UCG apparently again dealing with unitarianism   
UCG’s Logo for Beyond Today COGwriter The chairman and president of the United Church of God (UCG) sent out the following: The purpose of this letter is to encourage all of us to continue to fight the good fight of faith and be settled in the faith. … From time to time some brethren have become […]
          UU topic: ‘The Carpetbagger Project’   
By Phil Swearngin Special to The PREVIEW The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) invites you to attend a program titled “The Carpetbagger Project,” with Phil Swearngin, for its regular service this Sunday, July 2. One of the best-kept secrets of World War II was The Carpetbagger Project. The American Army 8th Air Force 801st/492nd Bomb […]
          Information Technology Manager - (Cambridge)   
Job Description Job Title: Information Technology (IT) Manager Organization: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Department: Finance and Administration Reports to: Vice President & Chief Financial Officer (VP & CFO) Grade: Exempt / Full-time (35 hours per week) Summary : The Information Technology (IT) Manager serves as architect and executor of UUSC’s information technology vision. S/he has broad responsibility for researching the most effective IT hardware/software/service mix to address organizational needs subject to available resources. The IT Manager also has general responsibility for implementation of approved IT projects.
          Unveiling the Gryffindor Scarf   

Along with the other obligatory Christmas knitting I have finished a Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf. I will be donating this scarf to my church for a silent auction on December 9, 2006. The scarf was knit in the round with Knitpicks Merino Style DK weight in hollyberry and harvest colorways. I think the colors are just perfect.

The scarf came out beautifully at 67" long before fringe and 6 1/2" wide. I will be sorry to see it go but hopefully it gets some bidders. My church is only five years old. The congregation is still trying to expand programs and acquire a permanent home. Although Unitarian Universalists were everywhere in Massachusetts, there has not been a Unitarian Universalist church in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 60 years. It is exciting to be part of the rebirth of such an entity.

If you would like to bid on my scarf, the All Souls Community Church annual Silent Auction will be held on Saturday December 9th at 12pm at New Branches School, 256 Alger Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. It will be OPEN to the public. The auction will include a “strolling” lunch, which will consist of different pasta stations set up around the items to be bid on. Tickets to the auction are being sold at for $5/ family and at the door.
          LGBT Religion News Updates for December 14, 2011   

GLAAD’s Religion, Faith & Values program works to elevate LGBT-affirming voices of faith in mainstream, regional, and community media. To find out more, visit www.glaad.org/faith. For additional religion and faith updates, be sure to check out our blog. Thank you for forwarding. You may subscribe via our new online registration form. We welcome suggestions at faith@glaad.org.

Last Thursday, Buddhists around the world celebrated Bodhi Day, which commemorates the Enlightenment of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Jack Cooper, in his article A Transgender Buddhist's Note of Gratitude published in the Huffington Post, reflected upon his journey to accept who he is through mindful meditation. Cooper asserts that although he had yet to reach Enlightenment, he "remembers that the Buddha taught that it is available to all beings."

The New Jersey Star-Ledger ran two articles this week highlighting Newark's black church community. Gays in Newark: Our Stories, Our Lives profiled Jae Quinlan, the minister of Liberation in Truth Unity Fellowship Church, and a former seminarian, in addition to several other community leaders. A related article, N.J.'s Black Churches Open Doors to Gay Congregants, But Not Right to Marry, points out that there is a gradual shift of acceptance for gay and lesbian congregants within the black church. While many faith leaders are still struggling with the notion of marriage equality, Rev. Reginald T. Jackson, pastor of St. Matthew AME Church in Orange is hopeful that black churches are moving towards becoming more tolerant. "I think that anyone who is gay or lesbian should be welcome in all of our churches," said Jackson.

This week two stories highlighted Episcopal efforts to use LGBT inclusion as a tool in evangelism. LGBT ally and recently installed Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, is working to revitalize and grow The Episcopal Church in Washington DC. Additionally, Episcopal students at Yale are studying how to leverage the welcoming position of many Episcopal congregations to expand outreach.

Finally, the religion, faith and values newsletter for the week of 12.07.11 incorrectly placed the Cathedral of Hope under the category of Unitarian Universalist. It should have been listed under United Church of Christ.

For even more news concerning religion and the LGBT community, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter via our online registration form.

December 14, 2011

          Story to Watch: US Conference of Catholic Bishops Addresses "Religious Liberty"   

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week, November 14-16 in Baltimore, Maryland. This annual meeting for all US Roman Catholic bishops addresses a variety of concerns, both inside the Roman Catholic Church and in formulating a Roman Catholic response to trends in the United States.

We can expect the Conference to claim that the Roman Catholic Church is “suffering persecution” due to marriage equality being the law in various states, which church leadership opposes. In recent months, Roman Catholic social service agencies have chosen to shut down services for adoption to avoid placing orphans with otherwise qualified gay and lesbian couples. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote to President Obama, claiming that marriage equality harms the separation of church and state. As the Associated Press has reported, the Conference is forming a “committee for religious liberty” to address these and other issues. And today, the Conference unveiled a new web site entitled, “Marriage Unique for a Reason”, which combines Roman Catholic historic opposition to marriage equality with new claims of “religious persecution.”

However, the messages coming from the Conference are only a fraction of the story. GLAAD calls on the media to remember that Roman Catholic leadership is out of step with the vast majority of Catholics across the United States. Recent polls have demonstrated that Roman Catholics overwhelmingly support marriage equality. According to a report entitled, “Catholics in America: Persistence and change in the Catholic landscape,” Roman Catholics place little importance on opposition to marriage equality as a tenet of Catholicism.

