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When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. “My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.”
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions? How often had I sped past them as I learned of male achievement and men’s place in the history books? Then I read Rosalind Miles’s book “The Women’s History of the World” (recently republished as “Who Cooked the Last Supper?”) and I knew I needed to look again. History is full of fabulous females who have been systematically ignored, forgotten or simply written out of the records. They’re not all saints, they’re not all geniuses, but they do deserve remembering.
Sandi Toksvig, ‘Top 10 unsung heroines’ (via memereve)

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I had the most amazing night this last weekend being serenaded by this magickal being for hours until sunrise. I feel the need to spread his music (and Prrisma’s!) with you all!

Boom Shiva —Aum Prakash

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Young Peter Pan by Chad Suter


Ahh, me hearty

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The Welcoming Church

Recently I was among friends and newcomers when the topic of our church came up.

One of the newcomers remarked that a friend had said to him, “well ucc in simi sure has the market on being the gay church.”

We all smiled, and some chuckled. No one said anything about it and the conversation moved on.

Then, after several minutes, an elder in the group asked if she could make a comment about the gay church? Everyone agreed, yes, so she said,

"I attend UCC in Simi. While I appreciate that the remark about us being ‘the gay church" was probably said without malice, I would hope that if anyone here now ever hears that being said again, that you speak up and say, "Well no, UCC in Simi is not "THE" gay church; it is THE welcoming church."

We all smiled, and some chuckled. No one said anything about it and the conversation moved on.

The welcoming church. I like that.
My church is the welcoming church.

Too, while we are also an *open and affirming church, and while we are certainly welcoming to all, and we are also as individuals faithful to our own conscience, we are not allowed per church doctrine to say we are officially *”Faithful and Welcoming.”

Funny that, but still..

Words do matter


surely the spirit  of the words matter more— at least, to me.

So socially, surely as members of UCC we can say socially, as well as theologically, in safety and in surety,  say to friends and newcomers that

"our church, UCC Simi, is the welcoming church,"

even though legally or doctrinally we just may not be able to say that from the pulpit.

Do I hear an Amen?

(and the congregation sighed,


~ @guyatree

*reference source:

Filed under open and affirming welcoming and faithful ucc word and spirit hearing and listening gay straight lesbian transgender

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"Essentially, they want to be allowed to continue to accept money from the federal government..."

" The theme of the July 1 letter "[to POTUS from 70 voices of religious recepients of federal funds ] "is that while no one likes prejudice — "We agree that banning discrimination is a good thing,’ the authors state generously — there’s a time and place for everything. And this may not be the time and place to force religious organizations to accept LGBT equality, because it might make them very uncomfortable. And you don’t want to make charitable people uncomfortable…"

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