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Merry Everything!

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 […]

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Curiosity and Awe as Spiritual Practice

One of the common reasons people find themselves in a Unitarian Universalist church is “curiosity”. It might be curiosity about what goes on there, or about different ways to worship. Ultimately, I think a lot of us stay because we are curious about one another and who we view the divine. A healthy curiosity is […]

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…and Happy Always

Every day can be a new beginning. Every day, you can choose to be your best self. In fact, that is the only way to be your best; you must choose repeatedly throughout each day. Whether you feel that you got it right yesterday or not, you can choose better each day, or even minute […]

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Agnosticism: Blessed Uncertainty

Agnostic comes from the Greek ágnōstos “unknown, unknowable”. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (such as God) is unknown and probably unknowable“. They even include a section on the page explaining the difference between Agnostic and Atheist. The word “agnostic”, despite how many use it, is […]

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“God” Is Not a Name

The Unitarian Universalist Association officially lists 6 sources of wisdom in its by-laws. In reality, those sources encompass hundreds of traditions. In those traditions, there are thousands of concepts that might be referred to as “god”. Some concepts are well-defined and named, others are nebulous and unnameable. The fact is that we must all come […]

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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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Love Moves Us: An Impetus for Progress

We are the Universe exploring itself; the remains of dead stars being reminded of their glory and living on into the future. We have reached a seemingly singular level of awareness and capacity for wonder, but that alone does not explain our success as a species. Humanity is part of something which is bigger than […]

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Let’s Be Gentle Angry People

There are times when anger is the appropriate response to violence, to injustice, to those peddling fear and bad information. Anger is not bad. It is how we use the energy of our anger that matters. Our anger can help drive us to do big things, but we have to choose what kinds of things […]

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