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March 20, 2014
In Which Cackling Self Vanquishes Wild Grief, While Rational Self Could Not
Newsflash: Grief is completely irrational. Does this surprise me? Not rationally. I knew it, know...
January 26, 2014
Worthy to be Entrusted
(Today, I preached at the ordination of a new minister in my denomination, Unitarian Universalism....
September 12, 2013
Who’s In and Who’s Out of Institutions (and the immigrants between)
The British social anthropologist Mary Douglas had this to say about institutions: Inside a...
July 11, 2013
But Where’s the Woo-Woo?
“Up! up! my Friend, and quit your books; / Or surely you'll grow double,” said...
May 09, 2013
A Former Member Asks the Minister for a Favor
She says her family shuns her. She says it has something to do with God....
May 01, 2013
For You Were a Stranger in Egypt
There are many biblical passages calling people to offer hospitality to the stranger. Here is...
November 01, 2012
I am a Unitarian Universalist who believes deeply that salvation is an inherent aspect of...
October 08, 2012
In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue... So began the ditty that most...
September 27, 2012
Prejudice is Part of Human Nature
We human beings have many times many different prejudices. I’m not trying to make a...
September 24, 2012
Toward the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to those gathered, "Judge...
August 30, 2012
Worship as Emotive Experience
This past Sunday, I became emotional in the pulpit… again. Ok, truth to be told,...
August 28, 2012
Hating Hateful Haters
Last week, advertisements began appearing at commuter train stations in the county where I live...
August 02, 2012
Dancing with Scripture
One of the aspects that I believe defines the religious liberal is the acknowledgement that...
July 31, 2012
Every Jot and Tittle
Yesterday was my birthday, so I thought I'd explain how I came about my name...
July 19, 2012
The Meaning of Faith
Faith is not about belief. Faith in fact has very little to do with what...
July 16, 2012
A Response to “Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?”
In yesterday's New York Times, op-ed columnist, Ross Douthat, published "Can Liberal Christianity Be Saved?" ...
June 26, 2012
The New Face of Courage
Courage comes in many forms and it wears many faces. We often think of those...
June 21, 2012
The Problem with Evil
It is a strong word, evil… and one those of us of Liberal Faith have...
June 18, 2012
Through the Roof
There’s a transformational story in the fifth chapter of Luke (verses 17-26). Jesus is teaching...
June 07, 2012
A Personal Relationship with God
The aspect of my personal faith that seems to bring about the most confusion in...
June 05, 2012
A Case For Religion
A growing number of people in the United States define themselves as “spiritual but not...
May 26, 2012
Sex and War: Thoughts on Memorial Day Weekend
For Sunday, May 27th, I titled the worship service at the Church of the Restoration,...
May 24, 2012
The Meaning of Memorial Day
I thought I understood the meaning of Memorial Day. I thought the military uniform hanging...
May 16, 2012
Changing Your Wiper Blades
Last week I bought new windshield wipers for my car and I was amazed at...
May 09, 2012
A Wild Patience
Rev. Dr. Michael Tino A wild patience has taken me this far/as if I had...
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