Author Archive | Thomas

You’ve Got to Do.

Roughly 100 years ago, in his book “Which way? A study of Universalists and Universalism”, Rev. Lewis B. Fisher tried to answer the question “What do Universalists stand for?” in a clever way. The only true answer to give to this question is that we do not stand at all, we move… We are not […]

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A Church With 20 Religions

After giving whatever your elevator speech, anyone with time and interest still remaining is very likely to ask you, How do you have a church where people have different religions? Firstly, while we may have different beliefs and practices, we have one religion. It is a religion that allows us to worship together as well […]

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Labor: A Movement for Worth and Dignity

Labor Day isn’t just a day off. It celebrates the people who fought, bled, and even died so that we could build a better quality of life. Labor Day commemorates a movement that won us weekend, 8 hour works days, and safety regulations. Labor Day isn’t about hard work; it is about team work. It […]

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The Language of Liberal Religion

We spend a lot of digital ink on words, both religious and not, and how they are used by, and how they sometimes divide Unitarian Universalists. A lot is said about which words get used and how people react to them. Words do matter, but how we hear them is on us as much as […]

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Monday Meditation from IAmUU.net

The Choice to Belong

…all relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not on coercion. ~James Luther Adams In many religious traditions, you are made a part of the community through ritual acceptance. A Baptism, Birthday, or some other ritual that shows the community’s acceptance of you. They sanctify you; you receive their welcome. […]

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…and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth…

Unitarian Universalism is not really about making each of us feel good about ourselves. It is about encouraging each of us to make good of ourselves. It is about growth, at whatever pace, and being aware of when we hold still for too long. The I Am UU page posts things that make people uncomfortable. […]

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Religious Education: Invest in Our Future!

Stewardship, according to Merriam-Webster, means 1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward 2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care So, by taking responsibility for the heritage of Unitarianism and Universalism, by claiming to be UUs, we become stewards and […]

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Beloved Community: We're not there until we are all there!

How Big is Your Unitarian Universalism?

This summer, I had the absolute joy and privilege of going to General Assembly and spending a week at a UU summer camp. If you haven’t done either, I highly recommend both. I am also fortunate to live in an area with many congregations within a reasonable drive. I seen (and even led) services at […]

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