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The Living Tradition

I get a lot of… feedback when I point out that, despite a centuries-long legacy that got us to this point, Unitarian Universalism is less than 60 years old. The religion we teach today would be unrecognizable to John Adams, Clara Barton, and most of the other historical Unitarians and Universalists of whom we are […]

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Listening as a form of Love

I’ve spent years in customer service, and I’ve more recently started learning about pastoral care. I admit that I was scared to take on this new skill. I’ve since learned that there is a lot of overlap with my existing experience. One of the main parts of both is being present and listening to what […]

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Failure is Essential

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It is an old saying. Put more simply, if we aren’t risking anything, we aren’t likely to see much in the way of results. You can’t be great at everything the first time you try; you have to be willing to risk failure. You learn from failure. You get better. A […]

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"If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

Peace Cannot Come in Pieces

Today, you will hear a lot about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was the setting for the most celebrated words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what has become know as the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was not the only speaker, nor were the speeches intended as […]

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Justice Can Be Built

I see it all the time online: Someone wanting a little peace, or empathy, or respect is told that they’re asking too much. I’ve read over and over some variation of “grow up”. It gets tiresome reading “The world isn’t fair.” The world isn’t fair; not on a scale that humans can understand. Children who […]

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What is Beloved Community & How Do We Get There From Here?

My fellow Unitarian Universalists, ours is a communal religion. The covenantal nature means that community is foundational. Our Principles make it also our hope for the future. Community is vital to Unitarian Universalism; how we form them, govern them, how we are a part of them, and who is included. Community, the Beloved Community, is our […]

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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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