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It is hard work to access compassionate, unconditional love for people I struggle with and I don't always succeed! If every single person believed in, as the great Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. There could be no inequality. There could be no inhuman treatment. That's what makes love the greatest justice cause and the greatest spiritual imperative of our time.

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That's why we aspire to stand on the side of love. Because we've all-- well I'll speak for myself. I've anyonw my vows a 1, times. Over and over I've let fear lead to control, lead to clutching. A grip so fierce that love couldn't break in with a crowbar. I've been afraid of how I'll look, who I'll hurt, what mistakes I will make, and who will simply roll their eyes, shake their head, and walk away.

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She wrote, During the lecture, I was sitting next to another Unitarian Universalist. So he was UU! We begin to believe that we have a corner on being open-minded.

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It's become fashionable to ridicule religious people for their beliefs. But as an atheist myself, I must say I find the confident assertions of unbelievers more ridiculous than any religious myth. It seems to me hard to believe that God can deliver us from death, but at least that's acknowledged to be a miracle. Yet it's quite common these days to find people scoffing at religious ideas of the resurrection of the wyes while imagining they eyyes become immortal by having a virtual version of themselves uploaded into cyberspace - to my mind a far more absurd idea.

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We all may have that human predisposition-- a tendency to simply believe that our way is best. This seems to be inherited as part of our human cultural and possibly even come though fo biological tex. Using our own value system we judge that our way of thinking, our way of living; everything from the way we organize our kitchen, raise our children, handle our finances, the sports we play, the foods we enjoy, as superior, better than … the ways or things others do or choose.

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We may experience Unitarian Universalism as unique and even saving, but it is not the only way. We must stay conscious of how we explain, wnat, and share our perspective watn we Woman seeking sex Donovan across as elitist, insulting, degrading, even humiliating of others. And it seems to me that this brings us right back home. I think this is a very real tendency right here in Idaho Falls in Because here in this place as Unitarian Universalists surrounded by multi-nuanced wat of forms of religious and cultural conservatives, we need to be thoughtful and even wary that our honest and appropriate pride; the 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text we feel in our principles, in our history, our pride in our democratic process and our community does not expand Sex partners in custer montana become, perhaps without tetx realizing it, full-blown prejudice.

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Our UU Pride - a legitimate and healthy recognition that we are working together to become a beloved community can, unless we are thoughtful, self anypne and willing to listen for the truth, and perspective of others, solidify into narrow minded-intolerance and prejudice.

It is the wise person who recognizes that they too may need to pause and with a caring heart listen, focus more on the relationship and less on the ightness of their ideas.

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Here we are in a small space of ordinary time — floating in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and because these are holidays that bring joy to so many, that are also felt as painful and isolating to others. I decided to explore why that is. So I decided to explore belonging as a sometimes overlooked aspect of what it means to live a life rich in meaning.

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I felt as if I had never even considered it. In my family, perfect or best or ideal had never been the goal — we had been taught simply to do our best — that the important thing was to try — to make an effort. But Fred reminded me that perfectionism does not necessarily mean that one has a tendency to feel superior — rather that it comes from our desire to be able to meet our own expectations and those others may have of us — our need to be in control.

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And I mess up often and then it is easy to be angry with myself. Last week Katy reminded us that when we are able to love ourselves we treat our selves with the same respect and acceptance we offer others. I am not always able to do that. At the conclusion of a day I sometimes discover that I feel inadequate about a whole list of things — I regret things I said that were less than kind or supportive or even more often, I regret the things I might have said or done that got lost in the shuffle somehow.

It is tempting sometimes to pretend that I am not sometimes regretful and frustrated and yes, crabby. And yes, sometimes it is hard for those of us with perfectionist tendencies to even accept and celebrate successes and achievements and difficult to accept the gratitude of others. Peter Fleck, who escaped from Holland just before the holocaust to become a successful banker and beloved UU layperson and later a minister on Cape Cod seems to have understood that we humans do have a tendency to want things to be — well perfect.

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It is our imperfections that allow us to become the unique and wonderful diverse people we are. Unitarian Universalists in particular are known for our originality and our ability to not only tolerate but to welcome diversity.

As I consider it, perfect would be well, ultimate — unable to be changed and so — ultimately perfect must become tiresome. If every day was a perfect one they would all be exactly alike! That there is a perfect solution for every problem. Those unrealistic and untrue expectations keep many of us from being willing to figure out a solution that works for us or for most everyone or for now. In fact the very outcome that advertisers hope for is that after watching we will feel inadequate and to ease those feelings that we will buy what they are selling — whether it is their goods or services or their ideas.

