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Looking Back on Young Adulthood

I was born at the tail end of Generation X. This weekend, I age out of the UUA’s “Young Adult” designation. I have had a long, strange trip from “pagan looking for community” to “born-again UU evangelist” over the 16 years that I’ve been familiar with the fellowship where my soon-to-be wife and I are about […]

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SWC: What’s in a name?

I just wish the association that calls itself the ‘Unitarian Universalist association’ would realize that its name no longer describes the beliefs of the majority of its members and would change its name. ~ Rev. Dr. Don Fielding, “Why I am Not a Unitarian Universalist“ This is not an uncommon sentiment. In a traditional sense, […]

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Eighth Principle: Learning From Our Past to Prepare For Our Future

So my Mid-Hi students at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque are leading our delegation to the local Pride Parade in May. It is a challenging endeavor for them, as they range from sixth-to-eighth-graders- which can be a giant gap as far as maturity and leadership qualities are concerned. As part of this project, they decided to […]

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UU Saturday Writing Challenge

This week, I wanted to present another writing challenge. This time, I want to focus on what we stand for, in a positive way. It is easy for us to be caught up in the anger and frustration over how slowly the world is moving towards real universal justice and compassion, and we understand that. […]

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Defending Liberal Religion: 5 Smooth Stones

On Monday, I wrote about the 3 essential elements of evangelism, and how an understanding of and ability to articulate the foundation of your belief was crucial to sharing it convincingly and responsibly. Here are the 5 foundational tenets of our liberal religious tradition. If we want to convince people that Unitarian Universalism has a […]

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Evangelism in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps.

I read a lot of non-fiction books. Or (since many of them are about religion) books that the author and I agree to call nonfiction in spite of certain declarations by others. Recently, I’ve been reading up on missionalism and evangelism. I found some new resources, and I figured I should learn as much as […]

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