Why I am joining the First Unitarian Church

Tomorrow I will become a member of the Unitarian church. This may be shocking to some people who follow my blog, since just over a year ago, I wrote a post here entitled, “The Baby is the Bathwater: Why I haven’t joined the Unitarian church”. In spite of this, tomorrow, on May 31, 2015, I will, without reservation, become a member of First Unitarian Church of Hobart. Here’s why … [Read more…]

Church is no substitute for religion, Part 2: The Spirituality Gap

“Religion” is about symbol, myth, and ritual, while “church” is about community, morality/ethics, and ideology/politics. Here in the West, it seems we’ve gotten the church cart before the “horse” of religion. Potlucks and creeds are the outgrowth of religion, not the cause of it. [Read more…]

Single File Spirituality: Community for Spiritual Introverts

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…]

My Spiritual Landscape

What does your spiritual landscape look like? Are there mountains? Is it lush and green or a dry desert? Does water flow freely or is it buried deep in the earth? Is it even a natural setting? Perhaps your spiritual landscape is a city? A labyrinth? Perhaps it is structured vertically instead of horizontally. Is it open or closed? I’d love to hear what your spiritual landscape looks like. [Read more…]

The Year in Review: Blog posts that should have gotten more attention (Part 1)

Instead of writing about our controversies, I want to highlight some posts that I read this year that I think should have gotten much more attention than they did — posts that are personal and practical, about communing with nature, with our gods, with each other, and with our Deep Selves. [Read more…]

Passing on my Paganism

This is what Paganism does for me. It brings out the holiness of the everyday: the epiphany of the sunrise, the mystery in the act of eating, the transcendence of genuine encounter with another person, the miracle in a blade of grass. This is what I hope to teach my children, whether they call it Paganism or not. [Read more…]