“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology

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“The Great Story” is the 14 billion year narrative of the evolution of the cosmos, the planet Earth, biological life, and human culture. And it is a myth, in the best sense of that word, but one that happens to be literally true; it is a narrative that orders our world, helps us understand our place in it, shows us how to live meaningful lives, and enables us to come to terms with our own finitude. [Read more...]

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My Religion is Rooted in the Holy Powers of the Soil

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My religion is rooted. In fact, it is a religion of roots … and of tubers and worms and actinobacteria. I am a dirt worshipping Pagan. My gospel is the gospel of compost. [Read more...]

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Backfire and Backtracking: Update on Indiana’s Religious Discrimination Law

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a more beautiful instance of the phenomenon known as a “backfire”. Ouch! That must hurt Indiana’s Republican supermajority. They hoped to send a message. The message was received and one was sent in return: “Take your bill and shove it!” [Read more...]

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Church is no substitute for religion, Part 1: The Sunday Assembly and Religionless Church

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The Sunday Assembly wants to be “all the best parts of church but without the religion”, but I think they’ve got it backwards. What I am longing for is not “church without religion”, but “religion without church”. And I don’t think it’s just me. In fact, I wonder if maybe the growing numbers of “Nones” aren’t looking for the same thing. [Read more...]

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Single File Spirituality: Community for Spiritual Introverts

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I need to let go of this abstract idea of what participation in a religious community should look like. Instead of thinking of community as a cocktail party — which is overwhelming for me — I need to think about community more in terms of individual relationships. [Read more...]

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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...]

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