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21 October 14

Reblogged: powells

Posted: 3:01 PM

Spiritual Care Awareness Week

The lunch today was scheduled to coincide with some kind of chaplaincy or spiritual care week, as declared by I don’t know who. I sat with three other clergy-ish folks and four residents, a mix of Catholic, Lutheran, Assemblies of God, and the two of us UUs. The Director for Pastoral Ministries told us when we came in, “I put you at the troublemaker table,” but I bet he says that to all the folks.

We, of course, did not stick to assigned topics. We did talk about spirituality and connectedness. Everybody at the table had a different approach, but it seemed to me we could find a lot of common ground with giving encouragement as a form of pastoral care.

I think what I’m trying to say is that lots of y’all already do that. Thanks. Keep it up.

Video was fine, BTW. I messed up some history dates that nobody but me cares about. Other than that, not bad.

Posted: 10:48 AM

Closed Short Circuit

Some of my parishioners live at a very nice senior living community. It’s got condos with different layouts, a fitness center with a pool, and other amenities. My parishioners are part of a small group ministry there, and the group is going to try an experiment with quarterly worship services. They asked me to preach. That will be Thursday.

As a lead-in to that, one of the group members and I appeared with the community’s Director of Pastoral Ministries on a talk show broadcast on the community’s closed circuit channel.

I’m headed for a meeting there this morning and thought I’d better look at the video of the show, in case someone asks me about what I said. I’m nervous. Hope I said good things.

20 October 14

Reblogged: ackb

17 October 14
skinnerhousebooks:




Readers will find in these pages personal stories of heartbreak and hope and, ultimately, the inspiration to face life’s challenges, embrace positive change, and find fulfillment. This important and easy-to-read book resonates with themes of commitment, connection, character, faith, and love. It’s a must-read for those on the road to, or in, recovery.  —Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S. Ed., author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex—What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling Order your copy of Restored to Sanity: Essays on the Twelve Steps by Unitarian Universalists today! http://www.uuabookstore.org/








This seems relevant to several of my spiritually questing Tumblr friends. I look forward to reading it.

skinnerhousebooks:

Readers will find in these pages personal stories of heartbreak and hope and, ultimately, the inspiration to face life’s challenges, embrace positive change, and find fulfillment. This important and easy-to-read book resonates with themes of commitment, connection, character, faith, and love. It’s a must-read for those on the road to, or in, recovery.
—Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S. Ed., author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex—What Parents Don’t Know and Teens Aren’t Telling

Order your copy of Restored to Sanity: Essays on the Twelve Steps by Unitarian Universalists today! http://www.uuabookstore.org/
Photo: Readers will find in these pages personal stories of heartbreak and hope and, ultimately, the inspiration to face life’s challenges, embrace positive change, and find fulfillment. This important and easy-to-read book resonates with themes of commitment, connection, character, faith, and love. It’s a must-read for those on the road to, or in, recovery.  —Stephen Gray Wallace, M.S. Ed., author of Reality Gap: Alcohol, Drugs, and Sex—What Parents Don't Know and Teens Aren't Telling  Order your copy of Restored to Sanity: Essays on the Twelve Steps by Unitarian Universalists today! http://www.uuabookstore.org

This seems relevant to several of my spiritually questing Tumblr friends. I look forward to reading it.

Reblogged: skinnerhousebooks

Posted: 11:51 AM

Right on time

Oh, hi, thunderous self doubt! Hello, conviction that I have no skills or useful contributions. It’s nice to know I can rely on your punctual visit.

I’m going to meet my deadline. I have met you hundreds of time and still gotten things done. Never perfectly, but done.

Also, my worth as a human being doesn’t depend on whether people like what I have to say or whether I contribute to the GDP.

You can help me edit later. Right now, here’s some tea.

Posted: 10:34 AM
16 October 14
My dad has been so sweet about this Spinosaurus thing. He brought over and left his copy of the relevant issue of National Geographic. The following week, he brought an actual newspaper clipping from the Washington Post kids’ section about the exhibit. He says it’s for the kids. I wonder if he’s hinting that we should take him to the museum. 

 (via Mister Big - National Geographic Magazine)

My dad has been so sweet about this Spinosaurus thing. He brought over and left his copy of the relevant issue of National Geographic. The following week, he brought an actual newspaper clipping from the Washington Post kids’ section about the exhibit. He says it’s for the kids. I wonder if he’s hinting that we should take him to the museum.

(via Mister Big - National Geographic Magazine)

Posted: 6:49 PM
uuworld:

sallyoclock:

proud to see that my childhood minister officiated the first legal gay marriage in virginia!

video

uuworld:

sallyoclock:

proud to see that my childhood minister officiated the first legal gay marriage in virginia!

video

Reblogged: uuworld

Posted: 3:54 PM

Definitions

I had a doctors appointment today so that my GP could give me the all-clear for surgery (again, I’m ok, just taking care of a nuisance). I’ve been bracing for weeks for a showdown over her belief in weight loss. She didn’t mention it, probably because this was meant to be a focused appointment. The nurse asked a bunch of screening questions, including, “This is just preventative: Have you been depressed in the last two weeks?” No other mental health questions. I decided she meant have I had an episode of low motivation, anhedonia, and hypersomnia, which, no, not at the moment. Irritability, despair at the world, yes, but I actually haven’t had a low mood that interfered with normal functioning in the past two weeks. I wonder if that screening question gets accurate results.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh