Haunting Conversations

I moved away from Minneapolis to live in Boston and DC from 1989-2004, and then moved back.  One thing I love about being back where I spent my young adult years is when I run into people I knew from the 1980’s.   Recently, I ran into a woman who looked dimly familiar.  When I [Read More...]

Flower Communion

This year marks the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of what is known today as the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians. Its first minister, the Rev. Dr. Norbert Fabián Čapek, created a ritual that is celebrated by Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists all over the world, Flower Communion. Čapek described the ceremony in a 1923 letter [Read More...]

Making Room for Silence

In his poem “Keeping Quiet” Pablo Neruda begins with this: Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for one second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without [Read More...]

Who Would Jesus Fence Off?

Last week a Baptist pastor by the name of Worley got a fair bit of internet attention for declaring that gay people should all be stuck behind an electric fence – lesbians in one area and “queers and homosexuals” in another, where food could be dropped to them from an airplane until they all eventually [Read More...]

On Being a Beginner Again

If someone were to ask you whether you’d rather be an expert or a beginner at something (pick any activity that interests you), I’m guessing that you’d probably say “expert.”  I know I would.  Who wouldn’t want complete mastery of a subject?  As someone who just started playing the guitar five years ago, I think [Read More...]

Give It All Away! Wisdom of the plants

These days, as spring turns to summer, the garden is insistent with one message:  Give it away, or lose it all. Early in the development of a garden, it’s about procurement.  Picking out plants, choosing a place for them, seeing how they do.  With the kinds of perennials I tend to favor, that is both [Read More...]

Sex and War: Thoughts on Memorial Day Weekend

For Sunday, May 27th, I titled the worship service at the Church of the Restoration, “Sex and War: Love and Hope.”  My title mostly came from a 2008 book by Malcolm Potts and Tom Hayden, Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World. It’s a very [Read More...]

Safe Harbor

Press power on the remote control, television on and every moment of viewing we are confronted with images that shame us into wanting to reject parts of our being turn our bodies and ourselves into slimmer, younger, lighter, leaner smarter, whiter, wealthier, straighter versions of our selves. Magazines tell us what not to wear along [Read More...]

The Meaning of Memorial Day

I thought I understood the meaning of Memorial Day. I thought the military uniform hanging in my closet taught me the meaning of Memorial Day. I thought that growing up the child of a soldier, and the grandchild of a sailor taught me the meaning of Memorial Day. But I was wrong. I sensed the [Read More...]