Wondering About Mental Illness

Our common definition of mental illness is far too broad and our understanding of ordinary human emotions and behavior is far too narrow. Our mainstream society has too many expectations for conformity and not nearly enough respect for personal boundaries. [Read more…]

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Talking About Our Experiences

Our mainstream society is the reverse of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Instead of claiming to see something that isn’t there so everyone will think we’re good and righteous, we pretend we don’t see things our senses tell us are there, so everyone will think we’re rational and sophisticated. [Read more…]

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Go Make The World Better

If you yearn for a simple answer in the face of these tragedies, it means you’re human. If you believe you’ve found a simple answer, it means you’re wrong. The great problems of our world are complicated and deep seated. They defy simple solutions and they make liars of would-be saviors. [Read more…]

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How We See the Gods

Some of our ancient ancestors carved their Gods in stone, and much of the work of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans has survived to our time. But the Celts were mostly different. Let us never forget we can see the Gods with the eye of reverence. [Read more…]

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The Otherworld is Bleeding Through

I saw a green glowing bird this morning. I don’t think it belongs in this world, but there it was. The Otherworld is bleeding over into the ordinary world in a way nobody alive has ever seen. [Read more…]

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An Introduction to Religious Experience

There is a great lack of understanding of religious experience in our contemporary Western society. This is not surprising. Religious experiences are messy, they’re subjective, and they don’t play by the rules of orthodoxy – they’re hard for religious leaders to control. [Read more…]

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The Lack of Respect for Wild Animals

Not only do we not fear animals that could harm us, we don’t respect them. We act like they’re here solely for our amusement. This usually ends badly for the animals involved. [Read more…]

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UUs and Multifaith – Even Better Than You Think

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales says “the future of liberal religion is multifaith.” I’m in strong agreement with this idea, but I’m not sure he understands just how deep it can be if it’s done right. [Read more…]

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