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March 03, 2016
#Humanism: Who We Are; What We Do; Why It Matters
I. Who We Are Religions and philosophies serve as heuristic devices for life, providing shape...
February 25, 2016
The changing religious landscape in the US is a bit hard to get one's head...
February 18, 2016
To Whom It May Concern: the Humanist/Theist Split in Unitarian Universalism
Since I’m an out-there Humanist, I get asked fairly often how Unitarian Universalists might go...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
February 11, 2016
Emily Dickinson wrote, Of Course I prayed And did God Care? He cared as much...
February 04, 2016
Love Thy Neighbor As . . .
There’s an old Buddhist story that goes like this: Once a mother found her baby...
February 02, 2016
Carnival Redux, epiphanies too!
While revelation is ever unfolding, sometimes it is worth looking back through the transience for...
January 28, 2016
A Shared Life in a Shared World: #Humanist Economics
Grim Numbers Rising economic inequality. We live in a world in which sixty two human...
January 21, 2016
Relax: #Humanism Is Not Mack the Knife
Small Humanist groups are popping up and organizing around the US, some as independent groups,...
January 14, 2016
Some Accumulated Wisdom for Seminarians
One of the best aspects of being a senior minister is working with ministers-in-training. I...
January 07, 2016
This year First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis is celebrating a century of humanism. Rev. John...
December 31, 2015
Redefining #Religion: You Might Be a Religious Naturalist
The Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion defines religion this way: From the Latin relegare...
December 29, 2015
Instructions for the New Year
Beloveds, as we prepare for the new year, I invite you to take a deep...
December 24, 2015
Some Slack for the Tense on the Holidays
I know, I know—some people just love the holiday season—“the hap-, hap-, happiest time of...
December 17, 2015
Why Would Anyone Want to be a Minister?
My mother says I was born serious. Could be. For example, I remember that when...
December 10, 2015
Do Your Religion a Favor: Live Up to Its Principles
I meet monthly with the Downtown Senior Clergy of Minneapolis. This week we listened to...
December 03, 2015
Fear, Hope, and Hell In A Hand Basket
I learned to type on a manual typewriter. There’s wasn’t an exclamation point (!) on...
December 01, 2015
While many people in this country go to work and get paid, social change workers...
November 26, 2015
Grace for the Rest of Us
Grace. Some say it before meals. Some have it for a name. Grace-ful people have...
November 24, 2015
“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but...
November 23, 2015
Helping Black Lives Matter at the White Thanksgiving Table
Apparently, some people are hoping for Adele to come to their Thanksgiving dinner and soothe...
November 19, 2015
#Terrorism: Religion and Nationalism Aren’t Fixing It
Nothing like a crisis to clarify values. If the terrorist attacks in Paris have clarified...
October 29, 2015
Words, Words, and the Word Was With . . .
In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare has the character Polonius ask Hamlet, “What do you read,...
October 22, 2015
Why Does a Super-Nice Word Like “Spiritual” Make Humanists All Itchy?
Here is what Plato had to say about the body and the soul: Does not...
October 21, 2015
Things that get in the way
I often tell the story of the time my Chaplain Supervisor told me, “Deanna, I...
October 15, 2015
Death of the Curate
Art museums are currently going through a sea change, and that sea change is about...
October 08, 2015
Putting First Things First: Congregations of Philosophers
In 1931 the Humanist Unitarian minister Curtis Reese looked into his crystal ball and wrote...
September 30, 2015
Late last night a member of my congregation was killed. She was someone who cared...
September 24, 2015
Musing On Relevance
I meet monthly with clergy colleagues, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian of various stripes, all of...
September 22, 2015
When I breathe in…
A few weeks ago, I shared a sermon called Still We Rise with a congregation in the...
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