Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who cannot receive our thanks, having given all in the service of their nation. The highest thanks we can give is to ensure that no service member follows them except in the most dire of situations.
Author Archive | Thomas
To become aware of a problem is to own some responsibility for solving it. Unitarian Universalism asks us to actively inform ourselves of the problems of humanity, because we are responsible for building our Beloved Community.
Hi there. My name is Thomas Earthman and I run the I Am UU Facebook page, Twitter account, and this website. I make a small amount of money doing so, though a lot of what is raised goes into software fees, hosting costs, and other business expenses for the project. I never wanted to be […]
Unitarian Universalism isn’t thee right religion for everyone, and we’re OK with that. They may need more direction, fewer choices to make, or just a different style of worship than the local congregation favors. Some people like a degree of certainty that we just cannot offer in good faith. Many people, though, are looking for […]
The Principles of Unitarian Universalism dedicate us to building a world that is just, compassionate, and equitable. That will never come about by accident or even charity. People have fought their whole lives to see the world get better on any one of those points. They come together and build movements and organizations to do […]
Unitarian Universalism rejects the very idea that any person has ever been perfect or could ever present flawless wisdom to the rest of us. We also need to remember that we can learn a great deal from many of the people we largely disagree with.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote those words, and they still ring true today; being enthusiastic about what’s in front of you makes it easier to set your mind to doing it — to doing it well and thoroughly. It seems that the human mind wants to […]
Richard, in a comment on a recent post about what it means to be a UU, thinks that our opposition to certain political positions, our rejection of certain movements and slogans, makes us hypocritical. We’ve hidden the comment where it originally appeared because it was wildly off-topic. We did want to address the comment, though: […]
Between the first of November and the end of January, there are dozens of holidays and holy days, some major and some not, some with deep traditions and some that were created in the last century. None of them matters to everyone, and many of them matter a great deal to some. Some people might […]
Gratitude is a decision to focus on the best of a situation. When you make that choice, you see the best first. It doesn’t mean ignoring that bad things do happen; it is about putting them in perspective and not letting worry steal the moment.