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Investing in Liberal Religious Outreach

My name is Thomas Earthman. The I Am UU project is my ministry. I am not an ordained minister. I’m not trained to do the work of a parish minister. I do have, as the UUA puts it, “gifts to share with [my] faith community and the wider world.” My commitment to community ministry has […]

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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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The Only Response That Makes Sense is Love

This is not the post that I had scheduled for this morning. This is not the first thing that I wrote this morning, either. I hope this post is what is needed right now, while I sort through the words I most want to share; words that are to raw, too blunt, to be exposed […]

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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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Economic Justice and Community Ministry

Monday is Labor Day; a day for remembering the struggles that have shaped the quality of life that we enjoy and created the American Dream. Unitarian Universalism strives for a more just and compassionate world. Because ours is a capitalist culture, we have to care about wages, working conditions, and quality of life. As things […]

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Uncomfortable Truths and Crucial Transformations

In his Ware lecture, Bryan Stevenson warned us that we could not have the impact on the world that we aspire to unless we were willing to be uncomfortable. We must get close to the people who are suffering, we must change how we think and talk about the circumstances and conditions that create injustice, […]

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Diversity is a Blessing, Not an Obstacle

In some traditions, they want everyone to be similar. Some even prescribe dress and daily activities. Many ask you to believe the same things about the world, so you can all have the same mind and soul and all go to the same afterlife. Not all traditions, but many and most of those that populate […]

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A Memorial Day Meditation

In the United States, our military is commanded by civilian leadership, with the elected President as the Commander and Chief of all our armed forces. That means that all military operations are under the collective (if indirect) control of the citizenry and all service members carry out orders with our implied consent. We are, collectively, […]

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