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June 16, 2016
Orlando: God herself Is Inconsolable
When I was coming out as a young lesbian, back in the late 70s and...
June 16, 2016
Swing Vote in the Bitter Election: Reflections on Orlando
The recent massacre in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida is unfortunately an example...
May 18, 2016
Explicitly Black UU Healing Spaces: Spiritual Compassion Practice at GA 2016
[A note of gratitude and a heart full of appreciation to the Rev. Carlton Elliot...
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...
April 05, 2016
Letter to the Editor
Louisiana is the most incarcerated place in the world. Let's truly sit with that for...
March 22, 2016
Holy Work in this Holy Week
As the Christian world grieves and celebrates the Passion of Christ during this Holy Week,...
March 15, 2016
The Grace of Learning
In life, there are many things we can learn from other people. And there are...
March 03, 2016
#Humanism: Who We Are; What We Do; Why It Matters
I. Who We Are Religions and philosophies serve as heuristic devices for life, providing shape...
February 18, 2016
To Whom It May Concern: the Humanist/Theist Split in Unitarian Universalism
Since I’m an out-there Humanist, I get asked fairly often how Unitarian Universalists might go...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
February 04, 2016
Love Thy Neighbor As . . .
There’s an old Buddhist story that goes like this: Once a mother found her baby...
January 07, 2016
This year First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis is celebrating a century of humanism. Rev. John...
December 29, 2015
Instructions for the New Year
Beloveds, as we prepare for the new year, I invite you to take a deep...
December 24, 2015
Some Slack for the Tense on the Holidays
I know, I know—some people just love the holiday season—“the hap-, hap-, happiest time of...
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...
December 03, 2015
Fear, Hope, and Hell In A Hand Basket
I learned to type on a manual typewriter. There’s wasn’t an exclamation point (!) on...
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 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 17, 2015
In the Ruins
In the Ruins A man sits on the rubble— not just in the rubble,...
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...
September 15, 2015
In this time of intense polarization
I cannot help but to wonder:
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 18, 2015
In times of grief and struggle, remember, friends
August 13, 2015
Some Basics About #Humanism
Definition: Humanism is an evidence-based value system dedicated to freedom of thought and the promotion...
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