Here on the blog last week, I talked about how the world still needs liberal religion; how many people still want all the community benefits and even the rituals and commemorations that come with religious practice. They want the good parts of religion without the dogma and the stifling traditions, and at its best, that […]
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One can get a lot of hits to their website by talking about the death of religion. “People aren’t going to church!” “Paganism is on the rise!” People are writing all the time about how people have given up on religion, but they aren’t writing enough about how young adults are still just as spiritual […]
Do you find my ministry moving? Inspiring? Encouraging? Do you want even more of that? There are 6 weeks until my Birthday and I am having a Patreon Member drive in celebration. Patreon allows you to sponsor my ministry directly and make it possible for me to continue to make art, write thoughtful commentary, and […]
Some things to consider as many congregations start getting their budget ready for the spring congregational meetings: Who are the most vulnerable people in your church? Who are the people who are the most impressionable? Who are the people who need the most guidance in their search for truth and meaning? Which group of people […]
One thing that separates the Baptists from the Lutherans and Presbyterians (and there are a few) is that Baptists don’t believe you can be baptized until you are old enough to understand what the intent of the ceremony is; you cannot enter into the covenant unless you do so with informed consent. And, despite the […]
We have been made aware that our Facebook reach has been throttled. We are being seen by all of the people who asked Facebook to show them our posts, and there is no way to appeal this. So, you might be interested to know what we did wrong, and I am absolutely unashamed to tell […]
The goal of religious education in a Unitarian Universalist setting is, in short, to make better citizens of our members; to help them be people who work and fight for a more Just, Compassionate, and Equitable world.
We all have an image of ourselves in our heads. We also know that there are people in the world who do not see us the way we see ourselves; they have seen or heard or otherwise experienced something that has them thinking we’re not as good as we seek to be. And they are […]
We cannot celebrate every single day. While I am grateful to the Labor movement every day, I set aside Labor Day (and May Day) to observe that; just as I am grateful to our armed forces, we have Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day as special to them. As the great religious educator Sophia Lyon Fahs […]
Armistice Day was meant to put the focus on peace, on the horror of war, and on the victory of democratic nations over authoritarianism. The United States is missing something by focusing today, instead, on our veterans. Armistice Day still deserves a place on our calendar.