UU Verbs

I had the honor of spending this week with a dozen youth who chose to spend the first week of August in New Orleans. So you already know that they are brave. You should also know that they are leaders and followers, conveners and collaborators, organizers and educators. But this isn’t a note about nouns. [Read More...]


When the storm comes in a bird sits on a limb in the suddenly solidly still humid air. I watch weather radar, listening to a child scream nearby– is it joy or fear? I raise a glass of ale brought to me all the way from London. I read the storm warnings with interest, large [Read More...]

Forty Seven Weddings and a Funeral

It’s been almost a week now, but I’m still internalizing the seismic change taking place in Minnesota. Love is the Law! It all began at midnight on August 1… Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak presided over forty six weddings at City Hall in the wee hours of Thursday, August 1, beginning at 12:01 AM. By turns [Read More...]

Red Light, Green Light, Slow Year, Fast Year

At 7:44am, one year ago today, our Little Bean finally came out into the world, with what felt distinctly like a “plop!” From that moment on, things have felt like they are both, at one-and-the-same-time, in slow motion, and speeding by. The first six months sometimes included what felt like the longest days I have [Read More...]

Free Will, Fate, and Destiny: A Humanist Perspective

Human religions have always been built upon foundations of the best available science of the time. Sometimes that science said that the middle earth sat in a large tree. Sometimes science said the earth sat on a turtle’s back. Ezekiel knew that the earth had four corners and was held up by pillars–heavens above, Sheol [Read More...]

Keep the Faith!

In his story of a man with a sneering wife, Sufi master Rumi begins: A special guest was coming to visit and the man worked 200 days to earn the price for the quality lamb kabob he wished to serve this guest. On the appointed day, the man bought the meat and brought it home [Read More...]

America’s God (a lullaby)

“It was all God’s plan.” George Zimmerman In the United States, God loves white and violent, it seems; loves what’s inhuman, it looks. Look at His plan working as it does. In the US, God loves those laws that fill the jails, that fill the pockets of the rich, it appears. Just look. He– yes, [Read More...]

Embodied Justice, Embodied Speech

Beloveds, let us have a common vocabulary. In the midst of the conversation on race prompted by the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, allow me to point us toward the 4 I’s of Oppression, spelled out clearly here by YouthBuild USA:    – https://youthbuild.org/sites/youthbuild.org/files/Four%20Is.pdf Ideological, Institutional, Interpersonal, and Internalize Oppression.  Recognize that racism operates on many levels in [Read More...]

How Many Summers Left?

I do not love hot weather. I do not love intense humidity and stepping out into the outside world and feeling myself gasp. And, for better and for worse, I live in Washington D.C., where this is how it is in July and August. On the other hand, my grandmother turned 90 years old this [Read More...]