Category Archives: Unitarian Universalism

Prayer Vigil for the Earth, Needham Common, Massachusetts, 4 June 2017

“Avoiding [in excess of] 2 degrees [Celsius] warming `is now totally unrealistic.”’ Led by our own UU Needham Reverand Catie Scudera, with Reverand Daryn Bunce Stylianopoulos of the First Baptist Church of Needham, and Reverend Jim Mitulski of the Congregational … Continue reading

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“I need to wake up”

Now, more than ever. (The above was published in September 2015.)

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“… [A] fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement …”

Bishops from around the world have appealed to the COP 21 meeting in Paris to create a “fair, legally binding, and truly transformational” climate agreement. That’s from Vatican Radio which has the full statement. There is more coverage from the … Continue reading

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Ahmed: arrested for having electronics in his possession simpler than a smart phone

I have made my comments at The Times news article on the subject. If I, as a youngster, brought my Newtonian telescope lens-in-progress into school, and because it looked like it was wrapped in putty, would I, in this day, … Continue reading

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Purity in Disney: Tangled’s Take on Premarital Sex

Originally posted on Outgrowing and Out-learning Religion:
Image taken from Tangled’s Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangled I may be in my twenties, but I absolutely love Disney. You may be wondering where that fits into a blog about religion and politics,…

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Climate Justice

December 2015 will see the definitive meeting of the UNFCCC COP 21 intended to set targets and commitments under the UN treaty establishing UNFCCC and the IPCC, one approved and ratified by the United States (*). Before then, a good … Continue reading

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“Laudato Si”

Those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms … Clearly, the Bible has no place for a tyrannical anthropocentrism unconcerned for other creatures … The … Continue reading

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On the Climate Club

But if the other advanced nations had a stick — a tariff of 4 percent on the imports from countries not in the “climate club” — the cost-benefit calculation for the United States would flip. Not participating in the club … Continue reading

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“I’m sorry.”

“It is up to us to take care of this planet.”

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The ShoutROC action on the climate rally, Concord, MA, 19th April 2015.

Album available. Y’think this is play stuff? These start slow, but, in the end, they are overwhelming. Go ahead, try to say “No, we’re gonna consume all we want, and what’s left is YOUR problem” to this citizen:

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Earth Day, my hope

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Why I don’t eat commercially caught fish

And, of course, I don’t eat land animals either. I will sometimes have scallops and clams.

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“People are too insignificant to affect climate”

Setting aside outright fabrications (1) such as those promulgated by the Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), laughingly selected as the Chair of the House Committee on Science, a common claim in the Comment sections at The Hill and elsewhere is that … Continue reading

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This bitter Earth

This bitter earth What fruit it bears What good is love That no one shares And if my life is like the dust That hides the glow of a rose What good am I Heaven only knows This bitter earth … Continue reading

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Beauty of Earth

For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Source of all Life here we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. For the joy … Continue reading

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On Stenger’s narcissistic America, and picking and choosing what science to believe

People may criticize the view as unfair to religious scientists and something which fans the flames, making Science appear more incompatible with religion than it is, but I think atheist leader Dr Victor Stenger has a point. Interviewed by the … Continue reading

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A comment on RealClimate’s review of Part 3 of the AR5 IPCC Report, regarding “Mitigation of Climate Change”

(Corrected text below thanks to Jim Stuttard. Also added a postscript.) The review at RealClimate is quite good, and I recommend it. Nothing to add here. But I simply must quote from and underscore my agreement with the sentiment of … Continue reading

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The Stone Giant speaks to the Hobbit …

That inestimable corporate institution, Exxon-Mobil, announced today, on the heels of the IPCC WG2 report, that: … it was “highly unlikely” that the world would cut greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to keep global warming within the internationally agreed limit of … Continue reading

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Professor Katharine Hayhoe, Climate Scientist

You may not know it, but I am an atheist.  I am a very solid atheist and, moreover, an ontological materialist.  But I am also a fond and strong member of the Universalist Unitarian Area Church in Sherborn, MA, with … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

The National Academy of Sciences.  The Royal Society. Together. They have compiled a compelling and perspicacious report on the evidence and causes for global climate change, perhaps better described, climate disruption. There’s an overview available. There’s an important section on … Continue reading

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Yet another reason to be really proud of WHOI

As readers may know, Claire and I are really strong supporters of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Whether it is about a continuing and fierce passion for world class science contributing to understanding climate change and the workings of climate, for … Continue reading

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“Honestly, to a first approximation, this rock really is a black body.”

I gave a talk entitled “Long Choices: On Climate Change and Carbon Dioxide” yesterday afternoon at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church, First Parish, Sherborn, MA. My darling wife, Claire, snapped a number of, uh, entertaining photos. This is one I’ll … Continue reading

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“LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide”, a lecture

LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide How does the Earth surface stay warm at night?  How much carbon have people added to our atmosphere? How long does it remain there? What is this doing to Earth’s climate? Why? … Continue reading

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An exclusive interview with Bill Gates, at FT

The internet is not going to save the world, says the Microsoft co-founder, whatever Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires believe. But eradicating disease just might. The story is here. It’s probably behind a paywall. Can’t be helped. FT … Continue reading

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A pox on all your Houses: Posing environmental concerns and science as a modern religion of convenience

In what can only be described as a rush for the rationalist high ground, there’s a sentiment afoot that environmental concerns and concerns regarding climate disruption constitute “a new religion”, one that is, in part, co-opting Christianity. See the references: … Continue reading

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“Soon you will be one of us.”

I think the most entertaining introduction to Bayesian thought is provided by Eliezer Yudkowsky in his “An intuitive explanation of Bayes’ Theorem“. The new text, Doing Bayesian Data Analysis, by Professor John Kruschke comes close. But it’s a textbook and … Continue reading

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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: Ratified by United States in 1992

The United States ratified this. See the Congressional Record. Matter is discussed in the post mortem on the Copenhagen Climate Summit on Charlie Rose: This treaty includes contributions from developed nations to a fund (“Green Climate Fund”) which is intended … Continue reading

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Fossil fuel divestment and the moral imperative for religious communities

Mr and Ms member of religious communities: Tell us how, in the face of the climate emergency, you are responding to this fundamental moral and religious challenge.

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A sermon on climate disruption

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“… Guns, Murders, Life, Death, and Ignorance in Contemporary America”

Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of Warre, where every man is Enemy to every man; the same is consequent to the time, wherein men live without other security, than what their own strength, and their own invention shall … Continue reading

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