Category Archives: Hope

And the Welcome Will Be Wide: It’s Not About the Bathrooms (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, New Jersey And the table will be wide. And the welcome will be wide. And the arms will open wide to gather us in. We are fortunate that here in New Jersey: more protections for the rights … Continue reading

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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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Gratitude Flag Garden along the Mill River

Not long before I left Western Massachusetts last summer, I walked along the Mill River in an area I hadn’t visited for several years. Well, maybe even more than several, truth be told.   I was so lucky because I … Continue reading

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Rapid Response Call – January 27, 2017

Today, along with 999 other faith leaders (there would have been more, but the conference call capacity tapped out even before the call began), I spent an hour on listening to the leaders of the Groundswell movement, the Moral Resistance … Continue reading

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Walking City Sidewalks as Acts of Democracy

Not all that long ago I was reading (= listening while driving) to Parker Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy. In it he offered up a solution to the loss of mutual connection that undermines the democratic essence of our … Continue reading

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In the Thrall of Fallen Angels: Implicit Bias and A Hard Path Through (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick NJ December 4, 2016   I am a story. So are you. So is everyone. So say the opening words from our Time For All Ages story this morning. I am, in fact, like you … Continue reading

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War: Introduction to Community Screening

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ December 3, 2016 Let me begin in gratitude: for the universe, that conspired with fate, providence, and chaos that you might be part of this good company we are creating together tonight. Gratitude for … Continue reading

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Wild & Impracticable Ideas to Send You Over the River (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, NJ a multi-generational service Would you do something others might think foolish, or silly, or wild, if you thought it might bring about more fairness in our world? If, like Benny and his bagels, it … Continue reading

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Loving the Hell Out of the Cracks in the World (sermon)

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ In the sermon I spent all day writing on Friday and scrapped yesterday, I was going to ask you to cultivate curiosity. But it seemed a little too premature. Some time in the near … Continue reading

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Love Beyond Belief

Love beyond belief, I hear it echoing throughout the land. These days it is more like a whisper I’ll grant you that. Yes, it is not the only sound in the wider cacophony. It is the sound I choose to … Continue reading

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