Nothing new under the Winter Solstice sun: Christmas as a major sabbat

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One of the weird things about blogging for Patheos is you feel pressure to write about the holidays … even if you really have nothing new to say.  And that’s something weird about blogging in itself: you feel pressure to always have something new to say.  Kind of like being a pastor I guess — [Read More...]

The baby is the bathwater: Why I haven’t joined the Unitarian church

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It seems to me that, in religious matters, we just can’t throw out the bathwater without throwing out the baby too. Perhaps, in some sense, the baby is the bathwater. Because religion is a human endeavor and we humans are mixed bag, it seems there is no separating the good and the bad — at least not entirely. I wonder if it’s really possible to have the enthusiasm, the passion, and self-transcendence without at least risking dogmatism, literalism, and intolerance. [Read more...]

The Grass is Always Greener: What Unitarianism is and what I wish it were

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Sometimes, going to my Unitarian church on Sundays feels like an act of “spiritual suicide.” I am grateful for what Unitarianism is, even while I wish it could be more. [Read more...]

Embarrassment and the twin threats to Paganism: Shallowness of the mind and of the heart

In my last post, I wrote about “Being Ashamed by Paganism” (which was really about “embarrassment” not “shame”).  For me, the most interesting and challenging response came from Alison Leigh Lilly, who suggested that embarrassment can be “an invitation to growth”.  Alison discusses her own experience of embarrassment (at poorly executed ritual) and being the [Read More...]


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