Eight Virtues for Generous Living

Patheos generously sent me a copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living, written by Lisa M. Hendey (founder and editor of CatholicMom.com), to read and review in this space. While appearing to lack an analysis of race and class, Hendey offers truly useful tools for living a faithful life in this [Read More...]

Just Yesterday I Got the Call

Just yesterday I got the call. “Reverend Maginn,” declares Chaplain Jason Dipinto who has faithfully called me Reverend Maginn through three months of countless emails and phone calls. “Reverend Maginn, you have been accepted into the Navy Chaplain Corps!” There are so few of us Unitarian Universalist ministers serving in military chaplaincy; I thought I [Read More...]

Blinding and Beheading: One Path, Many Mountains

  “I have been Don Quixote, always creating a world of my own.” ~Anais Nin Science is that which is the same for everyone. Everywhere. Gravity, for example: call it what you will; describe it’s origin as gods or fairies—still, it’s results are the same and describable everywhere for everyone. Science: oxygen and its effects—the [Read More...]

The Losing Team

Another election has come and gone. Some people, presumably, are delighted, while others are filled with gloom. OK, it was mostly gloom on my Facebook page. Maybe you worked really hard on behalf of a candidate you truly believed in, and that candidate didn’t win. Maybe the one who did win is the worst kind [Read More...]

Justice, Elections, and Whiteness

Brits By the Boatload When that boatload of Brits showed up in Massachusetts, they quite literally considered themselves god’s gift to the continent. Subsequently, they decided which religions were acceptable; which ethnicities and countries of origin were acceptable; who could vote; who would be enslaved; who lived and who died. This norm has functioned continuously [Read More...]

Be Still

My daughter is learning to nap. Again. Not on a shoulder or on a lap. But in her crib, with a stuffed wolf and a pacifier. To fall asleep on her own; To quiet her mind and her body and her mouth – practicing, practicing, ready to talk; To turn away for a few moments [Read More...]

Conscience and Choosing the Hill to Die On

As of this writing, Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is under house arrest for her resistance to what she considers a fear-based, anti-scientific, and politically-motivated quarantine. In 2012, the US military experienced a odd occurrence: for the first time in US history during time of war, more active duty troops died as a result of suicide [Read More...]

The Neighbors are Zombies Living in Maslow’s Basement!

Imagine the laid-back life of a zombie. First of all, you’re dead. So. No more taxes! That’s for sure. And monthly bills will bother you no more. Besides no more worries about death and taxes, look at how focused you are: your meaning and purpose have boiled down to searching for brains to eat. Admirable [Read More...]

Please

Tonight we stood together around candles that marked the spot where his body was found this morning.  Tonight we poured out our stories and our songs, our prayers and our tears. Tonight we reminded each other that we are loved and loving, that our lives have value and are valued by each other.   Tonight we [Read More...]

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. I did it. What happens next? For me, my parents said, “Get up off the floor! Boys don’t cry!” When this happens at an upscale pre-school nearby, I’m more likely to hear, “You feel sad!” Or, “That’s frustrating, isn’t it?” [Read More...]


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