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April 04, 2017
In the Name of Love
There has been a lot to process in the Unitarian Universalist world over the past...
February 02, 2017
Building Walls, Banning the Human
“Blame is a valuable antidote to helplessness.” Martha Nussbaum I spent last Monday morning in...
December 06, 2016
It has been over two decades now, but I still remember being assigned A Feminist...
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 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...
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....
July 07, 2016
They Ain’t Heavy: UU Pluralism and Its Discontents
One of the most serious issues for a tradition such as Unitarian Universalism that has...
June 28, 2016
You should start a meme, they said…
May 12, 2016
Getting a Mission On
If I’ve learned anything from serving and visiting several congregations, it is that survival is...
April 12, 2016
A spiritual responsibility for a moral tomorrow
In case the not so subtle nuances and coded language around race and class that are...
April 07, 2016
One of the most persistent cliches about humanists is that we are human-o-centric and egotistical....
March 15, 2016
The Grace of Learning
In life, there are many things we can learn from other people. And there are...
February 18, 2016
To Whom It May Concern: the Humanist/Theist Split in Unitarian Universalism
Since I’m an out-there Humanist, I get asked fairly often how Unitarian Universalists might go...
February 16, 2016
The heartwork of coming alive
“Under all the harsh noise of the world coming in on us, this is how...
February 04, 2016
Love Thy Neighbor As . . .
There’s an old Buddhist story that goes like this: Once a mother found her baby...
January 21, 2016
Relax: #Humanism Is Not Mack the Knife
Small Humanist groups are popping up and organizing around the US, some as independent groups,...
December 10, 2015
Do Your Religion a Favor: Live Up to Its Principles
I meet monthly with the Downtown Senior Clergy of Minneapolis. This week we listened to...
November 24, 2015
“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but...
November 05, 2015
Congregational Humanist Liturgy: Creating a Religion-Neutral Zone
The Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (370-287 BCE) told this story: Once three friends were discussing life....
October 29, 2015
Words, Words, and the Word Was With . . .
In his play Hamlet, Shakespeare has the character Polonius ask Hamlet, “What do you read,...
October 21, 2015
Things that get in the way
I often tell the story of the time my Chaplain Supervisor told me, “Deanna, I...
September 24, 2015
Musing On Relevance
I meet monthly with clergy colleagues, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian of various stripes, all of...
September 15, 2015
In this time of intense polarization
I cannot help but to wonder:
August 25, 2015
As we re-member, a love note to NOLA and to life
This is a love note to my people, to friends and family and strangers who...
August 18, 2015
In times of grief and struggle, remember, friends
July 28, 2015
BLACK LIVES MATTER
“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2015 General Assembly recognizes that the fight for civil...
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