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thelivelytradition

An Endorsement

Water, as you know, freezes at 32 F degrees.  But if you look at a cup of water which measures 36 F, it is liquid.  At 35 F, it is still liquid.  At 34 F, it is still liquid, and if ... [read more]

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Caute

The Free Mind and the "Rationale of Religious Enquiry"

The Cambridge Unitarian Church noticeboard with graffiti Readings:2 Timothy 3:14–4:5 — a New Testament text to disagree with:But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believe... [read more]

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Caute

The wind comforts us as fondly as our mother's arms / The sunlight is like our best friend's recognizing laughter

As regular readers of this blog will know I've recently begun to read Jerome A. Stone's splendid new book "Sacred Nature: The Environmental Potential of Religious Naturalism. "In t... [read more]

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PeaceBang

Nevertheless, She Persisted: A PeaceBang Love Letter To Miss Bette Midler As Dolly Levi

I saw Bette Midler play Dolly Gallagher Levi, the legendary leading role in Jerry Herman’s musical “Hello, Dolly! ” on Wednesday night, June 14th. It was the twentieth anniversary... [read more]

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The Liberal Pulpit

A Feeling. Mostly.

Freedom, part 1 On the subject of freedom, and speaking of fathers . . . I was seven years old when, at dinner one night, my father off-handedly mentioned that there’s an idea that everything you... [read more]

The Liberal Pulpit

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A Minister’s Musings

Song in a Weary Throat

Pauli captioned this photo:  "The Imp! " This is the text of the sermon I delivered to the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday, June 18, 2... [read more]

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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

Why I hate special church visitor mugs and you probably should too

A question I am often asked in the context of my trainings with congregations is “Do special church visitor mugs work? ” My answer? NO! !! In fact, in most cases I find special visitor mugs do ... [read more]

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Thousand Voices

There Before Me

The very first observance of Father’s Day was held on July 5 in 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, in December of 1907, a mining disa... [read more]

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The Liberal Pulpit

Disgust and Moral Judgment

"Purity" -- and it's opposite, "pollution" -- have been getting slowly edged out of morality. This is new. For most of human history, some notion of "purity... [read more]

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Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

A Grumpy Old Man Replies to "Wake Me Up," Part II

Okay, I don't know why but it is taken me a little while to get my grump back on again. As I wrote in part one of this post (link), I love the lyrics to this song. I also really like the song itse... [read more]

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Returning . . .

Welcome to www.returningblog.com

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

A Reflection for PRIDE Sunday

REFLECTION ON CHANGES IN MERev. Kit Ketcham PUUF, June 11, 2017 Pride Service            Talking about sexual orientation and gender identity ... [read more]

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Universal Good

We struggle for justice, not because it is achievable, but because struggling for it is the rood of our well being. This is the root of our morality and our demand for progress. It arises from the ... [read more]

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Calling Ministers - Examining and interviewing for UU ministry

Grumpy Old Man Replies to "Wake Me Up," Part I

I love the lyrics to this song:Wake Me Up Feeling my way through the darkness Guided by a beating heart I can't tell where the journey will end But I know where to start They tell me I'm too youn... [read more]

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Thousand Voices

Unsuspecting Treasures

For our summer services, our UUCA Worship Team wanted to expand the number of voices speaking from the pulpit. And so, several weeks back, I reached out to some folks to see if they’d want to par... [read more]

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Rev. John Morehouse

The Call of the Open Road

I begin with this from Walt Whitman:Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,Healthy, free, the world before me,The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Call the Minister

In the PBS show Call the Midwife, it’s usually clear when to call the midwife. Nature is pretty good that way. “You’ll know when to call,” the professionals tell expectant mothe... [read more]

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UU PLANET Ministry and Media

Emerson’s Transparent Eyeball Coloring Page

Recently my wife, the Rev. Amy Freedman, asked me to make an easel pad sized version of the classic Ralph Waldo Emerson “Transparent Eyeball” illustration by Christopher Pearse Cranch (... [read more]

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thelivelytradition

The mystery of Dating the posts

I have been asked to clarify the dates on which I posted my posts of appreciation of the UUA Presidential Candidates. I published the first four posts -- the Big Picture post, and the three appreci... [read more]

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A Minister’s Musings

To sing not enough ...

