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Memorial Day: A Sacred, Secular Holiday

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 […]

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Tolerance and the Quest for Justice

We must not forget that, even while we aspire to accept and encourage every person who enters a UU space, whether online or in person, we are a covenantal religion; covenant means that responsibility and respect must go both ways. While we affirm the worth and dignity of every person, we do not need to […]

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Who is a Unitarian Universalist?

As a religious professional and an aspiring religious educator (how far I am from that goal varies wildly depending on who is asked), I talk a lot about what Unitarian Universalism means to me and what it is at it’s best. And I get a LOT of disagreement. I get a lot of people who […]

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The Living Tradition

I get a lot of… feedback when I point out that, despite a centuries-long legacy that got us to this point, Unitarian Universalism is less than 60 years old. The religion we teach today would be unrecognizable to John Adams, Clara Barton, and most of the other historical Unitarians and Universalists of whom we are […]

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If We Want Justice, We Must Build It, Together

“Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don’t go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.”  ~ Bill Moyers Unitarian […]

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"If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

Peace Cannot Come in Pieces

Today, you will hear a lot about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was the setting for the most celebrated words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what has become know as the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was not the only speaker, nor were the speeches intended as […]

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Justice Can Be Built

I see it all the time online: Someone wanting a little peace, or empathy, or respect is told that they’re asking too much. I’ve read over and over some variation of “grow up”. It gets tiresome reading “The world isn’t fair.” The world isn’t fair; not on a scale that humans can understand. Children who […]

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