Baby photos and more defiance of the UUA and UUMA.

Baby photos and more defiance of the UUA and UUMA.

Presenting my granddaughter

Aurora Amalthea Emma Bond

Aurora means ‘the dawn;’ Amalthea means ‘tender goddess.’  She nursed baby Zeus (the future king of the gods) and protected him from his murderous father Kronos.  Emma is a Bond family name going back to at least the mid-19th Century.   As Norskis, the Stenehjem family branch of the Bonds emigrated to North Dakota, and many are still there. 

Three weeks old

This little cherub looks like she is preparing to take wing.

Baby Aurora with her mother Alexandra and father Alexander

And now for something completely different

I want to inform you — not bore you — about the controversy in the UU Ministers’ Association, so I will simply report that an entity has formed called the 5th Principle Project. That Principle states that “the UUA Covenants to Affirm and Promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.”

I have learned that a number of ministers have resigned their membership in the UUMA, many of whom I know, and many of whom are long-serving leaders.  I am not joining them, not yet anyway.  In 1966 Timothy Leary coined the phrase ‘turn on, tune in, drop out,’ which was adopted and adapted by ‘the Hippies.’  Almost immediately someone countered with the sour ‘turn on, tune in, cop out,’ and, one for the path I am taking: ‘turn on, stay in, change it.’

Rev. Leland Bond-Upson

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