Links related to July 12 sermon on “Religious Principles and Economic Life”

Here are some references related to the July 12 sermon on “Religious Principles and Economic Life”. Keynes’s 1930 essay, “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren”, can be found for free numerous places on the internet, including here. Adam Grant’s book is entitled “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success”. The book outlines […]

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The Difference Between “Principles’ and “Virtues

The following are very useful thoughts by retired UU minister Tom Schade on how UUism might be strengthened.  The original link to Tom’s Blog can be found here: http://www.tomschade.com/2015/05/the-difference-between-principles-and.html   Unitarian Universalism backed into a type of moral reasoning based on principles when we adopted the Seven Principles. A “principle” is a formalized abstraction. […]

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STT, and STM: Interim Reflections

Unexpected Insights On the morning of December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37-year old neuroanatomist, experienced a massive stroke in the left side of her brain. She observed her own mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life.   In her 2006 book […]

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Bus Routes at Risk! – Urge Townships to OPT IN

Help us urge these townships to reconsider their vote to “opt out” of public transit in precincts with bus routes, and schedule a vote to OPT IN to the CENTRAL COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY Oshtemo: West main & 9th Street bus routes west of US 131 (Precincts 3 & 9) Township Meetings: 2nd Tuesdays, 7pm, […]

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STT, and STM: Interim Reflections

This month, in reflecting on STT (stuff-that’s-true) and STM, I’d like to consider my own balcony-perspectives as transition consultant to the Board of Trustees: What am I observing about our preferred ways of being together at People’s Church? What are the most compelling adaptive challenges that invite experimental learning, and which may never be […]

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STT, and STM: Interim Reflections

I’ve chosen the title STT (stuff-that’s-true) and STM (stuff-that-matters) to represent two focal points of our work at People’s Church this year.  STT is information.  STM may include information, but it also engages contradictions, ambiguities, the nuances of relationships, and the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”.  Both STT and STM are required to […]

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STT, and STM: Interim Reflections

During my remarks on August 17 — my first Sunday “on-duty” at People’s Church — I suggested that my vocational journey over the past half-century has incorporated two over-arching themes: Stuff That’s True (STT), and Stuff That Matters (STM). The theme of my first career, as a research scientist in marine geology, was STT. […]

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Anti-Racism

ARAOMC Recommends: “12 Things White People Can Do After Ferguson”

The following is a recommendation from your People’s Church Anti-Racism Anti-Oppression Multiculturalism Committee (ARAOMC). “In the wake of yet another act of violence against a Person of Color in our nation, we are experiencing a (hopefully not) brief wave of dialogue and attention on racism and it’s dynamics.  As I have watched White people […]

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Reverend Dave’s Reflections

Greetings, People’s people! It’s been a busy and enjoyable summer for our family. I have closed out my interim ministry obligations at the Unitarian Society of Hartford CT, and am eagerly anticipating the coming year’s opportunities to build upon and strengthen the many shared ministries at People’s Church. By the time you read this […]

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One View of the Heart of UUism

Tom Schade, a former UU minister, has a recent blog post that I found quite inspiring. The blog post is in the long tradition of UUs setting out ideas about where UUism should be going. What distinguishes Rev. Schade’s blog post is greater theological and philosophical depth. Schade argues that UUism needs to […]

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Keep Feeding our Flame – People of Hope – Testimonial by Darryl Loiacano

I first walked through the doors of People’s Church about 6 years ago, after a long and uncharacteristic absence from church-going.  I was definitely a seeker at that point.  For I had spent much of my adult life in anger about organized religion, about my perception of a particular religion that had let […]

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Pam’s Peace

Remarkable, amazing, heartwarming—adjectives that describe what I’m seeing unfold in such healthy ways.  The Board, Transition Team, and Nominating Committee continue to move full-steam ahead in their important work to prepare for welcoming your next settled minister.  Each of these three groups have their specific role in this challenging but exciting process. Other groups […]

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Membership Matters

We had a lovely Connections Dinner for 25 on Friday, February 7.  It was a great time of sharing good food and what People’s Church means to us with everyone present.  Our second Sharing Our Faith Journeys workshop has completed – and with rave reviews from the participants.  Watch for this event when it […]

