Why Unitarians Can’t Dance: Spirituality

Have I not seen the sky and sea Put on a look as hushed and stilled As if some ancient prophecy Grew close upon to be fulfilled? – “Have I Not Seen”, Don Marquis, UU Hymnal #337 I recently came across the following passage from John Trevor’s autobiography, My Quest for God.  In it, he [Read More...]

D.H. Lawrence on symbols and metaphors

I am currently discovering D.H. Lawrence, who was a kind of proto-Pagan.  I just came across the following discussion of symbols in his Apocalypse.  Written in 1930, Lawrence’s Apocalypse is a re-imagination of the Book of Revelation as a ritual initiation into a pagan mystery religion.  Lawrence speaks of symbols in much the same way [Read More...]

Why I Bother With Ritual: Poetry and Eikonic Atheism

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. – Novalis My wife hates poetry.  I think she feels intimidated by it, like it’s a secret someone is keeping from her.  I like poetry.  Now I am no T.S. Elliot fan, but I love Rilke and Mary Oliver.  The first poet I fell in love with was [Read More...]

Perfection, Regret, and Starting Over

When I was young, I developed an unhealthy perfectionist mentality.  This was a product of a combination of my own obsessive personality, the unreasonable and unpredictable expectations of a bipolar mother, and a religion (Mormonism) which took the ideal of perfection seriously ["Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is [Read More...]

Confessions of a solipsist

“Solipsism” is a word I learned in college.   It refers to the belief that only one’s own mind is real.  Everything external to one’s mind is like a dream.  The word is also an epithet used to describe ideas which tend toward, but are not actually, solipsistic.  When I heard this word for the first [Read More...]

Family Mid-Autumn Ritual

Here’s the outline for my family ritual for All Hallows.  Because I was exhausted on Halloween, we decided to delay the ritual for a week, and so we celebrated it this past Sunday, which was closer to the mid-autumn point (Nov. 7) anyway.  This ritual is geared for the ages of my children 9 and [Read More...]


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