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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...
November 24, 2016
At #Thanksgiving, A Wish for Freedoms
I lost one of my cousins this week. (As a hillbilly, I have lots of...
October 18, 2016
Public Service Reminder
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” - Annie...
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...
July 12, 2016
A Review of Grace Without God: the Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age by Katherine Ozment.
By Rev. Dr. David Breeden A question from one of her children sends Ozment on...
July 08, 2016
A Mathematics of Loss
Mathematics There is no algebra for death. No life lost cancels out another. The idea...
June 28, 2016
You should start a meme, they said…
June 16, 2016
Swing Vote in the Bitter Election: Reflections on Orlando
The recent massacre in the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida is unfortunately an example...
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 05, 2016
Letter to the Editor
Louisiana is the most incarcerated place in the world. Let's truly sit with that for...
March 15, 2016
The Grace of Learning
In life, there are many things we can learn from other people. And there are...
March 03, 2016
#Humanism: Who We Are; What We Do; Why It Matters
I. Who We Are Religions and philosophies serve as heuristic devices for life, providing shape...
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...
November 24, 2015
“The one most frequently repeated command in the Bible is not “love your neighbor,” but...
October 22, 2015
Why Does a Super-Nice Word Like “Spiritual” Make Humanists All Itchy?
Here is what Plato had to say about the body and the soul: Does not...
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 15, 2015
In this time of intense polarization
I cannot help but to wonder:
September 10, 2015
Five Reasons to Congregate in a Congregation
Why bother joining a congregation rather than, oh, say, a bowling league? 1. To meet...
September 01, 2015
And Still We Rise
The poet Mark Nepo writes that when “we find ourselves in an emergency at night,...
August 27, 2015
The Duality Fallacy
The Methodist Church across the street from my church has a large lighted sign that...
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...
July 14, 2015
It’s a Both/And kind of world
There is a lot of either/or thinking in the common narrative today...and I think the world is...
June 30, 2015
Black Churches Burning White Supremacy Burning
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives...
June 09, 2015
Anti-racism is essential for social change movements
From criminal justice majors at a university in Iowa, to Unitarian Universalist youth groups from...
April 21, 2015
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith has taken the stand that “Advancing the human rights of...
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