For a fuller representation of the Catholic response to LGBT people, GLAAD encourages the media to contact Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people both in the church and in civil society. Equally Blessed representatives will be delivering thousands of signatures on a petition calling for an end to anti-LGBT bullying to the Bishops Conference meeting.

The other problematic message concerning this “religious liberty” claim is their goals would not ensure religious liberty for religious groups that DO support marriage equality. The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, for example, has been performing weddings for gay and lesbian couples for several decades, without any legal recognition for the marriages. To accommodate the perceived “religious liberty” for the Roman Catholic leadership would mean curtailing the religious liberty of Unitarian Universalists. The Unitarian Universalists are not the only religious group that supports marriage equality. Indeed, the Metropolitan Community Church, United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church, Unity Fellowship, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) all recognize relationships of gay and lesbian couples.

GLAAD calls on media to explore other messages about marriage equality, both within the Catholic Church, as well as with other religious groups who support marriage equality. If you see problematic coverage about the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, please report it to GLAAD.

November 15, 2011

          Minnesota Episcopalians Vote to Support Marriage Equality   

Increasingly, communities of faith are finding that discrimination doesn’t match their values, and religious groups are voicing their support for issues of LGBT equality. A powerful example was last weekend’s annual convention for the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota where they voted to oppose the state’s proposed anti-marriage equality amendment.

The language of the resolution reads as follows:

Resolved, the Episcopal Church in Minnesota opposes the proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Minnesota banning same-sex marriage. Furthermore the Church will join other denominations and non-profit organizations in signing the “Resolution against the Constitutional Amendment to Ban Marriage for Same-Sex Couples” as prepared and presented by Minnesotans United for All Families:

‘We oppose the amendment to the Minnesota Constitution banning same-sex marriage. Minnesotans United for All Families may use my organization’s name in opposition to the constitutional amendment banning the legal recognition of same-sex couples.’

Minnesotans United for All Families is a statewide coalition of individuals, organizations, congregations and faith-based groups working to defeat the anti-marriage amendment in Minnesota.

As the Minnesota Independent reports, the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota now joins the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations in denominational opposition to the anti-marriage amendment. Several individual congregations and faith-based organizations have also joined Minnesotans United for All Families in working to defeat the amendment.

GLAAD applauds Minnesota Episcopalians in their denominational support for LGBT families and encourages more denominations and faith groups to speak out for marriage equality in Minnesota and elsewhere.


November 3, 2011

          Hey, Just Thought I'd Mention it, but WE have the 4th of July Coming Up!   
Image result for 4th of july and CatholicsFather, we beg Your blessing for the Right to Life, the Unborn, the weak, the sick and the old; all who are finding themselves being targets of the vicious culture of death; that our Lord Jesus bless and protect all who stand up for the Christian dignity of persons. That God enlighten those who are traveling down death's highway by their involvement, in any way, with either the contemporary death culture, selfism, relativeism, or any of the new age errors of our times, that God envelop our culture with His Divine protection and help us both individually and as a nation to true enlightenment, conversion and repentance of our selves and our culture. Help us to turn from our national sin of abortion, and return to, and once again become a Christian nation, on the narrow road, that is, the path to becoming a nation and culture, under God. Amen.

I went to St. John Fisher this morning to receive the Eucharist, because I believe that Christ is physically present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity and not just a nice memorial of the last supper.  I am free to do that and to believe the Nicene Creed.

I try and do this daily, because it helps me remember to listen to the positive voice of Christ, His Mother and the Holy Spirit, and ignore the more glamorous, easy and sexy whispers of Satan.

I danced more than a few jigs with Devil in my life and it never worked our real good for me, my family and people who come in contact with me.

I am free to do that because people who had absolutely no truck with my religion, put their own lives in hazard to give me liberty to believe, think and act in the best interests of my immortal soul. Two hundred and forty one years ago, the Deists, Congregationalists, High Church Anglicans, Quakers and Mennonites*, with a courtly nod to the few Jews and Papists of the colonies, gambled their lives, fortunes and reputations to Declare Liberty for All.

Thank you, Gents.

Faiths of Our Founding Fathers:

Religious Affiliation  Total  Percenatge
Episcopalian/Anglican 32 57.1%
Congregationalist         13 23.2%
Presbyterian                 12 21.4%
Quaker                          2 3.6%
Unitarian or Universalist 2 3.6%
Catholic                          1 1.8%
TOTAL 56 100%

