Guest Blogger Maria Greene asks, Why is Humanism So Scary for the UUA?

In the late 1960s—like so many other liberal movements—Humanism lost its way. Understandably, many Universalist and Unitarian congregations held onto Humanism long after the philosophy had grown moribund. The cultural currents shifted toward an eclectic mix of Christian liturgy, Buddhist practice, yoga and “spiritual but not religious.” Humanism did not adapt. Many of us held [Read More...]

It’s a Both/And kind of world

There is a lot of either/or thinking in the common narrative today…and I think the world is a little more complex than that. We celebrate the liberty of gay and lesbian Americans to marry – AND we continue to struggle for the rights of black, trans*, immigrants, and formerly incarcerated people to have truly just access to [Read More...]

Unitarian Humanism, That Peculiar Animal

Integrity. The word comes from the Latin, integer, “intact.” Related words include integer, a “whole number,” and integrate, “to put together.” When a boat has “watertight integrity” it doesn’t leak . . . much. Integrity is a feeling of psychological wholeness we get when our moral ideals matche our actions. It is the wholeness of [Read More...]

Black Churches Burning White Supremacy Burning

  “The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are involved in the investigation into the incidents — though the FBI says it’s too soon to tell if they’re at all connected. The churches targeted have majority black congregations. “They’re being investigated to determine who is responsible and what [Read More...]

Welcome To The Age of Practice

It’s Been a While The first person to doubt. Did she or he doubt because of oppression; because of terror or grief; or just the opposite—because of some heady freedom; because of safety and joy? Was perhaps the first person to doubt also the first to believe? What is it in human consciousness that causes [Read More...]

Choose Love

After years filled with state sanctioned violence and murder against people of color, the #BlackLivesMatter movement is calling out to each of us to resist the oppressive power of fear, hate, and greed; calling out to each of us to be persistent in our insistence on the power of love. We exist within particular (and [Read More...]

The Myth of Science Versus Religion

Getting the Metaphor Right It was the German writer Heinrich Heine who imagined a battle of Hebrews versus Hellenes. Soon it began to be imagined as Jerusalem versus Athens. Nowadays we endlessly tease at the science / religion chasm. Endlessly we ask: is it a chasm? A great divide? Is it reconcilable? Heine was looking [Read More...]

The Olympics of a Reflective Life

The Nose On Your Face I often find it best to start out by stating the obvious, and this is what I think is obvious, anyway, about those of us who choose our philosophy or religious tradition: We pick one (or pick elements of various ones) because we find those suggested practices and commitments useful [Read More...]

Religion American Style (and the Church of Crazy)

Off the Boat and Out of the Box Let’s face it, the United States has produced some way-crazy religions. Not to name any names, but anybody can name names . . . way crazy. Sometimes, when I hear from some of the progeny of those way-crazy religions, I have to wish that the Reformation hadn’t [Read More...]

That’s Why They Call It Practice

Sit Down, Kid When I was in my early 20s, I decided to dedicate myself to becoming a writer. Coming from a farming background, no one that I knew was a writers and no one that I knew had any idea about how to become a writer. (This was in the days before nearly every [Read More...]