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July 06, 2017
Until the Cows Come Home
(being a personal summary of the Zen story of the Ten Bulls*) As the youngest,...
June 08, 2017
Murder and What’s in a Story
Why do we kill each other? I have to admit that when I walk along...
April 27, 2017
Ashes to Ashes, Humus to Humus, and Humility
Humility. Everyone knows it’s a virtue, since its opposite is . . . what? hubris?...
April 04, 2017
In the Name of Love
There has been a lot to process in the Unitarian Universalist world over the past...
March 14, 2017
Shine on! Faithful living in a breakable world
I spend a lot my time and life energy organizing with the New Orleans community...
March 09, 2017
Bad Theology=Bad Politics
I hear an undercurrent of assumption in much of the current liberal rhetoric—a mythology that...
February 23, 2017
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis of the causes...
February 09, 2017
The True Origin Story
February 12th is the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin. In celebration, I want to look...
January 26, 2017
Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion
There are no alternative facts. There are alternative theories when we don't know the...
January 19, 2017
“Great Men” and the Tide of History
“Hindsight is 20/20” goes the cliche. And in my experience a lot of people want...
December 15, 2016
Communities of Resilience and Resistance
As a young theology student, James Luther Adams watched the Nazi rise to power. For...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
October 20, 2016
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re the same people...
October 18, 2016
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie...
September 27, 2016
How Can You Say You Love Me?
The Rabbi Jeffrey Summit [of Tufts Hillel] tells a Hasidic story of the rabbi who...
September 22, 2016
Hand Me A Pickaxe, Please! I Need Hope!
I’ve been thinking lately about despair and hope, especially for people like me who live...
September 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
August 04, 2016
As the number of the post-religious skyrockets in the United States, the “mindfulness” train is...
July 21, 2016
When Hope Seems Silly
The life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to...
July 19, 2016
Law and Order: Donald Trump’s Fantasy
Donald Trump has promised us that he will be the candidate standing on the side...
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 08, 2016
A Mathematics of Loss
Mathematics There is no algebra for death. No life lost cancels out another. The idea...
June 30, 2016
Beyond the Congeries of Banks: Finding a Moral Center
After the September 1938 Munich Pact with which the European democracies ceded territory to Nazi...
June 28, 2016
You should start a meme, they said…
June 23, 2016
A Plea for a Philosophical Plank in Party Platforms
“The good life.” Lordy, lordy . . . I’m not hearing about it on CNN....
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,...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
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