Why You Should Give Yourself Permission for Self-Care: Cautionary Tales from UU History

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There was an article in a recent issue of The New York Times Magazine titled “Mary Cain Is Growing Up Fast” about an 18-year-old young woman, who is a promising professional middle-distance runner from New York:In fifth grade, she ran a 6 [minute, 15 seconds] mile…. In ninth grade, Cain won the New York State 1,500-meter championship, breaking the freshman girls’ record. The summer after her sophomore year, she flew to the Junior World Championships in Barcelona and ran the 1,500 in 4 [minu … [Read more...]

“Are You Living the Life You Chose?”: How To Discern Your Call

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The new album from the singer-songwriter Jason Isbell includes a song with the lyrics “Are you living the life you chose? Are you living the life that chose you?” I’ve been reflecting a lot recently about discerning how we are called. Last week, I spent four days in Chicago being trained as a facilitator for a new three-year conversation within the Unitarian Universalist Minister’s Association on the topic of “Where Leads Our Call?” I should note here at the beginning that some of you will likel … [Read more...]

Why a 40-Hour Work Week? (It’s Decreased Before. It Could Again.)

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Peter Rollins in his book The Divine Magician tells the following "Parable of a Fisherman and a Rich Businessman":[The businessman], while returning to work after lunch, saw a fisherman get up from the side of a river with a bucket of fish. “Where are you going?” asked the businessman. “To the market to sell these fish,” replied the fisherman. “And how long did it take you to catch those?” “A couple of hours.” “Well, what are you going to do for the rest of the day?” “Oh, I don’t know … [Read more...]

Practicing Forgiveness

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When I think about forgiveness, one experience that comes to mind is from when I was in seminary. I had stopped by the office of one of my professors to make what I thought was a simple request that barely affected him. I was shocked when he responded loudly and harshly — not only refusing to accommodate me, but also using this opportunity to tell me all the inadequacies he perceived in me as a student and as a human being. I was stunned, and sat there until the yelling stopped and he said I c … [Read more...]

Winter Solstice Spirituality: “Learning to Walk in the Dark”

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My favorite season is summer, but I aspire to love the winter. Winter and I are on better terms we used to be, there’s still work to do. As with many other people, when the seasons change, I can feel a difference in how I relate to the world. For the past few years, I’ve kept an exercise log. And I noticed recently that, starting around mid-November — as the days started growing darker and colder —  I stopped exercising for almost a month while hardly noticing. I’m now back in the game, but the … [Read more...]

Eve Was Framed, the Serpent Was Right!

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On August 13, 1971, the cover of LIFE Magazine featured an image of two women standing side-by-side. On the right, an classical painted image of a tall naked woman stands head-and-shoulders above a modern woman, who is fully dressed. The figure on the right is clearly the biblical figure of Eve, as she is covered only by a strategically-placed fig leaf and is holding an apple. The modern feminist beside her holds a sign that says, “EVE WAS FRAMED.” Eve was framed. But in this post, I would like t … [Read more...]


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