Name of Signer State Religious Affiliation
Charles Carroll Maryland Catholic
Samuel Huntington Connecticut Congregationalist
Roger Sherman Connecticut Congregationalist
William Williams Connecticut Congregationalist
Oliver Wolcott Connecticut Congregationalist
Lyman Hall Georgia Congregationalist
Samuel Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist
John Hancock Massachusetts Congregationalist
Josiah Bartlett New Hampshire Congregationalist
William Whipple New Hampshire Congregationalist
William Ellery Rhode Island Congregationalist
John Adams Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian
Robert Treat Paine Massachusetts Congregationalist; Unitarian
George Walton Georgia Episcopalian
John Penn North Carolina Episcopalian
George Ross Pennsylvania Episcopalian
Thomas Heyward Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian
Thomas Lynch Jr. South Carolina Episcopalian
Arthur Middleton South Carolina Episcopalian
Edward Rutledge South Carolina Episcopalian
Francis Lightfoot Lee Virginia Episcopalian
Richard Henry Lee  Virginia Episcopalian
George Read Delaware Episcopalian
Caesar Rodney Delaware Episcopalian
Samuel Chase Maryland Episcopalian
William Paca Maryland Episcopalian
Thomas Stone Maryland Episcopalian
Elbridge Gerry Massachusetts Episcopalian
Francis Hopkinson New Jersey Episcopalian
Francis Lewis New York Episcopalian
Lewis Morris New York Episcopalian
William Hooper North Carolina Episcopalian
Robert Morris Pennsylvania Episcopalian
John Morton Pennsylvania Episcopalian
Stephen Hopkins Rhode Island Episcopalian
Carter Braxton Virginia Episcopalian
Benjamin Harrison Virginia Episcopalian
Thomas Nelson Jr. Virginia Episcopalian
George Wythe Virginia Episcopalian
Thomas Jefferson Virginia Episcopalian (Deist)
Benjamin Franklin Pennsylvania Episcopalian (Deist)
Button Gwinnett Georgia Episcopalian; Congregationalist
James Wilson Pennsylvania Episcopalian; Presbyterian
Joseph Hewes North Carolina Quaker, Episcopalian
George Clymer Pennsylvania Quaker, Episcopalian
Thomas McKean Delaware Presbyterian
Matthew Thornton New Hampshire Presbyterian
Abraham Clark New Jersey Presbyterian
John Hart New Jersey Presbyterian
Richard Stockton New Jersey Presbyterian
John Witherspoon New Jersey Presbyterian
William Floyd New York Presbyterian
Philip Livingston New York Presbyterian
James Smith Pennsylvania Presbyterian
George Taylor Pennsylvania Presbyterian
Benjamin Rush Pennsylvania Presbyterian

          LWCH presents Summer Psychic/Holistic Fair July 16   
The Labyrinth Walk Coffee House (LWCH) presents its Summer Psychic & Holistic Fair on July 16 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX. Admission and browsing are free. $20 per 15 min
          July 9 - Free Jazz Jam - all welcome   
If you enjoy playing or singing or just listening to Jazz in a quiet setting while having a glass of wine or cold beer, come on down to the Labyrinth Walk Coffee House (LWCH) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd, Dall
          40. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 16 [–21] January [1793]    
March 2009

40. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 16 [–21] January [1793] ⁠* 

Wednesday. 16 Jany. Bristol. just received yours

My dear friend all your arguments I have already answered in my own mind but shall delay writing them till I am settled at Oxford. whatever books of mine you wish to read keep as long as agreeable. the rest I shall be obliged to you to forward as soon as convenient to me at Baliol where I purpose sleeping upon Saturday night. “Imberbis juvenis tandem custode remoto gaudet equis [1]  &c this has no more allusion to me than (with due deference to your opinion) Justum & tencaem propositi virum [2]  has to Edmund Burke. [3]  do you remember the fable of Boreas & Phœbus contending to make a traveller fling off his great coat? [4]  the vultus instantis tyranni [5]  is not so difficult to despise as the hand proffering a pension — the price of honor justice & integrity of each unbought grace of life — here I can tell what it means. of your ode a few words before I set to transcribing. before I read the last half sheet I wished you to lengthen it for only three authors are mentioned & only Shakespear of the first rank — Nature had so little to do with Dryden that I wonder at your ranking him with the Swan of Avon — Milton Spenser — Pope — Akenside Collins — Churchill — Beaumont — Fletcher [6]  would each afford a fine scope for your fancy & will you refuse one stanza to deck the unnoted grave of Chatterton?  [7]  when this fault is noticed I have noticed all. if however (as I hope) you mean to lengthen it I would not wish you to fetter yourself in the chains of precedent — regular lyrics are like despotic monarchies they look stately but lose all the energy of freedom.

The Wedding day

High blazd the fire in Arwins hall
To all the vassal throng —
Sparkled full the generous ale
Reechoed loud the song.

Pensive alone Sir Arwin sat
The jovial tribe among
Untoucht by him the generous ale
Unheard by him the song.

Why lingers Hugo? cried the chief
Abruptly as he rose
Why lingers Hugo? sad he sighs
As to the gate he goes

Far oer the well till’d lands around
He casts his wistful ken —
Fruitless the gaze again he sighd
And back returnd again.

Why lingers Hugo — cried the chief.
He heard the curfew toll.
He hung his head in anguish mute
Despair fulfilld his soul.

The horn blew loud — a page appeard
High heavd Sir Arwins breast —
He saw his lovd Matildas page
He saw & knew the rest.

Sir Knight — Lord Birthand greets thee fair
And would thy presence pray —
Come on the morrow to his hall
It is his wedding day.

All night Sir Arwin pacd along
His room with mournful round
And oft he sighd & oft he groand —
The morning beamd around

He claspt the bauldrick round his breast
He seizd the glittrand spear
He graspd the shield & viewd the dints
And dropt the heartfelt tear

Shield of my sire ah why so oft
Preserve this wretched life?
Far better thus to die than see
Matilda Birthands wife.

They mount their steeds — across the plain
The steeds impatient fly —
High shines the bright meridian sun —
Lord Birthands towers are nigh.

