Category Archives: Standing on the Side of Love

Showing Up for Racial Justice: One White Person's Wading into the Waters… (Part II)

Part II: C’mon In, the Water’s … You Tell Me I wonder if you might have some time right now to talk with me about racial justice, about what’s going on in our nation, and how heart-breaking it is? With … Continue reading

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Not Over…: A Response and A Call to Further Respond

Another compelling post from friend and colleague, Adam Dyer.​ Rock on and write on! It is more generous than deserved, but so it is with Adam’s spirit. His post, entitled, “Not over…” ends thusly: “So, I don’t have an answer … Continue reading

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Win-win: Exchanging the Law of Two Feet for Personal Mobility

Last month I attended the G.R.A.C.E. Summit — Growing Racial and Cultural Equity — and found it full of engaged and engaging people, hopeful energy, and creativity that will sustain the struggle.  I was introduced to the concept of the … Continue reading

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On the 150th Anniversary of Juneteenth: In the Shadow of Mother Emmanuel AME

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Junteenth – 150 years ago, and two and a half years after it should have – word of the Emancipation Proclamation made it to the enslaved African and African Americans of Texas.  Reaction included … Continue reading

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White Skin in The Game: Thoughts on Rachel Dolezal

I know Rachel Dolezal. I have met her. (Not really.) (Well, kinda. Sorta.) I have met versions of her. Diluted versions of her. I have even seen her in the mirror. In case you have been hiding under a rock, … Continue reading

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Mother's Day Proclamation in the Shadow of #BaltimoreUprising

Mother’s Day is upon us. In Unitarian Universalist congregations, Mother’s Day is often spent invoking the words of Unitarian Julia Ward Howe and her Mother’s Day Proclamation. She wrote it in 1870 as an international anti-war cry, having witnessed the … Continue reading

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

It was a Sunday of worship when those gathered were paying homage to the efforts and sacrifices of the civil rights movement. It could have been the Sunday before the MLK Jr. holiday. It could have been the fiftieth anniversary … Continue reading

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Prayer on the 50th Anniversary of Selma

audio version here Dearest God, Sweet Divine Spark, we call out now, in hope that all Creation will hear. This planet, Oh God, is reeling. The nations, Dear Lord, are suffering. The peoples, Tender Mercy, are full of pain. There … Continue reading

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Choosing Open Eyes (sermon)

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. audio version here Somewhere in Asia – Japan or Malaysia or some other country – there is a picture on a Buddhist monk’s smart phone. … Continue reading

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Post-Colonial Dinner Theater: An Attempt to Restore Erased Dignity

It was supposed to be a pinnacle evening. I must say, a pinnacle among pinnacles, because this trip has been full of amazing encounters and experiences. Flush with them. It’s been invigorating and exhausting and thrilling and inspiring. Tonight was … Continue reading

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