Building Better Primates

I always enjoy reading columns by New York Times Op-Ed writer David Brooks. His opinions are not of the usual “conservatives say the darnedest things” variety, and his 3 February 2015 column “Building Better Secularists” is no exception. (See the link below) First off, Brooks admits some inconvenient truths that most apologists for religion won’t, [Read More...]

Guest Blogger: Rev. Paul Beedle: Reflections: Selma

Today we welcome the Reverend Paul Beedle, parish minister for First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, as a guest blogger on the UU Collective! Reflections: Selma by the Reverend Paul Beedle: Sometimes folks speak of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s as if it only belonged to that period of a [Read More...]

Darn the Luck: Truth is Everywhere

  Truth is power. I don’t think many people disagree with that statement. Truth is power. Yet we often miss that little “is,” functioning as an equal sign: Power is truth. That’s an equally “true” statement. As the old proverb goes, “Until lions have historians, tales of the hunt will glorify the hunter.” I pondered [Read More...]

As the movement builds, let us remember

I learned in school that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. What I did not learn in school was that he had a vision and a clear sense of what it would take to get there. I was taught about how he worked to end racism, but not taught that he had [Read More...]

Healing in the darkness…

Beloveds, may peace and a time for some internal housecleaning be yours in this holiday season. Until the new year, with gratitude, Rev. Deanna   [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Light Go Out

The Feast of Hanukkah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in particular and the resistance of a religious people to eradication and assimilation in general, begins at sundown today, to be celebrated for 8 days (as it has for over 2000 years) until sundown on Wednesday, the 24th. In the classic textbook A History of [Read More...]

A Prayer for Wonder Restored

What does is mean to be a people of wonder? This was the evening’s invitational question for the small group ministry covenant group I have the honor of facilitating in New Orleans. And it has me thinking…and praying. Almost every black person who talked with me after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson in the death [Read More...]

Breathe: A Poem

  Breathe, said the wind.   How can I breathe at a time like this, when the air is full of the smoke of burning tires, burning lives?   Just breathe, the wind insisted.   Easy for you to say, if the weight of injustice is not wrapped around your throat, cutting off all air. [Read More...]

Seeing is Believing

In the wake of Ferguson, in the wake of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant and the 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun who was recently shot by a police officer in Cleveland and all the other young Black men killed because a White man found them threatening, it’s hard to know what to say. It’s [Read More...]

“the war against dehumanization is ceaseless”

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. They acted shamefully, they committed abomination; yet they were not ashamed, they did not know how to blush.” –Jeremiah 6:14-15 From the prophets to the present, a call for integrity. Literally – to integrate what we do with [Read More...]


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