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What’s Going On?: Message for the White Supremacy Teach In (sermon)

May 14, 2017 The Unitarian Society, East Brunswick, NJ Time For All Ages story:   Message An uncomfortable journey. We have been asked to take one: talking and listening about something that is abhorrent, something that lingers, something that has … 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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White Skin in The Game: Thoughts on Rachel Dolezal

I know Rachel Dolezal. I have met her. (Not really.) (Well, kinda. Sorta.) I have met versions of her. Diluted versions of her. I have even seen her in the mirror. In case you have been hiding under a rock, … 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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Notice Who Matters: The Readings from Many Voices (Part I of 2)

The following readings were the heart of worship this morning at the Unitarian Society of Northampton & Florence, reading aloud by eleven different voices.  With two exceptions, you can click on the author of each of the readings to find … Continue reading

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Just last night on Fox News the host of the show, “The Kelly Files,” Megyn Kelly, declared that not only is Santa Claus white, but that Jesus was, too. “Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure, … Continue reading

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Erasing Firsts Reinforces White Privilege

Earlier this week, my local paper printed an Associated Press article about a recent Smith College student who was awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.  This AP article was published far and wide and ended up on the front page here … Continue reading

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Soul Searching Ahead: Unitarian Universalist Conversations on Race

Over and over, the dangers of oversimplification rang forth.  Participants maintained — indeed, they demonstrated — that all of us engaged in the struggle against racism and other forms of oppression — no longer need to fear or avoid conflict, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Trayvon Martin (April 12, 2012)

I originally wrote this in April, 2012, as a meditation for a class in seminary on the essential writings of Dr. Howard Thurman.  With the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin just about to start, I … Continue reading

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