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Shifting Grounds Beneath Us: Facing White Supremacy (sermon)

I never met Margaret Maurer, founding member of this congregation. She died in 2011 at the age of 101. Despite having never met her, I have benefitted – we all have — from her legacy. Thanks to an incredibly generous … 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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Black Lives Matter: When You Remove One Sign, Three Takes Its Place

This week, in the city where I live, the mayor endorsed the installation of a Black Lives Matters sign on the City Hall building.   Downtown.  On Main Street.  On the front-facing facade of the building that is the seat of … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Tamir: One Year Anniversary

We gather at this time 3:30, November 22, because Tamir Rice’s family, and our own sense of integrity and justice, calls us to do so.   In their grief and outrage, they call us to be our best selves, in … Continue reading

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Prayer on the First Anniversary of Michael Brown’s Death

May the words of our mouths and the meditations of all of our hearts contribute to peace and justice in this world.  I invite you at the end of each passage to speak these words in unison: We bear witness. … Continue reading

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Showing Up for Racial Justice: One White Person’s Wading Into Waters (Part I)

Part I: Wading into the Waters I am not an activist. (My activist friends are trying hard not to bust out laughing, because this is so obvious.) Certainly, not the kind who regularly goes out on the front lines, who … 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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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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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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