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Why Unitarian Universalism?

I know there are several other forms of Liberal Religion. The UUA and our individual congregations work with a lot of churches on specific projects and we share goals for the world with those churches. So, why am I UU? What is it about Unitarian Universalism that has earned my fervent support? Firstly, let me […]

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In Plain Sight…

Thomas asked me to help with the conversation that most needs to happen this month, an examination of the true position of women in our society. I answered, truthfully, that I didn’t know if I could put words to the visceral feelings I am having. I wasn’t even sure that these were culturally shared feelings […]

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Labor: A Movement for Worth and Dignity

Labor Day isn’t just a day off. It celebrates the people who fought, bled, and even died so that we could build a better quality of life. Labor Day commemorates a movement that won us weekend, 8 hour works days, and safety regulations. Labor Day isn’t about hard work; it is about team work. It […]

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A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed

I have so much worry. I have so much trepidation and anxiety. I have so much hope. I have so much love. I have no idea how to turn those feelings, that energy, into solutions to the problems that we face. I know where I want us all to get to, but I have no […]

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Radical Religion

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion, meaning that we do not claim absolute truth or authority and admit that we are still learning things that we need to know about the universe. The word “liberal” means “not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms” according the Merriam-Webster, and shares its root with Liberty, a Latin […]

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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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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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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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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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