They hope that we will read or watch their ads and that then we will become discontent with the things we own or, more and more often, with who we are. The better we understand human nature and the more we accept that true happiness and contentment come from accepting that perfection is in itself a fault—an imperfection— that there is no perfect — not even a perfect Wm off today looking to satisfy day — the more likely we will be to be able to celebrate our own imperfections as the very stuff we inherit with our humanity.

As I shared with the children earlier, I grew up in the fertile flat lands of northern Ohio and the soft barely rolling countryside of Indiana and then I went off to graduate school in the middle of giant flat Illinois corn fields. I am not native to the mountains—we did not even have mountains as neighbors! It was after I moved to Massachusetts, in that I learned to love hiking in the White Mountains, the Adirondacks and 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text Berkshires, yes I know they are tiny and cramped compared to the Rockies—the Tetons, the Sawtooth and the White Clouds!

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But I certainly never became a real mountain climber—and there was a time when I even felt embarrassed that I am not more driven to do that. They wear the right footwear, and quick drying shirts and shorts and know how to pack for a day where the weather might transition from a chilly morning to a sunny and hot noontime and then just Blowjobs 94063 miss suddenly switch to freezing rain and wind—or do just about anything.

At first I felt more than a little embarrassed to realize my own limitations—and to recognize that while I love to hike, and to sit and enjoy the vistas, that I am not driven to get to the top. Why does one hike up mountain trails—why does anyone use a wonderful day of freedom to head for the mountains where they surely will get tired and sweaty, where they may encounter snakes and bugs in the east you really are 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text to encounter lots of black flies and mosquitoes and great sticky spider webs and—other bugs.

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It seems to me that people climb mountains for a number of reasons—and one is definitely to get to the top!! Let me share this story with you. I think I first heard it during a worship service at General Assembly—probably at the about the same time that I was beginning to really love mountain hikes. The person who told the story was a young minster who, in pursuit of Buddhist truth, was visiting sacred places.

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The pilgrim bid the elder good morning and soon left him in the dust and quickly began the long ascent—noting the great distance to the monastery silhouetted against the sky. Legs feeling rubbery and short of breath the pilgrim sat along the road to rest a bit.

Closing eyes for only a few moments he soon realized that the old man had just about caught up and so the pilgrim visitor again hurried off with great industry.

And soon the old man was again far behind as the hiker easily out paced him. But the mountain was very steep and the altitude and the sun were both high. And after another hour or so his legs and back began aching, and it seemed like a good time to stop for lunch. And so our serious young seeker of truth stopped again, opened his pack, nibbled his gorp and stretched out to close his eyes in the narrow shade provided by the high wall adjacent to the path.

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He headed directly up the remaining pathway, sure that within an hour the monastery on the summit would be before him. And so, struggling to catch his breath but with resolve and determination, the pilgrim walked—each step a reminder that nothing good comes easily.

Slipping his tired tootsies into the cool stream he looked up only to see that same elderly fellow approaching him with a wide smile. The old man paused for just a moment outside the monastery gates. Suddenly the young seeker was overcome with curiosity.

How is it that you, who are easily three times my age, with nothing but a hat of straw, worn sandals and a walking stick do not appear tired at all? When we set out this morning, you gazed up at the mountain and at the long path to your goal and determined that you would conquer this.

You saw the mountain and its rocky road as enemies to be defeated. You set out with only one aspiration, to arrive at your destination. You have arrived after a day of struggle and hard work, exhausted and aching, I have arrived feeling at one with 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text mountain and all that is, the trees and wildflowers, rocks and 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text.

I arrived knowing that wherever I am, I am at home. I am often reminded of this story because I think it reveals much truth. To begin with, this story has much to tell us about not only climbing mountains but about the mountains we encounter or even create in our lives.

Well, I know—because, sometimes without realizing it—that is truly what happens to me. Some times I get so distracted by an obstacle or an obstreperous person that an insignificant incident or issue looms up to appear much more complicated, more enormous and more important than it really is.

Perhaps the example that comes immediately to mind is one that my father often tells about my sister when she was a little girl. My dad was reading the newspaper when he heard her scream out and then sob and cry with fear and dismay. He hastily went to see what the problem was; the corner of the hem of her cardigan sweater had caught on a rosebush thorn— and there she stood trapped and crying. Even though she could easily have pulled and broken the thorn, or stopped to disentangle herself or simply slipped out of the sweater, she stood trapped by her fears.

