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 […]
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A great philosopher once wrote that the Universe does not contain one atom of justice. The truth is that if we ant Justice to exist, we have to believe in it, we have to invest in it, we have to create it.
Over the years, the I Am UU project has tried to push several new holidays as being very much in-line with Unitarian Universalism as we see it. Along with Loving Day and Labor Day, I want us to consider Esther Day. Have you heard of Esther day, yet? It’s tomorrow, August 3rd. Let me tell […]
Well! That’s over? Right? Well, no.I wish it were that simple. Nothing that Happened in 2020 was the fault of the math or the number by which the year was known. All the evil that bubbled up in 2020 had been simmering for some time before it boiled over. Some of it has been baked […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Destruction and chaos are simpler, faster, than coordination and creation. It takes moments to tear something apart compared to what it takes to build it. One person can do a tremendous amount of damage. But, for every person intent on doing that kind of harm, there are hundreds preparing to mitigate it; to control the […]
“Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.” ~ James Luther Adams While many UUs believe that there might be, even must be, life after death, the heaven we all commit to is here on Earth. The name we’ve been calling that heaven for […]