Can You Feel the Wheel of the Year Turning? A Spirituality of Winter

Can you feel the “Wheel of the Year” turning?In this season of each day growing incrementally shorter, can you sense our inexorable movement, here in the Northern Hemisphere, toward Winter Solstice, the darkest day of the year? It can be easy to feel caught up in the darkening of our days: disheartened, discarded, even depressed. At various times, I have experienced each of these responses to winter.As a way of navigating seasonal shifts, I have become increasingly interested in and ben … [Read more...]

Best Netflix DVDs Watched in 2012

This list is not my favorite new releases of the year; instead, it is the best of the DVDs I've watched from Netflix since this time last year. This list is also in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun.Another Earth - the 2011 feature film debut of director Mike Cahill: After a strange Earth-like planet is discovered, astrophysics student Rhoda accidentally slams her car into the vehicle of John, killing his family. In time, Rhoda and John … [Read more...]

Top 10 “Netflix Instant” Streamed in 2012

This list is not my favorite new releases of the year; instead, it is the best of the content I watched since this time last year. It also does not include films that I saw in the theater. In addition, this list is in alphabetical order because agonizing over a precise order would take out all the fun.After the Wedding - a 2006 Danish film, nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars:  To save the failing orphanage he runs in India, Danish transplant Jacob Petersen returns to his … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Tour of Liberal Religious History: U.S. Unitarians in the 19th Century

This post is the third in a series of at least five posts on Unitarian Universalist history in preparation for a course I’m auditing 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.”If you are looking for more than a … [Read more...]

A Whirlwind Tour of Liberal Religious History: The 18th and 19th Century

This post is the second in a series of at least five posts on Unitarian Universalist history in preparation for a course I’m auditing 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.” My previous post on "The Radical Ref … [Read more...]

Chrismukah, IllUUmination and Chalica: Navigating the Holidays

Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories, and criticism. The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes. Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs? ...why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation … [Read more...]