Archive for June, 2008

Wall-E: the near-silent post apocalyptic robot love movie for kids

June 30, 2008

It’s a beautiful movie for adults and children alike.

Go see it.

There’s a lot to like about this flick. I can’t believe that kids will sit silently through this flick, but they do! They’re enraptured by the movements of the little droid with a big heart that can’t even speak more than a few words.

UUs will appreciate the political and environmental themes driving the world we’ve left to Wall-E. It’s one big constant endorsement of the Seven Principles. It does it all without being preachy, AND it’s a good movie.

A Crude Awakening- Peak Oil

June 30, 2008

I just watched the documentary A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash.

And WOW. See it. Period.

I know UU’s tend to be in the middle and upper levels of income (though I’m certainly not in that crowd!) So, consider yourself warned!

Stock market prices assume a cheap and ready supply of oil for each company. The film makes the compelling case that we’ve already reached peak oil– the point at which “the maximum rate of global petroleum production is reached, after which the rate of production enters its terminal decline.”

Essentially the logic presented is that the gold standard on which our economy was built, was replaced with oil dollars. When it becomes more expensive to create, ship, and package products, old business models will no longer work. We’re literally burning the currency by which our economy is based.

If your retirement depends on the long term performance of the stock market- and therefore a never ending supply of cheap fuel, I’d consider an investment strategy more in line with UU values.  You don’t want your personal future dependent upon the success of those same practices you rail against on the weekend: war, imperialism, pollution, unchecked consumption, etc.

Many of you may know that I ride my bicycle to work. You may also be aware of my perpetual poverty, though many apsects of my life have been charmed.

Anybody get to watch the UUA Pres candidates speak?

June 28, 2008

I had a conflict arrise and was unable.

Thoughts?

Visit DiscoverUU.com for all your GA Updates

June 28, 2008

Live blogging ministers, links to live video streaming GA events, more…

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UU News, plus the best minister blog posts and sermon podcasts.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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TODAY LIVE! Watch the UUA Presidential Candidates speak at UUA

June 27, 2008

Today. Saturday, at 6:45 – 8:00 p.m. EST  (3:45-5:00 p.m.  PST) the  UUA Presidential Candidates’ will address the UUA in a forum with Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales.

     Hallman & Morales

Click HERE for  Live Video on Windows Media Player (High Bandwidth) (Low Bandwidth)

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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UUA General Assembly streaming live

June 26, 2008

From the UUA web site:

Watch General Assembly 2008 on Streaming Media!

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly (GA) can come to you—all you need is Windows Media Player, an Internet connection, and speakers!

Live Streaming Video

Please note: the “live video” links will only work during the specific dates and times listed below.

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When live events are not streaming, whet your appetite (and test your system) by watching some of what’s already happened—after events have passed, archived video (in RealVideo as well as in Windows Media format) will be provided as quickly as we can process the files for permanent access. See our Technical Notes for more information.

Live Broadcast Schedule / Video for Passed Events

All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

Wednesday, June 25

1030 Plenary I (Gini Courter, Moderator) and Opening Worship—including the Sources Cantata!
RealVideo | Windows Media

Thursday, June 26

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
2002 Worship led by Rev. Sarah Lammert

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
2004 Plenary II

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
2073 Service of the Living Tradition—Sermon by Rev. Victoria Safford

Friday, June 27

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
3002 Worship led by Rev. Fredric J. Muir

8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
3004 Plenary III

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
3073 Synergy: A Multigenerational Celebration of Bridging and Collaboration

Saturday, June 28

8:00 – 8:25 a.m.
4002 Worship: Worshipping Together, Witnessing Together led by the Commission on Social Witness with Rev. Dan Schatz, homilist

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4004 Plenary IV

6:45 – 8:00 p.m.
4059 UUA Presidential Candidates’ Forum with Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman and Rev. Peter Morales, Candidates

8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
4061 Ware Lecture delivered by Van Jones

Sunday, June 29

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
5003 Sunday Morning Worship led by Rev. William Sinkford, Rev. Marta Valentin, Mimi Bornstein, with Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, preacher

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
5005 Plenary V

3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
5028 Plenary VI

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
5029 Closing Ceremony

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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I really enjoyed this article in UUWorld

June 25, 2008

‘This present paradise’

For almost 1,000 years, the Christian church emphasized paradise, not Crucifixion. How we can rediscover paradise today.
By Rita Nakashima Brock And Rebecca Ann Parker
Summer 2008 5.15.08

http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/107992.shtml

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Obama dubs young evangelicals: The Joshua Generation

June 23, 2008

CBN.com and The Brody File are reporting :

The Brody File has learned that in the next two weeks Barack Obama’s campaign will unveil a major new program to attract younger Evangelicals and Catholics to their campaign.

