Interdependence Day (sermon; 120701)

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How many of you, as a youth, ever made fun of one of your siblings? How many *defended* that sibling, if others criticized them? How many are at least a little uncomfortable when your spouse or partner makes the same observations about your family out loud that you admit silently to yourself?

Just because we love something, it does not mean that we don’t recognize its faults.

I *love* the United States of America. I admire its ideals, ~read more~

GA12 RRT

What a marvelous time, working with the Right Relationship Team—such good work, helping folks recover balance, and helping to educate the gathered community (after 5 years, this model seems to be working).  Again, the RRT itself was not perfect, we made mistakes, and we named them.  We did make a real difference in dozens of individuals’ lives, and helped make *lots* of people more aware (attendance was approx. 3700). I am humbled by the commitment & grace of the other ~read more~

smaller better UUA Board

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I support our UUA Board of Trustees’ proposal to shrink the Board from 26 members to 14, and to change the way Trustees are nominated & elected. I agree that this will make the Board both *more* efficient and diverse (pdf). For more details, please see their FAQ (pdf). {The FAQ has also been reproduced as the first comment, below}

My colleague, Tom Schade, wrote:

“Dear Friends…I have been thinking about UUA governance for a while.
Most of our frustrations with ~read more~

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