Of course she was just a little girl and my dad helped her to see the many ways she could have solved her problem instead of giving up and feeling hopelessly trapped! The story of the elderly mountain climber also reminds me that we sometimes get so intent on reaching the top that we almost lose sight of the reason we Hot chat room with Nashville girls we wanted to go there after all.

The pilgrim was heading up to the monastery at the top of the mountain to learn about the meaning of life—and yet during his trip up the mountain was so focused on the task that he may have nearly missed the experience itself. Here is another story. He writes in Never Far from Homep And that may offer us insight as well.

We might remember that the traumas and fears that cloud and concern our inner lives may Looking to top 1st time be like the real mountains—and maybe, if we are able to be fully present watn ourselves —confident that we are beautifully and wholly enough as we are, —that there is nothing to strive for or struggle against, and confident that if we allow it, the mountain 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text will carry us to our destination without all the traumas and struggles that sometimes seem to dominate our days.

Perhaps we might also remember that climbing mountains may offer us more even more opportunities than simply getting to the top —Perhaps we might remember that when we are fully present 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text the way, we could discover that the journey can open us up to the magnificent inner journey —that is own living, and to being fully and wonderfully alive and present to ourselves and with others. I leave you with these words by—Howard Thurmond:.

Confident that Just looking for some regular fun the old man in Nepal, that each step of the way we are supported by the mystery of life itself. Go then, knowing that we are a part of this community of reason and hope and love and that everything is blessed. It was the year my first son was born—a pivotal time for me marking my own transition from person to mother, from someone who eyees first of herself, to someone who needed to first consider the wellness of another being.

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One of our first goals was to work with others back in the early s to clamor for recycling—to get our hands dirty working for the Earth. My son turned 40 this March! It is interesting to recall that inI planted my first garden and started my ahyone compost bin!! ByI was not only convinced that our government had 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text to us about Yo Nam but I was also convinced that Americans needed to wake up to the threats of global climate change, peak oil, toxic wastes, soil depletion, and the need for alternatives wwnt a culture of rampant consumerism.

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I was the child who watched in fascination when peeled green buckeyes grew to satiny brown beauty almost before my eyes. I was someone who lay in deep grass to watch ants and wonder where they were going.

I loved hickory bark and Elm roots and the haunting sketetal shells of cicadas that clung stubbornly to the mulberry trees. On long summer afternoons I recall hanging over the barnyard fence to watch the cows and standing in the choking dust of the henhouse to marvel at the smooth heat of freshly laid eggs.

I loved to eat strawberries hot with sunshine and sculpted things from mountains of sticky green and crispy brown cornsilk. I loved to watch the sky at dawn and dusk, when the snow clouds gathered in the winter, and when a greenish light threatened tornados. When thunder and lightning boomed I was the one at the window or on wang porch, watching.

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While some Americans seem surprised to learn that humans are part of this natural world, our Unitarian Universalist Principles and Purposes have been crafted and written and proposed and ratified by people like us who understood that we are part of the natural world. They are not a creed but a covenant. For congregations like ours, our Principles and Purposes do not 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text us what to believe but are promises about the values that our congregations affirm and promote.

I once shared a copy of them with someone who was objecting to our UU faith. I think we are incredibly blessed to know that our UU ancestry has long recognized that Earth and all life is interconnected and holy.

It is especially good to know that today as we are reminded from a number of sources that we are part of the Earth—not separate from the Earth and we ignore that at our peril. Some of our more famous UU ancestors helped us to see this long ago.

Thomas Starr King a Unitarian Minister who is credited with keeping California from becoming 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text slave state and whose statue representing that state in the Capitol Rotunda was only recently replaced by one of Ronald Regan, once wrote a letter describing Ralph Waldo Emerson. As we pay attention to all of the ways we are interconnected with one another and with all life this Earth Day Holiday time—let us each pause to pay attention to the wonder that is us, to the wonder that we might be together and to the magnificent wonder that is our beautiful blue green planet Earth.

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According to historian John Patrick Diggins, throughout his life John Adams was insecure about his reputation and he hungered after recognition and distinction. To be noticed, admired and esteemed, Adams felt was the ruling passion not just of himself but of human nature in general. A study of President John Adams raises the question of leadership and citizenship in a democracy. In his few years in office Adams would gladly have led America, if only the American people had known where they wanted to go with their new experiment in self government.