Lord Birthand mounts the winding stairs
And casts around his ken
I see far off from Arwins hall
The friendly troop of men

Resplendant shine their armors bright
Their banners wave in air
I see the vassals all — but ah
Sir Arwin is not there

Why Hugo droops thy duteous head?
Thy master will be here.
Fond Hugo sighd & shook his head
And dropt the silent tear.

When lo swift hastning oer the plain
Sir Arwin speeds along
He spurs in haste his eager steed
And joins the vassal throng.

Welcome my friend belovd to me
And welcome to my bride
Sir Arwin only prest his hand
He prest his hand & sighd.

Forth from the castle Hugo broke
Full happy man was he —
He ran to greet his honord Lord
And clasp his masters knee.

Rise Hugo rise Sir Arwin cried
My friend & servant rise
The faithful Hugo instant rose
And wipt his streaming eyes

The hospitable servants saw
And brought me to their Lord
And vain was each attempt to seek
To fly the friendly board

To day — no more Sir Arwin cried
No more of her too dear
I come not Hugo to repine
Nor play the woman here

Forth to the monastry they go
Lord Birthand high in pride
And oft & aye his beaming eyes
Gazd on his beauteous bride

She like the violet that bends
Beneath the suns hot flame
Perceivd his fond his eager gaze
The rosy blushes came.

The sacred pile opes wide its gates
The bride approaches near —
Sir Arwin starts — looks up to heavn
And wipes away the tear.

High chaunts the mass — their hands are <joind.>
My friends — our part is oer.
May heavn on you each blessing shed
When Arwin is no more.

He said & cast his bauldrick off
And laid his sword aside
And down he flung his clanging shield
And gazd on Birthands bride.

Lady — for thee I hopd to dare
With pride each listed field
For thee — to break the hostile lance
And pierce the adverse shield

Arms of my sire farewell too weak
To shield save this bleeding heart
Too weak alas to shield my breast
From Loves enrankling dart.

Forth from the throng with frantic speed
The faithful Hugo flies
Oh stay my lovd my honord Lord
Resume thyself he cries —

Together in thy fathers wall
We learnt to wield the spear
Together since to manhood grew —
— Ah — go not from me here

Ah do not from the world & me
In madness thus depart —
That hour that rends thee from the world
Will break thy Hugos heart [8] 

What means this action friend belovd?
Lord Birthand eager cried —
Friend of my soul ah yet return —
The tears ran down his bride.

Stay Arwin stay — with faultring voice
The fair Matilda said
And does Matilda bid me stay?
Sir Arwin hung his head

Long has thy image lovd too dear
By Arwin been adord
May every blissful hour attend
Matilda & her Lord.

Amid the solemn convents walls
Shall Arwin seek for peace
And pour to heavn the fervent prayr
Till Life & Passion cease.

Hugo no more — Matilda lovd
No more torment this breast
This bosom still in every form
Too much by thee possest

Hugo if ever thou didst love
Thy friend now show it here —
If ever thou didst prove my faith
Wipe off the enerving tear.

Thine be my hall & stately towers —
Protect the helpless poor
And be to them now he is gone
What Arwin was before

Here shall he pour in grateful praise
To heavn his vital breath
And here I trust contented wait
The friendly stroke of death.  [9] 

—————————————— [10] 

So far from Bristol. behold me now my friend entered under the banners of science or stupidity which you please & like a recruit got sober looking back to the days that are past & feeling something like regret.

would you think it possible that the wise founders of an English University should forbid us to wear boots! what matters it whether I study in shoes or boots — to me it is a matter of indifference but folly so ridiculous puts me out of conceit with the whole — when the foundation is bad the fabric must be weak.

none of my friends are yet arrivd & as for common acquaintance I do not wish them. solitude I do not dislike for I fear it not but there is a certain Dæmon named Reflection that accompanies whose arrows though they rankle not with the poison of guilt are yet pointed by Melancholy. I feel myself entered upon a new scene of life & whatever the generality of Oxonians conceive to me it appears a very serious æra. four years hence & I am called into orders & during that period (short for the attainment of the requisite duties) how much have I to learn! I must learn to break a rebellious spirit which neither Authority or Oppression ever could bow — it would be easier to break my neck. I must learn to work a problem instead of writing an ode — I must learn to cringe to those whom I despise & to pay respect to men only remarkable for great wigs & little wisdom. I must learn to abuse Thomas Paine [11]  — to worship Edmund Burke [12]  — to revile Dr Priestly [13]  — to damn the National Convention — to speak well of Dr Vincent & to understand St Athanasiuss creed. [14]  quid Romæ faciam? mentore nescio! [15]  the name of that Saint whose life (at least part of it) was as incomprehensible as his productions has brought me into many a dilemma. the present madness of party has so combined his creed with the doctrines of Christ that who doubts the first is now immediately thought to despise the last my maxim always shall be (at least I hope so) to practise the virtues it inculcates & reflect not upon the mysteries it contains of the sanctity of those mysteries I know nothing — their incomprehensibility is evident — Athanasius the reputed author of that stumbling block confessed he understood them not — Tillotson [16]  wishd the creed expunged from the liturgy — yet the one was a Saint & the other an Archbishop.

