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I've written a new post on my www.thenewuu.com blog about my experience during the recent storm and heat wave. I also provided a grant work update as well. This external blog is where I write about UUism in general and particularly my grant work. I love this congregation and am grateful for the chance to lead its digital ministry.
Added by June Herold on July 13, 2012 at 5:07pm — No Comments
On Cape Cod, people talk about Aqua Cultcha quite a bit but right now the only thing you can hear is Peeper Cultcha. And you can't get a word in edgewise.
They humble me.
They even drown out stragglers at Guapo's, a roadhouse-like establishment that comes in handy. It's close to the house and also major bike trails. We're staying in a home that is surrounded by marshes and ponds, with cranberry bogs filling in here and there. When we're not entertained by the peepers, we hit…Continue
Added by June Herold on May 11, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Hello from Cape Cod! Heather and I spontaneously decided to experience the Cape decades after all the partying we (well, really me mostly) lived through in Provincetown. We decided to take advantage of off-season rates to see what it's like living in a remote place.
Meanwhile, a Spanish translation of sermon I requested greeted me upon our arrival. It's the one Rev. Peter Morales, the UUA president, gave at UUCA earlier this year that talks about the future of our faith and the…Continue
Local Student Heros Resilient Despite Adults Who Fail Them
On March 10, a local chapter of the national Gay, Lesbian Student Network held an anti-bullying conference at our church. It opened with a panel of six students who named several area schools where they experience primarily anti-gay bullying. These student leaders are champions of truth and often stand alone against substantial pressures.The…
Here is a presentation I made to the professional staff and stewardship committee…Continue
Added by June Herold on March 12, 2012 at 1:39pm — No Comments
facebook has changed, yet again, how its profiles and pages function and appear. This change is perhapse the most dramatic of all previous so-called improvements and its being forced onto users faster than previous ones.
It's yet another example of the company's arrogant disregard for 100s of millions of individuals. Its only task master is its bottom line, which increasingly is becoming more of a challenge for it to maintain and grow. Given that it is free, it believes it has cart…Continue
Added by June Herold on March 9, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments
(Please note, I am updating this post as the story evolves. For me it's significant in many ways for it's one of the largest virally spread events of activism online to date. But is it really activism or empty clicks? "One click and Kony's gone. The world remade. And they don't even have to leave the house," writes one critic i…
Church year 2011/12 has been a milestone of communication for Unitarian Universalsim because of the explosive growth of UU lay and clergy collaboration in social media - in particular in facebook.
facebook has been a convenient channel to aggregate UUs worldwide. But the level of involvement of UUs is finally at critical mass, IMHO.
facebook has been a convenient place for many of our members to stay up to date on what is published and discussed on uucava.org, our online…Continue
Jill Herndon, fellow UUCAer and quilter extraodinaire, gave me one of the best 50th birthday presents I could hope for: She taught me intro level quilting! I've loved quilts for a long time and wanted to make them myself. Only recently have I had some time to learn how.
Jill agreed to…Continue
While waiting recently for a flight to California, I tweeted: “Is there a bookstore in San Fran with a great poetry section?” A response: “u do know that the city is The City of Poets? Whaddabout “City Lights?”Continue
Added by June Herold on February 14, 2012 at 3:58pm — No Comments
Not sure who started the emails, but thank you Louise Van Horne for sending me email that calls for a boycott of products made by Koch Bros. The list of consumer products in that email are made by Georgia Pacific, which the Koch bros. bought in 2005.
Koch Bros.--Two brothers = $35 billion in wealth. Major, major backers of the Tea Party and all things ultra conservative. They are attacking …Continue
Added by June Herold on February 9, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
Hi. I've given Rev. Peter Morales's white paper, Congregations & Beyond, some thought and have written a blog post on it. I haven't published it here, however. It's written with a nod to my UUFS grant-sponsored work and therefore in the blog that occasionally discusses that work.
You can read…Continue
Digital death and digital estate law are in their infancy as distinct "industries." The first professional conference to discuss the issues was last year in the UK. I have been thinking about death and online life since 2004. I was at AOL at the time, and we were brainstorming how to present cloud technology to AOL members. It struck me that even in the early 2000s we were encouraging people to put insurance information, health information, financial portfolios and other sensitive personal…Continue
Added by June Herold on January 24, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments
Added by June Herold on January 17, 2012 at 8:43pm — No Comments
We will not have a text of this sermon. So I'll offer a summary here and hope that fellow members in attendance comment at the bottom of this blog to fill in gaps and add their thoughts.
Summary and slides from the service. Photos are by UUCAVA member Todd Parola.
Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian Church of Kampala, preached a moving sermon that traced the foundations of his ministry from the days of dictator Idi Amin - who killed his father - to the…Continue
Added by June Herold on January 16, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Dec. 15: Among the patches of protesters of all sizes, ages and shapes of Oakland-area citizens, I met a quilter, Anne Marie, who has been experiencing OWST from a few different perspectives. She's felt torn between the moral side to OWST and unintended consequences. A social worker by profession, she works with low-income and poor families who are directly connected to the docks. She's listened to closed-door concerns about lost income. I referred to some of those concerns in my original…Continue
Visiting the National Museum of Jewish Heritage in Phily today brought memories back of the first digital Santa Claus to reach tens of millions of people. Had I not seen the original sheet music to "White Christmas" at the museum, I'm not sure I would have remembered. Irving Berlin, a Jew, composed the music and lyrics that Bing Crosby and others interpreted into one of the most beloved songs of all time.…Continue
Added by June Herold on December 3, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This week I'm thankful for many things: the love of my spouse; my life and its lucky circumstances; fools I know; my nieces; friends; privileges; challenges; virtuous UUs and righters of wrongs. This poem, in particular, strikes a chord right now. What are you grateful for?
Starfish by Eleanor Lerman
This is what life does. It lets you walk up to
the store to buy breakfast and the paper, on a
stiff knee. It lets you choose the way you…
For all those facing a 4th quarter finish line with wobbly legs, here's a meditation on what to do when the marathon's over and what to remember when the pace of life quickens in 2012:
Added by June Herold on November 10, 2011 at 9:56pm — No Comments