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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 12, 2015
Humanism and a Theology of Liberation (Without Strangling Priests)
Humanism does not require the death of God. All it requires is the affirmation of...
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....
February 26, 2015
Religious Humanism: What Was Old is New Again
Church Attendance Free Fall The Barna Group, a research group that keeps up with trends...
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 12, 2015
Greenery Without People: The Future of Post-Religious Community
I don’t get it about the natural world. Like, greenery, without people in it, is...
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 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 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...
November 20, 2014
Subjectivity, Existence, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
All of us are born into a world we do not understand. All human beings...
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...
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 21, 2014
Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found...
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....
October 14, 2014
Companions on the journey
“May beauty and passion and compassion be our companions. May we be fully alive. Amen.”...
October 02, 2014
Beliefs, A-Liefs, and Seeing the Way Things Are
Tis education forms the common mind, Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined....
September 25, 2014
The Open and Shut (?) Case on Religious Thinking and Cognitive Closure
It isn’t news that there’s an inverse relation between religious piety and innovative thought. Religion...
September 11, 2014
It’s always 9/11 Now: Porous, Buffered, and the Search for Authentic
Authenticity or Bust From the First Great Awakening of the 1740s that energized the North...
September 09, 2014
The Courage for Compassion
Even After All this time The sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.”...
September 08, 2014
Blessings from Heaven
This past weekend I had the chance to do one of my favorite things. Presiding...
September 04, 2014
Moses, Jesus, Paul and Sacred Soundbites
What ‘Ol Abe Saw Moses, Jesus, Paul, et. al. as motivator. Their words as marching...
September 02, 2014
When in doubt, choose the side of Compassion
The Thursday following the fundamentalist disruption of worship service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of...
August 28, 2014
The Spiritual Practice of Agnosticism
Wolf! The Aesop fable about the boy who cried wolf has long been viewed as...
August 14, 2014
The Rise of the Totally Awesome ‘Whatever’ God
“Moralistic therapeutic deism.” That’s the term sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton coined to...
August 07, 2014
Spiritual but not Superstitious (Mystical Without the Mumbling)
“Spirituality” is emotion. Sometimes the spiritual emotion springs from a consciously adopted attitude toward the...
July 31, 2014
Reps of God: Christian Triumphalism and the DIY Future of Unitarian Universalism
LITE The future of Unitarian Universalism does not lie in Christianity Lite any more than...
July 29, 2014
The Journey is Essential
On the verge of two weeks of study leave, I offer this ancestor wisdom to the...
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