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Honoring My Teachers

In traditional Buddhism, even Western Buddhism, there is typically attention to lineage and one’s teachers. In respected circles, one cannot become a teacher unless one has received transmission or endorsement from a teacher who also received something similar from their … Continue reading

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Cri de Coeur: On Swearing and Godtalk

I probably spend too much time swearing.  And thinking about swearing.  And appreciating particularly clever or inventive swearing.  I mean, I am a seminarian and we are, supposedly, not supposed to swear.  Or curse.  Or say bad words. That must … Continue reading

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This Is Not the Way

On Wednesday, August 6th, someone discovered that a flag on the grounds of one of the local synagogues had been set afire.  It was the flag of Israel.  It was unclear when the attempt to burn it took place.  The … Continue reading

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Helping Young Offenders Find Hope in the EveryDay

Here is a powerful witness piece that I highly recommend.

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Imagining a better abortion conversation

I have not been blogging much, given my current obligations elsewhere. This blog post caught my attention and I feel it is worthy of a larger audience, so I am reblogging it here. Thank you, Amy, for writing it and … Continue reading

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My Mother's Daughter: Semi Guest Post

Last month, I submitted a poem I wrote in 2008 to a poetry contest honoring non-traditional images of mothering. I was pleased that my poem, “New Same Grief,” was chosen to be made into a video. This was really well … Continue reading

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Rituals of This Day: Blessing the Departing Minister

The deacons and minister stand at the front.  The deacons stand on either side, balanced.  They speak. The water in this vessel was first gathered in January, 2013, filled with the good wishes and hopes for the future by those … Continue reading

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Rituals of This Day: Blessing for the Congregation

I stand before you, in the fullness of this church, in the presence of this community. I am both humbled and emboldened. For all the gifts you have given me, I thank you. For all the gifts you have allowed … Continue reading

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Rituals of This Day: Dissolving the Co-Ministry

This ritual was developed to mark the end of a two-year co-ministry which took place at a historically Congregational, UCC-affiliated church that hired two Unitarian Universalist ministers, one ordained and one in Candidate status.  It was designed to honor the … Continue reading

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Picking the Proper Tour Guide for Good-Byes and Hellos

It is the last week of serving “my” little church. Of course, it has never been my church. That it is my last week is yet another indicator of that. It has been a church I have had the great … Continue reading

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