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#Charlottesville and Getting Real
I spent some time in the Czech Republic not long after the...
On the Suppression of Knowledge
This week a New York Times headline reads “Scientists Fear Trump Will...
#Epicurus and Atomic Moderation
Working out the implications of what it means that “mind” is a...
Steal Your Fire, Drink Your Tea
In the late nineteenth and into the twentieth-century a good many Unitarian...
The Danger is in Not Being You
There is a story that has been told in various ways about...
A review of Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena...
Before I say anything else, I should say: Read this book. Whether...
Until the Cows Come Home
(being a personal summary of the Zen story of the Ten Bulls*)...
Loving What Happens
Amor fati. The love of (your own) fate. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus...
The Lesson of Sunday School Cards
My dad was out of work a lot when I was a...
The Stories We Listen To; the Stories We...
Our elders teach us things. Sometimes, later, we change our minds about...
Murder and What’s in a Story
Why do we kill each other? I have to admit that when...
So, apparently the current administration has pulled out of the Paris climate...
An Improvisational People
True confession: I don’t know a chancel from a narthex. This can...
The Bodhisattva of Hee Haw
Growing up, my sister and I were briefly minor celebrities to insomniacs...
On Knowing What We Don’t Know
Knowing that you don’t know what you don’t know. Socrates declared that...
I’m an Atheist! Now What?
As I mentioned in my last blog post, unlike progressive traditions such...
Could It Get Better? The Problem of Progressivism
I am writing this morning at a McDonalds in a small farm...
The National Day of . . . Counter-Narratives...
Dominant narratives. They dominate. They tell a story that most people in...
Ashes to Ashes, Humus to Humus, and Humility
Humility. Everyone knows it’s a virtue, since its opposite is . ....
Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a...
Why would a Humanist want to be a Unitarian Universalist? As the...
Getting It Right Like the BCE
There was an important question that the older Greek and Roman philosophies...
Hey, UU, Time For a Redo
Fear. Anxiety. It’s free-floating among those of a liberal bent these days....
In the Name of Love
There has been a lot to process in the Unitarian Universalist world...
Assumptions are Imaginary But They’re not Social
In Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote, Society is held...
Smells Like White Racism
A friend posted on Facebook, upset that a qualified person of color...
An Antidote to Racial Theatre
Review of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul...
An acquaintance (who is white) once related one of the nightmares of...
Shine on! Faithful living in a breakable world
I spend a lot my time and life energy organizing with the...
Bad Theology=Bad Politics
I hear an undercurrent of assumption in much of the current liberal...
RESIST and REJOICE!
I want to take this moment to rejoice with you that we...
Meaning, Purpose, and Individualism: Thinking Our Way Out...
We human beings appear to be the only animals that become confused...
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis...
Working for Posterity
Sir Boyle Roche was an eighteenth century Irish politician known even today...
The True Origin Story
February 12th is the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin. In celebration, I...
Building Walls, Banning the Human
“Blame is a valuable antidote to helplessness.” Martha Nussbaum I spent last...
Circles of Concern: How to Talk Politics
The bad news is…well, there’s a hell of a lot of it....
Blessing the Organizers
Beloveds, thank you for showing up. We sing: organize, organize, organize We...
Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion
There are no alternative facts. There are alternative theories when we...
“Great Men” and the Tide of History
“Hindsight is 20/20” goes the cliche. And in my experience a lot...
America's deadly theological crisis
My special holiday guest blogger is Rev. Jim Foti, assistant minister at...
#Humanism, Specism, and the Baggage of Words
In a recent op ed article in The New York Times, Natasha...
Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind
The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty...
#Resolutions and Diseases of the Soul
It’s that time of year again—time for resolutions. List makers will list...
Happy Holidays From the Cruel Optimisms
Isn’t it just a tad too ironic that one of the US...
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
I suspect that I am far from the only one having a...
Communities of Resilience and Resistance
As a young theology student, James Luther Adams watched the Nazi rise...
Better Living Through #Cynicism
Good. Better. Best. Choice. In consumerist cultures we learn to make choices but...
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being...
OK, friends. I’ve been listening. Like all of us, I want to...
As the People Fell into a Well
JUNK The popular Christian writer Father Richard Rohr says, “If your religion...
At #Thanksgiving, A Wish for Freedoms
I lost one of my cousins this week. (As a hillbilly, I...
