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August 17, 2017
#Charlottesville and Getting Real
I spent some time in the Czech Republic not long after the Wall fell. One...
August 10, 2017
On the Suppression of Knowledge
This week a New York Times headline reads “Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Climate Change...
June 15, 2017
The Stories We Listen To; the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Our elders teach us things. Sometimes, later, we change our minds about those teachings, sometimes...
June 01, 2017
So, apparently the current administration has pulled out of the Paris climate accord because they...
June 01, 2017
An Improvisational People
True confession: I don’t know a chancel from a narthex. This can become a liability...
May 11, 2017
Could It Get Better? The Problem of Progressivism
I am writing this morning at a McDonalds in a small farm town near my...
May 04, 2017
The National Day of . . . Counter-Narratives #NationalDayofReason
Dominant narratives. They dominate. They tell a story that most people in a group want...
April 06, 2017
Hey, UU, Time For a Redo
Fear. Anxiety. It’s free-floating among those of a liberal bent these days. This week has...
April 04, 2017
In the Name of Love
There has been a lot to process in the Unitarian Universalist world over the past...
March 30, 2017
Assumptions are Imaginary But They’re not Social
In Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote, Society is held together by our...
March 24, 2017
Smells Like White Racism
A friend posted on Facebook, upset that a qualified person of color had been overlooked...
March 23, 2017
An Antidote to Racial Theatre
Review of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S....
March 16, 2017
An acquaintance (who is white) once related one of the nightmares of his life. He...
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...
March 09, 2017
Bad Theology=Bad Politics
I hear an undercurrent of assumption in much of the current liberal rhetoric—a mythology that...
March 02, 2017
Meaning, Purpose, and Individualism: Thinking Our Way Out of Self-Reliance
We human beings appear to be the only animals that become confused about our meaning...
February 23, 2017
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis of the causes...
February 16, 2017
Working for Posterity
Sir Boyle Roche was an eighteenth century Irish politician known even today because of his...
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...
February 01, 2017
Circles of Concern: How to Talk Politics
The bad news is…well, there’s a hell of a lot of it. But the good...
January 26, 2017
Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion
There are no alternative facts. There are alternative theories when we don't know the...
January 19, 2017
“Great Men” and the Tide of History
“Hindsight is 20/20” goes the cliche. And in my experience a lot of people want...
January 12, 2017
#Humanism, Specism, and the Baggage of Words
In a recent op ed article in The New York Times, Natasha Lennard and Cary...
January 05, 2017
Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind
The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony...
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 15, 2016
Communities of Resilience and Resistance
As a young theology student, James Luther Adams watched the Nazi rise to power. For...
December 08, 2016
Better Living Through #Cynicism
Good. Better. Best. Choice. In consumerist cultures we learn to make choices but are discouraged from...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
December 01, 2016
As the People Fell into a Well
JUNK The popular Christian writer Father Richard Rohr says, “If your religion is not showing...
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