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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...
June 15, 2017
The Stories We Listen To; the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Our elders teach us things. Sometimes, later, we change our minds about those teachings, sometimes...
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...
February 23, 2017
A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism
For my money the philosopher Hannah Arendt offers the most profound analysis of the causes...
February 09, 2017
The True Origin Story
February 12th is the 208th birthday of Charles Darwin. In celebration, I want to look...
February 01, 2017
Circles of Concern: How to Talk Politics
The bad news is…well, there’s a hell of a lot of it. But the good...
January 05, 2017
Ay Caramba! Decolonizing the Mind
The darkness drops again but now I know That twenty centuries of stony...
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 17, 2016
Help me think this through, people. On the one hand, there are folks—good, honorable folks—who...
October 25, 2016
how we spend our lives…
Back before we became adult adults, my younger sister and I would call each other...
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...
October 06, 2016
Theology is Words, Words Matter
When people first visit First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, a very common first response to...
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 08, 2016
Sharing in the Anthropocene
My ethics in terms of economics comes from the first of the Humanist Manifestos: “Humanists...
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....
July 08, 2016
A Mathematics of Loss
Mathematics There is no algebra for death. No life lost cancels out another. The idea...
June 30, 2016
Beyond the Congeries of Banks: Finding a Moral Center
After the September 1938 Munich Pact with which the European democracies ceded territory to Nazi...
June 28, 2016
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June 23, 2016
A Plea for a Philosophical Plank in Party Platforms
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