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Sunday, July 31st, 2011
5:57 pm
"Faith of an Agnostic Activist in Loving Community" & Justice GA '12
I know everyone in this community is not a UU and does not live in the U.S., but I thought some here might appreciate my recent posts.

"Faith of an Agnostic Activist in Loving Community" talks about my experience of "spiritual" and "sacred" and why I, as an agnostic, choose to belong to a UU community. The post is here: http://uu-mom.livejournal.com/123632.html

For those who are UUs or interested in social justice work, especially human rights and immigration, you might be interested in my previous post, "Immigration & UU activism": http://uu-mom.livejournal.com/123203.html

- Joyce
Sister Broadsword of Reasoned Discussion
Saturday, March 19th, 2011
8:52 am
Feed Your Head: Desiderata
Reading my friends list this morning, I saw one post that immediately made me think of responding with lines from Max Ehrmann's famous poem.

And then I saw another.

And another.

And I realized that I could use a reminder, myself.

Max Ehrmann, 1927

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

I know that when YouTube has videos available, I usually post them, but, oh my stars and garters, Les Crane's 1972 recording is Pure Concentrate of 1970s Badness. Can't we get Leonard Cohen or someone to do their version?
Please don't link to the parody in the comments.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
7:21 pm
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm
"In Between: Race in America Today" & Race Discussion
I wanted people who don't read my blog and who care about race, racial issues, and/or ending racism, to know about this post "In Between: Race in America Today" & Race Discussion
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