This day has been a most unpleasant one all except the earlier part of the morning when I read your favourite Horace. that beginning Qualem ministrum fulminis alitem [17]  struck me as well adapted to the present times & I think I shall attempt it this week — certain of falling as much short of Horace as his subject will be inferior to mine. notwithstanding the admiration with which I read his works there is a something in the character of the little fat parasite which sullies it very much. I do not know in the annals of history & barbarity any character which I so much abhor as that of the vain the vile Augustus — the death of Cicero the banishment of Ovid [18]  — the black boys & the incestuous daughter [19]  the total suppression of liberty these are blots which all the art of Flattery cannot hide from the eye of Reason. “with the same hand & probably with the same frame of mind did he sign the proscription of Cicero & the pardon of Cinna” [20]  — you remember Gibbons remark upon Augustuss appearance at the banquet in that very elegant piece of the virtuous Julian. [21] 

the name of Julian reminds me of Collins long lost letter which I have this day received. he need <not> fear that I shall become a philosopher of the Mill [22]  — I am not yet philosopher of the world enough to wish it. but Collins I hourly expect & though it be an easy matter to make out a letter from him to you will desist. your last is here before me — the oftner I read your ode the more I like it & lament its shortness — In mazes high & low in cadence soft & strong — this line is exactly what Pope wished — the sound echoes the sense [23]  to particularize all the beauties were tedious I will only mention “mirths fantastic round & Or Melancholys thought profound — these lines remind one of Milton — will it be vain to hope one day like him to defend the cause of mankind & despise the power of monarchs? but politicks I will not begin — you shall have my really free reflections one day & instead of dazzling you with stars or bewildering you in the maze of metaphysics if you will only follow the straight path I am content. Truth came naked out of the well — with me she shall be only simplex munditus [24]  — Mr Burke [25]  has so bedizend out Falshood that it takes much trouble & time to get a sight of her real form.

to day I have been unpacking & laying out money. tomorrow I make my appearance before a set of fellows each of whom will think me a fool for wearing my hair as God sent it & not getting drunk with him — I do not feel ashamed of myself & yet it is not agreeable to go into hall among them all staring at me who shall stare any where to avoid them. then I must go to chapel god knows how often! but I shall see Combe & for the rest cry out with the Miller I care for nobody not not I if nobody cares for me. [26] 

the scout has just been here to know about my supper. you are only allowed bread & cheese in your rooms here & he asked me if I would have a halfpenny worth or a pennyworth — you may guess my surprize — but twopence is all I can have — many a worthier person wants that — why then should I repine! two sleepless nights & three busy days have fatigued me — my eyes ache and I really want rest — Mason [27]  could write a fine drowsy ode to Sleep I think — the deity however seems coming to me without invocation. he shall not be a loser — but I must be more e[MS torn]

Sunday. just done breakfast.

Dear Bedford Ive just made a pretty commence
God grant me I pray University sense!
God help me & mend me for I want amending
But listen & hear what is worth your attending.

Come Genius of Dullness to Oxford so dear
I need not call loud for Im sure you are near
Come murky dark vapors & viel oer my brain
Shall not Southey at Baliol be one of thy train
Im now in thy garb — thy long sleevd sable spread —
The trencher but fit for a cold College head
This trencher to wear which I never desire
That chills een this brain of such furious fire
Come along & possess me then hap ill or hap well
Ill speak of a subject will please thee — of chapel!

Yes Dullness I see thee — I know thee of yore
I see & I recognise — gaze & adore —
By thy full sleevd black gown — by thy still blacker heart
Where Genius nor Virtue possess one small part —
By thy cauliflowrd wig frizzled full — such a one
As is worn in Deans Yard by thy favourite son
By all these church bells that now make my heada[MS torn]
Ah I must be gone or another mistake
½ past twelve —
Already to trespass! so soon to begin
Thus early gainst statutes & customs to sin
To leave duties & Doctors at once in the lurch
In the morning be late & at noon to skip Church!!!
But Order at least in a college should reign
Come Dullness & Order come manage the strain

Last night quite fatigued — with a pain in my head
I was heartily glad to get into my bed
And for fear lest by chance I might hap to sleep late
Jeremiah my scout was to wake me eer eight —
For you must know Bedford if upon this day
In the morning from chapel we happen to stray
We lose the whole term as if we were away —
What I dreamt of no matter — I opend my eyes
And for want of a fire wait for Jerry to rise
Long I lay listening still to the bells all around
Nor heeded them all for I knew not the sound
At last it seemd late so I quietly rose
And began very gently to put on my cloaths
In comes Jeremiah — Good Lord Sir your’e late
The chapels begun & tis sometime past eight
And if the first lesson should now be begun
Lord have mercy upon us the term is undone!
Half drest without neckcloth or combing my hair
I slipt on my gown & was instantly there —
But quite raw & not knowing where I ought to come
On the first vacant seat down I squatted my b-m.
All stard & all laughd this odd conduct to view
I thought of the Miller [28]  & so I laughd too —
For tho the reader stood up & had opend his jaws
I came neck or nothing & just nickd the laws.
I came back — eat my breakfast & took up my pen
And went on as you see with my letter again
But Nature calld out — no resisting her call —
More powerful than Doctors Deans Devils & all
Like Columbus to seek a new mansion [29]  I go
Where to turn where to look where to ask I dont know —
I tryd every door every corner & lane
And at last had the fortune my object to gain
And when Cloacina [30]  had all I could pay


2 o clock

Collins just has been here — so my pen went away —
Once again then I write — from the Scotch Goddess dome [31] 
To Christ Church I went & there met my friend Combe
So we set to — to what — & what you’ll think no harm on
Preferrd conversation to hearing a sermon —
Then I went to Wynns rooms whilst Wynn came to me
Then calld at the cross little Joseph to see
Came back disappointed & sat down to you
So you have all the whole history — dear Bedford adieu —

