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Explore thought-provoking ideas, news, tips and more—all contributed by the members of our lay-led UU church—in the Harmony UU Blog.

UU Hurricane

After two devastating hurricanes affected millions of Americans from Texas to Florida, many of us are wondering how we can help. The Unitarian Universalist Association has established two separate UU hurricane relief funds to assist UU congregations and members who were affected, as well as

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Stand Up Against

In the ongoing battle against racism, bigotry, and hate-fueled violence, “there is no neutrality,” wrote Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, a spiritual advisor for Standing on the Side of Love, in a recent email to campaign supporters. “Now is when we show up. To confront hate—in the form

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Practicing Loving

By Caren Galloway I selected the topic of Loving Kindness Meditation because I wanted to share a personal experience that convinced me of the value of practicing Loving Kindness Meditation, referred to in Buddhism as metta. First, however, I would like to provide very high level explanation of how

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Word Choice: Why Do

By Paul Smith A friend recently asked me: “At Harmony, you have 20 minutes after every sermon when people are allowed to discuss the sermon in small groups and disagree or even offer alternative ideas. That sounds more like a philosophy or debate club. Why do you use words like

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Mental Health in

By Julie Gebhart Several months ago, I received a text message from my older brother: “Nick died” was all it said. True to form, I wasn’t able to reach my brother until a few hours later to find out what happened. Now, for a little back-story: Nick was my first crush (my first crush who

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Living with Grief

By Dale Bodmer Grief and suffering: These two words are always linked together. Merriam-Webster defines them thusly: GRIEF: deep sadness caused especially by someone’s death a cause of deep sadness SUFFERING: pain that is caused by injury, illness, loss, etc. : physical, mental, or emotional

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Resilience: My

By Jen Gillum As the deadline for this sermon loomed closer and closer, I started my writing process by asking a very normal and natural—even deeply probing—question to kick off my inquiry. I found myself asking (in somewhat of a panic), “Now, why in the hell did I sign up for this?”

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The Dark Side of

By Kif Corcoran Have you ever considered the absurdity of how we deal with lawncare in this country? Think about it: poison, feed, water, mow… poison, feed, water, and mow some more. I admit, I am as guilty as the rest of you. Well, okay…I’ve never actually mowed a lawn before, so I’m

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Is Chivalry Dead?

By Paul Smith In an age where chivalry is largely extinct, it’s sometimes helpful to remind ourselves that some of the oldest traditions are born out of respect for other people. I learned one of my most memorable lessons on chivalry as a college student. One Saturday, my girlfriend Kelley and I

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