The Lure of Our Worst Natures

I think you could argue that if we characterized candidates for the presidency in Freudian terms, that Hillary Clinton would come out as the ego—rational, measured, pragmatic—and Bernie Sanders as the superego—idealistic, moralistic, principled. But there can be no doubt as to who perfectly plays the role of the id, the instinctual, passionate, utterly self-centered [Read More...]

A Christmas Conversation

“What do you want for Christmas?” I asked my soul. No response. “No, really, it’s Christmas Eve. You need to tell me what you want.” Joy to the world. Ho, ho, ho, she muttered, without lifting her eyes from her book. “Look,” I said. “I brought you some eggnog.” Her eyes lifted. Does it have [Read More...]

In the Ruins

In the Ruins   A man sits on the rubble— not just in the rubble, but on the pile of what  remains. No people in the bombed-out houses. No dogs. No birds. Just ragged hunks of concrete and loss. And on his perch he is playing an instrument constructed of what is left—an olive oil [Read More...]

In the Face of Evil

So much heartbreak, so many dead, so many injured. This is what evil looks like—people who would willingly, even eagerly, fire into a crowd or into a plane, who would even use their own body as bomb. Evil lurks in the eyes of those who would look full in the face of another human being [Read More...]

PC

It’s been interesting watch the dialog about ethnic Halloween costumes go by on my Facebook page. It has ranged from a Chinese-American friend posting a picture of a “Chinese” costume that featured yellow face paint (Really? Have you ever seen a Chinese person who was actually yellow?) to a friend who was genuinely bewildered that [Read More...]

Redemption

Late last night a member of my congregation was killed. She was someone who cared deeply about her spiritual life, who not only took classes through our church but also was moved to go through seminary. She was someone who believed, as Unitarian Universalists do, in growth, in possibility, in the urge toward the good, [Read More...]

Punishment

Sandra Bland died in police custody, and now there is video available for all to see of her encounter with the trooper who, after pulling her over, asks her to put out her cigarette.  She declines, and the cop gets more and more aggressive as she (legally) fails to comply with his requests. Now, you [Read More...]

Crying Together

Maybe we could just sit down and cry together first. In the presence of Black rage. In the presence of white shame. In the presence of grief and despair and the overwhelming knowledge that white men with guns just keep killing people. In the devastating remembrance that this is not the first time that a [Read More...]

Anne Lamott and the Pee-Pee Tweet

OK, honey, you know we love you, right? We love your novels and your essays and your memoirs and your wonderful Facebook posts. We love that you see your own imperfections, which look so much like ours, and that you are so clear that God treasures each of us in the presence of those imperfections, [Read More...]

Happy Earth Day

It feels a bit strange to say it—Happy Earth Day—a bit like saying “Happy Memorial Day” or “Happy Holocaust Day of Remembrance.” Some things are important to think about, and to honor, without being particularly happy. I don’t know about you, but I spend quite a bit of time thinking about climate change, about the [Read More...]


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