Help me think this through, people. On the one hand, there are...
Kick the Dog, Pet the Dog—Off-Loading Anxiety
There’s two things we can do with suffering: we can kick the...
Be about that loving and justice-making
Dear friends, I wrote the post below on the 10 year commemoration...
You Are Not Wrong
You are not wrong if you are grieving. You are not wrong...
A Republic If You Can Keep It
I’ve long been a member of PEN America, a writers group dedicated...
After the Election
Dear Ones, I expect, like me, you feel as if you had...
Social Gospel 2.0: Public Theology and #StandingWithStandingRock
#MoralMonday, #MoralRevival, and #StandingWithStandingRock have ushered in a new day for public...
Mulligan Stew, Truth, and Worldviews
In the early twentieth century the activist Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “The most...
how we spend our lives...
Back before we became adult adults, my younger sister and I would...
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re...
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our...
One Hundred Years of Humanism
Humanism is a product of Unitarian thought. The first Humanist congregation was...
Theology is Words, Words Matter
When people first visit First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, a very common...
The War of Positions and Communities of Resistance...
Antonio Gramsci was an early twentieth-century neo-Marxist who died in the 1930s...
How Can You Say You Love Me?
The Rabbi Jeffrey Summit [of Tufts Hillel] tells a Hasidic story of...
Hand Me A Pickaxe, Please! I Need Hope!
I’ve been thinking lately about despair and hope, especially for people like...
Ganesha, Nietzsche, Truth, Consequences
The story goes that Shiva—one of the chief manifestations of divinity...
Last night I watched the powerful Ken Burns documentary Defying the Nazis:...
Dear Friends, Happy Autumn! On day one of my summer break a...
Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God
The September 2016 Atlantic features an article about new Humanist communities titled...
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the...
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Five
Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline...
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Four
Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline...
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Three
Last week I continued a discussion of the seven Stoic methods of...
The Mindfulness of Stoicism Part 2.
Last week I began discussing the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s...
As the number of the post-religious skyrockets in the United States, the...
Cosmopolitanism in a Time of Petty Nationalism
To be Humanist is to say, with the philosopher Diogenes of Sinope,...
When Hope Seems Silly
The life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer...
Law and Order: Donald Trump's Fantasy
Donald Trump has promised us that he will be the candidate standing...
Aesop and the Story After Dallas
One of Aesop’s Fables goes like this: Lion once went once hunting...
Black Lives Matter more than White Fear
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. In Louisiana In Minnesota In Texas...
A Review of Grace Without God: the Search...
By Rev. Dr. David Breeden A question from one of her children...
A Mathematics of Loss
Mathematics There is no algebra for death. No life lost cancels out...
They Ain’t Heavy: UU Pluralism and Its Discontents
One of the most serious issues for a tradition such as Unitarian...
Beyond the Congeries of Banks: Finding a Moral...
After the September 1938 Munich Pact with which the European democracies ceded...
You should start a meme, they said...
A Plea for a Philosophical Plank in Party...
“The good life.” Lordy, lordy . . . I’m not hearing about...
Orlando: God herself Is Inconsolable
When I was coming out as a young lesbian, back in the...
Swing Vote in the Bitter Election: Reflections on...
The recent massacre in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida is...
Profile of a Murderer
Don’t get me wrong. I am not generally a fan of profiling....
No Gods, No Masters, and the Humanist Way...
Humanism developed in late Medieval Christianity, but moved on. European humanism reached...
On Outrage and Douchebags
Social media is great for so many things—staying in touch with distant...
Advice to a Graduate
My daughter is about to graduate from high school in a few...
Cafeteria, Smorgasbord, Grubhub: Religion Delivery Today
A Twitter meme says, “Spiritual but not religious: people who prefer to make...
Oh, Peugeot of Many Names: on authentically using...
It Is What It Is Despite what many conventionally religious people appear...
#Religion: Let’s Talk About the Relationship
Recently I saw a bumper sticker: “It’s not a religion / It’s...
Explicitly Black UU Healing Spaces: Spiritual Compassion Practice...
[A note of gratitude and a heart full of appreciation to the...
Getting a Mission On
If I’ve learned anything from serving and visiting several congregations, it is...
Here’s what I want to say for Mother’s Day. Motherhood isn’t just...
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