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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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Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men... and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.

Remembering the Whole Legacy of Dr. King

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated 50 years ago last Wednesday. Many people spent the week mourning his death and celebrating his life and his work. Or, for too many, celebrate a small part of it. It is almost like we’ve forgotten that he died in the service of his mission, not the completion […]

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Torda450 in Europe- Celebrating 450 Years of The Edict of Torda

A report from Sheryl Abrahams of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brussels, Belgium We Unitarian Universalists take pride in our faith’s legacy of acceptance and freedom of conscience. This year, we celebrate the 450th anniversary of one of the world’s first declarations of religious tolerance, and the first official recognition of Unitarianism as a faith. […]

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Asbestos Abatement and Injustice

I am going to ask you all to please bear with me while I talk around my point for a moment, because I know I will lose many readers if I get there too fast. Before the 1980s, it was common (and legal) to use asbestos in buildings. It’s fireproof and was often used in insulation […]

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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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Oh! Holy Night!

Each night a child is born is a holy night. A time for singing, a time for wondering, a time for worshiping. ~ Sophia Lyon Fahs, Unitarian religious educator We cannot celebrate every single day. But, this one day, we can remember that a child is born every day. We can celebrate the hope and the […]

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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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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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Worth and Dignity: A Labor Day Meditation

Labor day is a very secular holiday, but it should hold a special place for Unitarian Universalists as part of the ongoing development of our faith. Labor day is fundamentally tied to our values and the Principles of the UUA. Just last week, we passed the 54th anniversary of the MLK-led “March on Washington for […]

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