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You Are the Sixth: The Five Smooth Stones of Liberal Religion (sermon)

The Unitarian Society East Brunswick, New Jersey January 22, 2017  Last May, when I sat with many of you at the Women’s luncheon to interrogate – I mean interview – the ministerial candidate to decide whether to call her – … Continue reading

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Weaving Stories of Beloved Community – Part I (sermon)

Let me begin with gratitude. Gratitude for this moment, for this breath. Gratitude to finally be here with you. Let me speak gratitude for the many kindnesses and gestures of generosity that have been already extended to me and to … Continue reading

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The Hope Question (Part I)

In the room full of mental health practitioners getting a classical primer on mindfulness and Buddhism from Andrew Olendzki, the final question of the day was what I call Given that my livelihood is ministry, I encounter this question from … Continue reading

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What To Do with Beauty?

Inspired by the words of Robert McAfee Brown and Sean Dennison What to do with beauty? or joy, for that matter — in the midst of tragedy, of violence, of cruelty?   What do we do with the living?   … Continue reading

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Being Servant Candle: Strongest When We Help Each Other

At my children’s elementary school, there was an annual Solstice pageant. One of my favorite parts was when someone read an adaptation (by Monique Bourgeois) of Judy Bressler’s Servant Candle, which I offer here, in part: A candle alone is … Continue reading

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The Hope of Raspberry Brambles

It’s risky, writing about hope without being in touch with at least some semblance of it, particularly when one aspires to be a minister. My post yesterday for today’s Earth Day was not hope-giving. It was well-crafted. It was articulate. … Continue reading

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Risking Hope: Who Could Have Seen That Coming?

So it would be just peachy if everything worked out all cause-and-effect-like. Two-plus-two-equals-four. You cut onions: your eyes tear up. The cat is  in the box whether you look inside at it or not. (Unless, of course, you are Schrodinger. … Continue reading

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Love & Solidarity

When one is in the metro Boston area and there is some UU event, it’s likely, perhaps even highly likely, there will be those in attendance who represent myriad congregations and probably some free-range Unitarian Universalists.  That’s the benefit of … Continue reading

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Works & Hope: Why We Need Community

(This is part II of II.  Part I is here.) In my New Testament class we just read the book of James, in which is written, “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (2:17) For those … Continue reading

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Everybody Loves a Good Ending (of the World) (sermon)

Everybody Loves a Good Ending (of the World) audio version: click here. Above is a link to my first attempt to audio record and post my sermons.  Please forgive clumsiness as I learn.  Below is the prepared sermon, which is … Continue reading

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