The Gospel According to Thomas, Logia 22

Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, "These nursing babies are like those who enter the (Father's) domain."They said to him, "Then shall we enter the (Father's) domain as babies?"Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be … [Read more...]

Philocrites on UU Demographics

Survey: 0.3 percent of adults are Unitarian Universalistsby Philocrites(for important embedded links, go to the original article. In addition I recommend a visit to Transient and Permanent for another interesting reflection on these statistics and what they might mean. Important stuff, I feel, for those of us concerned with organized (if that's actually possible) liberal religion.)There's some intriguing news for Unitarian Universalism-watchers in the Pew Forum's fascinating new U.S. Religious … [Read more...]

New and Exciting Book on Zen

Zen Sourcebook Traditional Documents from China, Korea, and JapanEdited by Stephen Addiss, Stanley Lombardo, and Judith RoitmanIntroduction by Paula AraiMarch 2008 312 pp.I've just seen this announced and don't have it yet, although I immediately ordered it... Let me say flat out, I'm an enormous fan of Judith Roitman and have high expectations. Both she and Stanley Lombardo are senior teachers within the Kwan Um School of Zen, a large and very important Western Zen institution. The blurbs at … [Read more...]

A Thought Experiment About One’s Faith

Some years ago there was something of a fad among Christians, at least here in North America, who liked to ask the question "if Christianity were illegal, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"Others have taken up this exercise, including from time to time, Unitarian Universalists. If being a UU were illegal, would there be enough evidence to convict you?In some ways it is a bit over the top, at least I tend to see it that way; a safe question with no actual real world consequences no … [Read more...]

What Kind of Doughnut

You Are a Caramel Crunch DonutYou're a complex creature, and you're guilty of complicating things for fun.You've been known to sit around pondering the meaning of life...Or at times, pondering the meaning of your doughnut.To frost or not to frost? To fill or not to fill? These are your eternal questions.What Donut Are You?Thank you Hafidah! … [Read more...]

A Few Kind Words About Hillary Clinton

I have as those who follow this blog know after much coming and going thrown my lot in with Barack Obama. And no regrets. I think he's going to become the next president of the United States. And, I can't wait...That said, I for one, continue to feel quite positively about Hillary Clinton. (And wish she would become vice-president...) First, a quote (thank you Wild Hunt) from Starhawk, advising Senator Clinton on how she should approach the campaign. Great advice, I thought, although almost … [Read more...]

Toward a New Universalism

The term Universalism is most commonly reserved for those Christians who hold that in the end all souls will be saved. It is also one of the two currents of that stream of Western liberal religion that became the Unitarian Universalist Association.Within Unitarian Universalism there has been a dynamic engagement with what it means to be a spiritual or religious person. Following this path the institution that is Unitarian Universalism moved in the past century from being a liberal Christian … [Read more...]

Myanmar Action Appeal

Danny Fisher posted the following at his blog. I couldn't rewrite it better. So, here it is...Yesterday, Amnesty International put out an urgent action appeal regarding U Gambira, the 27-year-old Buddhist monk who led last year's monastic uprising in Myanmar as head of the All-Burma Monks Alliance (A.B.M.A.). Amnesty considers U Gambira and two other protest leaders (including his brother) to be prisoners of conscience in danger of (further) torture and ill-treatment and even death.Buddhist monk … [Read more...]

Sarah Flower Adams

Sarah Fuller Flower Adams was born on this day in 1805 in England. Originally an actress, famous for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth. A life-long Unitarian she devoted the balance of her life to civil and religious liberty and was responsible for the establishment of various Sunday schools and benevolent societies.A prolific poet she is best known, perhaps, as the author of the hymn Nearer My God to Thee, which is loosely based on parts of the 28th chapter of Genesis.Tradition says this is the … [Read more...]

Bodhisattva Vow

There are of course any number of explorations as to what it means to take the Bodhisattva vow, such as our little gift from the Beastie Boys. It is the vow of Great Way Buddhism to forgo final enlightenment until all achieve that bliss together. In Zen this is considered an inside joke, as it is the Zen view we are already all awakened. So what to worry about, how can we act in any other way? Of course as we encounter this world with our normally divided hearts, it is also very much a world of … [Read more...]