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The Interdependent Web of All Time and Space

Please support our work with a small pledge on , the Unitarian Universalist Crowdfunding site! Today marks the 45 year anniversary of the landing of the last human beings to visit the moon. They are unlikely to remain the last human beings, but so far, it has been that long since we’ve sent anyone beyond […]

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We Do Not Promise Comfort: Building the Beloved Community

The weekend got away from Thomas, as Thanksgiving is happening tonight for his family. Sorry for the short post this week! The word “comfort” does not appear in the Principles of the UUA. We have “acceptance” and “compassion” but also “growth” and “responsible”. At no point do they promise any of us that we will […]

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Stewardship is Much More Than Money

In our culture, “Money” is a form of measurement; the time and energy you spend throughout the week is translated into dollars. Dollars are then spent to pay for work; buying the time and energy of others. Time, energy, skill, and money are all resources we must manage to do the things we love and […]

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Love is the Doctrine of Our Faith

Dozens, if not hundreds, of Unitarian Universalist congregations have a covenant that begins with words to the effect of “Love is the Doctrine of this Church”. These words appear all across UUA.org in handouts and discussions. They even appear in our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition (#471). Love: a word with too many meanings We […]

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Investing in Liberal Religious Outreach

My name is Thomas Earthman. The I Am UU project is my ministry. I am not an ordained minister. I’m not trained to do the work of a parish minister. I do have, as the UUA puts it, “gifts to share with [my] faith community and the wider world.” My commitment to community ministry has […]

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A Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning

It is not true that a Unitarian Universalist can simply believe anything at all. In fact, there is nothing that a Unitarian Universalist can believe which is not subject to examination and doubt. Our covenant calls us to hold each other responsible in our search for truth and meaning and to encourage spiritual growth, without […]

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To Be Aware of a Problem is to Own a Part of It

I let this sit a couple of days so that I could try to edit it with more calm, but it hasn’t been completely successful. I wrote this in the hours after the most recent mass shooting in the United States; the most deadly ever, a record that stood for just over 14 months. This […]

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