Stewardship is Much More Than Money

In our culture, “Money” is a form of measurement; the time and energy you spend throughout the week is translated into dollars. Dollars are then spent to pay for work; buying the time and energy of others. Time, energy, skill, and money are all resources we must manage to do the things we love and […]

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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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Day of Remembering, and of Letting Go

This time of year, all over the Northern hemisphere, cultures look to the final harvest of the year and what is to be stored for later, for food or for planting, and what is to be composted or tilled back into the soil. It is the time of year when people think about their ancestors […]

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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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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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The Need for Institutional Goodness

One of the foundational ideas for the I Am UU project is that all of us have to make good things happen in this world. Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams told us to “deny the immaculate conception of virtue and affirm the necessity of social incarnation”; goodness doesn’t exist in the world separately from […]

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