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What Do We Mean We When Say, “Building the Beloved Community”?
In progressive religious circles, you will often hear calls to “build the Beloved Community,” but I’m...
June 18, 2014
Margaret Fuller: The Stories We Tell Matter
The stories we tell matter. The stories that we choose to tell can be used...
June 16, 2014
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March 31, 2014
Religious Mystic & Rational Humanist: The Mystical Humanism of Jeffrey Kripal
For days, I had been participating in the annual Bengali celebration of the goddess Kali...
January 27, 2014
Why Jung Threw the Yijing (or I Ching) and Why Might You?
This year the Chinese New Year will begin on what we call January 31st on...
October 29, 2013
Scarred, Scared, and Sacred: Spiritual Practices for the Fall Triduum of Halloween, Samhain, and All Souls Day
Can you feel the Wheel of the Year turning? Can you feel fall in the...
October 15, 2013
Cisgender and Transgender
Most people are more familiar with the term transgender than with the term cisgender. The...
October 12, 2013
Building the Beloved Community: Anti-racism and Multiculturalism in a Local Congregation
Blackmail, blacklist, black mark. Black Monday, black mood, black-hearted. Black plague, black mass, black market...
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A Spirituality of Stability
The congregation where I serve as minister recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of our building...
September 30, 2013
Interspirituality: Experiencing the Heart of the World’s Religions
I believe the future of religion is a spirituality that is interfaith at its core........
September 10, 2013
Building Your Own Theology
My last post on "Unitarian Universalism in 30 Seconds: Developing Your UU Elevator Speech" ended...
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Unitarian Universalism in 30 Seconds: Developing Your UU Elevator Speech
What is Unitarian Universalism? What do UUs believe? Those are questions that most Unitarian Universalists...
August 26, 2013
Why “Spiritual And Religious” Is More Radical Than “Spiritual But Not Religious”
Almost two years ago Lillian Daniel, the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn,...
July 28, 2013
Embracing Pluralism, Building Bridges, and “Common Action for the Common Good”
“I am large, I contain multitudes.” (Walt Whitman) “Start a huge, foolish project, like Noah.”...
July 15, 2013
Conscience, Civil Disobedience, and Holy Obedience
In 1973, Gene Sharp, who is now in his 80s, published a trilogy of books...
July 11, 2013
“Who’s In Charge Here?”: The Dance between Shared Ministry and Authority
Unitarian Universalists are heirs to a proud tradition of heretics bucking unjust authority. As in...
June 18, 2013
The Sacred Masculine
Most of us, irrespective of our biological sex, have some masculine aspects of ourselves, as...
June 03, 2013
We Are All Weird: What You Can Do To Stop Bullying
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All Bodies Count: Memorial Day, Fallen Soldiers & Civilian Casualties
My father who fought in WWII, he tried to tell me that, “War is not...
May 09, 2013
Poetically Dwelling on the Earth as a Mortal
I am a religious skeptic. I don’t believe in Yahweh, Allah, Krishna, or Ogun; nor...
May 06, 2013
Pragmatic Buddhism, Westernized Dharma, 21st-century Sangha
When I was about fifteen years old, I accidentally ran into some of the classic...
April 22, 2013
Wendell Berry, Climate Change, and Earth Breathing
Wendell Berry is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays,...
April 14, 2013
The Spirituality of Spring: Creativity as Spiritual Practice
i thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of...
April 08, 2013
Did You Just Send That Woman To a Church To Get Help with an Abortion?
Today, in the year 2013, when we reflect on what it means to talk about...
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March 21, 2013
What Is Our Conveyer Belt? Stages of Faith
This post's title (“What Is Our Conveyer Belt?”) is a reference to a chapter in...
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Preventing Gun Violence
Consider the following sampling of gun violence in the U.S., drawn only from the weekend...
March 04, 2013
Why Is There Something Instead of Nothing?
Does the universe have a purpose? I am not sure. Anyone who expresses a more...
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Another World Is Possible: Repealing the Death Penalty
Inconsistency: Since 1978, less than 1% of Maryland’s 13,000+ murders resulted in a death sentence....
February 19, 2013
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