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April 02, 2015
#RFRA, Soapy Cilantro, and Tasty Gods
(Or: A Little Demonstration of What Religious Freedom Looks Like) POLARIZATION Cilantro. It’s a polarizing...
March 31, 2015
a love poem for a holy week
Happiness is this moment alive in the sunshine knowing I am Loved.
March 26, 2015
Religious Arguments: Where Are the Grownups?
RABBITS In November of 1726 news reached London that a physician had assisted a woman...
March 19, 2015
The Transient, the Permanent, and the Stitching Horse: What Remains True in Religions
When I was a kid, I loved wandering in the barn on my grandfather’s farm....
March 10, 2015
Closing the Faith Gap – Restoring the Voting Rights Act of 1965
“We all have two religions: the religion we talk about and the religion we live....
March 05, 2015
Selma Plus Fifty: Time For an Eight-Lane Bridge
WHERE ONLY BLACK MEN JAYWALK We are rightly celebrating the bravery of people—both the famous...
February 19, 2015
Apocalypse: What Death Cults Really Want
The recent Atlantic article by Graeme Wood, “What Isis Really Wants,” examines the Isis phenomenon...
February 09, 2015
How Do We Interact on the Cyber-Commons?
I bet I’m not the only one whose Facebook page is lighting up right now...
January 29, 2015
The Bigness of our Littleness: Humanism and Individualism
Late in his life the philosopher Richard Rorty—well known to be an atheist—was asked...
January 22, 2015
Selma: Death of a Meta-narrative
OK, I admit it—I love it when postmodernism calls it right. And the screeches and...
January 20, 2015
Guest Blogger: Rev. Paul Beedle: Reflections: Selma
Today we welcome the Reverend Paul Beedle, parish minister for First Unitarian Universalist Church of...
January 13, 2015
As the movement builds, let us remember
I learned in school that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream....
January 08, 2015
Covenant: Broken Promises, Dumb Ideas, and Ways Forward
Captain, We're Out of Beer! When those adventurers we now call the Pilgrims realized they...
January 01, 2015
Religion: It’s What You Do
Seriously, No Joke Have you ever noticed how pointless it is to ask someone, “What’s...
December 18, 2014
Heartbroken in America
This week my guest blogger is Jim Foti, the assistant minister at the congregation I...
December 16, 2014
Don’t Let the Light Go Out
The Feast of Hanukkah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in particular and the resistance...
December 11, 2014
White Privilege: Kumbaya Won’t Cut It
How Sad A sad fact: Many things that are good for society or the earth itself...
December 09, 2014
A Prayer for Wonder Restored
What does is mean to be a people of wonder? This was the evening’s invitational...
December 04, 2014
Could That “Riot” Be an Uprising?
Let’s face it, the last several days have been hard on White Power. Despite a...
November 27, 2014
On this #Ferguson #Thanksgiving, America:—What’s Your Mission Statement?
The British novelist Charles Dickens toured the US in the early 1840s. Dickens was considerably...
November 26, 2014
Seeing is Believing
In the wake of Ferguson, in the wake of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant and...
November 25, 2014
“the war against dehumanization is ceaseless”
"They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is...
November 18, 2014
Eight Virtues for Generous Living
Patheos generously sent me a copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous...
November 13, 2014
Blinding and Beheading: One Path, Many Mountains
"I have been Don Quixote, always creating a world of my own." ~Anais Nin...
November 11, 2014
In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915) In Flanders fields the poppies blow...
November 06, 2014
The Losing Team
Another election has come and gone. Some people, presumably, are delighted, while others are filled...
November 06, 2014
Justice, Elections, and Whiteness
Brits By the Boatload When that boatload of Brits showed up in Massachusetts, they quite...
November 04, 2014
Election Day, November 4, 2014
Today is the day, friends. The day to VOTE. This is the day when we...
October 30, 2014
Conscience and Choosing the Hill to Die On
As of this writing, Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is under house arrest for her resistance...
October 16, 2014
Where Is the I in Me? Emotions, Self and Soul
A child falls down and begins screaming. It’s common. You did it as a child....
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