Category Archives: Earth

A Compass, Not a Map (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ March 19, 2017     A compass, rather than a map. Last week I told you that I have been reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Its subtitle is “Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, … Continue reading

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All Creatures of the Earth and Sky: Does that mean spiders, too?

In my church we sing a hymn, All Creatures of the Earth and Sky, calling them “kindred.”  Family.  All part of the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part. This fall we have shared our new home … Continue reading

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Made for These Times (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, A Unitarian Universalist Congregation East Brunswick, NJ Audio version here. Not that long ago, a journalist suggested a parlor game to a group of historians. It was mid-summer: after the massacre in Orlando, after the attacks in … Continue reading

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Don’t Say There is No Water

The Unitarian Society, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation East Brunswick, New Jersey audio version here Let me begin in gratitude. Gratitude to be with you today. Gratitude for the air we breathe, the land upon which we find shelter. Let me … Continue reading

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Undeniable Reality of Connection: An Interfaith Letter Gets a Response

Here is what can happen  when we reach out across divides with solidarity, generosity, and integrity to bridge the distances.  Here is what can happen when you follow through on good works. Inspired by a letter written by a Unitarian … Continue reading

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People Who Behave Magnificently: The Hope Question (Part II)

(Part I can be found here.) Recently, I was talking recently to someone who is feeling despair. She bemoaned the political climate, the dangers she sees in the current electoral cycle, the perils associated not only with some of the … Continue reading

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Interfaith Winter Blesssing

These are the gifts of this season, let us open our hearts to them: A joyful, hopeful conclusion to waiting and yearning A welcoming of the refugee seeking shelter amongst us Unexpected light in darkness May these be the presents … Continue reading

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What To Do with Beauty?

Inspired by the words of Robert McAfee Brown and Sean Dennison What to do with beauty? or joy, for that matter — in the midst of tragedy, of violence, of cruelty?   What do we do with the living?   … Continue reading

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Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (II)

Part II: We Do Not Fear Change, But We Do Feel Loss (Click here for Part I.) What is smaller than a split-second? A mili-second? A nano-second? All long enough for my heart to skip a beat, worried I was … Continue reading

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Hummingbird: A True Story in Two Parts (I)

Part I: Wide Open Before the Animal Blessing worship began, before we brought the chairs, chalice and chancel outside to steps of the old New England town church and the edge of the old New England town green, there was … Continue reading

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