There Is No Failure But Not To Try

We do not have to wait until we are perfect to practice our faith. While the perfection of Jesus is lifted up in many congregations on this holy weekend, it is humanity that has always drawn Unitarian Universalists towards his prophetic message of love and justice.  Our faith tells us that it is not perfection [Read More...]

Yes, Sweetie, Your Mama’s An Atheist…Minister. It Happens. Now, About This Sunday…

Last September, we moved to the “Little Rome” section of Northeast Washington, D.C. I expected it to feel a little more “holy” this Holy Week (perhaps “holier-than-me”?) but it’s actually felt pretty ordinary, quiet, and not very springy yet. Here and there I see some crocuses insisting on coming up through fall’s accumulated leaves, and [Read More...]

Holy Week Return

Holy Week marked off from other weeks. Holy Week when William Blake returns to wail again down owned streets, owned parks, owned river banks. Holy Week when Blake sings over the rattle of chains forged in the mind; laughs at the best excuses of the “wise guardians of the poor.” On Holy Week–marked off to [Read More...]

Before the Court

As I write, the Supreme Court is just finishing up oral arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act. Something, presumably, is going to be decided about same-sex marriage, although what exactly that might be is anybody’s guess. But the thing is, everyone knows the eventual outcome. Everyone—at least everyone who is honest—regardless of how they [Read More...]

Longing for the Weeds

Hard to believe we’re turning towards April in Minnesota, where I live. Out my window, I only see snow and dead leaves on the plants still standing from last year’s garden. I pawed through the snow this morning to see if I might find anything living at all—often the first thing I find is an [Read More...]

Suprised by Joy: the Gift of Forgiveness

“Forgiveness can begin the moment we accept that the past cannot be changed.”  These words, copied by a friend from a radio show, name one of the biggest hurdles on the path to forgiveness of self and others. Playing past events over in my mind like bad movies, some of them horror shows, I find [Read More...]

Ordinary Time

Though March is not the season of Ordinary Time according to the Roman Catholic calendar, we are embracing Ordinary Time in this one Unitarian Universalist household, right now. (One of many aspects of Unitarian Universalist “culture” that I enjoy is that it often seems as though “rules were made to…be discussed.”) It was been a [Read More...]

Apophatic Project

How to say she would run the horse beneath the low branches of the Thorny Locust until she fell off? How to explain she planned to build fires until the most concrete of bridges fell to embers? How to say she would wander across whatever border until every shape wore a foreign costume? How to [Read More...]

A Balancing Act

Happy Spring Equinox! (Unless you happen to live in the Southern Hemisphere, in which case I’d like to wish you a delightful Fall Equinox.) The equinox, of course, is the moment of the year when the light and the dark are in perfect balance, with equal parts day and night. Legend has it that on [Read More...]


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