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August 17, 2017
#Charlottesville and Getting Real
I spent some time in the Czech Republic not long after the Wall fell. One...
August 10, 2017
On the Suppression of Knowledge
This week a New York Times headline reads “Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Climate Change...
July 06, 2017
Until the Cows Come Home
(being a personal summary of the Zen story of the Ten Bulls*) As the youngest,...
June 08, 2017
Murder and What’s in a Story
Why do we kill each other? I have to admit that when I walk along...
April 20, 2017
Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist
Why would a Humanist want to be a Unitarian Universalist? As the president of the...
April 06, 2017
Hey, UU, Time For a Redo
Fear. Anxiety. It’s free-floating among those of a liberal bent these days. This week has...
April 04, 2017
In the Name of Love
There has been a lot to process in the Unitarian Universalist world over the past...
March 30, 2017
Assumptions are Imaginary But They’re not Social
In Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin wrote, Society is held together by our...
March 24, 2017
Smells Like White Racism
A friend posted on Facebook, upset that a qualified person of color had been overlooked...
March 23, 2017
An Antidote to Racial Theatre
Review of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S....
March 16, 2017
An acquaintance (who is white) once related one of the nightmares of his life. He...
March 14, 2017
Shine on! Faithful living in a breakable world
I spend a lot my time and life energy organizing with the New Orleans community...
March 09, 2017
Bad Theology=Bad Politics
I hear an undercurrent of assumption in much of the current liberal rhetoric—a mythology that...
February 23, 2017
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis of the causes...
January 05, 2017
Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind
The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony...
December 22, 2016
Happy Holidays From the Cruel Optimisms
Isn’t it just a tad too ironic that one of the US national icons is...
December 15, 2016
Communities of Resilience and Resistance
As a young theology student, James Luther Adams watched the Nazi rise to power. For...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
December 01, 2016
As the People Fell into a Well
JUNK The popular Christian writer Father Richard Rohr says, “If your religion is not showing...
November 17, 2016
Help me think this through, people. On the one hand, there are folks—good, honorable folks—who...
November 17, 2016
Kick the Dog, Pet the Dog—Off-Loading Anxiety
There’s two things we can do with suffering: we can kick the dog; or we...
November 14, 2016
You Are Not Wrong
You are not wrong if you are grieving. You are not wrong if you are...
November 03, 2016
Social Gospel 2.0: Public Theology and #StandingWithStandingRock
#MoralMonday, #MoralRevival, and #StandingWithStandingRock have ushered in a new day for public theology. Religions can...
October 27, 2016
Mulligan Stew, Truth, and Worldviews
In the early twentieth century the activist Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “The most revolutionary act is...
October 20, 2016
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re the same people...
September 29, 2016
The War of Positions and Communities of Resistance
Antonio Gramsci was an early twentieth-century neo-Marxist who died in the 1930s as a result...
September 27, 2016
How Can You Say You Love Me?
The Rabbi Jeffrey Summit [of Tufts Hillel] tells a Hasidic story of the rabbi who...
September 20, 2016
Dear Friends, Happy Autumn! On day one of my summer break a dear friend recommended...
September 15, 2016
Humanism: Without God, Not Anti-God
The September 2016 Atlantic features an article about new Humanist communities titled “A Less Lonely...
September 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
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