Honoring Our Troublesome Ancestors

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When some of my friends say the Confederate flag is “heritage not hate” I believe they mean it. But such an approach whitewashes our ancestors who perpetuated one of the most evil institutions ever created by humankind. [Read more...]

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Who Are Our Ancestors?

Bryn Celli Ddu, Anglesey, Wales

When we honor our ancestors we realize we are the beneficiaries of their lives and their work. Because of them, we are here. Because of us, future generations will be here. Will they look back on us as mighty ancestors who left them a healthy world and a thriving culture? Or will they look back on us as we look back on ancestors who owned slaves and slaughtered the buffalo? How do you want to be remembered? [Read more...]

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The Gods Laugh

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We made detailed plans and preparations for our Samhain ritual. And then the Gods and ancestors showed up with plans of their own. [Read more...]

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Samhain: Looking Toward Death

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Death is a part of life. We contemplate death not to make sure we believe the “right” things about it, but to overcome our fears so we can spend our lives living as fully as possible. [Read more...]

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Samhain – A Solitary Ritual

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Of all the high days on the Wheel of the Year, Samhain is perhaps the most conducive to solitary observances. There’s one thing you can do better by yourself than in a group – listening. And while listening is an appropriate activity at any time, it’s especially important in this season. [Read more...]

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Honoring Our Ancestors, Sustaining Our Relationships

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It is Samhain – “summer’s end” – and it is time to honor and remember our ancestors. Death has not ended our relationships with family and friends, for love never dies. It has simply transformed the relationships into something different, something that needs our work to sustain. [Read more...]

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Ancestor Communion Ritual

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The Ancestor Communion Ritual from this morning’s Sunday service at Denton UU. It’s suitable for Pagan groups, religiously mixed groups, or individuals. [Read more...]

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