Yesterday morning I joined with a group of people in a park in downtown Charlottesville.  The park has been getting a lot of attention lately, both locally and in the national media, because of ... [read more]

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#74 After the “Death of God,” new gods?

Many in the West associate the “Death of God” with the 19th Century philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche. Some are also aware of the 1960s death-of-God movement (more accurately called the wish-God... [read more]

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RevThom

Poetry Sunday 2017 - Links to all the poems I mentioned

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 I preached a sermon called, "Poetry is Resistance. " Here are all the poems I read from or mentioned during the service:For the Call to Worship I read a gently... [read more]

RevThom

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Rev. Thomas Perchlik

Warning

Years ago the Motivators posters were all the rage.  You can still see them on office walls today. They have beautiful, high-resolution photos of something like a group of people rowing a boat ... [read more]

Rev. Thomas Perchlik

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Ms. Kitty’s Saloon and Road Show

The Backside of Beltane

THE BACKSIDE OF BELTANERev. Kit Ketcham, with Monica Van Steenberg May 14, 2017, PUUF            Thanks, Monica, for your help with this servi... [read more]

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

Does Saying I live in a White Supremacy Culture make me a White Supremacist?

The short answer is no. But let’s put this into a much larger historical context. In 1452, Pope Nicholas V authorized King Alfonso V of Portugal to place Muslims and pagans into “perpet... [read more]

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Celestial Lands

Character and Grace

(Sermon given at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Maryland, on March 19th, 2017) As a minister serving a Unitarian Universalist congregation, you can’t just buy a car. A few years ago, be... [read more]

Celestial Lands

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A Unitarian Universalist Minister in Mississippi

Craving Salt in a Saltless Society

Reading: Mark: 9-49-50:  For everyone will be salted with fire and every sacrifice will be salted with salt. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you restore its saltiness? Ha... [read more]

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Sunflower Chalice

Our Hearts are Broken, Our Mission is Not:  Statement on the Arrest of Ron Robinson from the Unitarian Universalist Missional Cohort

Some years ago a handful of Unitarian Universalists began preaching the good news of a missional approach to church.  We called ourselves the Red Pill Brethren and  our unofficial symbolic leader... [read more]

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Sunflower Chalice

Anniversaries of Meetings and Partings

“Life is full of meetings and partings. That is the way of it. ”  – Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit A few months from now I will celebrate the 10th anniversary of my ordination as a... [read more]

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Bytes of Grass

Tell me all your thoughts on God

The one-hit wonder band Dishwalla’s song “Counting Blue Cars” might be an anthem for all who wonder about the big question of “God? ”: Tell me all your thoughts on God... [read more]

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RadicalHapa

Feminist Journey

I am who I am in part due to male privilege, unearned benefits and opportunities that I’ve had more access to than women and transgender persons. Every day as part of my religious life, I ref... [read more]

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Rev. John Morehouse

Be Who You Are

Many of us have had what is called a sophomoric crisis, me included. What is a sophomoric crisis you ask? As the Latin hints at it is when we think we know more than we do and begin to question ou... [read more]

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Rev. Cyn

The Painful Steps to Justice

When I came to Jackson, MI in 2004, it took me a while to realize how unsupported the LGBTQ community felt here. During my seminary years, all my LGBTQ friends and colleagues were entirely out of t... [read more]

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RevThom

Considering Economic Protest (1st post in the series)

Every dollar you spend you spend is a vote for Trump. Every dollar you spend is a vote for the Republican-led congress. This is a striking statement, but I believe it to be true in two ways. First,... [read more]

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Celestial Lands

Petitional Protest Legitimizes Power

There are four primary directions of protest that I see enacted in American Society.   For purposes of this article, I am separating them so that they can be seen, knowing that in the real world t... [read more]

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The Naked Theologian: stripped-down theology

#73 Will Her Methodist Faith Help HRC Make a Comeback?

