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February 02, 2017
Building Walls, Banning the Human
“Blame is a valuable antidote to helplessness.” Martha Nussbaum I spent last Monday morning in...
January 26, 2017
Alternative Facts and Reason in Religion
There are no alternative facts. There are alternative theories when we don't know the...
January 19, 2017
“Great Men” and the Tide of History
“Hindsight is 20/20” goes the cliche. And in my experience a lot of people want...
January 12, 2017
#Humanism, Specism, and the Baggage of Words
In a recent op ed article in The New York Times, Natasha Lennard and Cary...
January 05, 2017
Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind
The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony...
December 29, 2016
#Resolutions and Diseases of the Soul
It’s that time of year again—time for resolutions. List makers will list them; the sloppy...
December 22, 2016
Happy Holidays From the Cruel Optimisms
Isn’t it just a tad too ironic that one of the US national icons is...
December 15, 2016
Communities of Resilience and Resistance
As a young theology student, James Luther Adams watched the Nazi rise to power. For...
December 08, 2016
Better Living Through #Cynicism
Good. Better. Best. Choice. In consumerist cultures we learn to make choices but are discouraged from...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
December 04, 2016
OK, friends. I’ve been listening. Like all of us, I want to know where we...
December 01, 2016
As the People Fell into a Well
JUNK The popular Christian writer Father Richard Rohr says, “If your religion is not showing...
November 24, 2016
At #Thanksgiving, A Wish for Freedoms
I lost one of my cousins this week. (As a hillbilly, I have lots of...
November 17, 2016
Help me think this through, people. On the one hand, there are folks—good, honorable folks—who...
November 17, 2016
Kick the Dog, Pet the Dog—Off-Loading Anxiety
There’s two things we can do with suffering: we can kick the dog; or we...
November 10, 2016
A Republic If You Can Keep It
I’ve long been a member of PEN America, a writers group dedicated to freedom of...
November 03, 2016
Social Gospel 2.0: Public Theology and #StandingWithStandingRock
#MoralMonday, #MoralRevival, and #StandingWithStandingRock have ushered in a new day for public theology. Religions can...
October 27, 2016
Mulligan Stew, Truth, and Worldviews
In the early twentieth century the activist Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “The most revolutionary act is...
October 25, 2016
how we spend our lives…
Back before we became adult adults, my younger sister and I would call each other...
October 20, 2016
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re the same people...
October 18, 2016
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie...
October 13, 2016
One Hundred Years of Humanism
Humanism is a product of Unitarian thought. The first Humanist congregation was a Unitarian one,...
October 06, 2016
Theology is Words, Words Matter
When people first visit First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, a very common first response to...
September 29, 2016
The War of Positions and Communities of Resistance
Antonio Gramsci was an early twentieth-century neo-Marxist who died in the 1930s as a result...
September 27, 2016
How Can You Say You Love Me?
The Rabbi Jeffrey Summit [of Tufts Hillel] tells a Hasidic story of the rabbi who...
September 22, 2016
Ganesha, Nietzsche, Truth, Consequences
The story goes that Shiva—one of the chief manifestations of divinity in Hinduism—and his...
September 20, 2016
Dear Friends, Happy Autumn! On day one of my summer break a dear friend recommended...
September 15, 2016
Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God
The September 2016 Atlantic features an article about new Humanist communities titled “A Less Lonely...
September 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
September 01, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Five
Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called...
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