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June 12, 2014
The Proof’s in the Pudding (or What’s Churchy about Church?)
Imagine I’m sometimes asked how humanists can have “church” without invoking god. Here’s how I...
June 10, 2014
Disappear or Die: Southern Black Trans-Experience
Today we bless Tela La’Raine Love as she prepares for her gender reassignment surgery. ...
June 05, 2014
#Development—It’s Nothing Personal
Pragmatic philosopher John Dewey once said, “Growth itself is the only moral end.” To philosophers...
May 29, 2014
Spiritual But Not . . . Keep Talking
Literary critic Terry Eagleton said, “The din of conversation is as much meaning as we...
May 22, 2014
Tinfoil Hats and the Examined Life
Let’s say I tell you I’m wearing a tinfoil hat today . . . What...
May 15, 2014
Bomb Throwers, Navel Gazers, and Goin’ All Thoreau: Doing Justice
Let’s consider an extreme example, a stark instance of the decision between doing something and...
May 14, 2014
We’ve Come This Far…
For her 75th birthday, my Granny talked my dad, her 4th born son, into driving...
May 08, 2014
Salvation Hits the Couch
Buddhism had been known in the United States since the mid-Nineteenth Century, but really came...
May 06, 2014
Give me the heart
I have spent the past few days saturated in extraordinary music, delicious food, dear friends...
May 01, 2014
Carrots, Sticks, Paddles, and Autopilot
Buddhist wisdom says there are three ways we naturally approach anything—desire, aversion, or indifference. For...
April 29, 2014
The high April winds blowing damage across the US this week also blew something into...
April 24, 2014
However They Have Writ the Style of Gods: Wounds and Healing
Here is the beautiful truth—saints and sinners are the same from the start. Hsu Yun,...
April 22, 2014
Earth Day Notes from New Orleans
Last week the Center hosted two groups of youth, one primarily people of color, one...
April 17, 2014
Pagans, Cheasters, and Nones: Easter and Open-Source Religion
This coming Easter morning, many people will rise and look east. Some will go to...
April 15, 2014
Earth: Our Deep Home Place
The Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalist cluster gathered in an oak -filled park on Sunday...
April 10, 2014
Let’s Agree to Agree on Subjectivity
There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an...
April 09, 2014
I don’t know about where you are, but here in California we have hit the...
April 03, 2014
A Semi-Private Idaho and Life in the Goldilocks Zone
Living in your own private Idaho underground like a wild potato The B52s You’ve...
March 27, 2014
Seriously—Who Said We Can Choose Our Own Mysteries?
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. ~Oscar Wilde There...
March 20, 2014
Fallen Angels, Rising Apes, and the Knowledge of the Serpent
I. In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles, the congregation that I serve as...
March 18, 2014
I am ever so grateful that I was assigned The Wolf Shall Dwell with the...
March 13, 2014
Sin Isn’t Very Original: Dostoyevsky and the Freedom to Really Mess Things Up
I have a terrible confession: almost all of the calories I consume in a day,...
March 07, 2014
When Plans Go Awry
"There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground." -- Rumi If you...
March 03, 2014
Company at the Bedside
On a good night these days our Little Bean (aka, Little Night Owl) will unwind...
February 28, 2014
Nomination for Most Necessary Picture: Twelve Years a Slave
I wish I could talk to my Great-Aunt Marie about the movie Twelve Years a...
February 27, 2014
Of Time and the Nebulous
Someday, they say, stars will stop gelling—the hydrogen and helium gone. Someday, each...
February 21, 2014
A Softer Focus
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make...
February 20, 2014
How Unitarian Universalists Do Church
I suppose everybody has a favorite founding document for a religion or a nation. Mine...
February 13, 2014
Spiritual Practice for Skeptics
I tend to get it from both sides when I talk about spiritual practice: many...
February 06, 2014
Apocalypse Never (and what we can do about it)
I grew up in the Pentecostal church. When I was ten, I knew just how...
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