In a rare glimpse of mettle since she conceded the race to Donald Trump last November, Hillary Clinton showed up …Continue reading → [read more]

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Planting God Communities

Rejoice and Resist: A Post-Inaugural Sermon

Rejoice and Resist Sermon at Unitarian Universalist Church of Bartlesville, Jan. 22, 2017 Rev. Ron Robinson So here we are. I started writing this sermon at noon on Friday as the inauguration was u... [read more]

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The Reverend Dr.

Stand by This Faith, Rally, March

Love trumps hate, really and truly. .. but we need to plan for the long game, and we cannot merely play at it for an election cycle; the stakes are too high and we need to be in it to win it. .. an... [read more]

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iMinister

The Major Cost of Entering MInistry

The UU World published an article on this topic here,   It's a very important issue which affects our future as a denomination, but it doesn't talk about an important part of the problem. Th... [read more]

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MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

Chuck A. was the first abuser, starting when I was 12.

Coming to realize that my rage toward candidate and abuser Donald Trump is also rage at my parents' acquaintance Chuck A. (not an uncle and not the delightful and winning Chuck Law), who started g... [read more]

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Planting God Communities

Freely Following Jesus: A sermon on Unitarian Universalist Christianity

“Freely Following Jesus” UU Church of Bartlesville, Oct. 9, 2016 Rev. Ron Robinson A week ago today I spoke to the Atheist Community of Tulsa. It was about our area of north Tulsa and its strug... [read more]

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Rev. Cyn

Standing, Rolling, Dancing, Singing, Praying, Preaching, Acting on the Side of Love

At our the preceding Ministry Days preceding the UU General Assembly, ableist language was used in worship to the extent that UUMA Board Member Josh Pawelek issued this response:Clearly there is ... [read more]

Rev. Cyn

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RadicalHapa

Oregon’s White Struggle

   Unfolding yet again in Oregon is an epic struggle of White Americans fighting for their soul.  Unsurprisingly the media shares little of the white supremacist and xenophobic ideol... [read more]

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Just Wondering

Keep to the Path: In Response to Vandalism

About a week ago, Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation joined Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country in displaying a Black Lives Matter banner on our campus. Our banner symbo... [read more]

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The Reverend Dr.

Church Yoga

More than a decade ago, when the Scorpion was a far easier pose for me than it is today, I was certified as a yoga instructor. While I never achieved my fame and fortune as a yogini, let alone perf... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Choose Carefully! As published in Sunday Eunice News on November 30, 2014

As the holiday season begins, our television stations, movie theaters and sales racks are filled with touching holiday stories that melt the heart, and sometimes, make you think about how you could... [read more]

Our Inherent Worth

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Our Inherent Worth

Leaders Take Care of their People: Commentary Published in Sunday Eunice News on November 16, 2014

Every Veterans Day, I participate in local celebrations to remember and to honor military mentors who taught me how to be a successful Army officer, and later, a successful public school teacher. T... [read more]

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Auspicious Jots

It's like that thing when something does you know

I have a bad case of CRS. It's better than Alzheimers but worse than just being a dingbat. CRS for you youth who don't have to worry yourselves with these sorts of problems is Can't Remember Stu... [read more]

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Carrots and Ginger

Mrs. McNeil Music of Ithaca’s Top 5 ways to support local music:

5. Get the Door: If a musician walks past you carrying an amp/ drum/ bass-cabinet/harp grab the door for them. That stuff’s heavy, and it’s nice to know you care. 4. Get it Live: Planning a wed... [read more]

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Carrots and Ginger

This is Why

Note inside card given to me by the first and third same-gender couples ever to receive a marriage license in Bradford County PA at their joint wedding on Wednesday:"Having our wedding cerem... [read more]

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Auspicious Jots

Ransom Note

Dear Bliss Failure,We have taken custody of your happiness. Your neglect of it was unconscionable. We will not disclose its location. If you want it, get off your sorry procrastinating selfish lard... [read more]

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Just Wondering

Millennials and Unitarian Universalist Identity: A Reaction to Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley

I recently attended a barbecue at the home of a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. As he offered a blessing for the meal, the host gave thanks for the eras of ministry represented in the gath... [read more]

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MACRO MICRO AND VICE VERSA

My right to privacy, and yours

An college class exercise involving SCOTUS Justice Scalia was an interesting assignment for the students who did it.    An interesting by-product is recognizing that Scalia apparently thi... [read more]

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Phil’s Little Blog on the Prairie

To Life!

