An infant dedication and second thoughts on Unitarian Universalism

Last week, I went to town on the excessive rationalism and the lack of “poetic enthusiasm” (William Ellery Channing) in the Unitarian Universalist church.  But as I sat in the service this past Sunday, I felt that I had been unfairly harsh last week. For the past year, we have had a young interim minister [Read More...]

Mid-Summer (First Fruits)

We celebrated our Mid-Summer ritual today — closer to the actual midpoint between solstice and equinox than the traditional Lughnasadh date.  As part of our ritual, we sang “The Maypole Song” from The Wicker Man (the Mediaeval Baebes cover).  It’s a great song for a day that is about both sex and death, and in [Read More...]

These are my gods: or my biography told in deities

The God of the Old Testament The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was [...] in the wind. [Read More...]

Apolytrosis: My bill of divorce from the Christian God

Over at Patheos, Star Foster has divorced herself from Jesus Christ.  While this is more of a public announcement by Star of what was a more private divorce that happened years ago, it got me thinking about my own divorce from Christianity. I remember reading in The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels about a secret [Read More...]

“One needful thing”, Part 1: What’s missing from Unitarianism

This is a mutli-part series.  In this part, I discuss the history of Unitarianism, including the Transcendentalist revolt, the humanist revolution, and the search for a language of reverence. A few weeks ago, a married couple who are friends of mine joined the Unitarian Universalist congregation that I attend.  They have been attending for about [Read More...]

New post at Humanistic Paganism: Pagan ritual as an encounter with depth, part 1

Part 1 of my essay, “Pagan ritual as an encounter with depth”, is now up at Humanistic Paganism. In Part 1 I discuss the following question: “When the purpose of ritual is to listen to the unconscious, how can we consciously create ritual?”  Then in Part 2, which will be posted next week, I answer [Read More...]


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