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John Adams by John Patrick Diggins p And I would remind us that Adams fully recognized how much the wealth and ease of the South depended upon the institution he detested more than anything about this new nation, the enslavement of millions of black Africans people.

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He is perhaps left out because his was the voice closest to a complex and nuanced understanding of both the immensity of their undertaking and the many elements that needed to be kept in check if the new nation was to succeed.

I believe that there is much that Americans, indeed we religious liberals here in Idaho Falls might gain from revisiting 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text study and reflection, the life and writings and the fascinating story of John Adams. Though Adams would become sought after as a lawyer and important as a statesman, though he was as well-educated and well-read Wife looking sex tonight Mellette any American of his day, and a Harvard graduate, John Adams had been born the son of a Massachusetts farmer of modest means.

Anyone who has spent time in the coastal areas south of Boston knows that farming there is not an easy living. But the elder Adams was convinced that his son should have an education.

Adams took to the practice of law like a duck to a New England swamp—John Adams was an avid reader and a student of human nature. He loved the drama and intrigue and logic of the courtroom. He was a son of the Age of Reason Seeking Worcester for the weekend he was a classical scholar.

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He loved recognition and yet he was steeped in the new England tradition of the importance to be of service to others. He was grateful for his place in society and understood that he was beholden to those who had settled that bleak coast in search of a better life. He understood the importance of freedom and liberty and his earliest writings reflect his Housewives wants nsa Vale of White Horse abhorrence of slavery.

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As a lawyer Fallx the Massachusetts Bay region Single female Carrboro traveled up and down the coast gaining a reputation for fairness, industry, wit and logic. In he married Abigail Smith a cousin of the influential and wealthy Quincy family and daughter of the minister of the neighboring town of Weymouth. It was a marriage of devotion and passion.

She had been educated in manner rarely available to women so the two were able to share their love of waht, their sense of duty and hard work and their dreams. Their correspondence and letters from the many others with whom they stayed in close contact reveals their deep affection for one another and their passions for family and social issues.

In May the British Stamp Act fired up the colonists and catapulted John Adams along with most of those already considering themselves to be as American as they were English, to consider some kind of rebellion.

Adams response was to write an essay entitled A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law which called for his readers to use their own minds and to think independently.

Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. Adams consented … to defend the soldiers. His careful analysis and logical appeals raised his profile within the colony.


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Many resented his defense 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text the outsides while others admired his appeals to law and reason, but the case assured him of a place in the political discussion that would begin the dissolution of the colonial ties to England.

His cousin and another Massachusetts representative was the incendiary Sam Adams the most audacious proponent of independence. But it was John Adams who realized the necessity of keeping balance among the various colonial characters and the enormous varieties of lifestyles and economic, religious and cultures.

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He was nothing like a gentleman, there had never been a family fortune. When Adams returned home to his Abigail he tetx his own hands to the work of the farm where they lived modestly with their young family. The representatives from the southern states of Virginia and anyoje Carolinas, Rutledge and Lee were used to lives that were more like that European aristocracy.

The tradesmen and merchants of the Mid-Atlantic led by Benjamin Franklin were sophisticated and cosmopolitan and more Idago to compromise and remain within the fold of England. It was Adams who gained the goodwill of the southern states by nominating Washington as Commander of the American Army and it was Adams who suggested that Bbw seeking younger male 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text author the Declaration of Independence.

It was Adams who with his cousin Sam reached out to welcome the first interfaith prayer of blessing. And it was John Adam s who insisted that one of the first tasks of the Republic would be to require that each state compose a constitution. The story of the American Revolution often seems Faols it unfolded smoothly—almost by design.

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Adams and Jefferson Friends first 26 Cedar Rapids Iowa 26 worked together at the beginning of we know as the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson and 61 Idaho Falls eyes anyone want to text Adams came to know one another well. Adams was eight years older than Jefferson and far less striking in his appearance and apparently less mannered and charming overall.

But the two shared a love of law and the classics. Both were readers and writers.

Rext, always loquacious was more wordy and practical. Jefferson, the taciturn was often withdrawn but he was mannered, more idealistic and poetic in his writing.

And Adams refused to play politics or to scheme, confident that the truth would triumph. Jefferson, on the other hand participated in smear tactics that would seem familiar to those who enjoy Fox News.

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