After a hiatus of a few years, I’m finally getting around to finishing my small group ministry project. With this entry I’ve finally completed the set of small group ministry session pl... [read more]

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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,... [read more]

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iMinister

Beloved Community?

My mother, who lives in a senior community which is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, told me today that she had a religious question.  What, she asked, was the meaning of the term ... [read more]

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the yes church

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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help create peace now...

wrapped in a blue cloud cloth

Langston Hughes writes. .. "Bring me all of your dreams, You dreamers, Bring me all of your heart melodies, That I may wrap them in a blue cloud cloth Away from the too rough fingers of the ... [read more]

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January 15 - A New Birthday for my Father...

Dear friends,In just a few days, it will be a year since my dad's health crisis. A year ago, on January 15, he was rushed to the hospital for emergency, life-saving surgery and then began a harrow... [read more]

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Rev. Daniel’s Blog

Pro & Con: Should Congress pass the DREAM Act for immigrant children?  | ajc.com

Pro & Con: Should Congress pass the DREAM Act for immigrant children? | ajc. com Interesting take! What do you think? [read more]

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

This is the old blog…

…it’s not the same as the new blog. You have reached the old version of this blog, which was updated from February 23, 2005, through December 31, 2010. Click here for the current versio... [read more]

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist

The year ahead: Good things to watch for in Unitarian Universalism

I’m a Universalist at heart, and Universalism is a hope-filled faith, so as I look ahead to 2011 I can’t help but seek out signs of hope within Unitarian Universalism. Here are some of ... [read more]

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One More Step

new blog location

I've now moved my blog to a personal website: Rev Ricky. com. Click on "blog" from the menu on the welcome page. You will be able to comment on blog posts, subscribe with an RSS f... [read more]

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One More Step

February music

I made a new year’s resolution this year to write a new piece of music every month. Before I became a minister I worked in Human Resources with AIDS Project Los Angeles. And before that I was a... [read more]

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UU Jester

New Court, New Jester

Eight months? Eight months? Really? The stage is empty for eight months. That is truly a pathetic showing-- or non-showing, I guess-- even for the regularly irregular jester. My apologies to the co... [read more]

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Rev. Daniel’s Blog

UU convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid

Title: uuworld. org : uu convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid You try and do something nice, and what do you get for your trouble? The threat of a $10k fine and a year in jail. C... [read more]

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UU Jester

7 and 1/4 inches per day

Meditation delivered at the services on January 18th, 2009. Today, I’d like to suggest something specific for our meditation. Quiet your minds, settle your bodies, and open your hearts. Today’... [read more]

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Rev. John Crestwell

Beyond Black & White

We can rebirth our country. Indeed we are blessed to have these powerful brains. We can create a new reality, new myths to live by on what it means to be truly human. And we can absolutely chang... [read more]

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Kuan Yin’s Chalice

Ingathering Sunday

Last Sunday was Ingathering Sunday at First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. Let me say, it was impressive. It was probably the most fun I have ever had at Church either as a minister or as a lay pe... [read more]

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Kuan Yin’s Chalice

I am Back...

Today feels like the first day of school! I am officially the Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington Delaware. Let me tell you, I wrote that on the bottom of an e-mail this aft... [read more]

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The Rev’s Review

Review of the Large Church Conference in Louisville, KY, March 13 – 16, 2008 Loehr to Sinkford

Since the annual SXSW music and film festival in Austin, TX is one of my annual pilgrimages, I was much chagrined that it fell precisely on the Large Conference dates. Thankfully, part of Austin s... [read more]

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Rev. John Crestwell

YOU WERE MADE FOR SO MUCH MORE!

You are an innovator, and just as this expansive, growing universe creates each and everyday, you have the capacity to expand beyond your present place to a much more purposed existence. You can ov... [read more]

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