deal to our teachers. Students First is holding a contest, to describe excellent teaching in just six words. The finalists are below; you can vote for your favorites online. Encourag... [read more]

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help them grow

We all want and expect different things from our church. Some of us come here to find peace and healing; some come to get informed and energized to go out and fight against injustice. Some want cla... [read more]

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Beyond "Congregations and Beyond"

UUA President Peter Morales’ column, “Congregations and Beyond,” has me simultaneously excited and disappointed. Peter writes, “The central conviction driving this proposal is that our core... [read more]

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Lillie on evolution

“How come you think humans evolved from monkeys? ” asked Lilly, “Don’t you think dogs are much smarter than they are? ” Lillie is our dog, and she often communicates with me. As far as I ... [read more]

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GA12 Getting Real, with Homily

Omigod. This GA12 stuff is getting real. After an amazing meeting of the GA Planning Committee, we are beginning to see what it will look like, and how it will feel, to go to Phoenix this June. As ... [read more]

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mythbusting GA12

Mythbusting about GA’12: “There will be something for everyone at this GA. No matter where you may be in the spectrum of social justice work, whether you’re just beginning and coming to learn... [read more]

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Christmas homily 2011

How many of you did at least *some* decorating for the holidays this year? How many told stories about the ornaments and decorations, recalling when or where you got them? How many, whether decorat... [read more]

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Descendants Ascending

Heroism without guns or car chases – that is the tale of Alexander Payne’s new film, “The Descendants. ” Matt King’s (George Clooney) wife is in a coma, and his family was fragmenting bef... [read more]

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