It’s called the “Joshua Generation Project.” The name is based on the biblical story of how Joshua’s generation led the Israelites into the Promised Land.

A source close to the Obama campaign tells The Brody File the following:

“The Joshua Generation project will be the Obama campaign’s outreach to young people of faith. There’s unprecedented energy and excitement for Obama among young evangelicals and Catholics. The Joshua Generation project will tap into that excitement and provide young people of faith opportunities to stand up for their values and move the campaign forward.”

The official rollout won’t be for another two weeks or so, but The Brody File has been told the activities will include house parties, blogging, concerts and more.

You can see the logo on this page above.

Obama spoke about the “Joshua Generation” in a speech he gave in Selma, Alabama in March of 2007. Read part of that speech below. It will give you an good idea of where the Obama campaign is heading with this effort:

Obama: “I’m here because somebody marched. I’m here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants. I thank the Moses generation; but we’ve got to remember, now, that Joshua still had a job to do. As great as Moses was, despite all that he did, leading a people out of bondage, he didn’t cross over the river to see the Promised Land. God told him your job is done. You’ll see it. You’ll be at the mountain top and you can see what I’ve promised. What I’ve promised to Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. You will see that I’ve fulfilled that promise but you won’t go there. We’re going to leave it to the Joshua generation to make sure it happens. There are still battles that need to be fought; some rivers that need to be crossed. Like Moses, the task was passed on to those who might not have been as deserving, might not have been as courageous, find themselves in front of the risks that their parents and grandparents and great grandparents had taken. That doesn’t mean that they don’t still have a burden to shoulder, that they don’t have some responsibilities. The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They took us 90% of the way there. We still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side. So the question, I guess, that I have today is what’s called of us in this Joshua generation? What do we do in order to fulfill that legacy; to fulfill the obligations and the debt that we owe to those who allowed us to be here today?”

I am in favor of a movement in liberal spirituality, the existence of which many would choose if they only knew it existed. I believe Obama can lead such a movement.

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UU AFFIRMATION

I believe in my right to search for the good, to choose it for myself, and hold it in my heart.

I affirm this right in you as well.

Together we share in the joy of community, the power of reverence, and the challenge of freedom.

This is the promise of my heart extended to you, as we walk on separate paths, together.

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Blood for oil- Mission A-freakin!-ccomplished

June 19, 2008

From the New York Times:

BAGHDAD: Four Western oil companies are in the final stages of negotiations this month on contracts that will return them to Iraq, 36 years after losing their oil concession to nationalization as Saddam Hussein rose to power.

Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total and BP — the original partners in the Iraq Petroleum Company — along with Chevron and a number of smaller oil companies, are in talks with Iraq’s Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts to service Iraq’s largest fields, according to ministry officials, oil company officials and an American diplomat.  [break]

The no-bid contracts are unusual for the industry, and the offers prevailed over others by more than 40 companies, including companies in Russia, China and India. [break] It is not clear what role the United States played in awarding the contracts; there are still American advisers to Iraq’s Oil Ministry.

The first oil contracts for the majors in Iraq are exceptional for the oil industry.

They include a provision that could allow the companies to reap large profits at today’s prices: the ministry and companies are negotiating payment in oil rather than cash. [break]

“These are not actually service contracts,” Benali said. “They were designed to circumvent the legislative stalemate” and bring Western companies with experience managing large projects into Iraq before the passage of the oil law. [break] While the current contracts are unrelated to the companies’ previous work in Iraq, in a twist of corporate history for some of the world’s largest companies, all four oil majors that had lost their concessions in Iraq are now back.

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Update: I grow tired of having to clarify the difference between supporting the troops and supporting the mission given to the troops….

I respect and honor the soldiers who put their lives at risk to protect and defend America.  Soldiers do not decide their mission and are not responsible for the decisions of those above them. Remembering that men and women have died and continue to die for this mission honors those soldiers by weighing their lives against the value of the objectives they are duty bound to fulfill. To question the objective is to weigh it against the value the soldier. Soldiers are worth more than this.

