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 left of center and had a particular dislike for monarchy and social class. He wanted to see firsthand this new nation that had thrown off the yoke of threadbare European ideas. Instead of encountering that shining city on a hill, [Read More...]

Seeing is Believing

In the wake of Ferguson, in the wake of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant and the 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun who was recently shot by a police officer in Cleveland and all the other young Black men killed because a White man found them threatening, it’s hard to know what to say. It’s [Read More...]

“the war against dehumanization is ceaseless”

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace. They acted shamefully, they committed abomination; yet they were not ashamed, they did not know how to blush.” –Jeremiah 6:14-15 From the prophets to the present, a call for integrity. Literally – to integrate what we do with [Read More...]

Subjectivity, Existence, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

All of us are born into a world we do not understand. All human beings who have ever lived were born into a world they did not understand. What has humanity done with the mystery of our existence? We tell stories. And thus, slowly, we learn. Stories. Stories that explain the origin of the universe. [Read More...]

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...]

Remembrance Day

In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1915) In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, [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...]


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