I made my appearance at dinner immediately after Wynn left me who caught me finishing the above in my own book. here I came off very well — as our hall is repairing & in the room appropriated for eating Liberty & Equality are prevalent. of politics once more — your arguments have not convinced me & the obstacles must be strong that can oppose conviction where it is even wished — too answer I did purpose seriously but the age of eighteen is too young to go deep enough & I have <not> even yet been sufficiently convinced of the depravity of human Nature to admit of arguments which will be <urged> against the speculative ideas of philosophy. do not then I intreat you do not begin the subject again — believe me I wish to decline it for I feel that here are other duties — at the same if I cannot fill a letter otherwise I do not deserve your correspondence. observations upon a collegiate life & an account of mine as minute as can be without growing tedious will supply their place. Collins whom the more I know the more I love & respect will be much with me — we will conform to customs but keep each other in coutenance in the total disregard of ceremonies (among the scholars I name) equally disagreeable & disgraceful we shall read compare & improve together & I trust at some future period look back to the years spent at college with the pleasing reflection that they were spent in doing our duties.

yours most sincerely

Robert Southey.

Monday morning.


* Address: Grosvenor Charles Bedford Esqr/ Old Palace Yard/ Westminster./ Single
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Endorsements: 26 <16> Janry 1793; Recd. Jany 22d. 1793; Ansd. 5. Feby. 1793; 1793
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 22. ALS; 4p.
Previously published: Charles Cuthbert Southey (ed.), Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, 6 vols (London, 1849–1850), I, pp. 169–170 [in part; where it is dated 16 January 1793]. BACK

[1] Horace (65–8 BC), Ars Poetica, lines 161–162. The Latin translates as: ‘The beardless youth, freed at last from his tutor, finds joy in horses.’ BACK

[2] Horace, Odes, Book 3, No. 3, line 1. The Latin translates as ‘The man of integrity who holds fast to his purpose’. BACK

[3] Edmund Burke (1729/30–1797; DNB) defended the American revolutionaries in 1776, but condemned the French Revolution in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). BACK

[4] A fable sometimes attributed to Jean de la Fontaine (1621–1695) in which the North Wind (Boreas) and Sun (Phoebus) compete to make a traveller remove his coat by, respectively, force and persuasion. BACK

[5] Horace, Odes, Book 3, no. 3, line 3. The Latin translates as ‘the frown of an oppressive despot’. BACK

[6] Alexander Pope (1688–1744; DNB); Mark Akenside (1721–1770; DNB); William Collins (1721–1759; DNB); Charles Churchill (1732–1764; DNB); Francis Beaumont (1584/5–1616; DNB); John Fletcher (1579–1625; DNB). BACK

[7] Thomas Chatterton (1752–1770; DNB), whose grave is unmarked. BACK

[8] High blazd ... heart: Verses written in three columns. BACK

[9] What means ... death: These lines are written in single column. BACK

[10] ———: The poem is separated from the main text of the letter (on the right) by a box drawn around it. BACK

[11] Thomas Paine (1737–1809; DNB), English radical and author of The Rights of Man (1791–1792). BACK

[12] Edmund Burke, English politician and author of the conservative Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). BACK

[13] Joseph Priestley (1733–1804; DNB), Unitarian minister, scientist and radical. BACK

[14] Statement of Christian orthodoxy drawn up c. AD 500 and attributed to the Greek theologian St Athanasius (AD 293–373). BACK

[15] Juvenal, Satire 3, line 41. This translates as ‘What will I do at Rome? I don’t know how to tell lies’. BACK

[16] John Tillotson (1630–1694; DNB), Archbishop of Canterbury, was reputed to have wished that the church was rid of the Athanasian creed. BACK

[17] Horace, Odes, Book 4, no. 4, line 1. The Latin translates as ‘Like the winged deliverer of the thunderbolt’. BACK

[18] Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC) was murdered because of his opposition to the Second Triumvirate, of which Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (63 BC–AD 14; reigned 30 BC–AD 14), later the Emperor Augustus, was a member. Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC–AD 17) was exiled by Augustus. BACK

[19] Julia (39 BC–AD 14), only daughter of the Emperor Augustus, was notorious for her debauched lifestyle. The Emperor Caligula (AD 12–41; reigned AD 37–41), alleged she had committed incest with her father. BACK

[20] A paraphrase of Edward Gibbon (1737–1794; DNB), The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 12 vols (London, 1788), I, p. 86. A copy of this edition was in Southey’s library, Sale Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Persons, gen. ed. A. N. L. Munby, vol. 9 Poets and Men of Letters, ed. Roy Park (London, 1974), p. 138. Gnaeus Cornelius Cinna Magnus (before 47 BC–after AD 35) was involved in a conspiracy against Augustus in AD 4 but was pardoned. BACK

[21] Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 12 vols (London, 1788), I, p. 86 n. 26. Julianus, the Apostate (331/2–363; reigned 361–363), Roman emperor. BACK

[22] The traditional song sometimes known as ‘The Miller of Dee’, particularly its lines ‘I care for nobody, no not I,/ If nobody cares for me’. BACK

[23] A paraphrase of Alexander Pope (1688–1744; DNB), ‘An Essay on Criticism’ (1711), line 365. BACK

[24] Horace, Odes, Book 1, no. 5, line 4, sometimes translated as ‘excellent in simplicity’, or from Milton, ‘plain in thy neatness’. BACK

