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July 20, 2017
The Danger is in Not Being You
There is a story that has been told in various ways about a rabbi named ...
June 29, 2017
Loving What Happens
Amor fati. The love of (your own) fate. The Stoic philosopher Epictetus appears to have...
April 13, 2017
Getting It Right Like the BCE
There was an important question that the older Greek and Roman philosophies asked that stopped...
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 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...
February 09, 2017
The True Origin Story
February 12th is the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin. In celebration, I want to look...
December 15, 2016
Getting in the Christmas Spirit
I suspect that I am far from the only one having a hard time getting...
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...
November 24, 2016
At #Thanksgiving, A Wish for Freedoms
I lost one of my cousins this week. (As a hillbilly, I have lots of...
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...
October 20, 2016
True confession: I understand Trump voters. I come from that place. We’re the same people...
October 18, 2016
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie...
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 22, 2016
Hand Me A Pickaxe, Please! I Need Hope!
I’ve been thinking lately about despair and hope, especially for people like me who live...
September 20, 2016
Dear Friends, Happy Autumn! On day one of my summer break a dear friend recommended...
September 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
September 01, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Five
Last week I continued a discussion of the Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called...
August 18, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism, Part Three
Last week I continued a discussion of the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly...
August 11, 2016
The Mindfulness of Stoicism Part 2.
Last week I began discussing the seven Stoic methods of inner-discipline (what’s popularly called spiritual...
August 04, 2016
As the number of the post-religious skyrockets in the United States, the “mindfulness” train is...
July 28, 2016
Cosmopolitanism in a Time of Petty Nationalism
To be Humanist is to say, with the philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, “My city is...
July 21, 2016
When Hope Seems Silly
The life that no longer trusts another human being and no longer forms ties to...
July 14, 2016
Aesop and the Story After Dallas
One of Aesop’s Fables goes like this: Lion once went once hunting with Fox, Jackal,...
July 12, 2016
Black Lives Matter more than White Fear
Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. In Louisiana In Minnesota In Texas Black Lives Matter....
June 28, 2016
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