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Religious Humanism

Humanism is the belief that humanity must save itself. It relies on observation to make the statement that the gods are not stopping our wars, curing our plagues, nor holding back forces of nature. Human ingenuity has developed diplomacy, discovered vaccination and medicine, and created all manner of tools to warn and protect us from […]

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Monday Meditation

I just spent a week surrounded by Unitarian Universalists and Unitarian Universalism. I was in an almost magical space where our youth were valued, our values were placed above our comfort or expedience, and our trash was recycled or composted such that less than 15% went to the landfill. I will be processing General Assembly […]

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My Gratitude Demands My Service

Most of the people who will read this were born with some blessings; health, access to education, access to technology, and the mental capability to put them all to use are all blessings; many people lack one or more in their lives. Some of us have been given blessings we don’t even know to count. […]

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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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A Chosen Faith

I was invited to my first Unitarian Universalist service by a friend. Statistically, you probably were, too. The vast majority of UUs weren’t brought up in a UU congregation. Even those who did grow up UU at some point have to choose their membership, rather than having it assumed for them. Ours is a chosen […]

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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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A Meditation on a New Year:

Today marks the start of a whole new year; one with no imperfections, mistakes, or failures in it. Today, you can choose to be your best self for the entire year, and probably succeed, at least for a little while. The thing to remember, with any resolution, is that you have to make the choice […]

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A Meditation on Our Principles and Their Purpose

This week, the first full week of December, we will be reflecting on the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism; one each day from Monday to Sunday. We refer to this celebration as Chalica, though others prefer different names. What we want to do today, at the start is talk about those Principles as a whole; […]

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