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People’s Blog: Pam’s Peace

Since we will be looking deeper into the benefits of the “Two Minister Model” for an interim period, I thought it helpful to identify again some of the core work of interim ministry.  The following are some of the milestones or accomplishments since August. I have learned who the leaders are, what wide diversity […]

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People’s Blog: Pam’s Peace

What’s new regarding shifts in Sunday programming? I put out some feelers in last month’s newsletter for people to imagine other options for Sunday mornings, in the hope that we could create a space for conversations that invite exploration. After all, the minister you call may have a different style than Jill or I […]

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People’s Blog: This I Believe by Susan Moerdyk

This is Susan Moerdyk’s talk from the Sunday Service a couple of weeks ago from the series “This I Believe”. This series gives People’s people a chance to experience the diversity of beliefs that make up our wonderful People’s Church and the Unitarian Universalist community.   When I first explored bonding with the Tribe of […]

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People’s Blog: This I Believe by Hannalore Eck

This is Hannalore Eck’s talk from the Sunday Service yesterday from the series “This I Believe”. This series gives People’s people a chance to experience the diversity of beliefs that make up our wonderful People’s Church and the Unitarian Universalist community. A few days ago I happened to see a car with a bumper sticker […]

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People’s Blog – Pam’s Peace

“It can’t be November already!” Have you felt that, too? The titillating colors of Autumn that we glimpse through the many windows of People’s Church are comfortably soothing. The scurrying squirrels remind us that it is time to gather the firewood, make apple butter, or whatever we do to prepare for the wonder of […]

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People’s Blog – Membership Matters

The Sharing Our Faith Journeys workshop held on Sunday Oct. 20 was a huge success. We thank everyone who came, participated fully and engaged in a great conversation around faith.The Membership Committee hopes to continue to offer new and engaging workshops such as this one in the near future. Stay tuned to the website […]

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People’s Blog – “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.” by Tim Bartik

The October 27 sermon, “Refusing to Walk Past Injustice”, included a reference to a video by the Chief of the Australian Army. In this video, released in June 2013, Lt. General David Morrison forcibly denounces harassment of women in the Australian Army, and makes the following statement: “If you become aware of any individual […]

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People’s Blog – “This I Believe” by Christina Cusumano

The following is Christina Cusumano’s “This I Believe” which she shared with the congregation this past Sunday.  “This I Believe” is a regular feature that Rev. Pam has introduced into the service.  The feature is meant to highlight the diversity of beliefs of People’s people.  Stay tuned for future blog posts from the “This […]

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People’s Blog – “This I Believe” by Sue Caulfield

The following is Sue Caulfield’s “This I Believe” which she shared with the congregation this past Sunday.  This is a regular feature that Rev. Pam is introducing into the service and Sue graciously delivered the first three minute talk on what she believes.  Stay tuned for future blog posts from the “This I Believe” […]

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People’s Blog: Caroline Bartlett Crane as “municipal housekeeper”

Some listeners to Cybelle Shattuck’s September 29 sermon might find of interest sources for additional information on Caroline Bartlett Crane’s work in the late 19th century and early 20th century on “municipal housekeeping”. This work by Bartlett Crane continued for many years after she left her ministry at People’s Church in the 1890s. The story […]

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Pam’s Peace – September 30

My, how quickly these first two months have passed!  It has been a joy to begin to get to know some of you, and I know there will be more connections made in the weeks ahead. I continue to feel delight at all the things I’m learning about People’s Church and the many hands […]

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Syria debate within UUism

I assume that many of you, like me, have been trying to think about their stance towards Syria. From the perspective of ethics, combined with practical politics, what is the best stance, for the U.S. to intervene or not? What details matter to a sound position on this issue? The Syria issue has also […]

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From Our Board President

As we begin the new church year (Homecoming Sunday is September 8, 2013), it is an important time to remind ourselves of the cycle of life. As we enter into a new year of covenant, of shared ministry, of chalice lightings, of introducing ourselves to each other, of holding each other in joy and sorrow, of all these things, may we stop to remind ourselves of why we gather together in community…

