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April 21, 2018
Ten Rules for Social Engagement: A Zen Priest Ruminates on Promise & Peril
Thursday I was invited to talk about my experiences as...
January 15, 2018
Recalling the Faithful Fool Kay Jorgensen
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December 02, 2017
Acts of Love: a Small Zen Meditation on the State of Things
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August 14, 2017
Thinking of Saints: Jonathan Daniels & Ruby Sales
Today the lovely Episcopal Church commemorates as a feast in honor of a martyr, the...
August 02, 2017
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Uncomfortable Challenge: A Zen Buddhist Reflection
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June 17, 2017
Remembering the Immortal James Weldon Johnson
The immortal James Weldon Johnson was born on this day, the 17th of June, in 1871 in...
June 15, 2017
Bessie Coleman Earns Her Wings
It was on this day in 1922 that Bessie Coleman received her pilot's license. An...
May 21, 2017
A RAINBOW RELIGION: Or, Why Pride Day is a Unitarian Universalist Holy Day
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May 14, 2017
The Last Witchcraft Trial in America. Well, Sort of…
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May 06, 2017
Dreaming of Steinbeck’s Country
It was today, May the 6th, in 1940, that John Steinbeck was awarded the Pulitzer...
April 24, 2017
The Great Calamity: A Meditation on Genocide, Memory, and Our True Home
The 24th of April marks the anniversary of the beginning of what the Armenian people...
April 14, 2017
B. R. Ambedkar and His Wonderful Vision for a New Buddhism
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on this day in 1891. He is better known as...
April 10, 2017
Holding the Lotus to a Rock: Boundless Way Zen Leadership Gathers in Worcester
The Boundless Way Zen network's leadership circle gathered this past weekend in Worcester, Massachusetts, for...
April 09, 2017
Zen and the Four Commitments: A Small Meditation
In 1993, a hundred years after the renowned World Parliament of Religions met in Chicago a...
April 07, 2017
William Ellery Channing: The Reluctant Radical
William Ellery Channing was born on this day in 1780 in Newport, Rhode Island. I...
April 04, 2017
A Feast for Martin
It was today, the 4th of April, in 1968, that the Reverend Dr Martin Luther...
March 11, 2017
In the Neighborhood: A Meditation on the Golden Rule, Cheaters, and Prophets
Jan and I were walking into the parking lot after a quick run to one...
March 06, 2017
THE FOUR FREEDOMS A Speech, Some Paintings, and an Essay
As it happens it was on this day in 1943 that Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom...
March 05, 2017
WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR? A Buddhist Meditation on a Christian Text
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March 01, 2017
A Dream for America
Words from Valarie Kaur. One of the more beautiful reflections I've heard in a long...
February 14, 2017
James Ishmael Ford’s Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Sermons
As it happens it was on this day in 2005 that a group of college...
February 07, 2017
Mary as Quanyin. Quanyin as Mary. Liberation Theology and Engaged Buddhism.
Helder Pessoa Camara was born in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, on this day in 1909. Today...
February 05, 2017
BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE Theodore Parker’s Religion, and Ours
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Recalling the Mother of the Freedom Movement
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February 03, 2017
Recalling the Immortal Chaplains
It was seventy-four years ago, today. Methodist minister George Fox, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reformed minister...
February 02, 2017
Who is Our Neighbor: A Zen Buddhist Reflection on a Christian America
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