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February 11, 2014
This winter has devastated my sub-tropical garden in New Orleans. I was out of town...
February 06, 2014
Apocalypse Never (and what we can do about it)
I grew up in the Pentecostal church. When I was ten, I knew just how...
January 30, 2014
A Scream and a Theory: Natural Selection and the Higher Moral Order
Scientific theories do not occur in a vacuum. Like poems or paintings, theories reflect the...
January 26, 2014
Worthy to be Entrusted
(Today, I preached at the ordination of a new minister in my denomination, Unitarian Universalism....
January 21, 2014
[More king cakes than you can imagine and only two weeks into Epiphany, I am...
January 16, 2014
A Gift, A Letter, and a Drowning Man: The Legacy of “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
There’s an old Zen story that does like this: Once there was a great...
January 09, 2014
What A Miracle Is
Once I crossed the Sierra Madres with a bus driver named Arturo who had...
January 02, 2014
Sometimes It Takes A Lie
Sometimes it takes a lie to keep a religion. "It's merely a game," they told...
December 24, 2013
Joy to the World!
As the Community Minister for the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists, I spend a lot...
December 17, 2013
For the Beauty of the Earth…
I was walking in City Park with a community organizer this week when suddenly we...
December 13, 2013
His Day Is Done
Since hearing the news last Thursday of the passing of Nelson Mandela, our beloved Madiba,...
December 12, 2013
Another Reason for the Season
There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons – That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral...
December 10, 2013
The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All
December 10, 2013 “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable...
December 05, 2013
The great Nelson Mandela has died. Peacefully, after a long illness, surrounded by the love...
December 03, 2013
Planned Parenthood of Louisiana hosted a screening of deepsouth last night in honor of World...
November 28, 2013
Tornados, Typhoons, and Straw Dogs: Giving Thanks With Some Thinking
Thanksgiving American style. The day declared a national holiday for the purpose of giving thanks....
November 19, 2013
Living History: How JFK’s assassination woke me up
I was sitting in a small desk, and Mrs. Graham was at the front of...
November 19, 2013
Songs that Save Us
Emma’s Revolution came to New Orleans and offered a workshop focused on singing and songwriting...
November 12, 2013
Anything I can do, We can do better…
“We think that honesty and living in truth are better ways to live than propaganda...
November 11, 2013
What — and who — is Remote?
“Remote” is different now. I spent the weekend driving from Washington D.C. to Blacksburg, Virginia,...
November 07, 2013
Morality: It’s About Hopping Out of That Tree
We all make a decision every day, consciously or unconsciously: Am I going to cooperate...
October 29, 2013
Messy & Beloved? Yes.
Beloved Community is ever on my mind lately, both who we are and who we...
October 24, 2013
To Becoming Silent
by Pablo Neruda (translation by David Breeden) Now, let's all count to twelve, then keep...
October 19, 2013
A Garden Prayer
That shrimp plant so determined to be seen poking through the ginger and the fig...
October 17, 2013
Here an Ist, There an Ist, Everywhere an Ist-Ist
The other day I got a subscription offer from a magazine called Free Inquiry, a...
October 12, 2013
Who does your heart break for?
Last month I had the joy of participating in the first Life on Fire un-conference...
October 10, 2013
The ABCs of Extortion
A. Thucydides--that Greek telling his story, human doings with nary a nod to the gods--said...
October 05, 2013
Beloveds, I believe that we are all in this together – and together, we can...
October 04, 2013
America…Where Do We Begin?
I can’t sleep. Again. Tonight I’m thinking about how, in the city where I live,...
September 28, 2013
First, gather friends and family. Together, build a structure with at least three sides. Roof...
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