The Stories We Choose to Tell Matter: Highlights from Unitarian Universalist History

Unitarian Universalists may not believe, with Henry Ford, that history is bunk, but many probably do believe that history is for historians — not a matter of concern for the average member of a local congregations. We tend to ignore the warning of George Santayana that those who forget their history may be condemned to repeat it, or the admonition of Rebecca Parker (president of the Starr King School for the Ministry, our West Coast seminary), that there is a shallowness that comes from each g … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Tour of Liberal Religious History: Compilation

This post is a compilation of my five post series on Unitarian Universalist history in preparation for a course I audited recently on “Unitarian Universalist History & Polity." Part 1: The Radical Reformation Part 2: The 18th and 19th Century Part 3: U.S. Unitarians in the 19th Century Part 4: Unitarian Expansion and Transformation Part 5: Major Developments in Unitarian Universalism The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San Francisco Theological … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Tour of Liberal Religious History: Major Developments in Unitarian Universalism

This post is the final entry in a five-part series on Unitarian Universalist history in preparation for a course I audited in January on “Unitarian Universalist History & Polity” with The Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk. For those following along as I seek formal fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association, you may be interested to see the full Ministerial Fellowship Committee “Required Reading List” and “Encouraged Reading List and Resources.” In 1983, a study was published on “Unitarian Un … [Read more...]

Future Me: Not All Resolutions Are Created Equal

Lodro Rinzler is twenty-nine years old. He is also a longtime Buddhist practitioner. As a Westerner who was drawn to Buddhism as a child, he spent his teens and twenties experimenting with meditation and Buddhist precepts. He also spent his teens and twenties experimenting with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. The fruit of this tension can be found in his new book The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation and in his ongoing advice column “What Would Sid Do?” (Sid, of course, … [Read more...]

The Best of 2012: Books, Music, Film, and More

The following is a compilation of my recent "Top 10" and "Best of" posts for 2012. Enjoy! Top 10 Best Books Read in 2012  Top 10 Best Albums Listened to in 2012 Top 10 “Netflix Instant” Streamed in 2012 Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2012 Top 3 Blog Posts of 2012  Happy holidays to you and yours! The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a trained spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Marylan … [Read more...]

Blue Christmas: When Your Days Aren’t Merry and Bright

In my family mourning was not done publicly. Therefore, I, as a child, assumed it was not done at all. Both sets of grandparents died and I recall hidden tears, the quick turn away to look out a window, the closing of a door. This mysterious behavior seemed to commence with the announcement of death and end immediately after the funeral. Of course, if mourning is private, almost secretive as though shameful, there can be no comforting. Now I discover that, if honest emotion is shared, t … [Read more...]