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The above story tells the tale of exactly WHO decided Saddam needed to be overthrown even though it was America that put him in power. It was a “twist of corporate history.” Certainly Saddam was a horrible dictator, one of many. But with so many in America opposed to the war and this administration, who’s calling the shots in America?

This seems to have been the choice before us.

This:

Or This: 

I want my electric car.

UULM California Update

June 17, 2008

JUNE 2008
ISSUE #23

UULM CA Newsletter
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Lindi's Corner

Lindi Ramsden



Dear Aaron,


Watching Del & Phyllis, who have been together 55 years, cut the cake after being legally married Monday evening was a beautiful sight. Today, many more couples will legally tie the knot.  After decades of slow and steady progress, what a privilege and a responsibility to be witness to a moment of history in the making.

It is hard to overstate how important the next few days and weeks are in the decades’ long movement to secure simple fairness, safety, and human dignity for all – a teachable moment indeed.

Please be more than a passive witness to the outpouring of love and joy. Share your support for the freedom to marry with friends and family, neighbors and colleagues.

Make it a spiritual practice to talk respectfully with those outside your comfort zone. Write to the newspapers and blogs. Call in to talk shows.

It will be a very close vote in November when Californians will be asked whether or not they want to amend the constitution to limit marriage to opposite sex couples. No group should be singled out for unfair treatment.

This is an issue of human dignity, constitutional integrity and religious freedom. Please take the Vow to Vote No today. The power of Love is on the move!

Blessings,

Rev. Lindi Ramsden UULM Executive Director

Calendar

Click event below for details.

June 17
First full day of legal civil marriage for all

June 19
Single Payer Healthcare Rally

June 21
Marriage Spokesperson Training, San Diego

Aug. 2-10
Water Tour For Justice

Marriage Equality

Legal Civil Marriages for
Gay/ Lesbian Couples Begin

Mia Adriano and Kathleen McGregor are planning to get up early this Tuesday, so they can be among the first in line at the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office to get their marriage license. Although they had a commitment ceremony six years ago, the Pasadena couple has been waiting a lot time for this date–they had chosen not to go outside their home state to be married. Read more….


BOARD MEMBER PROFILE

Marla Scharf on Marriage

When Marla Scharf’s parents crossed the border to New Mexico in 1956 to be married, they knew that their home state of Texas would not recognize their union as legal. In fact, it was until five years later that the Lone Star State wiped all anti-miscegenation laws from its books, and it wasn’t until 11 years later that that marriage between a man and a woman of different races would be legal in all 50 states… Read more…


UU Learn Best Ways to Speak Up for Freedom to Marry

To help UUs and other people of faith become more effective advocates for the freedom to marry, UULM-CA is offering free workshops in your community. Recent “marriage spokesperson” trainings have been greeted enthusiastically in Monterey, San Diego and Thousand Oaks. Contact Vivien Hao at UULM to schedule your three-hour workshop today! Let California Ring!

Health Care Reform

UUs to Rally for Single Payer Healthcare in Sacramento

If you want to show your support of single payer healthcare legislation, you’re encouraged to join a noon rally June 19 at Moscone Center West in San Francisco. The rally will occur at the site of the convention of America’s Health Insurance Plans…Read more….


UULM Intern Minister Moves on to Serve Famed NYC UU Church

UULM’s ministerial intern Suzanne Marsh will soon be saying “goodbye” to California and “hello” to New York. She ended her UULM internship last month and will be moving to “The Big Apple” for a nine-month stint as a parish intern at the famed Community Church of New York…Read more

Climate and Water Change

Young Adult Water Tour for Justice Accepting Registration

Two dozen environmentally-minded young adults, 18-25, will participate in a Water Tour for Justice August 2-10 as part of UULM-CA’s water justice/climate change education program…Read more…


UUs Can Influence Climate Change Bills in Congress

Changing light bulbs is important. Changing environmental policy is critical.

Taking on the UULM “Low Carbon Challenge,” members of one of the Carbon Ring circles from the UU Community Church of Sacramento will be talking with their Congressional representative about what kinds of climate change laws are needed….Read more

Unitarian Universality Legislative Ministry California
Deepening Faith, Growing Leadership, Building Justice
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