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Day of Remembering, and of Letting Go

This time of year, all over the Northern hemisphere, cultures look to the final harvest of the year and what is to be stored for later, for food or for planting, and what is to be composted or tilled back into the soil. It is the time of year when people think about their ancestors […]

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Prophetic Imperfection: Inadequacy in Human Insight

As your administrator, I need to admit to you that I am not perfect. You are not perfect, nor is anyone else; anyone at all. Unitarian Universalism rejects the very idea that any person can present flawless wisdom to the rest of us. We understand that knowledge is constantly being revealed, updated and revised. Such […]

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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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Covenantal Religion: Exploring Doubts Together

In religions with creeds and dogma, there have always been heretics who believe something outside the boundaries of their faith. There are Catholics who believe that abortion can be an appropriate remedy to one or more situations. Some Jews like eating shrimp or bacon. There are Mormons who accept LGBTAQ people as full members of […]

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Love Moves Us: An Impetus for Progress

We are the Universe exploring itself; the remains of dead stars being reminded of their glory and living on into the future. We have reached a seemingly singular level of awareness and capacity for wonder, but that alone does not explain our success as a species. Humanity is part of something which is bigger than […]

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Institution and Autonomy

People have been studying trends in religion for about as long as religions have been organized. “None” is a marketing term for the growing population of people who have no immediate religious affiliation. These folks make up under 20% of the US population but are 32% of people under 30. A lot of attention is […]

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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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Uncomfortable Truths and Crucial Transformations

In his Ware lecture, Bryan Stevenson warned us that we could not have the impact on the world that we aspire to unless we were willing to be uncomfortable. We must get close to the people who are suffering, we must change how we think and talk about the circumstances and conditions that create injustice, […]

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Let’s Be Gentle Angry People

There are times when anger is the appropriate response’ to violence, to injustice, to those peddling fear and bad information. Anger is not bad. It is how we use the energy of our anger that matters. Our anger can help drive us to do big things, but we have to choose what kinds of things […]

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