“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...]

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...]

Tradition, Rootedness, and Freedom

Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Who, day and night, must scramble for a living, Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers? And who has the right, as master of the house, To have the final word at home? The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. From Fiddler on the [Read More...]

Right Livelihood

I just finished Chapter 22, “Marriage and Loneliness”, in John Trevor’s autobiography, My Quest for God.  In this chapter, Trevor struggles with balancing the security of marriage and work with the desire for spiritual growth.  On the one hand, he explains that marriage grounded him in a way he had never been before: “It was [Read More...]

People Who Inspire Me — Part One (Deceased)

Each of the individuals below is someone whose writings have has a profound influence on me, but who also are people who I admire because of their biography as well. 1.  John Trevor (1855-1930) The founder of the British Labour Church.  I’ve posted about Trevor before and will post about him again.  I half suspect [Read More...]


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