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Success Begins in Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words, and they still ring true today; being enthusiastic about what’s in front of you makes it easier to set your mind to doing it — to doing it well and thoroughly. It seems that the human mind wants to […]

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Merry Everything!

Between the first of November and the end of January, there are dozens of holidays and holy days, some major and some not, some with deep traditions and some that were created in the last century. None of them matters to everyone, and many of them matter a great deal to some. Some people might […]

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Gratitude as a Spark

Gratitude is a decision to focus on the best of a situation. When you make that choice, you see the best first. It doesn’t mean ignoring that bad things do happen; it is about putting them in perspective and not letting worry steal the moment.

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Having Hope in Hope

Destruction and chaos are simpler, faster, than coordination and creation. It takes moments to tear something apart compared to what it takes to build it. One person can do a tremendous amount of damage. But, for every person intent on doing that kind of harm, there are hundreds preparing to mitigate it; to control the […]

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Heaven, If We Can Build It

“Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.” ~ James Luther Adams While many UUs believe that there might be, even must be, life after death, the heaven we all commit to is here on Earth. The name we’ve been calling that heaven 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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The Choice to be Grateful

In spite of what you might read in up-lifting memes and blogs, Happiness is not always just a thought away. Happiness and sadness are reactions. Some of us have a lot of trouble accessing Happiness moment to moment. Gratitude, though, is a choice. It is an option in how we choose to react to the […]

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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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