“Find Out How Much Love the World Can Hold”

Providence

The singer-songwriter Dar Williams has a song called “After All.” (If you aren’t familiar with Williams, I recommend her album Out There Live.) The opening lyrics are, “Go ahead, push your luck / Find out how much love the world can hold.” She continues: Once upon a time I had controlAnd reined my soul in tight…So I stopped the tideFroze it up from insideAnd it felt like a winter machineThat you go through and thenYou catch your breath and winter starts againAnd every … [Read more...]

“Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall”: Claiming Our Social Justice Story

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Monday, January 21, 2013 was a High Holy Day in our nation’s "civil religion.” The second inauguration for our country’s first black president was itself highly symbolic, but that day in January had the additional symbolism of being both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the anniversary month of Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. What a stunning three-step sweep of history from President Lincoln’s 1863 executive order freeing all slaves, one hundred year later to Dr. King’s 1963 dr … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games, the Zombie Apocalypse, and the Meaning of Myths, Old and New

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The Greek’s accepted their myths as true in the sense that they were not doubted, but they were not accepted in the way that everyday reality is….  A Greek conventionally put the gods “in heaven,” but he would have been astounded to actually see them in the sky.  He would have been no less astounded if someone using time in its literal sense, told him that Hephaestus had just remarried or that Athena had aged a great deal lately.  Then he would have realized that in his own eyes mythic time had o … [Read more...]

Why “Spiritual And Religious” Is More Radical Than “Spiritual But Not Religious”

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Almost two years ago Lillian Daniel, the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, wrote a short blog for the Huffington Post — a mere 374 words — titled, “Spiritual But Not Religious? Please Stop Boring Me.” For whatever confluence of reasons, that blog post went viral and was expanded into a book she published this past year titled When "Spiritual but Not Religious" Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church.This past summer, the Unitarian … [Read more...]

Pope Fail: Francis Throws the “Nuns on the Bus” Under the Bus

I celebrated many of Pope Francis' early acts of compassionate humility -- especially his subversion of the Maundy Thursday ritual by washing the feet of youth prisoners, including two Muslim girls. I'm always grateful when I hear about prominent Christian leaders actually doing Jesus-like acts of justice and love. (For more, see "Red Shoes or Black Shoes? Does It Matter?: On the Symbolism of Pope Francis.")However, I was disheartened  to read this morning in The New York Times that the new p … [Read more...]

Did You Just Send That Woman To a Church To Get Help with an Abortion?

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Today, in the year 2013, when we reflect on what it means to talk about reproductive justice, we are inherit a strong history. To remember how we reached this present moment, we invite you to hear ten landmark changes in the history of reproductive justice.Because we have to begin somewhere, it is significant to note how long contraception has  been a controversial in our nation. In the 1850s, amid opposition from conservatives and feminists alike, the first rubber condoms are mass-produced … [Read more...]


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