The Public Role of Churches

I came across this article from The Christian Century by Charles Mathewes. It’s a review of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton. It’s more of an essay than a book review, but it makes for good reading. Tipton’s book is a sociological look at [Read More…]

Thanksgiving Prayer

Mother Goddess and Father God, I thank you for Life and its abundance, for family and friends, for my church, fellow UUs and fellow Pagans, for a good job and the opportunities it provides. I thank you for the opportunity to be of service – may I always serve humbly and sincerely… and effectively. I [Read More…]

Creating Meaningful Rituals

A question on the Ethical Witches list asked for opinions on the key to creating a memorable ritual. Here’s my response: I don’t know about “memorable”, but I think the primary key to rituals that are meaningful and successful is alignment: not so much the alignment of stars and planets (although that never hurts) but [Read More…]

The Morality of Oil Prices

As I write this, oil prices have dropped below $50 a barrel for the first time in almost two years, down from over $140 back in the summer. Last night I filled up for $1.73 a gallon, a level says Dallas hasn’t seen since early 2005, and down from as much as $4. Cathy [Read More…]

Moonlady Winter SolstiCelebration

Amy Martin is now in her 16th year of leading one of the largest Winter Solstice celebrations in the country. It’s more alternative spirituality and less explicitly Pagan like the stuff CUUPS does, but it’s still well worth your time to drive to Dallas to be a part of it, particularly if you haven’t been [Read More…]

New CUUPS Officers

At the CUUPS Fall Business Meeting this Saturday, I was re-elected as Coordinating Officer. This will be my fourth term in this role (Denton CUUPS has no term limits) – I’m ready to stand down as soon as anyone else wants to step up, but until then, I’m happy to continue trying to keep things [Read More…]


Lately I’ve come across several Christian fundamentalist preachers and blog commenters emphasizing “the sovereignty of God.” Their argument is basically that since God is all powerful, and since God created everything, it all belongs to him, and he can do whatever he pleases with it – including casting some of his creations into eternal torment. [Read More…]

Hanging Out With the Wrong Crowd

When I was a kid, my mother used to warn me about “hanging out with the wrong crowd” (isn’t that a universal mother-ism?). She needn’t have worried – the “wrong crowd” wouldn’t have anything to do with a geek like me. But her point – that we are influenced for good or for ill by [Read More…]