April 26 – Earth Day with Mary Oliver

Chalice Lighting What gorgeous Thing in Blue Horses, by Mary Oliver I do not know what gorgeous thing The bluebird keeps saying, His voice easing out of his throat, Beak, body into the pink air Of the early morning. I like it Whatever it is. Sometimes It

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April 12 Praise God, Praise Life

To praise is to stand on the side of life. As the reading reminds us, when we are enjoying something, our enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise...praise completes/ consummates the enjoyment -- sharing what is good expands the goodness or beauty. Imagine the Easter story without praise -- what if no

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March 22, 2015. World Water Day

READING: From Kansas Water Vision, developed by Kansas Water Office "The Vision State is: Kansans act on a shared commitment to have water resources necessary to support the state's social, economic and natural resource needs for current and future generations." The State of Kansas is called on to provide

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February 8 – Considering Race

Prayer by Stephen Shick Spirit of Life, God of history and god of nature, you seem to merge and flow in me, granting me the power to be planted here and the energy to grow with hope. History, for all its pain and trials, has bestowed

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March 8 “Serving Life as We Grow”

READING DEEPAK CHOPRA, American physician who grew up Hindu, and now has a spiritual guidance empire. Our reading is from his first 2015 book, The Future of God.

Humans, as individuals and collectively, have always created the god we needed for our evolution. These days, God 2.0 becomes the

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January 25, 2015 – Talking about Race Relations

Prayer by Stephen Shick Spirit of Life, God of history and god of nature, you seem to merge and flow in me, granting me the power to be planted here and the energy to grow with hope. History, for all its pain and trials, has bestowed

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January 11, 2015 Contemplative Reading as Spiritual Practice

PRAYER Spirit of Life, known by many names yet by no name fully known—we gather today with hopes and dreams and also with fears and wounds.... May we be reminded that all things come and go; that today’s joys and today’s sorrows will in time give way to those of tomorrow

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November 9, Healing Morality

READING #1 Ryokan, a Japanese Zen poet of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, wrote this simple poem: Maple leaf Falling down Showing front Showing back The action of a maple leaf falling down, showig front, showing back—the way it falls from the tree, when it falls from the tree, how

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October 26 “Samhain, Imagination, and Us”

Reflection on Imagination and Reality – the separation of these is an illusion

There's been a show at Birger-Sandzen Art Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg - “Embracing Nature”. There was also a special show in the small gallery space by Sally Johnson of Bolivar MO. She calls it “Magical Moments” and

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October 12, 2014 — Liberal Muslims and US

CHILDREN'S TIME We Are Each Other's Business By Eboo Patel, Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core. Used by permission. In UU Tapestry of Faith stories. up in Glen Ellyn, IL where he attended Glenbard South High School. His second book, Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, was released

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