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July 24, 2014
House on Fire: Church Attendance in the US
There it is, yet another study indicating that the number of American Christians who attend...
July 22, 2014
Circle Round for Freedom
The opposite of liberal religion is not conservative religion. It is fundamentalism – the deep...
July 17, 2014
Martian Sleeper Cells and A-Model Tism
Since I’m both a minister and a humanist, I’m asked—often in rather shocked terms—if I...
July 10, 2014
Eleanor Rigby’s Selfie
We learned from the Beatles that Eleanor Rigby “keeps her face in a jar by...
July 08, 2014
Keep the Faith
This morning I tended to my garden and that of an elder neighbor....
July 03, 2014
Way to Go, Supreme Court: Another #facepalm
A Primo #Facepalm Moment To be a citizen of the United States is to experience...
June 26, 2014
Roadmaps for the Soul (or: Hunting, Gathering, Singing)
In “Tombstone Blues,” a song released in 1965, Bob Dylan sang, “The National Bank at...
June 19, 2014
Making Sense of Life (or: Three Decorating Ideas for the Mind)
Wallace Stevens once said, “How full of trifles everything is! It is only one’s thoughts...
June 12, 2014
The Proof’s in the Pudding (or What’s Churchy about Church?)
Imagine I’m sometimes asked how humanists can have “church” without invoking god. Here’s how I...
June 05, 2014
#Development—It’s Nothing Personal
Pragmatic philosopher John Dewey once said, “Growth itself is the only moral end.” To philosophers...
May 29, 2014
Spiritual But Not . . . Keep Talking
Literary critic Terry Eagleton said, “The din of conversation is as much meaning as we...
May 22, 2014
Tinfoil Hats and the Examined Life
Let’s say I tell you I’m wearing a tinfoil hat today . . . What...
May 08, 2014
Salvation Hits the Couch
Buddhism had been known in the United States since the mid-Nineteenth Century, but really came...
May 01, 2014
Carrots, Sticks, Paddles, and Autopilot
Buddhist wisdom says there are three ways we naturally approach anything—desire, aversion, or indifference. For...
April 17, 2014
Pagans, Cheasters, and Nones: Easter and Open-Source Religion
This coming Easter morning, many people will rise and look east. Some will go to...
April 10, 2014
Let’s Agree to Agree on Subjectivity
There ain't no answer. There ain't gonna be any answer. There never has been an...
April 03, 2014
A Semi-Private Idaho and Life in the Goldilocks Zone
Living in your own private Idaho underground like a wild potato The B52s You’ve...
March 27, 2014
Seriously—Who Said We Can Choose Our Own Mysteries?
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible. ~Oscar Wilde There...
March 20, 2014
Fallen Angels, Rising Apes, and the Knowledge of the Serpent
I. In addition to the Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles, the congregation that I serve as...
March 18, 2014
I am ever so grateful that I was assigned The Wolf Shall Dwell with the...
March 13, 2014
Sin Isn’t Very Original: Dostoyevsky and the Freedom to Really Mess Things Up
I have a terrible confession: almost all of the calories I consume in a day,...
February 27, 2014
Of Time and the Nebulous
Someday, they say, stars will stop gelling—the hydrogen and helium gone. Someday, each...
February 20, 2014
How Unitarian Universalists Do Church
I suppose everybody has a favorite founding document for a religion or a nation. Mine...
February 13, 2014
Spiritual Practice for Skeptics
I tend to get it from both sides when I talk about spiritual practice: many...
February 10, 2014
The Harvest Comes
On a blazingly sunny January morning, I marched into a sanctuary outside of Denver, Colorado...
February 06, 2014
Apocalypse Never (and what we can do about it)
I grew up in the Pentecostal church. When I was ten, I knew just how...
January 30, 2014
A Scream and a Theory: Natural Selection and the Higher Moral Order
Scientific theories do not occur in a vacuum. Like poems or paintings, theories reflect the...
January 26, 2014
Worthy to be Entrusted
(Today, I preached at the ordination of a new minister in my denomination, Unitarian Universalism....
January 21, 2014
[More king cakes than you can imagine and only two weeks into Epiphany, I am...
January 16, 2014
A Gift, A Letter, and a Drowning Man: The Legacy of “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
There’s an old Zen story that does like this: Once there was a great...
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