[25] Edmund Burke, politician and author of the conservative Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). BACK

[26] The traditional song sometimes known as ‘The Miller of Dee’. BACK

[27] The poet and gardener William Mason (1725–1797; DNB). BACK

[28] A reference to the traditional song sometimes known as ‘The Miller of Dee’, particularly its lines ‘I care for nobody, no not I,/ If nobody cares for me’. BACK

[29] Christopher Columbus (1451–1506), putative discoverer of America in 1492. BACK

[30] The goddess who presided over the sewers of Rome. BACK

[31] Balliol College, Oxford. Probably an allusion to the widely held, but mistaken, belief that it was a ‘Scotch’ foundation, inaugurated by John Balliol, King of Scots (c.1248–1314; reigned 1292–1296). In fact, the college was founded by his father, John Balliol (b. before 1208–1268; DNB) and his wife Dervorguilla of Galloway (d. 1290; DNB). BACK

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A wide swath of the American religious and non-religious community believes Michele Bachmann is all wet.

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s efforts to stir up an anti-Muslim witch hunt have sparked a bit of a pushback, to put it mildly.

As you might recall, Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other House members (Trent Franks of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Thomas J. Rooney of Florida and Lynn A. Westmoreland of Georgia) sent letters to the inspector general offices of the State, Justice and Homeland Security departments, demanding an investigation into the infiltration of our government by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Seeing an opportunity to slam Obama and Muslims, Bachmann, a Religious Right favorite and erstwhile presidential candidate, latched onto this like a pit bull on a postal carrier and hasn’t looked back.

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Even Ed Rollins, a GOP strategist who managed Bachmann’s presidential campaign, let her have it. Rollins wrote a column stating, “I am fully aware that she sometimes has difficulty with her facts, but this is downright vicious and reaches the late Senator Joe McCarthy level….Shame on you, Michele!”

The Gang of Five responded by doubling down and insisting that they are right. Gohmert derided McCain and other critics as “numb-nuts.” (Keep it classy, Louie!) As for Abedin, she received at least one death threat.

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“We will not stand idly by and allow our country to revive federal investigations into innocent individuals based on their religious adherence. We will continue to speak out in support of people of all faiths and no faith, and the religious freedom of all Americans to practice – or choose not to practice – a religion without fear of criticism or suspicion.”

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Yesterday, Bob Goodlatte's racist, xenophobic, Trumpist Kate's Law (H.R. 3004) passed the House. It should have been called O'Reilly's Law, since it was all his idea. In fact, the House passed two Trumpist garbage bills yesterday-- Kate's Law and Goodlatte's No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003).
The House passed two bills Thursday to boost President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown.

The bills-- "Kate’s Law" and the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act"-- would up the penalties on undocumented immigrants who attempt to reenter the country illegally after being deported for crimes and slash funds from cities that protect them.

Kate's Law passed 257-167, largely along party lines, in the GOP-controlled House. Trump, who made immigration a key focus during the campaign and in his administration, celebrated its passage.
Well, not entirely. 24 Democrats-- mostly from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party-- voted with the GOP. Hoyer granted them dispensation to "vote their consciences." In theory, the Democrats whipped against the bill, but Hoyer made it clear he didn't really care if they crossed the aisle or not. He explained that "the public’s perception of allowing people to come back in, commit crimes and not have a more serious sentence [could harm vulnerable Democrats]. You talk to the families who have been adversely affected by that, it is a wrenching experience. Members believe that that’s pretty serious business, [and] I agree with that."

Among the Democrats voting no were a dozen of the most conservative, Republican-oriented members of the caucus, all of whom have "F" ratings from ProgressivePunch:
Jim Cooper (Blue Dog-TN)
Charlie Crist (Blue Dog-FL)
Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)
Val Demings (New Dem-FL)
Josh Gottheimer (Blue Dog-NJ)
Ron Kind (New Dem-WI)
Anne Kuster (New Dem-NH)
Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL)
Stephanie Murphy (Blue Dog-FL)
Tom O'Halleran (Blue Dog-AZ)
Collin Peterson (Blue Dog-MN)
Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ)
Republicans tried passing the bill in 2016 and it was killed in the Senate, something that will probably happen again this year.
Many Democrats panned the legislation, calling it anti-immigrant and saying it would stoke fear.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), called the measure "callous and irrational."

Others said it could target legal immigrants.
Just two of the Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP on this have serious primary challenges this cycle, Kyrsten Sinema and Chicagoland Blue Dog Dan Lipinski. Marie Newman, the progressive opposing Lipinski, was disappointed, but not really surprised by Lipinski's vote. "This is another clear indication Congressman Lipinski is in lockstep with President Trump on immigration and his xenophobic views," she told us after the vote. "I am beyond disappointed with Mr. Lipinski’s anti-immigrant views. Mr. Lipinski views are wrong and are not consistent with progressive Democratic values. This legislation is very simply a way to demonize immigrants. Mr. Lipinski is deeply wrong and I will fight this type of stereotyping and discrimination tirelessly if I am elected. This is not just unacceptable, it is anti-American." If you agree with her, please consider contributing to her campaign here.

