Ordinary Time

Though March is not the season of Ordinary Time according to the Roman Catholic calendar, we are embracing Ordinary Time in this one Unitarian Universalist household, right now. (One of many aspects of Unitarian Universalist “culture” that I enjoy is that it often seems as though “rules were made to…be discussed.”) It was been a [Read More...]

Beauty Today

Tomorrow is the first day of  Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Here in Central Pennsylvania, yesterday felt bitterly cold and we  had several inches of snow. Yesterday was winter, and the weather forecasters say that it may be wintery again tonight with cold temperatures and more snow.  But today the sun is out, the snow [Read More...]

What’s (Not) To Worry About?

Well, it’s not the end of the world, by a long stretch. In fact, it’s what I’ve heard is called in the Alcoholics Anonymous community “a bourgeois problem,” or “a luxury problem.” I shall write it down as such in Robin’s Baby Book–another “first.” “First class in D.C. that was filled before we went to [Read More...]

Why I am a Unitarian Universalist

At college I found a small group of humanists who called themselves Unitarian Universalists. They were joyful people whose values of commitment and compassion I admired. I was not alone. [Read more...]

Relationship First

“If words come out of the heart, they will enter the heart, but if they come from the tongue, they will not pass beyond the ears.” Al-Suhra Wardi , Persia, 12th Century This morning I listened to the Diane Rehm show on my local NPR station; she interviewed Deborah Hicks who has written a book  [Read More...]

…born and re-born again

“Love, yes, love your calling, for this holy and generous love will impart strength to you so as to enable you to surmount all obstacles.” ~St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier In the late 1820s, a “change in inner conviction” led the Rev. Dr. Theodore Clapp to begin preaching universalism in New Orleans. This change inspired the [Read More...]

This Is What’s Happening

This is what’s happening, now. It is the last day of our week-and-a-half West Coast trip. We are in Portland, Oregon, the city where I was born and grew up, where I know a thousand places I would love to go–this and that bookstore, that cafe, and oh, the breakfast places I would love to [Read More...]

Waiting for Snow in Carlisle

Today, I carpooled to a daylong meeting with several colleagues. As we rode back toward home, we heard weather forecasts calling for several inches of snow tonight and into the morning. Now, you should know that unlike much of the rest of the country, we have had little to no snow in Central and Eastern [Read More...]

Being and Doing, Work and Spiritual Practice

Last week I attended an interesting conference called Wisdom 2.0, about the convergence of technology and spirituality. To say it was interesting is an understatement: For this Midwesterner, listening to folks from the tech industry was fascinating, and the collection of spiritual teachers and industry leaders was artful. (You can watch what happened at Wisdom2summit.com.) [Read More...]

High Resolve

“Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.” ~ Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman Carnival has passed. [Read More...]