Archives for January 2009

The Dreaded Knock on the Door

There is a Jehovah’s Witness “Kingdom Hall” less than a mile from my house – less than half a mile if you cut through alleys and back yards. So it should come as no surprise that this morning – while I was preparing for tonight’s Imbolc circle – I finally got the dreaded knock on [Read More…]

The Limits of Wisdom Teaching

Another interesting bit from yesterday was Rev. Loehr’s comments on the Jesus Seminar, where he was the only Unitarian fellow. In general he was complimentary toward the goals and the results of the Seminar, but he had a legitimate concern. When you strip Jesus of the virgin birth, miracles, and resurrection, what you have left [Read More…]

Salvation by Character

This afternoon Rev. Dr. Davidson Loehr led a seminar on “The Ancient Origins of Liberal Religion.” He began with examples of altruistic behavior in the animal world. He talked about the epic of Gilgamesh, the great religions of the Axial Age, the Greek-influenced writings of Origen and Augustine, and Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834), who is regarded [Read More…]

Hymn to Her

I was always a big fan of Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, but I had never heard Hymn to Her until tonight. An excerpt from it was included in a collection of songs in A Pagan Testament, which is a collection of literary sources of contemporary Paganism I’m reading right now. I couldn’t turn up [Read More…]

Letter to President Obama

Isaac Bonewits is one of the most prolific Pagan writers, leaders, and elders in America today. Since 2004, he has led a YahooGroup titled “Spells For Democracy” which works magic for Truth, Justice, and the American Way; following in the tradition of Gerald Gardner’s Operation Cone of Power during World War II. What follows is [Read More…]

Animal Rights and the Food Chain

An entry on the Dallas Morning News Religion Blog has sparked a small debate about animal rights. Read the blog entry if you want the whole conversation and links to the larger story about an Obama appointee who has said some reasonable but (to some folks) controversial things on the subject. Here are my thoughts: [Read More…]

Everyone Welcome – Even Now

Rev. Chris Buice is minister of Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, the site of the shooting last summer that killed two people and wounded six others. This week, he has an essay in Newsweek magazine’s “My Turn” feature. Here’s a brief excerpt: the question keeps coming back: “Shall we return hatred for hatred?” Anyone who [Read More…]

A Deeper UU Spiritual Practice

Here’s an article on UU World that picks up a topic I’ve been discussing with Rev. Diana: what would a Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice look like? Members of every religious community differ widely in their interest in spiritual practice. Some simply want to belong. Some get all they need from Sunday services. Others add Adult [Read More…]