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The Legacy of A. Powell Davies

Rev. Pam briefly quoted from the late Rev. A. Powell Davies at the August 18 church service.  This reminded me to write a blog post highlighting some online resources on this remarkable man. Davies (1902-1957) was one of the most important and influential Unitarian ministers of the 20th century.  His biography and various links at […]

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From Rev. Pam

Hello, People’s People! Isn’t it nice to have such a vibrant and inclusive name—People’s Church. As I think about Silas Hubbard, the long-time member who proposed that name in 1892, I honor the insight that captures so well what the religious experience is about.  People—that’s the core. Certainly people are different in countless ways, […]

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People’s Blog: Rethinking UUism as the building of liberal virtues

The Rev. Tom Schade, who lives in the Ann Arbor area, has a blog well worth reading even if you find (as I do) that you disagree with many of his blog posts. Rev. Schade, among other things, has done a series of blog posts arguing that UUism should focus on building “virtue” and “character” […]

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People’s Blog: UU Perspectives on George Zimmerman Verdict

Last Saturday, a verdict was reached in the George Zimmerman trial.  It was concluded by a jury that Zimmerman, a white man, was not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, a young black man.  This seemed like an occasion to call upon the many voices and perspectives we have in Unitarian Universalism to understand the meaning […]

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Some Online UU Resources from the Rev. Naomi King

One great online resource for UUs is a “Tumblr” micro-blog called “Unitarian Universalist quotes”. This micro-blog is created by the Rev. Naomi King. This micro-blog has hundreds of quotes from UUs spread across 172 pages. The website is searchable if you are looking for a quote on a particular theme, or by a […]

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Welcome to Various Ideas on UUism from the Internet

As Anna mentioned, I will be trying to provide exposure to some ongoing debates about religious issues and UUism out in in the world of the internet and blogs. There are some interesting discussions going on about the future of UUism, from a wide variety of perspectives. I have found reading those debates, and […]

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Coming Soon to the People’s Church Blog

The People’s Church blog will soon be featuring posts about Unitarian Universalism curated by People’s members.  Tim Bartik is going to be the first curator of content from a wide variety of sources of information online about UUism.  Unitarian Universalists are extremely active online and the purpose of these posts will be to share a […]

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Green Spot – Ozone Action Days

OZONE ACTION DAYS The Federal Clean Air Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish National Ambient Air Quality Standards for six pollutants, including ozone and particulate matter. These two pollutants are continuously monitored by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and reported in the Air Quality Index (AQI) for the region. […]

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Green Spot

Many People’s Church members are interested in alternative energy and energy conservation for a variety of reasons. Some cite sustainability, others—lower environmental impacts (relative to conventional energy technologies and fuels) and perhaps some just like feeling virtuous. The church’s Green Sanctuary Committee encourages a sustainable lifestyle for both individual church members as well as […]

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People’s Blog – “Spiritual but Not Religious”

Tim Bartik recommends this great Huffington Post blog by UU Minister, James Ishmael Ford. James Ishmael Ford’s advice for people who say they are “spiritual but not religious”: (1) adopt some Buddhist-like individual practice; (2) join a UU congregation!

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The Leading Edge: Radical Hospitality

With the recent completion of our new building addition and the two-month sabbatical of our minister, much change is in our midst at People’s Church. One thing that is quite apparent is the increase in visitors and newcomers to our church. Every Sunday, new people are making their way through our doors and […]

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People’s Blog: Religious Naturalism

Tim Bartik recommends the blog post of a talk that Daniel Harper, the Education Minister at the UU Church of Palo Alto, gave to the Humanist Roots Group at his church last week. The talk is about Religious Naturalism. This is of course one perspective in the many perspectives within Unitarian Universalism. […]

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People’s Blog: A Brief History of the “Old School” UUs

Tim Bartik passed on that Tom Schade is doing some interesting posts on political trends within the UU movement and UUA over the last 50 years.  I recommend reading this article.  Let us know what you think by adding a comment. A Brief History of the “Old School” UUs  

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