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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 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 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 29, 2015
Words, Words, and the Word Was With . . .
In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare has the character Polonius ask Hamlet, “What do you read,...
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...
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...
October 01, 2015
Looking For #Happiness, Epicurean Style
Who doesn’t want to be happy? Everybody wants to be happy. The trouble starts when...
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!”...
September 01, 2015
And Still We Rise
The poet Mark Nepo writes that when “we find ourselves in an emergency at night,...
August 27, 2015
The Duality Fallacy
The Methodist Church across the street from my church has a large lighted sign that...
August 25, 2015
As we re-member, a love note to NOLA and to life
This is a love note to my people, to friends and family and strangers who...
August 20, 2015
How Secular is “Religious”?
We don’t know how the ready access to information will ultimately change the human condition,...
August 18, 2015
In times of grief and struggle, remember, friends
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 28, 2015
BLACK LIVES MATTER
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2015 General Assembly recognizes that the fight for civil...
July 23, 2015
Informed Eclecticism: Why Unitarian Universalism Needs Wing Nuts
The Very Hungry Syncretism Orthodox Unitarian Universalism is syncretic, in theologian-lingo. In philosophy and the...
July 16, 2015
Guest Blogger Maria Greene asks, Why is Humanism So Scary for the UUA?
In the late 1960s—like so many other liberal movements—Humanism lost its way. Understandably, many Universalist...
July 14, 2015
It’s a Both/And kind of world
There is a lot of either/or thinking in the common narrative today...and I think the world is...
July 09, 2015
Unitarian Humanism, That Peculiar Animal
Integrity. The word comes from the Latin, integer, “intact.” Related words include integer, a “whole...
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