vm: Sherman Alexie

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Sherman Alexie, who says, “I don’t know what any individual should do…I  only know that I live a happier, more adventurous life, by crossing borders.” So may ~read more~

perfect UU minister

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The perfect minister is a young energetic person with a maturity beyond his years.

Her sermons are thoroughly researched, intellectually satisfying, down to earth and touch her congregants’ feelings.

He condemns injustice but never hurts anyone’s feelings.

She writes sermons all day long and takes care of maintenance chores on her lunch break.

He is single—with a nice family.

She makes $400 a week, wears good clothes, maintains an extensive library, drives a decent car and pledges generously to the church. ~read more~

vm: Laura Esquivel

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Laura Esquivel, who wrote, “Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.” So may ~read more~

coffee and dignity

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There’s an old joke, that if the building were burning, the priest would run in to save the sacraments, and the rabbi would run in to save the Torah, and the Unitarian Universalist minister would run in to save the coffee pot. As today *is* National Coffee Day, I do lift up that wondrous beverage…and I lift up the idea that we UUs are much more interested in seeking justice than the perfect blend of magic roasted ~read more~

vm: Ani DiFranco

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Ani DiFranco, who sings, “the world owes me nothing And we owe each other the world.” So may ~read more~

vm: Anna Deavere Smith

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Anna Deavere Smith, who said, “Listening is not just hearing what someone tells you word for word. You have to  listen with a heart. I don’t want that to sound touchy-feely; it is not. It is  very hard work.” So may ~read more~

home opener 2013

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Annie Dillard writes that “the sleeping god may wake someday and take offense.” I have a number of problems with that line.

Part of me does not believe in any kind of separate, judgmental god or goddess. Part of me does truly appreciate the concept of a god, but that part then disapproves of the metaphorical deity sleeping. The Universalist part of me insists that a loving god might well be disappointed—pretty regularly, really—but she or he ~read more~

vm: Oscar Arias Sanchez

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This week we celebrate the birthday of Oscar Arias Sanchez, who reminds us, “Peace is a never ending process… It cannot ignore our differences or overlook  our common interests. It requires us to work and live together.” So may ~read more~

vm: Seamus Heaney

This week we celebrate the life of Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013), who wrote, “once in a lifetime The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.” So may ~read more~

we am evolution

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“What does it take to become the kind of human beings who can break through the stuck patterns of human life at this time to engender a rapid, minimally destructive, transformation of human culture, society, and behavior?” asks Terry Patten. “How can we wake up (whether from ego, fear, confusion, spiritual bypassing or other limiting frames of mind) so that we can be rightly related to the question? How can our ways of being (both with ourselves ~read more~

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