Orlando: God herself Is Inconsolable

When I was coming out as a young lesbian, back in the late 70s and early 80s, you could find me hanging out pretty much every Friday and Saturday night at A Woman’s Coffeehouse, in the basement of Plymouth Congregational Church. It was appropriate that this chemically free, women only space was in a church, [Read More…]

Profile of a Murderer

Don’t get me wrong. I am not generally a fan of profiling. I find it appalling that people of color are so much more likely than white people to be stopped while driving or followed in stores. I am horrified when an Arab-speaking scholar is presumed to be a terrorist for writing math equations on [Read More…]

Explicitly Black UU Healing Spaces: Spiritual Compassion Practice at GA 2016

[A note of gratitude and a heart full of appreciation to the Rev. Carlton Elliot Smith for his generosity, insight, and  reflections in the creation of this post. -DV] Last night I began reading Uncovering Race: A Black Journalist’s Story of Reporting and Reinvention by Amy Alexander (Beacon Press, 20011).  Describing landing her first “real job” as [Read More…]

Y’all Means All: Veto a Bad Bill

Dear Governor Haslam, This week, the State Legislature sent you a bill to legalize discrimination in counseling. Against the professional ethics that guide therapists, against standards of professional practice, against the will and good hearts of the fair-minded people of Tennessee, the State Legislature allowed the fevers of our times to confuse their good thinking. [Read More…]

A spiritual responsibility for a moral tomorrow

In case the not so subtle nuances and coded language around race and class that are pouring out of state legislatures and the presidential candidate nomination races have puzzled you, let us a take a moment to look back to the post-Civil war Reconstruction era.  The need for White supremacy and 1%-er capitalism is explicitly explained and defended as [Read More…]

Letter to the Editor

Louisiana is the most incarcerated place in the world. Let’s truly sit with that for a moment. And then, dear friends, let’s do something about it. We know that we do not deserve to spend our precious lives in prison – either as prisoners or as jailers. Let’s choose to stop trying children as adults. [Read More…]

Holy Work in this Holy Week

As the Christian world grieves and celebrates the Passion of Christ during this Holy Week, climate justice activist are gathering in New Orleans to resist the issuing of new leases to destroy life in the Gulf of Mexico and livelihoods in the Gulf South. For a deeper understanding of what is going on, The New [Read More…]

The Grace of Learning

In life, there are many things we can learn from other people. And there are many times when we have to be “the other people” in order to learn. In Unitarian Universalism, there is a tradition of blessing babies and young children when they become a part of the congregation by giving them a rose [Read More…]

Guarding the Family Treasure

This week, I’m spending three days in Georgetown, DC, as part of the post-graduate program at The Bowen Center for the Family.  The program is to deepen understanding in Bowen Family Systems Thinking.  Today, I heard a presentation that made me think, so I’m passing it on, in case it might spark some thoughts for [Read More…]

Leading from the Airship

This week’s New Yorker had an article about the resurgence of airships.  Sure, we’ve seen blimps floating over football games.  But, after the Hindenburg crashed in flames (New Jersey, 1937), the world moved on to airplanes, and then rockets.  Still, the romance and the usefulness of airships maintained their appeal among a very few.  Now–against the [Read More…]