Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words, and they still ring true today; being enthusiastic about what’s in front of you makes it easier to set your mind to doing it — to doing it well and thoroughly. It seems that the human mind wants to […]
Between the first of November and the end of January, there are dozens of holidays and holy days, some major and some not, some with deep traditions and some that were created in the last century. None of them matters to everyone, and many of them matter a great deal to some. Some people might […]
Gratitude is a decision to focus on the best of a situation. When you make that choice, you see the best first. It doesn’t mean ignoring that bad things do happen; it is about putting them in perspective and not letting worry steal the moment.
It’s been said that no one returns home from war without scars of some kind. It is also said that a person’s family serves, too, in a fashion by giving up peace of mind and the presence of their loved one. Those are years a parent, a spouse, or a child can never get back.
Labor day is a secular holiday, but a Humanist one. It should be recognized by Unitarian Universalists as part of the ongoing development of our faith; Labor day is fundamentally tied to our values and the Principles of the UUA. Labor Day isn’t just a day off. It is a day to celebrate people who […]
It sometimes seems like Unitarian Universalism is chaotic; that we might actually be too diverse. Can it be that there are too many voices trying to be heard? Indeed, how we navigate that can be tricky, because we are blessed with many perspectives, all of them valuable. The I Am UU project holds that our […]
Destruction and chaos are simpler, faster, than coordination and creation. It takes moments to tear something apart compared to what it takes to build it. One person can do a tremendous amount of damage. But, for every person intent on doing that kind of harm, there are hundreds preparing to mitigate it; to control the […]
There are a lot of Unitarian Universalists who seem to think that no good comes from telling people about liberal religion. Their actions indicate that they don’t want people to know about their church and its saving message. I’ve read, many times, “if someone is a good fit for Unitarian Universalism, they’ll just find their […]
“Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.” ~ James Luther Adams While many UUs believe that there might be, even must be, life after death, the heaven we all commit to is here on Earth. The name we’ve been calling that heaven for […]
In the United States, our military is commanded by civilian leadership, with the elected President as the Commander and Chief of all our armed forces. All of our military operations are under the collective (if indirect) control of the citizenry; all service members carry out orders with our implied consent. We are, collectively, responsible for […]