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I Believe. Help My Unbelief. (sermon in three parts))

The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ November 5, 2017   Part I: faith&doubt Sister Simone Campbell, the 2014 Ware Lecturer at our own General Assembly, known as one of the Nuns on the Bus, spoke in that lecture about how … Continue reading

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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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Leaving Familiar, Learning to Love New Places

I’m pretty sure no one calls New Jersey a wilderness, but given that it will be new to me, given that it will be my personal next Unknown, at least for awhile, this piece of wisdom from beloved Wendell Berry … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part VII

The Smell of Prell: Nostalgia Comes Knocking Tonight was intended to be the last night of this visit. Though I am not really leaving first thing in the morning, this is what I told my mother. I did not want … Continue reading

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Adventures in Dementia*land: Part I

Preface The following is a series of posts on the terrain I have encountered with my mother’s dementia. Of all the pieces, the introduction (Part II) was most recently written (aside from this preface). Afterward come more posts, mostly in … Continue reading

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Update on Search

Though I can’t tell you where geographically just yet, I will say this about where I am emotionally in the search process to become some Unitarian Universalist congregation’s minister. More details to come. (Probably next week)  Stay tuned.

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Blessing for a Pastoral Care Program

The blessing for this work is inspired by the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye: Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What … Continue reading

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New Title for Blog

Dear Reader, You might have noticed — or not —  that when you typed in “irrevspeckay” to come to my blog, and you hit the return key — or when you clicked on the link delivered to your inbox —  … Continue reading

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A Lamentation to Shatter Appalling Silence: #CharlestonShooting

This is the strange and discomfiting mix of these few hours before I find sleep. There is the everyday sensibility – I still had to floss my teeth – and the incomprehensible element keeping me awake – some white man … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2015: Peace Pagoda

More often than not, I end up spending some part of Memorial Day weekend at the New England Peace Pagoda. It started as a way to hangout with a dear friend and then turned into an irregular habit and I … Continue reading

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