Author Archive | Thomas

When I breathe in, I breathe in Peace. When I breathe out, I breathe out Love.

Monday Meditation: Each Breath is a Blessing

Each and every breath we get in life is a blessing. Each time we breathe in, we breathe in air that is millions, possibly billions, of years old. We breathe in atoms older than our Sun, and particles that were formed at the beginning of time and space. This air has been breathed by kings […]

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Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men... and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.

Quoting MLK; Inaction Is Not the Same as Nonviolence.

James Luther Adams, in his foundational “5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion” said that, as religious liberals, We deny the immaculate conception of virtue and affirm the necessity of social incarnation. This is a statement echoed by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr when he wrote, Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

Monday Meditation: We Reject Tolerance

It has been said that “tolerance” is a Unitarian Universalist value, but let’s not let this be true. Tolerance is being permissive. It is allowing other people to be themselves as long as it doesn’t interfere with your right to be yourself. It is more than some people seem capable of, but it is too […]

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Each of Us Is a Minister

Each of us is a minister. Each of us has a message that can only be shared by one person. Your voice matters in Unitarian Universalism, because a central point of our theology is that there is one tapestry of Humanity, and each of us is a vital thread in telling the story. Our religion […]

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Many people come to a Unitarian Universalist congregation searching for answers to life's great questions. We do not provide them, though we will gladly help you in your search. Many people come looking for religion. We do not prescribe one, but we will help you build the one you need. Many people come looking for some fruit of faith and meaning. We have no such fruit, but we will nurture the seed within you until you can bear your own.

Monday Meditation: Helping the Seekers

It can be disappointing for visitors to hear that we do not have answers, religion, or faith that can be taken home from a few short visits. We need to make sure that the love, the encouragement, and the hope that we do have to give away is always enough to sustain them as they […]

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We know a church has to grow to survive and thrive. But this is actually the side benefit of fulfilling our purpose which is to increase love and justice in the world.

Growing Unitarian Universalism?

Every congregation talks about growth. There are Facebook groups, websites, blogs, and even offices in the UUA devoted to the topic. Growth is important to the health of a congregation and of a religious movement. If we aren’t growing, at least a little, then we will fade beyond obscurity and into irrelevance. The thing that […]

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5 Years In, and So Much Left to Do.

The I Am UU project is coming up on its 5th anniversary.So much has changed in that time, both for me personally and for the project. As it has grown, I have seen myself move from being just a blogger and passionate UU evangelist to more of a religious educator and community leader. I have […]

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Rehabilitating the UU Half-way House Trope

Unitarian Universalism has a reputation of being the rehabilitation clinic for people who are leaving religion. That is a sad statement on how we view faith. People don’t come to us because they want to leave religion; they come because they want a religion that speaks to a broader world view and inclusion. People aren’t […]

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Why do bad things happen?

Yesterday on the Facebook page, we shared a link about how expecting the world to be fair in a way we can understand can lead to a mindset that we should recognize as unhealthy. It leads to blaming victims for their misfortune (because why else would they be suffering and not me?) Today, I want […]

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