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January 21, 2016
Relax: #Humanism Is Not Mack the Knife
Small Humanist groups are popping up and organizing around the US, some as independent groups,...
January 14, 2016
Some Accumulated Wisdom for Seminarians
One of the best aspects of being a senior minister is working with ministers-in-training. I...
January 07, 2016
This year First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis is celebrating a century of humanism. Rev. John...
January 05, 2016
The Lure of Our Worst Natures
I think you could argue that if we characterized candidates for the presidency in Freudian...
December 31, 2015
Redefining #Religion: You Might Be a Religious Naturalist
The Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion defines religion this way: From the Latin relegare...
December 29, 2015
Instructions for the New Year
Beloveds, as we prepare for the new year, I invite you to take a deep...
December 10, 2015
Do Your Religion a Favor: Live Up to Its Principles
I meet monthly with the Downtown Senior Clergy of Minneapolis. This week we listened to...
November 26, 2015
Grace for the Rest of Us
Grace. Some say it before meals. Some have it for a name. Grace-ful people have...
November 24, 2015
“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but...
November 23, 2015
Helping Black Lives Matter at the White Thanksgiving Table
Apparently, some people are hoping for Adele to come to their Thanksgiving dinner and soothe...
November 19, 2015
#Terrorism: Religion and Nationalism Aren’t Fixing It
Nothing like a crisis to clarify values. If the terrorist attacks in Paris have clarified...
November 15, 2015
In the Face of Evil
So much heartbreak, so many dead, so many injured. This is what evil looks like—people...
November 11, 2015
The “Trinsics”: Where are You Coming From?
Psychologist Gordon Allport argued that there are two types of religious experience—the extrinsic and the...
November 10, 2015
People Who Have Come ALIVE!
What makes you come alive my friend? This week I grateful to bear witness to...
November 05, 2015
Congregational Humanist Liturgy: Creating a Religion-Neutral Zone
The Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (370-287 BCE) told this story: Once three friends were discussing life....
October 30, 2015
It’s been interesting watch the dialog about ethnic Halloween costumes go by on my Facebook...
October 21, 2015
Things that get in the way
I often tell the story of the time my Chaplain Supervisor told me, “Deanna, I...
October 15, 2015
Death of the Curate
Art museums are currently going through a sea change, and that sea change is about...
October 08, 2015
Putting First Things First: Congregations of Philosophers
In 1931 the Humanist Unitarian minister Curtis Reese looked into his crystal ball and wrote...
September 24, 2015
Musing On Relevance
I meet monthly with clergy colleagues, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian of various stripes, all of...
September 22, 2015
When I breathe in…
A few weeks ago, I shared a sermon called Still We Rise with a congregation in the...
September 17, 2015
Mansplaining, Whitesplaning, and the Power of Listening
Totally unprepared are you To face a world of men Timid and shy and scared...
September 15, 2015
In this time of intense polarization
I cannot help but to wonder:
September 10, 2015
Five Reasons to Congregate in a Congregation
Why bother joining a congregation rather than, oh, say, a bowling league? 1. To meet...
September 08, 2015
A little respite for our souls…
I need a little respite for my soul, soul, soul take a little time to...
September 03, 2015
Integrity and the Big Hole in Wholeness
You’ve heard it; you’ve thought it; perhaps you’ve even said it: “She is SO together!”...
August 20, 2015
How Secular is “Religious”?
We don’t know how the ready access to information will ultimately change the human condition,...
August 06, 2015
On the Right to Take Up Space
(homily for a prayer vigil for those murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston,...
July 30, 2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates: Essential Summer Reading (and why freedom of the press was invented)
Though the idea had been around for millennia, the 1662 book Natural and Political Observations...
July 28, 2015
BLACK LIVES MATTER
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2015 General Assembly recognizes that the fight for civil...
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