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Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Hope and Hopium, or Where are the Princess Bride & Westley When We Need Them? Part IIIf you haven't read Part I, please do so before you continue. As Paul Harvey used to say, and now for ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Hope & Hopium, or Where are the Princess Bride & Westley When We Need Them? Part I

As someone who played soldier through much of his childhood, it's a little embarrassing to admit how much I love The Princess Bride. Now it's true that I had much more admiration for Ulysses than... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Finding My Voice, Part 2

Okay, I don't expect to have it this bad. I do know climate scientists to have received death threats, but I am only likely to receive the curses of an annoyed reader. No, what is held me bac... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Finding My Voice, Part I

I started this blog to guide Unitarian Universalist ministerial candidates through the fellowshipping process. Much of the material here is useful for anyone preparing for an interview. My ministry... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Hello again, naturally

Long time since I've posted.   Physics continues to outrun politics, but there is a glimmer of hope for solidarity--inter-racially, intergenerationally, and interfaith. Not enough people yet ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Climate Change Books

Just the other day I got another request to post a bibliography of some of my climate change readings and recommendations. Below is the list of books along with some comments. If you're going to ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

I Should Have Thunk It: Creationists & Deniers

Ever have one of those moments when you either literally or metaphorically hit your forehead with the palm of your hand thinking "Of course! " When I saw this blog post (link) by Ste... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Hopeful News - Climate Change

Sunday morning, I saw this Candorville comic (link) and felt hopeful. If even the comics are recognizing the difference between weather and climate, the word is getting out. Then I looked up Darr... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Evil & Climate Change

"Evil" is not a word I normally use, especially in reference to people. Instead words such as ignorant, misinformed, deluded, and ill, more easily trip off the tongue. Yet now I'm i... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

The MFC & the Olympics

No, I'm not about to suggest that interviewing become an Olympic event, even though some schools have interviewing competitions and prizes. Rather I was caught by the parallels between the MFC int... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Babies, shoes, climate change

I'm a long-time lover of philosophy. Yesterday, I was watching the philosopher Peter Singer in the film Examined Life (2008), which I am pleased to say is available instantly on Netflix and was d... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Leaving Legacies

Yesterday I attended a program on "Faithful Generosity" sponsored by the Pacific Central District of the UUA and led by Laurel Amabile, Director of the UUA Annual Program Fund. It go... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Ambivalence & Ambiguity

"I hate to write. ""But you're blogging. "So went part of my quasi job interview earlier this week. I absolutely hated writing as a child. I write left-handed, and sta... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Climate Change

The sharp-eyed among you will notice that I've added "Climate Change" to the subtitle of this blog. It is not from a lost of interest in ministerial interviewing and examining, but ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

The Enemies List

During the Nixon Administration, some of his staffers complied a list of enemies (political opponents) with the intent to harass them. More info about it is here. Though it was complied nearly 40... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

New Century Summit & the Future of UUism

Well, the New Century Summit of the UUA Pacific Central District is over, and and follow-up actions are planned. The topics identified for cross-congregational teams were youth, global/public enga... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Sausage Making, Blind Men, & the Elephant in the Room

In response to my 1/25 post about the "Pluperfect Storm," AKA the 4 reviews of UU ministry, Politywonk wrote the following:Sausage-making comes to Boston. .. If they are serious about... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Go Tell It on the Mountain

This weekend the Pacific Central District of the UUA is holding a New Century Summit with Gini Courter, the UUA Moderator, and Michael Durall, congregational consultant and author of The Almost Chu... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

The Pluperfect Storm -- Commission on Appraisal

There's a pluperfect storm of ministerial review on the horizon. Dictionary. com tells us that one definition of "pluperfect" is "more than perfect. "Wikipedia says a ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Tactics, Emergency Preparedness, and Ministry

Thanks to Elizabeth Curtiss, AKA Polity Wonk, wrote the following on Facebook in response to Friday's "Health, Trust, and Testing" post:Today's post at Polity Wonk says that with al... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Health, Trust, and Testing

Thanks to Christine Robinson, AKA i Minister, for the following comment in reply to my last post:I think that it is dicey for the denomination to decide what the issue of the future is going to be ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

The Critical Competency

Climate change, quite simply, is the issue of the 21st century. It is not one issue among many, but, like the canary in the mine, it is warning us that the way we are living on our planet is causi... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Demolition Advocates v. Tinkerers

In my discussions with individuals who have felt wounded by the current ministerial examining process, there are always those who'd like to blow up the whole thing. Why do we need ministerial exa... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Reflecting Theologically on Ministerial Credentialing

I'm daunted by the challenge of the title of this post which was inspired by Scott Gerald Prinster's comment to my post on "Ministerial Examining & Climate Change" and thoughts ... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

New Century Summit

Out here in the wild, wild West, AKA the Pacific Central District of the UUA, we're gearing up for a New Century Summit later this month. Gini Courter, the UUA Moderator, and Michael Durall, auth... [read more]

Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry