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“God” Is Not a Name

The Unitarian Universalist Association officially lists 6 sources of wisdom in its by-laws. In reality, those sources encompass hundreds of traditions. In those traditions, there are thousands of concepts that might be referred to as “god”. Some concepts are well-defined and named, others are nebulous and unnameable. The fact is that we must all come […]

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The Three Sisters: A Parable on Community

In the tradition of the Iroquois (as well as a number of other Native American cultures) there are three sisters who are essential to the health of the community. They each have different needs and talents, but it makes them an amazing team. Individually they would be hard to raise and none of them could […]

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You and Your Ministry

Ministry can be anything that supports the mission of the congregation.  Everything from reading the welcoming and asking people to silence their phones to weeding the flower bed can be ministry. If it is fulfilling to you and meets a need for the congregation, you have a ministry. And your ministry matters. Someone needs to […]

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Mutual and Free Consent: Welcoming the Beloved Community

One of the great liberal theologians of the 20th century was James Luther Adams. His work “Guiding Principles for a Free Faith”, as published in  On Being Human Religiously, he proposed “5 Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion”. These 5 concepts are presented as Adams’ defense of liberal religion against the rise of conservatism in the […]

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Showing Gratitude Through Activism

I am a lucky person. I am a straight, white, healthy and able-bodied cisgender man living in the United States of America in a time when most of the information the human race knows is available to me through a computer that fits in my pocket. I am at low risk for harassment or sexual […]

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“An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense”

Today will present many, many chances to read the words of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. There are already oh-so-many opportunities for the curious to study his work. There are many, many scholars and activists who will spend the day discussing the progress, or lack there of, on that work. And we’ll have it […]

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Unitarian Universalism is a Force in the World

Unitarian Universalism is a force capable of making the world better. Most importantly, it is a force with the power to change lives and save people. That makes the world better. Telling people that they are loved and empowering them to love the world makes it better. Teaching religion in a way that encourages exploration […]

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