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August 03, 2017
#Epicurus and Atomic Moderation
Working out the implications of what it means that “mind” is a function of the...
July 06, 2017
Until the Cows Come Home
(being a personal summary of the Zen story of the Ten Bulls*) As the youngest,...
June 22, 2017
The Lesson of Sunday School Cards
My dad was out of work a lot when I was a kid, so we...
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...
February 16, 2017
Working for Posterity
Sir Boyle Roche was an eighteenth century Irish politician known even today because of his...
December 22, 2016
Happy Holidays From the Cruel Optimisms
Isn’t it just a tad too ironic that one of the US national icons is...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
November 17, 2016
Kick the Dog, Pet the Dog—Off-Loading Anxiety
There’s two things we can do with suffering: we can kick the dog; or we...
October 27, 2016
Mulligan Stew, Truth, and Worldviews
In the early twentieth century the activist Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “The most revolutionary act is...
October 18, 2016
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie...
September 29, 2016
The War of Positions and Communities of Resistance
Antonio Gramsci was an early twentieth-century neo-Marxist who died in the 1930s as a result...
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...
August 18, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Three
Last week I continued a discussion of the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly...
July 28, 2016
Cosmopolitanism in a Time of Petty Nationalism
To be Humanist is to say, with the philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, “My city is...
July 21, 2016
When Hope Seems Silly
The life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to...
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....
June 28, 2016
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June 07, 2016
On Outrage and Douchebags
Social media is great for so many things—staying in touch with distant friends and family,...
June 02, 2016
Advice to a Graduate
My daughter is about to graduate from high school in a few days, which leaves...
May 19, 2016
#Religion: Let’s Talk About the Relationship
Recently I saw a bumper sticker: “It’s not a religion / It’s a relationship.” The...
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...
May 12, 2016
Getting a Mission On
If I’ve learned anything from serving and visiting several congregations, it is that survival is...
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...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
January 21, 2016
Relax: #Humanism Is Not Mack the Knife
Small Humanist groups are popping up and organizing around the US, some as independent groups,...
January 14, 2016
Some Accumulated Wisdom for Seminarians
One of the best aspects of being a senior minister is working with ministers-in-training. I...
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 17, 2015
Why Would Anyone Want to be a Minister?
My mother says I was born serious. Could be. For example, I remember that when...
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