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June 09, 2015
Anti-racism is essential for social change movements
From criminal justice majors at a university in Iowa, to Unitarian Universalist youth groups from...
April 23, 2015
My Tribe by Alberto Blanco: A Way to Belong
In celebration of National Poetry Month, a translation from the great Mexican poet Alberto Blanco....
April 21, 2015
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith has taken the stand that “Advancing the human rights of...
April 09, 2015
Reason is Dead; Long Live . . . Advanced Hindsight
JUSTICE IS A SNACK AWAY Justice. It may be a meal best served cold, but...
April 02, 2015
#RFRA, Soapy Cilantro, and Tasty Gods
(Or: A Little Demonstration of What Religious Freedom Looks Like) POLARIZATION Cilantro. It’s a polarizing...
March 31, 2015
a love poem for a holy week
Happiness is this moment alive in the sunshine knowing I am Loved.
March 26, 2015
Religious Arguments: Where Are the Grownups?
RABBITS In November of 1726 news reached London that a physician had assisted a woman...
March 19, 2015
The Transient, the Permanent, and the Stitching Horse: What Remains True in Religions
When I was a kid, I loved wandering in the barn on my grandfather’s farm....
March 12, 2015
Humanism and a Theology of Liberation (Without Strangling Priests)
Humanism does not require the death of God. All it requires is the affirmation of...
March 05, 2015
Selma Plus Fifty: Time For an Eight-Lane Bridge
WHERE ONLY BLACK MEN JAYWALK We are rightly celebrating the bravery of people—both the famous...
February 26, 2015
Religious Humanism: What Was Old is New Again
Church Attendance Free Fall The Barna Group, a research group that keeps up with trends...
February 19, 2015
Apocalypse: What Death Cults Really Want
The recent Atlantic article by Graeme Wood, “What Isis Really Wants,” examines the Isis phenomenon...
February 12, 2015
Greenery Without People: The Future of Post-Religious Community
I don’t get it about the natural world. Like, greenery, without people in it, is...
January 29, 2015
The Bigness of our Littleness: Humanism and Individualism
Late in his life the philosopher Richard Rorty—well known to be an atheist—was asked...
January 20, 2015
Guest Blogger: Rev. Paul Beedle: Reflections: Selma
Today we welcome the Reverend Paul Beedle, parish minister for First Unitarian Universalist Church of...
January 13, 2015
As the movement builds, let us remember
I learned in school that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream....
January 08, 2015
Covenant: Broken Promises, Dumb Ideas, and Ways Forward
Captain, We're Out of Beer! When those adventurers we now call the Pilgrims realized they...
December 16, 2014
Don’t Let the Light Go Out
The Feast of Hanukkah, commemorating the rededication of the Temple in particular and the resistance...
December 11, 2014
White Privilege: Kumbaya Won’t Cut It
How Sad A sad fact: Many things that are good for society or the earth itself...
December 09, 2014
A Prayer for Wonder Restored
What does is mean to be a people of wonder? This was the evening’s invitational...
November 27, 2014
On this #Ferguson #Thanksgiving, America:—What’s Your Mission Statement?
The British novelist Charles Dickens toured the US in the early 1840s. Dickens was considerably...
November 25, 2014
“the war against dehumanization is ceaseless”
"They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is...
November 20, 2014
Subjectivity, Existence, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
All of us are born into a world we do not understand. All human beings...
November 18, 2014
Eight Virtues for Generous Living
Patheos generously sent me a copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous...
November 13, 2014
Blinding and Beheading: One Path, Many Mountains
"I have been Don Quixote, always creating a world of my own." ~Anais Nin...
November 11, 2014
In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915) In Flanders fields the poppies blow...
November 06, 2014
Justice, Elections, and Whiteness
Brits By the Boatload When that boatload of Brits showed up in Massachusetts, they quite...
November 04, 2014
Election Day, November 4, 2014
Today is the day, friends. The day to VOTE. This is the day when we...
October 30, 2014
Conscience and Choosing the Hill to Die On
As of this writing, Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is under house arrest for her resistance...
October 23, 2014
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...
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