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Suit Challenges Quote From British Jurist Posted In Rhode Island's High Court

A Rhode Island lawyer this week filed a federal lawsuit challenging a quotation from British jurist Sir Edward Coke inscribed above the bench of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. The complaint (full ... [read more]

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When Good News is Bad for Wild Tigers

So far in 2015, the world has seen two rounds of effusive headlines about tigers “roaring back” in the wild—first from India, then from China. Unfortunately, wild tigers are nowhere near “r... [read more]

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Alabama Supreme Court Upholds State's Tuition and Scholarship Tax Credit Law

In Magee v. Boyd, (AL Sup. Ct. , March 2, 2015), the Alabama Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality under the state constitution of Alabama's law creating a refundable income tax credit t... [read more]

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District Court Invalidates Nebraska Bans on Same-Sex Marriages

In Waters v. Ricketts, (D NE, March 2, 2015), a Nebraska federal district court issued a preliminary injunction, effective March 9, prohibiting enforcement of the state's laws that bar same-s... [read more]

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Recommended Reading for World Wildlife Day

We at Beacon would like to honor World Wildlife Day, marked every year on March 3, by highlighting some of the books dedicated to various kinds of wildlife conservation. [read more]

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Muslim leader speaks to N.C. Unitarian Universalists

NEWS: Charlotte UUs build interfaith partnership in aftermath of killing of three Muslims in Chapel Hill. [read more]

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Grief and weariness

SPIRIT: Grief has often worn me out, while restoring me to myself at the same time. [read more]

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Honoring memories of Selma, and other UUs in the media

More coverage of UU connections to the historic march in Selma, Ala. Former executive editor of The New York Times Howell Raines reflects on the powerful experience he had in 1965 when he was give... [read more]

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Our whole complicated lives, new humanism, Malcolm X, and more

Our whole complicated lives The Rev. Gretchen Haley writes about “how loving works. ” Some people are really super duper consistent in the type (and biological sex) of the person they fall in l... [read more]

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Hitting Bottom: Incarcerated Women in the Prison Hierarchy

You might expect that locked up young kids are on the lowest rung of that ladder both on the block and in the general prison population. But it goes lower: incarcerated women, what I call the invis... [read more]

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'She smiles when she swims'

LIFE: New Jersey teen sets new world record for open-water swimming. [read more]

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Twin Cities UUs focus on Black Lives Matter

NEWS: Hundreds of Unitarian Universalists take part in Mall of America protests. [read more]

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Oregon church staff unionizes, and other UUs in the media

Staff wants church to walk its talk Although the Rev. William Sinkford and leadership of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Ore. , initially would not recognize the efforts of church staff to un... [read more]

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Turning toward spring, nostalgia for inequality, and more

Turning toward spring Fed up with her Facebook friends’ pictures of spring flowers, Maine resident Claire Curole takes matters into her own hands. (The Sand Hill Diary, February 14)   E... [read more]

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Facebook friendships, sexuality, Starr King, and more

Strategic Facebook friendships The Rev. Meg Riley chooses to stay connected with difficult Facebook friends, and to remain kind and curious, even when she disagrees with someone. Like it or not, F... [read more]

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Starr King belatedly grants degrees to two students

NEWS: On heels of report by ad hoc investigative committee, seminary puts professor on administrative leave. [read more]

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Supporting marriage equality in contested states, and other UUs in the media

UUs support equality despite opposition by state leaders The Rev. Lynn Hopkins, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery, Ala. , sees the same-sex marriages happening in her... [read more]

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Will we accompany them?

SPIRIT: What is the 'gospel' Unitarian Universalists have to share with migrants and deportees on their often forced and dehumanizing journeys? [read more]

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Tarantula

LIFE: I faced my fears and they faced me. It wasn't that big a deal. [read more]

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What can you see from your back porch?

SPIRIT: I used to think my grandfather's worldview was limited and small-minded. [read more]

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Seeing your sanctuary in a different light

LIFE: Candlelight transforms a meetinghouse for Christmas Eve. [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]

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An American cry for help

In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann shares his personal experience with a real life 'death panel' situation and scorns the unfairness of health insurance in America. [read more]

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Action Alert: Gaza

Sadly, the dismal conditions in Gaza are causing enormous hardship for the people there, with particularly harsh effects on children. Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition founded in part by ... [read more]

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Olbermann: Beware fear's racist temptation

In a Special Comment, Keith Olbermann explores the relationship between fear and racism and encourages Americans who are distressed about the nation's future to avoid political groups that appeal ... [read more]

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Creating Change

I hadn’t been in 15 years! But last week I packed up and headed for Dallas to the Creating Change Conference, an annual gathering of the glbtq clan. My 13 year old said, “I don’t get it. W... [read more]

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American Prayer Hour a Success

Hundreds of people of faith gathered on Thursday, February 4th in more than 20 cities around the country for the American Prayer Hour, an interfaith response to the National Prayer Breakfast, which... [read more]

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New Survey

Want to do this survey of 18+ individuals who grew up in a UU religious education program and/or participated in YRUU/LRY? All responses are anonymous and confidential. No personal or private info... [read more]

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Media Nation's new home

I ended up moving a little more quickly on this than I had intended. But Media Nation, hosted on Blogspot. com since 2005, has now moved to its own server. Please click here to keep reading. And ad... [read more]

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Alpha-testers wanted

Shhhh . .. no one is supposed to know. But would you mind taking a peek at an early version of what may wind up as the new Media Nation? It's built with Word Press, and you'll find it here. Don'... [read more]

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A Taylor-made Globe?

In what may prove to be very good news for readers of the Boston Globe, a group led by Stephen Taylor — a prominent member of the family that sold the paper to the New York Times Co. in 1993 — ... [read more]

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Letter from Bill Sinkford acknowledging end of YRUU - September 13, 2008

Dear Friends,I am excited to share with you recent positive developments in the transition in our Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth ministry. Based on feedback from the UU youth community and othe... [read more]

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URGENT: Committed youth advocates needed!

Hello All,I have just returned from General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the UUA's annual business meeting. The Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution which you may have heard of was pas... [read more]

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Duncan Metcalfe

Okay. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I feel about this. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to add to this discussion, and I want people to read these things as org... [read more]

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Consultation History...

UUA HISTORY OF CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY TO AND WITH YOUTH [read more]

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Ben Alexander

Thanks to the bloggers for recognizing the importance of an institutional memory for YRUU. I wish we had this technology during LRY's existence. I am so sad that the UUA still seems to have it's ... [read more]

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UUA President Convicted in Civil Disobedience Case

On the one-year anniversary of his civil disobedience in Phoenix, while protesting Arizona’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, UUA President Peter Morales stood trial in the Maricopa County J... [read more]

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Religion For Our Time Episode 17: Greater Good Project

For the past five years, First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York has developed an amazing holiday tradition. Members tally up their planned holiday spending and then give half of that amount ... [read more]

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Immigration in Arizona, One Year Later

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales stands trial in Phoenix, Ariz. , on Friday, July 29, for his nonviolent civil disobedience in opposition to anti-immigrant legislation in that state. Rev. Morales s... [read more]

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