Theology vs. Spirituality

The Naked Theologian had a great post last week that I’m just now coming across, titled “Theology is to spirituality what honeycomb is to honey.” It discusses why we need both theology and spirituality, and why people who want to be “spiritual but not religious” are selling themselves short.Here’s the key quote:[This] analogy illustrates the fact that spirituality without theology is a puddle of sweet goo; it can’t be handed over (except in extremely messy form) to other people or to the next ge … [Read more...]

Beltane this Saturday!

Along with Samhain, Beltane is my favorite Pagan holiday. They're 180 degrees apart on the wheel of the year, the beginning of Summer and Summer's End. The light and the dark. Birth and death.Alas - I'll be in Tennessee, at a family wedding. I hope you'll be there... … [Read more...]

Faith Beyond Belief

When you get the same message over and over again from radically different sources, it probably means Somebody is trying to tell you something.Today’s service at DUUF was led by Megan Dalby-Jones, a candidate for UU ministry on leave from seminary while she supports her partner’s career (i.e. – she’s stuck in DFW for the time being). Her sermon was titled “Faith Beyond Belief,” a rather personal look at how our beliefs and our faith aren’t necessarily the same thing. Here’s a link to Megan giving … [Read more...]

Morning Prayer

I'm always a bit hesitant about the Morning Prayer. Like most UU churches, our congregation is a collection of Christians, Buddhists, Pagans, Humanists, and a lot of people who are difficult to classify and damned proud of it. These people have widely differing views on prayer and what (or if) it should be. I give Rev. Diana credit for showing that it is possible to pray in a way that is respectful of our many traditions and yet still expresses the yearnings of our hearts.Here's the Morning … [Read more...]

The Hero’s Journey, Part II

Here's this morning's sermon, as written. Any speech or sermon loses a bit from the spoken word to the written - I think this one loses more than most. Still, I think the plain meaning of the words is pretty clear.After church, someone asked me if this was planned for this time, when the nominating committee is (as always) struggling to fill next year's Board of Trustees. My answer was (and is) that the timing is coincidental, but the content is not.Thanks to everyone who had such nice things to … [Read more...]


At first glance, there might seem to be some conflicts and incongruities between this morning's sermon (where I was challenging people to be heroes) and the posts of the past couple of weeks (where I'm coming to the realization that I can't fix the world).I'll freely admit that I was in a different state of mind when the sermon was conceived many months ago. But I don't think there's a conflict.We are called to be heroes - to go out into the world and do great things. But even the biggest hero … [Read more...]

Fixer vs. Holy Person, continued

I’ll freely admit that one of my greatest fears is being irrelevant. And I worry about getting caught up in the mundane, materialistic world and living a life of pleasant distractions (as opposed to the unpleasant distractions I’ve been dealing with) while accomplishing little or nothing of ultimate importance.But the last blog entry and the PeaceBang essay that inspired it have got me thinking that I’m chasing the wrong thing.What if we really can’t change the world? What if even our best magic … [Read more...]

Fixer vs. Holy Person

UU minister and blogger Rev. Victoria “PeaceBang” Weinstein had a thought-provoking entry on her blog on Thursday. Though primarily directed at ministers, I think it applies to all of us who want to do and be spiritually more than we are. She begins by quoting writer Thomas Moore:In many different traditions the spiritual leader is not really called to fix the world. That’s not what he or she does. Rather that person is called to be a holy person - a person who has a special degree of conte … [Read more...]