Katie Hill is running for Congress in Southern California against a Republican incumbent who has never-- in his entire legislative career (in the state Assembly, state Senate and now the House-- seen an anti-immigrant bill that he didn't embrace. In a district with a strong and vibrant Hispanic community, Steve Knight has dedicated his career in politics to making their lives as difficult as possible. Katie pointed out that "elected officials chose to vote for this bill not because they believe it is good policy, but because they care more about getting re-elected than the lives that will be impacted. It is further proof of how broken our system is when 'vote your conscience' actually means 'vote to get re-elected.' The discussion we need to have around immigration is hard, and we're dealing with so much fear mongering that it's easy to see how someone from a more moderate or swing district might be scared into voting for this. But we need to bring that discussion back to values, and the bottom line is that most people understand what it means to help their neighbors. It's up to us as progressives to protect and champion our values as a country and a community, no matter what kind of district you live in. Truly embracing those values and enacting them every day is the only way we overcome hatred or fear or divisiveness and start moving forward again."

Goal ThermometerIt won't surprise you to know that the xenophobes and extremists at the so-called "Freedom Caucus" are big proponents of these kinds of policies and that their leader, Mark Meadows, doesn't just vote for this kind of counterproductive legislation, but does all he can to make bills like this as harsh and punitive as possible. His opponent in 2018 is progressive activist/farmer/Berniecrat Matt Coffay. Matt, would have voted NO. He told us this morning that "These bills are a disaster, and do nothing to address actual immigration issues in this country. Here in the U.S., we have millions of undocumented workers-- many of whom pay taxes-- who work hard, and deserve a path to citizenship. In my district here in Western North Carolina, farmers are already feeling the effects of Trump's immigration policies: many undocumented workers are afraid to show up for seasonal harvests for fear of an ICE raid, and family farmers are hurting as a result. The bottom line is that we need comprehensive immigration reform that will provide hardworking immigrants with a path to citizenship."

Ro Khanna (D-CA) told us that "Kate's law furthers the stereotype that anyone undocumented is criminal. The law is a pillar of Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. It criminalizes immigrants entering the United States legally if they have a past technical violation, and it goes after even those who come to escape persecution. There is a reason the Hispanic Caucus in Congress strongly opposed this bill."

Although Anne Kuster voted for it in a much bluer district, Carol Shea Porter, in a district Trump won, took a more courageous and principled stand in opposition:
“Today, I voted against H.R.3004, or ‘Kate’s Law,’ which is opposed by dozens of religious groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, the Church World Service, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance, the New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ Immigration Working Group, the American Friends Service Committee, T’ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

“Let me be clear: the killing of Kate Steinle was a horrible and inexcusable crime, and my heart goes out to her family and loved ones. This should never have happened. We must investigate the breakdown in policy that led to Kate’s tragic death. This bill would, however, have serious negative consequences by increasing the likelihood that innocent asylum seekers, trafficking victims, and other non-criminal immigrants will be imprisoned. These victims would be in trouble if they presented themselves at ports of entry to seek help.

“I also voted against H.R.3003, which the US Conference of Mayors strongly opposed and the Fraternal Order of Police said would unjustly ‘penalize law enforcement and the citizens they serve because Congress disagrees with their enforcement priorities with respect to our immigration laws.’ We must stand up for proper funding for law enforcement. It is unjust to jeopardize our local police agencies, which are already underfunded and understaffed. The policies this bill seeks to end are designed to improve trust in law enforcement and help our police officers do their jobs effectively. We should not take away local communities’ and law enforcement agencies’ ability to decide how to do their jobs.”
Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) led the opposition and he reminded his colleagues that "ever since Donald Trump descended the golden escalator at Trump Tower to announce his candidacy by saying Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers and drug dealers, the Republican Party has had Mexican fever. And they have been working feverishly to paint immigrants as criminals. And when something goes bad, they go back to their old favorite. When Trump’s Muslim Ban was blocked in the Courts, out came the Attorney General to say they were doing more roundups and that no immigrant was safe. Is the Russia investigation not going so good for the Dear Leader? Hey, let’s whip out that Mexican thing, as Vice President Pence said. Maybe it will keep our voters happy and distracted. And now that the Republican health care bill is on the ropes and suffering from a 17 percent approval rating, here we are back on bashing immigrants. It is about feeding a steady diet of scapegoating to voters – even the President’s base voters-- who are starting to realize that things are not going so well. Almost 8 out of 10 Latinos are citizens of the United States and 1 out of 10 are legal permanent residents. That leaves about 1 in 10 who are undocumented, but this policy is about going after all of them. These bills are nothing new and they are not really about immigration or fighting crime. They are about racial profiling and putting Latinos, quote/unquote-- 'in our place.' Latinos, African-Americans, people of color, Muslims, and many others know what being in the cross hairs looks like. 99 percent of the votes for this bill today will come from people who do not have to worry about racial profiling for themselves or their children. And they represent Districts where most of their constituents don’t have to worry about racial profiling. But let’s be clear, Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona is the poster-child for the kinds of policies the Republicans want to impose on every city and county in the country and we know the result:"
Arpaio embodies racial profiling and rounding up people because they are brown and-- oh, we’ll sort out their papers later-- whether they are citizens or legal permanent residents or whatever. I have talked to US citizens who were detained by Arpaio because they didn’t carry with them their birth certificate or passport at all times-- in their own country.

And Arpaio has been sued successfully to stop his racial profiling and he has been charged criminally for his racial profiling tactics and still, the Republicans in the House want that to be the law everywhere.

Sometimes Democrats have to stand up for justice and against racial profiling when it is the right thing to do and the chips are down. Well, the chips are down and every Latino family and every immigrant is going to remember who stood up for them when they needed Democrats to fight to keep their families together.