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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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A Memorial Day Meditation

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. That means that all military operations are under the collective (if indirect) control of the citizenry and all service members carry out orders with our implied consent. We are, collectively, […]

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