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Unitarian Universalism: A Direction, Not a Path

Unitarian Universalism is not a set of steps one takes to get to a predetermined end point. We do not preach an end, but an ongoing process. We expect to continue to learn; adapting, and improving throughout our lifetimes and passing our mission to future generations. Our heaven, the Beloved Community, will not be a […]

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Gathered Together to Get Through Life

Dearly Beloved, “We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” To the sound of an electric organ, intentionally evoking the feeling of Church, Prince outlined the reason that liberal religion, void of creedal certainty and dogma, is still important. We gather together to get through life. Later in the song, “Let’s […]

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Injustice and Inclusion

It’s been said by many that there is no small injustice. Each occurrence of injustice is a mark against all of us that may have had to power to prevent it. Even standing by silently leaves a shadow of blame on our hearts, since our inaction can so easily be seen as support for the […]

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Open Revelation and Evolution

Many people wrongly envision evolution as a linear process, moving “forward” toward some perfect state. This is true of those who both accept and reject the evidence, and is the basis for arguments such as, “If we evolved from apes, why are there still apes.” We did not evolve from apes; we are apes. The […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: Lent and Movement Making

We are marking the tradition of Lent this year using the calendar created by Barb Greve (et al) for Unitarian Universalist reflection. It features 47 words to reflect on each day of Lent, including the 7 Sundays when we are challenged to not only reflect, but act on the day’s theme. The idea is not […]

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Monday Mediation: Anything Worth Having…

The old saying goes: Anything worth having is worth working for. Good things require time, effort, and usually cooperation. Good takes work. Building something meaningful and lasting can take a lifetime. Evil, as we recognize it, is comparatively easy. Destruction is almost always simpler. Chaos is easier to create than justice. Making people afraid is […]

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“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.” ― A.A. Milne

Love, Acceptance, and Gardening

The guru Osho once said: If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation. An expansion on this thought, recently attributed […]

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