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Prayer for the 15th Anniversary of September 11

Our human story began long before this Shattering of glass, metal, and human lives known by its date: September 11, 2001. We do a deep disservice to those lost and those forever transformed by what they took into their bodies … Continue reading

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When the World Is Sick: Grief at the Pulse

I mourn these beautiful dead. In my head and out loud, I cannot stop singing this song, with my voice much louder on for the second line. When the world is sick, can’t no one be well But I dreamt … Continue reading

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The Longing of Homesickness

What have you longed for with the intensity of homesickness? Of heart-sickness? Of both? Like a child who yearns for home but is at sleep-away camp for the very first time. Like a fleeing refugee, surrounded by the unfamiliar, by … 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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A Prayer for Liminal Time

A liminal time, this… when the veil between life and death grows thin, when the rhythm of day drawing breath shows itself in the crackle of umber leaves, in the moon rising low in blue autumn sky. Many named: Samhain, … Continue reading

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Pastoral Prayer: Possible Angels and Miracles

(This prayer was inspired by a poem from Mary Oliver, “The World I Live In,” a copy of which I have not yet found on the interwebs, and thus cannot link to it.) May the Spirit of Meditation and Prayer … Continue reading

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Coming to the Pond: Surrender & Prayer (sermon)

Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence August 9, 2015 (The Mary Oliver poem referenced in this sermon can be found here.) When I joined my first Unitarian Universalist congregation, this very one, nearly twenty ago, there was not much tolerance … 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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A Litany of Blessings (for Tori Jameson)

(At my current seminary, Andover Newton Theological School, it is tradition that at the last UU worship before graduation, we recognize those of us who are graduating.  Each graduating senior is blessed by someone else.  My friend asked me if … Continue reading

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Prayer for This Day – May 3, 2015

For church this morning at First Parish Church of Groton, I wrote the pastoral prayer ahead of time.  However, when the time came, I was moved to dump most of it and to give voice to the joys and sorrows … Continue reading

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