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  • Deeply Woven Roots

    Recently I spent the Christmas holiday in Northern California, our home for many years, for some time with my friends, the beach and the redwoods. When I see those majestic trees, so much diminishes in their presence. They have withstood the pressures of the ages, survived the...
    1/14/2014
    Filed in: Better Together
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  • January – A Good Time for “The Conversation”

    It’s January, the month of New Year resolutions and new beginnings. It’s also the month of leaving, with the highest death rate in the US (followed by February, December and March). On December 30 I turned the radio on and caught Diane Rehm interviewing Katy Butler, author of...
    1/6/2014
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  • Changing Spirit

    There seems to be a basic human reaction to change - all change – large or small, good or bad, desired or undesired. That reaction is grief.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 12/30/2013
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  • Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    I've heard folks say "but if it is on the internet I can use it". No, you can't. Websites and blogs in particular and social media to some extent must follow the same copyright laws.
    By Beth Casebolt | 12/9/2013
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  • The Season of Generosity

    And we are often caught in the middle of unrealistic expectations, high demands and competing needs. We gather with friends and families to eat and drink too much, and by January, we are exhausted and purge the holiday memories through a new strict diet and exercise regimen.
    12/2/2013
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  • Open Source or Best Practice?

    Should we be open to the wisdom of the crowds OR the wisdom of the ages? The answer of course is YES! There is a dynamic tension between roots and wings, navel gazing and star gazing.
    11/19/2013
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  • Changing Diapers

    There is an old joke – a very old joke – that says the only people who welcome change are babies with wet diapers. And yet we face changes every day. One might think we’d be used to it by now.
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 11/11/2013
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  • Networks for Justice

    There are so many open questions about how we can collaborate regionally. One of the ones that's very intriguing to me is how we can work together on social justice. My biggest excitement about this right now is a UUA effort on Reproductive Justice. I know that's not regional,...
    11/4/2013
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  • The Great Awakening

    “Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” Jonathon Edwards...
    10/22/2013
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  • What Should I Celebrate?

    Today the USA celebrates Columbus Day and Canadians Thanksgiving. Our US Thanksgiving comes around next month. Both leave me conflicted. Surely I honor the heritage of my husband’s Italian American family, yet Christopher Columbus was a cruel and greedy person. The traditional...
    10/14/2013
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  • Collaborate DNA

    Some respected congregational analysts have predicted those congregations which are not closely connected to and collaborating with other congregations will suffer in the future. To thrive in the modern American religious scene will most likely require networks of strong mutual...
    By Joan Van Becelaere | 10/7/2013
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  • Regionalization and Youth

    Regionalization is bringing new excitement to our youth programming and I’m really excited to be part of it. There's just so much new possibility right now....
    9/30/2013
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  • "Boston" is Everywhere

    Often I hear comments when I am on the road about “Boston” or the “UUA” as being very far and removed from the everyday life of our congregations.
    9/23/2013
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  • Welcome to Better Together!

    Several years ago, the OMD staff had a blog where we wrote about issues facing the district once a week. Over a year ago we decided to stop writing the blog because there were so many other UU blogs out there....
    9/16/2013
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  • Joseph Priestley District Hires New District Executive

    The JPD Board and the UUA Office of Congregational Life are very pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend David Pyle as our new JPD District Executive.
    6/13/2013
    Filed in: CERG News
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