Ricardo Montalban Sure Could Dance

Ricardo Montalban(1920 - 2009)Cyd Charisse at no extra charge... … [Read more...]

Communion in Unitarian Universalist Congregations

One of the intriguing things about my new call to the First Unitarian Church of Providence is the tradition of communion services. To those who ask about it, a common response here is we've always had communion services, why do you ask? And they have, for pushing hard on three hundred years...Truthfully, communion 'tis an endlessly interesting subject to me.Way back when, when I was getting my undergraduate degree, in my late-thirties and rushing, rushing after what I saw as nothing more than a … [Read more...]

The Beamish boy dies…

I see that on this day in 1898 the world lost Charles Dodgson, better known to most of us as Lewis Carroll. An old friend and mentor once observed in my presence how language is like silly putty, it is meant to be played with.And Carroll, better than almost anyone, showed us how...oh Frabjous day! … [Read more...]

Galileo and his wonderful telescope

On this day in 1610, Galileo Galilei discovered and named Ganymede, the largest of Jupiter's moons...Pretty cool... … [Read more...]

Bishop Robinson at Barack Obama’s Inauguration

works for me... … [Read more...]

A Letter to the UUA Board of Trustees Regarding the Use of the Term Misappropriation in Our Bylaws

This morning I sent this to each member of the UUA Board of Trustees. This version incorporates a few minor grammatical corrections I wish I'd caught before sending the original off. Anyway, if you feel inclined to share your own thoughts about this matter with the Board, you may get their names and addresses by visiting here. They can of course also be contacted collectively through the single address: board (at) uua.org.Dear ones,This brief letter is my fervent plea that the proposed language … [Read more...]

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE A MAN IS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU WOULD LIE IF YOU WERE IN HIS PLACE: A REFLECTION ON TRUTH, LIES AND MEANING

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE A MAN IS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU WOULD LIE IF YOU WERE IN HIS PLACE: A REFLECTION ON TRUTH, LIES AND MEANINGA Sermon byJames Ishmael Ford11 January 2009First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandText I called to the Lord in my distress, and he heard me – Deliver me O Lord from a deceitful tongue and laying lips.Psalm 119 v 1-2Today we’ll explore that notorious and difficult term truth. And so of course, as it follows truth like night follows day, we’ll re … [Read more...]

Joan Baez

Happy Birthday, Joan! … [Read more...]

(Zen) Buddhist Texts Online

I gather in you go to a hotel in Japan you will probably come across a copy of a small book titled The Teaching of Buddha. It's a pretty good anthology of Buddhist teachings, with a bit of a slant in the general direction of the Pure Land schools. If you haunt used bookstores, you may well have found a copy. I've even stayed at a West Coast hotel and found a copy in my bedside drawer right next to a Gideon Bible.Well, the people who brought us the Teaching are now into a major project to bring … [Read more...]

Draft UUA Principles and Purposes Redux

It looks like the final draft language for the proposed revisions of the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes has been written. It still needs the approval of the UUA Board of Trustees to go forward to the General Assembly for ratification.It pains me considerably, considering my respect for the members of the Commission, but as things currently stand, should it make it to the floor of the General Assembly, I believe I will be voting against it.There is no doubt in my mind the new … [Read more...]


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