Cisgender and Transgender


Most people are more familiar with the term transgender than with the term cisgender. The term transgender came first, adding the Latin prefix “trans-” (meaning, “across from” or “on the other side of”) to the word gender to indicate a person, whose gender identity or gender expression does not match their biological sex.Cisgender was coined as a complementary term from the Latin prefix cis-, (meaning “on this side of”), indicating a person, whose gender identity and gender expression for the … [Read more...]

Building the Beloved Community: Anti-racism and Multiculturalism in a Local Congregation

Been cover.indd

Blackmail, blacklist, black mark. Black Monday, black mood, black-hearted. Black plague, black mass, black marketGood guys wear white, bad guys wear black. We fear black cats, and the Dark Continent. But it's okay to tell a white lie, lily-white hands are coveted, it's great to be pure as the driven snow.Angels and brides wear white. Devil's food cake is chocolate; angel's food cake is white!We shape language and we are shaped by it. In our culture, white is esteemed. It is heavenly, … [Read more...]

A Spirituality of Stability


The congregation where I serve as minister recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of our building dedication. This occasion was significant for many reason including that for the previous 42 years of this congregation's history, they were a  semi-nomadic people without a permanent home. This anniversary has inspired me to reflect on what it can mean to practice an intentional spirituality of stability — in our spiritual communities, with our families, even at work.Speaking personally, the g … [Read more...]

Interspirituality: Experiencing the Heart of the World’s Religions

I believe the future of religion is a spirituality that is interfaith at its core..... The good news is that people, at least in the developed world, are rejecting cultural and religious exceptionalism. By religious exceptionalism I mean the conviction that my religion possesses the truth and, by extension, yours is false.... Religions are not all the same, of course. Yet certain common themes and core values emerge in all of them. Among these are compassion, community, the practice of a … [Read more...]

Building Your Own Theology


My last post on "Unitarian Universalism in 30 Seconds: Developing Your UU Elevator Speech" ended with the lyrics of the hymn, “As Tranquil Streams.” The text of this hymn was written in 1933 to celebrate “the growing closeness of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations for approximately a century.” A few decades later in 1960 later that song was chosen as the processional hymn at the worship service held in the wake of the Unitarians and the Universalists each voting separately to consoli … [Read more...]

Unitarian Universalism in 30 Seconds: Developing Your UU Elevator Speech

A Chosen Faith

What is Unitarian Universalism?What do UUs believe?Those are questions that most Unitarian Universalists are asked at some point. To respond to such questions, it can be helpful to develop what some people call an “Elevator Speech”: a short response  that can be delivered in the length of an average elevator ride, approximately 30 seconds to two minutes.If you have a favorite UU Elevator Speech, I would be interested to read it in the comments section of this post. But for those stil … [Read more...]