“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...]

Pagans in the Pews: Why I go to the Mormon church

I go to the Mormon church about once a month.  Honestly, it is a painful experience for me.  First, it’s boring (to me … just attached that qualifier to everything I say here).  There is no real discussion.  The questions and the answers are prefabricated, as they must be in any religion which claims to [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...]

Intercessory Prayer and Cruel Miracles

The topic in the discussion group at my local UU Church today was prayer.  As usual, it was all over the place and hard to follow.  On my left was the Buddhist who told about an experience he had praying to a boddisattva that he does not believe in to help him find his way [Read More...]

Blog Response: UU and Pagan Aesthetics

Over at Rev.  Dr. Victoria Weinstein’s blog PeaceBang I posted a responses to her post, “Humanist Worship and the Arts”, in which she takes a crack at UU and Pagan UU aesthetics. Here’s my response: My introduction to Paganism was through a CUUPS (Covenant of UU Pagans) Wheel of the Year ceremony. It was only [Read More...]


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