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July 13, 2017
A review of Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena by Rodney Stark
Before I say anything else, I should say: Read this book. Whether you agree or...
June 22, 2017
The Lesson of Sunday School Cards
My dad was out of work a lot when I was a kid, so we...
May 18, 2017
I’m an Atheist! Now What?
As I mentioned in my last blog post, unlike progressive traditions such as the United...
September 22, 2016
Ganesha, Nietzsche, Truth, Consequences
The story goes that Shiva—one of the chief manifestations of divinity in Hinduism—and his...
September 15, 2016
Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God
The September 2016 Atlantic features an article about new Humanist communities titled “A Less Lonely...
August 18, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Three
Last week I continued a discussion of the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly...
July 12, 2016
Black Lives Matter more than White Fear
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. In Louisiana In Minnesota In Texas Black Lives Matter....
July 12, 2016
A Review of Grace Without God: the Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age by Katherine Ozment.
By Rev. Dr. David Breeden A question from one of her children sends Ozment on...
July 07, 2016
They Ain’t Heavy: UU Pluralism and Its Discontents
One of the most serious issues for a tradition such as Unitarian Universalism that has...
June 28, 2016
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June 02, 2016
Cafeteria, Smorgasbord, Grubhub: Religion Delivery Today
A Twitter meme says, “Spiritual but not religious: people who prefer to make up their own...
May 19, 2016
#Religion: Let’s Talk About the Relationship
Recently I saw a bumper sticker: “It’s not a religion / It’s a relationship.” The...
May 12, 2016
Getting a Mission On
If I’ve learned anything from serving and visiting several congregations, it is that survival is...
April 28, 2016
Getting Real With Church (or: More Questions Than Answers)
In a recent blog post by marketing entrepreneur Seth Godin called “Supply and Demand” Godin...
April 21, 2016
So You Want a #Spiritual Experience? #SBNR
GET YOUR AWE ON Which religion offers the best chance at a spiritual experience? Thirty-nine...
April 12, 2016
A spiritual responsibility for a moral tomorrow
In case the not so subtle nuances and coded language around race and class that are...
March 24, 2016
Cutting Some Slack for Integrity
Reformers. Protestants. Heretics. Loudmouths. William Tyndale’s (1494-1536) crime was translating the bible into English. Tyndale said,...
February 25, 2016
The changing religious landscape in the US is a bit hard to get one's head...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
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...
December 17, 2015
Why Would Anyone Want to be a Minister?
My mother says I was born serious. Could be. For example, I remember that when...
December 01, 2015
While many people in this country go to work and get paid, social change workers...
November 24, 2015
“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but...
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 22, 2015
Why Does a Super-Nice Word Like “Spiritual” Make Humanists All Itchy?
Here is what Plato had to say about the body and the soul: Does not...
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...
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