Claiming Yuletide 2014

Welcome Yule! Or Wolcum Yole!  If you speak Middle English The salutation heard across Medieval England heralded the most important festival of the year – one revered by their Celtic , Teutonic and Norse ancestors in  pre-Christian times. Yole came from yoke, suggesting the yoke of the year.  It is...

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How You Affect Others Daily

How You Affect Others Daily Spreading Your Light by Madisyn Taylor You never know whose life you are affecting, big or small. As the pace and fullness of modern life serve to isolate us from one another, the contact we do share becomes vastly more significant. We unconsciously absorb each other’s...

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On ending Oppression

My Beloved Community, One of the things I appreciate most about our community, and Unitarian Universalism at large, is our willingness to engage in difficult conversations. I feel strongly that we need to continue to talk about Ferguson, but also adjust our focus to the idea that perhaps the events...

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Bringing Judaism to Life

Bringing Judaism to Life ( A few notes  from  Inside and Outside Judaism)   “ Judaism is the love story between God and the Jewish People.” Judaism introduced monotheism to humanity… it has uncompromising beliefs about reality.  As a legal and moral system- offers a clearly defined way of life.”...

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Honor Flight September 9, 2014

HONOR FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON, D.C. SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 Honor Flights are one-day trips for World War II and Korean War veterans to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.  They are now beginning to include Vietnam War veterans on the trips.  The Honor Flights are financed by private donations. Korean...

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Two First UU Veterans Chosen For Honor Flight

Honor Flights are one-day trips for World War II and Korean War veterans to visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C.  In addition to the World War II and Korean War memorials, veterans visit the Vietnam War memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.  Each veteran is assigned a volunteer “guardian” for...

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Celebrating Our Sources: Islam

  From the Unitarian Universalist Association of   Congregations The Living Tradition we share draws from many sources: Wisdom from the World’s religions inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life. Islam We find ourselves heading toward the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan on this July day, 2014.  Millions...

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Charles Gray Soapbox Resources

TWO PROVISIONAL TRUTHS [That’s how scientists speak of our current knowledge about reality]   FIRST PROVISIONAL TRUTH   THE BRAIN GENERATES BELIEFS AND REINFORCES THEM AS TRUTHS -Belief comes naturally, but analytical thinking has to be learned!   Reference:  Michael Shermer, The Believing Brain                                                        (Times Books, 2011) ———————————————————————————–  ...

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Celebrating our Sources: Humanism

CELEBRATING OUR SOURCES From the Unitarian Universalist Associations of Congregations: The living tradition which we share draws from many sources: Humanist teachings counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.   Humanism   Philosophical humanism...

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Celebrating our Sources: Taoism/Daoism

From the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations The Living Tradition which we share draws from many sources: Wisdom from the world’s religions inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. College professor and author, Paul Alan Laughlin describes the evolution of Taoism in this way.  Tao began as pure undifferentiated...

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