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The Liberal Pulpit

No Easy Thing: The Half-Won Blessing, 2

Did you hear about the guy who was addicted to brake fluid? He said he could stop any time he wanted. . . . We all have our addictions. Whether it’s full-blown alcoholism or drug addiction or som... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

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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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thelivelytradition

Breaking Out of a Closed Circle

Church planting in Unitarian Universalism has been slow, anemic and pitiful.  In a cultural environment where increasing numbers of people seem to be not interested in the churches that are, p... [read more]

thelivelytradition

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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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Caute

The Circus comes to town and Barnwell Priory's "Cellarer's Chequer"

Gee Horsley's drawing of the Cambridge Church This afternoon I had to pick up a parcel from the Royal Mail depot that was delivered to the church whilst I was out. It was another glorious sunny da... [read more]

Caute

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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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Thousand Voices

Savoring and Saving the World: Essentials of Unitarian Universalism, Part 6

Today’s message represents the completion of our year-long sermon series on Unitarian Universalist essentials. We are already busy with our religion—we are worshipping, studying, serving, givin... [read more]

Thousand Voices

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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]

Auspicious Jots

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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]

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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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A Minister’s Musings

Why I'm In Favor Of Religion…

Recently someone I respect re-posted what I can only call a rant on her Facebook page. After commenting on the ways the religion he grew up in taught him that he was not okay, the author ended w... [read more]

A Minister’s Musings

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

Unfinished business

    I woke up this morning about 2:30 or so, took a melatonin after going to the bathroom, but didn't go back to sleep again, so after an hour of calm wakefulness I took another mel... [read more]

Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

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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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Sunflower Chalice

Unitarian Universalism, Mission, and Nerdfighers: DFTBA & LTHOOTW

I realize that I am not the first, but only the most recent person to make this connection: Unitarian Universalists are Nerdfighters.   If you do not know what Nerdfighers are, please see this ex... [read more]

Sunflower Chalice

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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

Processional

It’s a warm day, the windows are open, and I heard some sort of chanting or singing somewhere outside. Some kind of religious chanting is what it sounded like, but I didn’t really pay a... [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

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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University's Diversity Officer, Demoted For Anti-Gay Marriage Views, Loses Discrimination Lawsuit

In Mc Caskill v. Galludet University, (D DC, April 14, 2014), the District of Columbia federal district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Angela Mc Caskill, Gallaudet University's for... [read more]

Religion Clause

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Humanism and the future of Unitarian Universalism, and other UUs in the media

Humanism is losing ground to ‘anythingism’ In her interview with Religion News Service, Maria Greene of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (UUHA) says that an important goa... [read more]

UU’s In the Media

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“For we were strangers in the land of Egypt…”: Passover, Radical Empathy, and Reconciliation

The process of reconciliation, like the celebration of Passover, requires a leap of imagination, asserts Louise Steinman, author of THE CROOKED MIRROR: A Memoir of Polish-Jewish Reconciliation. ... [read more]

Beacon Broadside

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Starr King names Rosemary Bray McNatt its next president

NEWS: The Rev. Rosemary Bray Mc Natt to follow the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker as president of Starr King School for the Ministry. [read more]

News from UU World

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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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Unity Church-Unitarian of Saint Paul, MN

The City Reborn, Hallman Ministerial Intern Jennifer Nordstrom, April 13, 2014

This podcast begins with a reflection offered by worship associate Neil Bray. [listen to the episode]

Unity Church-Unitarian of Saint Paul, MN

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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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