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June 23–Listening: The outside voices

Part 2 of homily given by Karen Smith on June 19 at UUCG: Parents don’t always come in pairs, and it can be a good idea to have multiple parents, biological or otherwise, to help bring emotional support to one … Continue reading

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June 22–Listening: The voices of family

Part 1 excerpted from Karen Smith’s homily at the June 19 Service, UUCG As empty-nesters, my husband and I have fewer voices at our house these days. We compensate by playing the radio a lot at our house.  It plays … Continue reading

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June 9–Listening: Advice from the Society of Friends

One of the oldest practices in listening as spiritual practice resides in the Quaker or Society of Friends tradition.  With regards to how they conduct their daily relationships, Quakers advocate: Listening for the truth in the words of others. As … Continue reading

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March 21–Awe and Wonder: Human Capcities

These days I know that I am not alone in almost daily horror at the anger, violence and outright hatred that certain politicians are stirring up within pockets of American life.  I hear myself and others wondering out loud:  have … Continue reading

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The Muses: What I am living for–Part 2

(We are sharing, over three days, the homily given by Karen Smith in the January 10 service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Gwinnett.  In the first part, Karen set us up to ponder how it is we share with … Continue reading

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The Muses: Calliope

Music: Song of the Caged Bird, by Lindsey Stirling The Song I heard the song today. The melody so sweet, It has never played So softly before. It is very strange because, Although I cannot feel the cold, I’m being … Continue reading

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December 28–The Sacred: Trust

We have said, in this space, that “the sacred” is in so many words something we place high value on, something that is precious.  We have also examined it as not something other and separate from the ordinary but actually … Continue reading

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The Sacred: The Separate or the One?

Whatever “sacred” means to you, is it something totally separate from ordinary things or is it inside of and part of all things?  Is it special and extraordinary, or is it common and ordinary?  Is the sacred natural or supernatural? … Continue reading

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What is a Safe Harbor?

I’ve been sailing all my life now, never harbor or port have I known. The wide universe is the ocean  I travel and the earth is  my blue boat home.* Today we begin our month long theme of “Safe Harbor.” … Continue reading

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Loss: Lost and Found

Years ago I served as the Youth Activities Coordinator for the UUA’s Joseph Priestley District, a five-state region that included the District of Columbia. One of my roles in this position was to work closely with the District Youth Steering … Continue reading

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