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July 27, 2017
Steal Your Fire, Drink Your Tea
In the late nineteenth and into the twentieth-century a good many Unitarian congregations sponsored Prometheus Clubs....
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 27, 2017
Ashes to Ashes, Humus to Humus, and Humility
Humility. Everyone knows it’s a virtue, since its opposite is . . . what? hubris?...
March 09, 2017
Bad Theology=Bad Politics
I hear an undercurrent of assumption in much of the current liberal rhetoric—a mythology that...
February 09, 2017
The True Origin Story
February 12th is the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin. In celebration, I want to look...
February 02, 2017
Building Walls, Banning the Human
“Blame is a valuable antidote to helplessness.” Martha Nussbaum I spent last Monday morning in...
January 26, 2017
Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion
There are no alternative facts. There are alternative theories when we don't know the...
November 24, 2016
At #Thanksgiving, A Wish for Freedoms
I lost one of my cousins this week. (As a hillbilly, I have lots of...
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...
November 03, 2016
Social Gospel 2.0: Public Theology and #StandingWithStandingRock
#MoralMonday, #MoralRevival, and #StandingWithStandingRock have ushered in a new day for public theology. Religions can...
October 20, 2016
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re the same people...
September 22, 2016
Ganesha, Nietzsche, Truth, Consequences
The story goes that Shiva—one of the chief manifestations of divinity in Hinduism—and his...
September 15, 2016
Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God
The September 2016 Atlantic features an article about new Humanist communities titled “A Less Lonely...
September 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
September 01, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Five
Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called...
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...
August 04, 2016
As the number of the post-religious skyrockets in the United States, the “mindfulness” train is...
July 12, 2016
A Review of Grace Without God: the Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age by Katherine Ozment.
By Rev. Dr. David Breeden A question from one of her children sends Ozment on...
July 07, 2016
They Ain’t Heavy: UU Pluralism and Its Discontents
One of the most serious issues for a tradition such as Unitarian Universalism that has...
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 16, 2016
Swing Vote in the Bitter Election: Reflections on Orlando
The recent massacre in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida is unfortunately an example...
June 09, 2016
No Gods, No Masters, and the Humanist Way of Thinking
Humanism developed in late Medieval Christianity, but moved on. European humanism reached high points in...
June 02, 2016
Cafeteria, Smorgasbord, Grubhub: Religion Delivery Today
A Twitter meme says, “Spiritual but not religious: people who prefer to make up their own...
May 05, 2016
#Mindfulness and the View We Take of Things
One on Every Corner There’s a lot of talk about spiritual practice these days. “Mindfulness”...
April 07, 2016
One of the most persistent cliches about humanists is that we are human-o-centric and egotistical....
March 31, 2016
What’s the Beef with Purple Cows? On Logos and Mythos
What's the difference between a poem and a mathematical equation? Say, between Einstein’s E=MC2 and...
March 24, 2016
Cutting Some Slack for Integrity
Reformers. Protestants. Heretics. Loudmouths. William Tyndale’s (1494-1536) crime was translating the bible into English. Tyndale said,...
February 18, 2016
To Whom It May Concern: the Humanist/Theist Split in Unitarian Universalism
Since I’m an out-there Humanist, I get asked fairly often how Unitarian Universalists might go...
February 11, 2016
Emily Dickinson wrote, Of Course I prayed And did God Care? He cared as much...
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