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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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“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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We Know Each Other By Our Actions

I do not have the ability to judge someone for the things that they think or feel, and I am immensely glad that no one can judge me for what goes on in my head. I am not always proud of my first reaction to the world. Luckily, while I cannot always choose my thoughts, […]

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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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Love is the Doctrine of Our Faith

Dozens, if not hundreds, of Unitarian Universalist congregations have a covenant that begins with words to the effect of “Love is the Doctrine of this Church”. These words appear all across UUA.org in handouts and discussions. They even appear in our hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition (#471). Love: a word with too many meanings We […]

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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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