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May 14, 2015
The Wrath of Pew and the Road to Character
Schadenfreude No More Another Pew poll showing another major decline in church attendance appeared this...
April 23, 2015
My Tribe by Alberto Blanco: A Way to Belong
In celebration of National Poetry Month, a translation from the great Mexican poet Alberto Blanco....
April 21, 2015
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith has taken the stand that “Advancing the human rights of...
April 09, 2015
Reason is Dead; Long Live . . . Advanced Hindsight
JUSTICE IS A SNACK AWAY Justice. It may be a meal best served cold, but...
March 31, 2015
a love poem for a holy week
Happiness is this moment alive in the sunshine knowing I am Loved.
March 26, 2015
Religious Arguments: Where Are the Grownups?
RABBITS In November of 1726 news reached London that a physician had assisted a woman...
March 19, 2015
The Transient, the Permanent, and the Stitching Horse: What Remains True in Religions
When I was a kid, I loved wandering in the barn on my grandfather’s farm....
February 26, 2015
Religious Humanism: What Was Old is New Again
Church Attendance Free Fall The Barna Group, a research group that keeps up with trends...
December 25, 2014
The ‘Ol Heave Ho Ho
You’ve seen them spilling off the paved trail into the woods; you’ve seen them in...
December 16, 2014
Don’t Let the Light Go Out
The Feast of Hanukkah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in particular and the resistance...
November 18, 2014
Eight Virtues for Generous Living
Patheos generously sent me a copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous...
November 11, 2014
In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915) In Flanders fields the poppies blow...
October 21, 2014
Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found...
October 16, 2014
Where Is the I in Me? Emotions, Self and Soul
A child falls down and begins screaming. It’s common. You did it as a child....
October 14, 2014
Companions on the journey
“May beauty and passion and compassion be our companions. May we be fully alive. Amen.”...
October 06, 2014
Whoever it was that said grief comes in waves knows what it is to stand...
October 02, 2014
Beliefs, A-Liefs, and Seeing the Way Things Are
Tis education forms the common mind, Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined....
October 01, 2014
Good Enough: 10 Tips for Sucking Less
Recently Christine Organ (a blogger for this UU Collective) published a lovely post on “good...
September 30, 2014
A Summer Memory
for Maggie and Lewis As the dimming fall welcomes me back, a summer memory...
September 18, 2014
A Touch of Nature Makes the Whole World Kin: So What’s Our Excuse? (A Humanist “Theology” of Radical Welcome)
Mystical and Scientific The author of the Gospel of Matthew reports Jesus saying, “If you...
September 11, 2014
It’s always 9/11 Now: Porous, Buffered, and the Search for Authentic
Authenticity or Bust From the First Great Awakening of the 1740s that energized the North...
September 09, 2014
The Courage for Compassion
Even After All this time The sun never says to the earth, “You owe Me.”...
September 02, 2014
When in doubt, choose the side of Compassion
The Thursday following the fundamentalist disruption of worship service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of...
August 28, 2014
The Spiritual Practice of Agnosticism
Wolf! The Aesop fable about the boy who cried wolf has long been viewed as...
August 14, 2014
The Rise of the Totally Awesome ‘Whatever’ God
“Moralistic therapeutic deism.” That’s the term sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton coined to...
August 07, 2014
Spiritual but not Superstitious (Mystical Without the Mumbling)
“Spirituality” is emotion. Sometimes the spiritual emotion springs from a consciously adopted attitude toward the...
July 31, 2014
Reps of God: Christian Triumphalism and the DIY Future of Unitarian Universalism
LITE The future of Unitarian Universalism does not lie in Christianity Lite any more than...
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 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...
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